The second Ignite event was held at Phog Lounge Wednesday night, allowing Windsorites to share their passions and interests with one another. The first Ignite, held in February, seems to have sparked an interest for many in the community, causing the event to make its way back to Windsor.
Ignite began in Seattle in 2006 and is now a global event held in over 100 cities. Participants tell a five minute story accompanied by 20 slides changing every 15 seconds on the topic of their choice. Last nights topics ranged on everything from the importance of being more selfish in life, a small orphanage with big dreams, baby boom infestation, reforming drug policy to the love of taking baths.
Both events have been organized by Allison Prieur, who said the Ignite events are a great way to bring people together and facilitate community cohesion. “Having community-minded people in the same room is a great way to breed innovation. People are excited and passionate, and they’re making connections that they might not have otherwise made,” she said.
Prieur believes these connections are a good way to build community spirit which could be advantageous to Windsor. “By bringing people together, Windsor can benefit. I know from experience that sometimes you meet someone you didn’t know existed and find out that your interests are very aligned or you do work that complements each others. People can build on those connections and make a big difference in the city. An old proverb says ‘We go faster alone, but we go farther together’, ” said Prieur.
Prieur is looking to hold another Ignite event, probably in the fall, which hopefully follows the first two and goes out with a bang.