If TED Talks had a quirky cousin, it would be Ignite.
I just started browsing Ignite talks online, a series of five-minute talks structured around 20 slides — similar to Pecha Kucha. “Enlighten up, but make it quick,” is their tagline. (I’m late to the party: Jeff Hurt wrote about them eons ago on his blog.)
Ignite talks started in Seattle— where organizers are gearing up for Ignite Seattle 17, to be held on Aug. 19 — and have spread around the globe. Author and speaker Scott Berkun, whom we interviewed for the May issue, will be a presenter this year, and Berkun’s blog is where I was tipped off to industrial and graphic designer Mark Selander’s talk from 2010.
I think it’s terrific. It’s funny and tongue-in-cheek, but makes a serious point that would brilliantly kick-off a conference on, say, transportation planning. We can’t solve problems caused by the way we do things by doing more of the same things.