The Power of Ignite


Ignite Memphis isn’t just a soapbox for innovation. People listen, and the impact of Ignite presentations can be far-reaching. Josh Spickler’s presentation on “Justice for a New Generation” helped put the national spotlight on the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office and continues to educate people about mass incarceration.

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Twenty PowerPoint slides and one attorney. 
Generally not a recipe for applause and national recognition.

But that’s exactly what happened after the Shelby County Public Defender’s office utilized the Ignite Memphis format to tell its story. 

Public defender Josh Spickler gave his presentation about “Justice for a New Generation” at the spring edition of Ignite Memphis 4. In five minutes and with just 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds, Spickler outlined the plans of the Shelby County Public Defender’s office to close the “justice gap.”

The justice gap generally describes the inequites in our community that make it difficult for the poor to secure zealous legal counsel.  

Spickler’s presentation at Ignite Memphis won the People’s Choice award.  The Shelby County Public Defender’s office has also used the Ignite presentation before community groups to help illustrate issues of mass incarceration and advocate for comprehensive justice reform in Shelby County. See full article here