For PK Person of the Week, Kevin S. Fox, PechaKucha Nights are a 21st-century forum “where the professional, the poetic, and the personal find their public.” Over the past 2 years this American cultural geographer has presented at 9 PechaKucha Nights in Austria, Slovakia, Poland, Germany and USA. For the presentations he usually discusses his monthly radio show, Geographical Imaginations, where he explores the geographies of everything and nothing with a wide range of people—including academics, artists and everyday geographers. He asks questions and explores themes through dialogue and experimentation. Inevitably, these explorations return to simple, yet complex, questions: How does _____ inform the way I picture the world in my head? How does that picture, in turn, limit or expand my place in the world? Check out his Salzburg, Austria based radio program or his recent presentation from PKN Aalen, Geography of PechaKucha.

This week's PechaKucha People spotlight shines on Amazon UX Design Lead and PKN Seattle organizer Ana Pinto da Silva who epitomizers the very best of our creative community. She was recently recognized for her continued contribution to her community and company through PechaKucha. "There is a sense of connectedness, of friendship, of inspired transformation ... a need to share experiences that allow us to dive deep into a topic, shining a light on the incredible people in our community doing such important work across so many different areas. The audience gets to hear a multitude of perspectives in a way that honors the collective intelligence of the community." Read more here.

This week's PechaKucha People spotlight heads high up to the Austiran Apls, shining on Lienz organizer and bubbly do-gooder, Ulrike Madritsch, who recently joined other organizers for a regional meet-up in Aalen Germany, making evident just how passionate she is about PechaKucha! Here's to you Ulli!

This weeks PechaKucha People spotlight goes to Charlotte organizer, and architect/urban designer and founder of Que-OS, Manoj P Kesavan, whose city was shaken earlier this year by protests and unrest following a police shooting. Manoj put out a call for the creative community to respond to the new realities, and was overwhelmed by the response. The event that followed reflected the seriousness and urgency of the situation, and brought together most diverse lineup and audience to date - not just for the cities PKN, but for any cultural platform in the city. Read more about it here

Kesavan says: “In a city where everything - including cultural venues - are highly segregated, and where trust between races/classes/communities is in short supply, we are humbled to be the safe and welcoming place for diversity and inclusion.”

We couldn't be more proud of you, Manoj for making a positive impact in your community though PechaKucha! Keep it up! 

PechaKucha Night New Westminster committee member, and PechaKucha Person of the Week, Jen Arbo is being recognized and interviewed in the New Westminster Record as the city's Citizen of the Year, and we at PechaKucha HQ couldn't be more proud of her. Check out the full interview here.

The PechaKucha People spotlight shines this week on business-savvy funnyman, Hironori Okada, organizer of PechaKucha Nights in Osaka. A gregarious fellow, pictured here with PechaKucha founder Astrid Klein, he embodies the best of Osaka's lively no-nonsense spirit! Look out for PKN Osaka's Vol. 15 this week!

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall began the Royal tour in Oman with an introduction to PechaKucha Muscat Organizer Sara Fida. Their visit's aim is to promote the U.K.'s partnerships in the region in key areas such as supporting women in leadership and creating youth opportunities. We trust Sara will be an invaluable asset to their Royal Highnesses's efforts. Way to go Sara! 

Our weekly PechaKucha People feature highlights PechaKucha Night Monterrey organizer, Maria Jose Garcia! As an architect, traveler, design lover and a mom, she has lived in Spain, Venezuela, France, and Mexico - a truly global citizen. Because of her passion for public spaces and design with social impact, she co-founded MAKA GREEN in 2010, a non-profit organization that promotes design for social innovation. 

This week's PechaKucha People Spotlight lands on PKN Kyoto organizer, Eric Luong. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Eric Luong is a freelance translator and Associate Professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design. He has always loved organizing things: poker nights, wine parties, DJ events, exhibitions, anything involving good people. Check out PechaKucha Kyoto's podcast with past speakers here.

This week's PechaKucha Person is an Okinawan hometown hero Daryl Mitchell! Not only is he a local musician, events producer, creative director of Cotonoha - the alternative space for performing and visual artists, he's also our All-Star PechaKucha City Organizer in the city of Ginowan!