Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Igniting a Spark!

Ahhhh, the poor, poor neglected Baking the World a Better Place blog. It's not that I've been ignoring you, it's just... well... there are so many people out there that need help and you, dear blog, are in a place on the interwebs that nobody sees. I'd say it's not you, but it kinda is.

But things change, and life sometimes gives us opportunities that we didn't have before. Opportunities like the transition from being a business owner to being a full-time volunteer, mom and prospective college student on the path to a career change. So suddenly, while I'm still working with the same amount of hours each day, my time priorities have definitely shifted and the Better Place blog has found a bigger place in my heart, one where I will be able to share some amazing stories about amazing people.

Hopefully someone out there will find you, dear blog, and be inspired. 

Tomorrow, I will start on a 15 blog re-cap of the World's First Ignite Charity: Waterloo. If you haven't heard of Ignite events before, here's the 411:

The first Ignite was held in Seattle in 2006. It is now a global event, run exclusively by volunteers         and the speakers are each given 5 minutes to speak about their ideas, passion and projects. While speaking, 20 slides (usually relevant to the topic) auto-advance at a pace of 15 seconds each. Theoretically, the presentations "Ignite" the audience, spawning discussion and action on the subjects presented. 

The above has certainly been the case for every Ignite event I've attended, 13 of them now! It can be raw and emotional, heartfelt, funny, quirky and downright bizarre and by far, Ignite is one of my favourite events to attend.

When I heard organizers were bringing the World's first Ignite Charity to the stage, of course I knew I had to be a part of it. Charity is what I do. So through the action of a thoughtful Twitter friend I hadn't even met yet (thank you Tina!) I got my ticket and prepared myself for an evening of being surrounded by like-minded people. It was FABULOUS. 14 incredible speakers. Each of whom deserves more than   a paragraph describing their passion. So watch out tomorrow and for the next 15 days as I profile speakers, passions and causes you'll want to learn even more about.

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