City Focus: Quito, Ecuador

We direct our City Focus this week to PechaKucha friends in Quito whose county of Ecuador recently endured a massive earthquake with a devastating scale of loss. With worldwide PechaKucha community behind you; we keep you close in your hearts and thoughts.

Connected & Inspired

PechaKucha Night Tokyo recently connected LIVE with our PechaKucha teams in Kumamoto, Japan and Quito, Ecuador. Not only was it a technical success but very moving to hear from both cities about their current situation and about the way forward. Watch the Ustream and presentations.

PKN People: Johnny Linnert

If ever there was somebody deserving of the title PechaKucha People, it's our behind-the-scenes, everything doer, and unsung-super-hero at PK HQ, Johnny Linnert whose unyielding and laser-focussed commitment to PechaKucha's Global Network keeps us true to our vision.

Presentation of the Day

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Mari Nasaki

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Tremors from Kumamoto

PRESENTED ON APR 27, 2016
IN TOKYO @ VOL 135

"As we attempted to escape our crumbling buildings, the electricity cut out, and we were left scrambling in the dark."

In Tremors from Kumamoto, from PKN Tokyo Vol. 135, PechaKucha Night Kumamoto team member Mari Nasaki recounts the days and weeks following Kumamoto's largest earthquake in centuries. She speaks of destruction, lack of sustenance and supplies, but also of hope. 

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Past Presentations of the Day

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Earthquake at the Equator

BY FRANCISCO X. MEJ√ćA
@ VOL 135 ON APR 27, 2016

Ecuador: A country that held each other tight enough that it never shook again. 

"This sums up the Ecuadorian fraternity and solidarity during difficult times. [They] unite and continue to inspire each other to help rebuild their country and overcome this tragedy."

In Earthquake at the Equator from PKN Tokyo Vol 135, and as part of PechaKucha's Inspire Initiative, steaming live from Ecuado, PechaKucha Night organizer in Quito, Ecudaor, Francisco X. Mejía and Glo Fren presented about their country, the current situation in response to the recent devastating earthquake at the coast, and solidarity and resolve of the Ecuadorians in this time of crisis. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, 29th, 2016.

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Tomato, Tomato

BY JULIA THEISEN
@ VOL 2 ON JAN 21, 2016

“I said to my husband ‘what’s that down there’ and he said ‘that’s downtown’. This was 15 years ago, and all i could think was ‘I am being driven into a religious cult that makes bread’.”

In Tomato, Tomato from PechaKucha Night Dubuque’s 2nd volume, Speaker Julia Theisen tells a humorous anecdote about a big move. Have you ever moved to another country permanently? What about visited another country? Even if you have not speaker Julia's observations about the two countries are sure to put a smile on your face.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, April 28th, 2016. 

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Ibrahim Parlak's Story with a Twist

BY ANGELA REICHERT
@ VOL 4 ON FEB 11, 2016

“He called the restaurant Gulistan which means ‘the land of roses’. To the restaurant came the people. First one, then two, then a bunch.”

In Ibrahim Parlak's Story with a Twist from PechaKucha Night Saint Joseph’s 4th volume, Presenter Ashley Reichert tells the story of a man from Kurdistan, Ibrahim Paralak, and his journey to a small town in Michigan. He is in search of freedom - a place where people are free to speak their minds, free from oppression, and free persecution. All he wants is to make a peaceful place for his family, his restaurant, and a place to grow his roses.

All is going well, until one day he is just gone. Soon, many people ask where he has gone, and learn he has been jailed with the fear of being deported. Ashley goes on to tell us how he is released from jail and goes back to family, his restaurant, and his roses. All seems well again, but there's a twist.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, April, 27th, 2016.

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The Tourist, The Voyeur

BY XAVIER CAVAZOS
@ VOL 5 ON FEB 19, 2016

“She is the mother of us, all of us, alive or dead.”

In The Tourist, The Voyeur from Pechakucha Night Ellensburg’s 5th volume, presenter  Xavier Cavazos poetically introduces us, the voyeur, the tourist, to the people, the streets, the grandmothers of Havana.  In a mesmerizing rhythm, we are drawn into unknown territory.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016.

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