As Civic Nebraska celebrates ten years of creating a more modern, robust democracy for all Nebraskans, we’re reflecting upon the connections we’ve made around the state. We’ve worked with groups large and small, old and young, rural and urban, and everything in between. But in August, we’ll be connecting with what is certain to be one of our most energized (and energizing) audiences ever.
That’s right, Civic Nebraska will be a presenter at Ignite Lincoln 10. Ignite, which will kick off at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Rococo Theatre, features short, entertaining addresses on any number of topics by local speakers. Take a look at Aug. 16’s speaker lineup here. Ignite 10 is also your chance to make some noise in support of Civic Nebraska: Along with four other nonprofits, we’ll be competing to receive $10,000, based on live voting from the audience.
Since 2010, Ignite Lincoln has gathered many of Lincoln’s most interesting storytellers to share their tales of inspiration, connection, and innovation. We were honored to be nominated and chosen to share the “why” of our work at Ignite 10. Executive Director and Founder Adam Morfeld will tell the story of Civic Nebraska and the three ways we defend our democracy: through our youth civic leadership programs, which build the next generation of community leaders; through our wide-ranging civic health programs, which fortify the state’s civic, social, and political fabric; and through our nonpartisan voting rights advocacy, which protects every Nebraskan’s right to vote in free, fair elections.
The first Ignite Talks were launched more than a decade ago in Seattle, and since then, affiliated events have been held in more than 350 cities around the world. Ignite’s philosophy is that public speaking builds confidence and community, and its goal is to make it possible for anyone, anywhere, to learn to present their ideas and their stories. Ignite also is also about having fun, and showing that presentations don’t need to be about “death by PowerPoint.”
In 2013, organizers selected five nonprofits to receive the proceeds from sponsorships and ticket sales as voted on by the audience, with $5,000 going to Launch Leadership in celebration of Ignite Lincoln 5. The tradition has continued ever since, with a $1,000 increase in the winning amount each year. So your attendance means the chance to support several great Lincoln nonprofits.
So get your tickets today and join us Aug. 16 for a festive, entertaining, and intellectually stimulating evening. Buy tickets here, and learn more about Ignite 10 on the web and on Facebook. We’ll see you there, fellow defenders of democracy!