About Ignite

If you had 5 minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds?

Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to enlighten us – quickly.

Commitment and the art of facing your greatest fears.

Sara Yellich



Born in Wyoming, raised in Colorado, the wild was imprinted on my body. I'm not who I was. But I'm not yet who I want to be. My work in progress may take a lifetime. I brought my Barbies to Oregon... just in case. Boomboxes make me smile. Words, meanings, and the power of words have always fascinated me. Currently, I am fascinated by patterns. I seek out patterns. With patterns, I see the synchronicity in life, the interconnectedness of all beings. My life then becomes less significant and ego driven when I seek patterns and connection; the link between the bird and the flower, the flower and the bee, the bird and the bee, the bird and me. I am cosmically connected to Hop Head at the BBC.

The final hours before the ignite deadline passes and I can’t decide. I. Can’t. Commit. I’m reminded of Sesame Street. Of Hawthorne. I have a big white C painted across my black sweater. Of course, someone else writes it, because, Lord knows, I can’t decide which of the 26 letters should be written on my chest. Nor can I decide which topic to choose from. What’s it take to commit? Why do we spend so much time choosing our adventure when, possibly, we’re not in control at all. What if I starting committing? It's not that I'm against commitment. I'm completely in awe of people who are sure of their decisions and choices, careers and lovers. For me, there are too many choices. The abundance of my life hasn't created abundance, it's created a life of confusion. Why are our options in life wonderful and startlingly paralyzing? What if they became something else?



Next Event

Ignite Bend ​15
​2018 TBA
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tower Theater - Bend, OR
Admission is always FREE

Tickets will be available two weeks prior to the event.


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