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.

From Earthquake to Earthbag: rebuilding communities in a different way.

Magdalena Bokowa

People Helping People, International


Magdalena and Chadd were on their honeymoon in Nepal when the 7.9 earthquake hit. Making it out of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek unharmed, they decided against evacuation and crowdfunded $11,000 from the Bend community to provide immediate relief materials (food, shelter and medical supplies) to remote and rural areas that were not receiving aid. The last project involved a trek into a remote area, just south of the epi center, and this is where they are returning to start rebuilding a school in November. During the summer, they began a non profit People Helping People International, in the hopes, that this rebuild will be the first of many. The rebuild will be using a natural building method called Earth bag, which is a low cost, eco friendly and best of all seismic resistant method that can be easily replicated by local villagers. Our hope is that by teaching local Nepali this method, it will be a ripple effect that will spread throughout communities in Nepal and in turn, save lives when the next big earthquake hits.

Our presentation will examine how normal, everyday people, such as ourselves can create change by being in the right place at the wrong time and by taking advantage of an otherwise desolate situation. With a brief overview of how we got to where we are, and. The power of a grassroots movement supported by social media, we will focus on why we are rebuilding using the earthbag method and why it's important to create change that both empowers the local people and is culturally conscious at the same time.



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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