Ignite Detroit # 3

Voting for Ignite Detroit #3 will end on April 17th at 11:59pm. Speakers for the event will be announced on April 18th. You have 6 votes which you can distribute however you wish. The 10 ideas with the most public votes will present at Ignite Detroit 3. An additional 5 presentation topics will be selected by the organizers. Happy voting! To buy tickets for Ignite Detroit, visit: www.ignitedetroit3.eventbrite.com

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  1. Everyone Should Write a Book

    Print and digital publishing are now accessible to everyone easily. Distribution has gone to single users on the same level as publishers. Self-promotion is as easy as a Twitter account.

    I believe every person has a great book inside them. There's no reason to not turn Detroit into the self-publishing capitol of the world.

    162 votes
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    • Producer/FIGMENT Detroit

      FIGMENT demonstrates what the arts can be: participatory, bursting with creativity and completely free, born from the desire to share imagination and invention between artists and the public. And it is coming to Belle Isle again this summer as a two day event on Saturday July 21st and Sunday July 22. FIGMENT is a grassroots effort, organized and run entirely by volunteers as a gift to our cities. What are YOU bringing?

      511 votes
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      • Extra Pair of Underpants: Leadership Inside Out

        This story-telling format offers a simple leadership model built from a lifetime of 'laser' lectures delivered to my nieces and nephews. During the 5 minutes I will explain how 'pack an extra pair of underpants' became secret code for the most powerful leadership behavior on earth: the act of caring!

        409 votes
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        • You Should Totally Make A Game!

          We need more people making games -- especially in Michigan. But you don't have to make the next Angry Birds or Words With Friends; I'm talking about board games, card games or really any form of gaming. In the span of five minutes (yikes!) I'm going to try to convince you that you should totally make a game!

          195 votes
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          • Death by Branding: How Genericide Killed Aspirin, Why Kleenex is Hanging On, and Why Google is Invincible

            Aspirin. Trampoline. Escalator. Thermos. Once high-value name brands, these are now generic terms to describe any brand of salicylic pain relievers, jumping devices, moving stairways and insulated containers. Through "genericide," these companies were the victims of their own success. Why did these brands die, how are brands like Jell-O, Q-Tip, Kleenex and Realtor hanging on, and are brands like Google so super successful they don't have to worry?

            201 votes
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            • Control Freaks Need Not Apply

              The idea of change scares the hell out of most people. Brands, companies and individuals have to avoid complacency and acknowledge the landscape has radically changed. Innovative businesses are altering revenue models, evolving their product lines and scaling their operations to meet the demands of the “informed” consumer. Marketers and brands must do the same. It’s about embracing and leveraging the digital trends happening in real time and accepting that the conversation between brands and consumers is the embodiment of true two-way communication. For individuals, being informative, adapting to change and accepting new challenges gives you more value, better leadership…

              215 votes
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              • Raising Girls Stinks

                I've got a 5 year old and an 8 year old daughter.

                In five minutes, let me tell you why raising girls in the US in 2012 is a terrible crappy thing to do to a person. Why you may be part of the problem. And something we can all do to make it stink a little less.

                183 votes
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                • The perils of imaginary lines

                  Imaginary lines give rise to labels, animosity and separate us from greatness. We don't need to learn how to color outside the lines – we need to erase them. This five minute talk will serve as a giant, fuzzy headed, pencil top eraser for the community and ourselves.

                  157 votes
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                  • Carfree Discounts -- A Detroit Solution

                    We all want the option of good public transit and our region's lack of a sensible system leaves us isolated in our own sector.

                    Yet our region has been unable to solve the planning, financial or political obstacles to implement a transit system over the last century.

                    Friends of Spaulding Court--the community based owner of the 20 unit Corktown townhouse complex--has been busy exploring the connection between housing and transportation. Through an aggressive discounting system for carfree households, our aim is to have an outsized effect on the transportation system.

                    187 votes
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                    • How Excellence Killed Detroit

                      The decline of Detroit is often attributed to incompetence and menace: bad government, bad industry, bad schools and racism. In this talk, we'll flip that notion upside-down to explore how excellence and optimism created today's Detroit. Instead of being the laggards caricatured by international news agencies we'll see that Detroiters have been leading America and the world all along.

                      142 votes
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                      • Growing beards and finding new faces.

                        How traveling across the country can open your eyes to curiosities' power to create opportunity. With each experience you take on with an open mind a new possibility will present itself. From finding jobs on the Mexican border, to staying on a mountain top in Sonoma something will come your way if you go through life with a willingness to learn.

                        169 votes
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                        • Bromance: Understanding male homosocial relationships in the 21st century

                          The times they are a changin’ and the lines drawn between men are shifting in an increasingly tolerant and empathic society. I am going to talk about how male homosocial relationships have taken on a new meaning, as we break down the walls of sexual and gender identity, and become more comfortable and true to ourselves.

                          85 votes
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                          • What Sherlock Holmes Taught Me About Social Media

                            From the classic films of Basil Rathbone to the recent Robert Downey, Jr. franchise and a canon of stories that has never been out of print, this iconic detective is a fixture in the public imagination. More than a series of mysteries, the stories have been called "a textbook of friendship." But if you look close enough, you'll also find a guide to some of the tenets of social media that we all know. Scott Monty is the head of social media for Ford Motor Company and a member of the Baker Street Irregulars, an international invitation-only literary society dedicated…

                            92 votes
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                            • Severe Weather Primer

                              Just a quick 5 minute talk on how to spot severe weather, stay safe, and be prepared when the worst hits.

                              100 votes
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                              • Getting into Detroit

                                We're abandoning the suburbs for a magnificent fixer-upper in Woodbridge and have absolutely no idea what we're doing. Our community of friends has rallied around us, and we've told some of our incredible stories on intoDetroit.com. This talk will cover 4 big things I've learned about irrational decisions, Detroit, home owning, and community.

                                53 votes
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                                • There's a blog in all of us

                                  Everyone has a passion (or 7) and they should blog about it. I want to share my story on how I started blogging about music, got featured on VH1.com and how it led me to numerous concerts, backstage passes and pre-released albums. Or how I started blogging about cool websites that led me to free premium accounts and talks with founders of popular sites. I hope to ignite the crowd to just start writing about something they love and I bet they'd be surprised at what they're doing next!

                                  38 votes
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                                  • The Egyptian Spring and Feminism: The Rhetoric of Asmaa Mahfouz

                                    I will present a brief history of feminism in Egypt that will help to contextualize the rhetoric of the most revolutionary Facebook video to ever be posted. On January 18th, 2011 Asmaa Mahfouz recorded a video that would become the catalyst for a revolution that would end the decades long rule of Hosni Mubarak. I will briefly summarize my close textual analysis of Mahfouz's rhetoric in order to present my conclusions about the role feminism has played in creating a platform for young revolutionary women in Egypt. Their participation in revolutions, within societies that perpetuate some of the most grotesque…

                                    39 votes
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                                    • The Legend of Persistence

                                      In this time of endless distractions and "in our face" bad news, there is a need for us to persist in spite of our individual stories. Only as we persist as individuals can we achieve as a responsible, thoughtful humanity.

                                      44 votes
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                                      • Gurus are for people who drink wheatgrass or live in LA.

                                        Everyone wants to talk about social media. It's so easy to do. The cliches are already in place. "It's a cocktail party," "Engagement builds ambassadorship," "Share your lamp story, earn a lightbulb badge."
                                        Fill in the rest of the blanks.
                                        Yuck. I feel nauseated.

                                        I know, I'm the social media director for the University of Michigan, and three days before I even began my job, the local online paper wrote a story that essentially said I was going to be tweeting and playing and charging the taxpayers a whole lot to do it. They put my salary in the headline.…

                                        29 votes
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                                        • The Combination Code

                                          How do people strengthen their careers and develop new business ideas in the digital age? They use The Combination Code. People combine creativity, technology and secrets from other industries to stand apart from the competition.

                                          I’ll share what is working.

                                          20 votes
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