Dunno if you have ever been to an Ignite event. The best way I can describe it is TED-lite. (TED = “Technology, Entertainment, Design” – international talks that have the very best minds in our world today sepaking on all number of topics.)
Ignite is more “normal” people from the geek community speaking on whatever strikes their fancy. Since Boulder has a thriving geek community, the Ignite events there sell out the Boulder Theater. (Roughly 700 people come.)
I went to my first Boulder Ignite on September 16th. It was fascinating. Roughly fourteen presentations were on the program – topics ranging from climbing Mt. Everest blind to how one speaks Swedish.
If there is one in your town, it’s worth a try. The great benefit for me is the chance to hear how people very unlike myself think – and express themselves.