In the wake of devastation wreaked by natural disasters globally, PechaKucha seeks to assist in the re-development of all affected regions via the INSPIRE initiative. The road to recovery is a long one, and YOU can help inspire regrowth by sharing your stories here. Get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org to begin.
BY JAMIE EL-BANNA
@ VOL 13
ON JUN 04, 2016
Jamie El-Banna shares his stories of volunteering that don't quite fit the norm. According to El-Banna, the standard image of a volunteer is that of hippy-minded slacker who can't find a "real job". El-Banna is the founder of NPO It's Not Just Mud that has provided disaster relief in Tohoku and Kumamoto. Jamie proves that volunteers come in all shapes, colors and sizes.
Tremors from Kumamoto
BY MARI NASAKI
@ VOL 135
ON APR 27, 2016
"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.
The was "PechaKucha of the Day" Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016.
Earthquake at the Equator
BY FRANCISCO X. MEJÍA
@ 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.
Safecast: Real-time Hyper-local Information
BY PIETER FRANKEN
"It's a little bit like Google Street View, it's the same idea ...with radiation."
From PKN Tokyo’s recent "Powered by PechaKucha: Tohoku 2020: Building a sustainable Post-3/11 Future" Pieter Franken Presents Safecast: Real-time Hyper-local Information. In our technologically saturated age, it is hypothetically easy to share data instantaneously with others. After the Tohoku Earthquake, Pieter and what would eventually become the Safecast Team realized that information about the radiation levels couldn’t be spread as it didin’t exist. After connecting to minds, companies, and volunteers – both in Japan and abroad– an open-source system was developed that could quickly collect, record, and share radiation level information.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, March 11, 2016.
The Tohoku Effect
BY MARK DYTHAM
“When the Haiti earthquake struck, we ran an event around the world on 24 hour skype. A Year later, the shoe was on the other foot; the earthquake happened in Japan. 105 cities got together within 3 weeks and we held an Inspire Japan Event.”
From PKN Tokyo’s recent "Powered by PechaKucha: Tohoku 2020: Building a sustainable Post-3/11 Future" Speaker and PechaKucha founder Mark Dytham presents "The Tohoku Effect" on PechaKucha’s and PechaKucha Inspire’s history. No one could have predicted that the small one-off event would balloon into a popular presentation format to be used the world over. PechaKucha Certainly has its perks; It’s free, It’s simple, it lets people give their work exposure. Most importantly of all, it builds community. It is such communities that come together when tragedies strike and help build warm spaces.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesdaym March 17th, 2016.
Harnessing the Power of Play
BY MICHAEL ANOP
“Bureaucracy is not very fun, so… at first they decided to turn a blind eye towards what we were doing. [Eventually] the government’s blind eye [realized that it] liked what we were doing. The ministry of education started reaching out to us and asking ‘hey, can you help us rebuild the playgrounds at our schools’”
From PechaKucha Night Tokyo’s recent "Powered by PechaKucha: Tohoku 2020: Building a sustainable Post-3/11 Future" comes Harnessing the Power of Play by Michael Anop. Whilst volunteering in disaster-affected Tohoku communities, Anop came to realize that many parks and school playgrounds had been destroyed by the 3/11 tsunami. Because local government was simply overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster, repairing parks would take 3 to 5 years. Working together with corporate sponsors, community leaders and city halls, Playground of Hope has built 43 playground in Tohoku.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016.
BY ADAM FULFORD
"Let's get the value of regional Japan out to the world because the world will benefit from it."
In NOW HOW From PKN Tokyo’s recent "Powered by PechaKucha: Tohoku 2020: Building a sustainable Post-3/11 Future" Adam Fulford uses the word NowHow as a rough translation of "ichigo ichie," a Japanese tea ceremony concept that focuses attention on the unique value of each encounter. "Now" is the only time available to us to take action, and so it would seem appropriate to try to make the best possible use of that opportunity. Adam uses his take on traditional East Asian and Japanese culture to design a "now" whose aim is to improve the survival potential of the amazingly diverse communities to be found, on the brink of collapse, in regional Japan. For his NowHow and Walkshop activities, he brings together international teams whose task is to unearth buried treasure -- while also experiencing the power of "deep Japan" to mend a broken heart.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, March 15th, 2016.