City Focus: Easton

Easton, PA deserves the City Focus this week after a hosting a stellar PechaKucha Night, rife with some imaginative presentations! Held at the Nurture Nature Center as the opening event of the Riverside Festival of the Arts, we're happy to see PKN as part of their creative community!

Poster for PKN Nanaimo Vol. 2!

Shining a spotlight on PechaKucha Nanaimo whose Vol. 2 event poster that pays homage to the city's rich heritage. We liked this intricate design so much, we put it on our official PechaKucha Poster tumblr! Click through and be inspired to design one for YOUR city's PechaKucha!

PechaKucha Creative Harvest

Waterville Maine's Craft Weekend and Harvest Festival included traditional autumn activities such as hayrides, scarecrow making, and pumpkin carving, and also an amazing PKN at the Waterville Opera House, geared to children and families, celebrating of the city’s cultural diversity!

Presentation of the Day


Ahmed Asi

in Santa Barbara

The Odyssey Project


The Odyssey Project is a collaborative theater process between youth from a juvenile detention facility in Santa Barbara county and undergraduate students from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Using the template of Homer's Odyssey, the participants gather on the university campus to explore the mythic elements in their lives in order to reconstruct the epic poem in their own voices. The project leads to a public performance at a local theater. Everyone on this creative journey is a hero or heroine. The project is designed to honor youth in identifying their heroic life mission and map a course of action. It employs theater arts as a strategy for inspiring life affirming choices.

In doing so, it seeks to demonstrate how artistic cooperation transcends class, racial and social barriers; and how art, with rehabilitation, serves as an alternative to incarceration and penalty.


Past Presentations of the Day


Even Though We're Here

@ VOL 4 ON AUG 15, 2015

"When you step out of your comfort zone, THAT is when the magic happens, THAT is when you realize the true strength of your capabilities"

In "Even Though We're Here" from Bandar Seri Begawan Vol.4Dragons And Pixie Dust’s self-taught special effects make-up artist Muaz Al-Rashid’s shares the story his childhood curiosity on how Jim Carey was turned into The Grinch got his creative engine running. From looking up for inspirations on YouTube to someone telling him to just do it to actually ripping himself out of his comfort zone, Muaz invites us to join him (being unafraid to do what you’re passionate about) as he brushes his way into being resourceful with what little he could work with to complete his vision.

This was "Presenation of the Day" on Tuesday October 6, 2015.


I'd Rather Be Printing

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 13, 2015

"This is the first color newspaper ever printed in New Orleans!"

In I'd Rather Be Printing from Pechakucha Night New Orleans Vol. 17, J.S. Makkos shares falling in love with antique printing presses as a youth exploring in his father’s antique shop. This helped define his passion for print making. He came down to New Orleans with a purpose to salvage the detritus and material culture of this city that was being lost in dumpsters and through a sequence of events, stumbled on a treasure trove of New Orleans history.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on Monday, October 5th, 2015.


Rebuilding the Future of Nepal

ON SEP 29, 2015

"We cannot control nature. It does what it does. However we can control human nature and our ability to work together in the face of these odds."

In Rebuilding the Future of Nepal, from our Inspire Nepal Channel, Nevo Shinaar shares the story of his involvement in the Earthquake in Nepal in 2015. After committing for 10 month's work as a volunteer in Nepal, aimed to help rural communities become more resilient to globalisation and external changes, and to enhance their quality of life, Shinaar had such a meaningful experience that he decided to stay longer and facilitate a new group of volunteers. Within another 8 months, the ravaging earthquake sent the entire country into a state of disarray particularly the very communities with with whom he'd be working. In trying to address the needs of these communities in ways that were most relevant and effective he learned some life lessons, and shares them with us here.

This was "Presenation of the Day" on Friday October 2nd, 2015.


Growing a Community of Impact

@ VOL 3 ON MAY 08, 2015

"Maybe it's a natural virus for someone who has social workers as parents, but for me I thought I had to help everyone in trouble." 

In Growing a Community of Impact from Bergen Vol. 3Silje Grastveit tells her story of what inspired her to become an entrepreneur. She started Impact Hub in Bergen, Norway, working to support social entrepreneurs. In just a few years the organization's network has spread to over 60 cities, and continues to grow. The community has reached more than 10,000 members focussing on making a positive impact in the world. Impact Hub Bergen was one of the early versions, it opened in 2011 and is the first incubator for social innovation in Norway.

This was "Presenation of the Day" Wednesday, September 29th, 2015.

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