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My talk at Ignite 9 – Sydney should be more like Helsinki

A video of my talk at Ignite 9 (as part of Web Directions) last week just went live on YouTube. With 6 pretty compelling reasons I tried to convince the audience that our hometown should actually be more like Finland’s capital.  See the video below for how that went down.

I had a blast and can only recommend challenging yourself to participate in this format:

Ignite is a global event, organized by volunteers, where participants are given five minutes to speak about their ideas and personal or professional passions, accompanied by 20 slides. Each slide is displayed for 15 seconds, and slides are automatically advanced. The Ignite format is similar to Pecha Kucha, which features 20 slides displayed for 20 seconds each. The presentations are meant to “ignite” the audience on a subject, i.e. to generate awareness and to stimulate thought and action on the subjects presented.”

You can see all the other talks in a playlist here and blog post from other speakers like Patrick, Roger, Gabrielle and Michael. Ignite did raise quite a bit of money for OzHarvest which was a nice bonus. Many thanks to Hunting with Pixels for the film production and the organisers and volunteers, especially Stephen Lead and Angela McDougall.

Here are a few (low quality) iPhone photos from the night and my presentation file on Slideshare:


Why Sydney should be more like Helsinki

I just took part in a quick-thinking, improvisational speaking training at Amnesia Razorfish. Ben Hourahine ran the group through some challenging performances, done in ‘Pecha Kucha‘ style.

Coincidentally, I will speak in a similar style next week Wednesday, albeit to a paying audience. As part of Ignite 9 I will try to convince the crowd at Oxford Art Factory that ‘Sydney should be more like Helsinki’. Given Sydneysiders don’t really like their city, it will be fairly easy to persuade them.  Hyvää Suomi! (Go Finland).

Helsinki seen from Suomenlinna

If you feel like heckling (or supporting) me, you can still get a few tickets for $ 11 here: http://ignitesydney9.eventbrite.com.au

All profits are going to OzHarvest so you can make fun of me and do something good at the same time. Have a look at some of the past performances here on Ignite’s YouTube channel including Ash Ringrose (from Soap Creative).