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This is a photo of Albin Oskarsson (taken by Thomas Bergh) presenting at PKN Gothenburg Vol. 7 on April 9, 2008. He was a bit nervous ,and twisted and turned on stage while presenting personal photos he had taken of his friends and the quirky stories behind them.

We all liked Albin from the start, and he later became our event photographer of choice. He took some of the best photos of PechaKucha we've ever seen, before following his dream and moving to Charmonix for a life of adventure.

Albin was happy in Charmonix. In this post is a self-portrait he took and uploaded with the caption "My family, my toys, and my favourite obsessions."

Sadly and unexpectedly, Albin passed away in March of this year after an avalanche accident while snowboarding. In memory of Albin, and with the permission from his family, we're releasing some of his PechaKucha photos under a Creative Commons license BY-NC-SA. You are more than welcome to download and use the images below in all non-commercial projects, such as PechaKucha, as long as you credit Albin Oskarsson.

Download link for PKN Gothenburg photos by Albin Oskarsson.

And remember, today is always the best day to tell someone how you feel about them.

Guest post written by PKN Gothenburg organizer Jesper Larsson.

Everyone loves water that falls -- as long as it falls at the right place and at the right time. 

In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 100), Jesper Larsson turns one city's "weakness" into an opportunity.

He tells us of Gothenburg, Sweden's upcoming 400-year anniversary. Preparing for this, the city invited different people to come up with ideas regarding how Gothenburg could make an international mark in the years leading up to the commemoration. Jesper goes over the deluge of benefits rain and water provide us with, and discusses how he believes the city could leverage its high-rainfall percentage to benefit all those living and visiting Gothenburg. 

PKN Barnsley Vol. 4 Presentations João Nunes is an architect, and in this presentation (in Italian, from PKN Catania Vol. 10) he talks about the challenges involved in working with landscapes. This usually means having to balance elements such as time, conditions, and the type of terrain, along with very different materials. In "A Rough Guide to Wakefield Kirkgate" (from PKN Barnsley Vol. 4), Sharon Shepherds shares a few ideas on what could be done to make the historic Wakefield Kirkgate station look better. PKN Manizales Vol. 3 Posters We've got two new additions to our Tumblr blog, including the poster for PKN Manizales Vol.  3 you see pictured above, as well as the two sides of the PKN San Antonio Vol. 6 flyer. PKN Hanoi Vol. 1 Photos We have quite a few photo galleries to share with you today, some from PKNs that happened a while ago (so not necessary from a city's latest volume). Pictured above, PKN Hanoi Vol. 1.

PKN Gothenburg We shared a report by PKN Gothenburg organizer Jesper Larsson recently (about the city's recent Vol. 31), and here's a follow-up on the topic of instant inspiration:

Sometimes inspiration travels fast. The day after PKN Gothenburg Vol. 31, presenter and sushi chef José Seruda went out in the city to find edible ingredients inspired by Klara Hansson who presented about "The edible city" the same night, and during the beer break served up a 'Kokoro salad' based on wild city plants. José's own hunt resulted in a brand new starter dish using Daisy, Garlic-mustard flower and Dandelion Leaf served as part of the omakase offering the same night at his restaurant Hoze. I'm guessing it's this kind of passion for experimentation with ingredients and flavors that might be the reason many consider Hoze one of Sweden's best sushi restaurants. Below is a video of Klara going hunting for wild plants in Gothenburg city on a previous occasion and within 30 minutes serving up a fresh mushroom salad. How has a PechaKucha presentation inspired you?

Calendar As we covered yesterday, tonight's (Wednesday, May 23) calendar includes PKN Prague Vol. 29, PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 3, PKN Leksand Vol. 4, and PKN Copenhagen Vol. 20. Tomorrow is a big Thursday (May 24), with the following events on tap: PKN Istanbul Vol. 14, PKN Seattle Vol. 35, PKN Helsinki Vol. 21, PKN London Vol. 6, PKN Kosice Vol. 18, and PKN Yerevan Vol. 16.

Here's our look at what's happening today in PechaKucha. Presentations We've got two new presentations on the site, one from Curitiba and one from St. Louis. In "The Street Is Alive" (in Portuguese), Jorge Galvao shares his graffiti work, and talks about his passion for street art, and then in "Hitchhiking for Sanity," Myles Dickason shares some of his hitchhiking adventures. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150699906134402.455596.607249401&type=3&l=b983b49260 Photos Here are today's event photos to take in, coming from a few of our PKN cities. Above, the scene at Providence's PKN Vol. 35, which was held back in February.

PKN Gothenburg Vol. 31 The photo above is from the recent PKN Gothenburg Vol. 31 (see the full Facebook gallery, all photos by Nettan Kock), and below is a report from that city's organizer, Jesper Larsson. You can also find all Gothenburg presentations (in Swedish) on its YouTube channel.

On April 24th, we arranged our Vol. 31 of PechaKucha Gothenburg with a great turnout! Annelie Hulthén used mobile photos to show some of the backsides of the life of a politician. Our new city architect showed aerial photos of Gothenburg to show how much space is wasted on cars instead of human beings. Peter Korn told us about digging and how to plant exotic plants on stony Swedish hillsides. Sushi chef José Seruda spoke about "omakase" and his idea of Scandinavian sushi using locally produced fish and seafood. Siv Burell talked about the language Esperanto which celebrates 125 years this year. Klara Hansson spoke about perma culture and what's edible within the city centre. Jeanette Fagerström told the story that led up to her opening a sewing machine café in Gothenburg (similar to an internet café but with sewing machines instead of computers). Helena Andersson, Sebastian Popescu & Evelina Valtersson finished of the evening with a presentation about their project "Bostadsrotation" (residential rotation) where people change housing and routines with another person for a couple of days. In the break, Klara Hansson and her friends served up a 'Kokoro salad' based on wild city plants such as Garlic-mustard, Celandine, Common wood sorrel, Dandelion, Sorrel, Lady's Mantle, Daisy, Rowan Leaf, Ground elder and last but not least Lovage. They also served fresh natural birch sap. In this walkthrough video during the beer break, organizer Jesper Larsson tries out the birch sap and talks to former presenter Sebastian Näslund about it. We totally forgot to celebrate it, but the last presentation of the evening was actually #300 since we started!

PKN Muscat Links Looking for some interesting PechaKucha-related articles? We've got you covered. The photo above shows the team behind the soon-to-launch PKN series in Muscat (the organizer, Sara Fida, is second from right).

Calendar Tonight (May 16), it's PKN Wagga Wagga Vol. 6, and tomorrow night (May 17) you can look to these three events: PKN Hanoi Vol. 4, PKN For a peek at what's coming later this month, you can always check our calendar.

PKN Gothenburg Vol. 30

PKN Gothenburg Vol. 30 PechaKucha Night in Gothenburg Vol. 30 was the city's Global Cities Week event, and here's organizer Jesper Larsson with a report on how things went. All photos were taken by Albin Oskarsson -- they can also be found in this Facebook gallery, and you can enjoy an amazing panoramic shot here.

This past Tuesday marked the 30th edition of PechaKucha Night in Gothenburg, with a great turnout as usual. Our mayor was unfortunately unable to attend (she will instead present at our next event in April, joined by our new city architect) but she was quickly replaced by the Gothenburg Roller Derby who presented in full gear, and they even demonstrated how to tackle on stage.

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Besides the roller girls, we got to experience presentations by our city gardener, a modiste on how to brighten up our city with color, a Finnish girl about why she loves Gothenburg, our own PechaKucha ambassador about why Gothenburg should become the world's best city when it rains, Mega Laser magazine presented on the hidden side of Gothenburg and an artist told the story of how we used to hang out with Gene Simmons but now is homeless in Gothenburg and making a documentary about his life. He told us about all his setbacks in life but finished off the evening with a quote by Winston Churchill he tries to live after: "Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, give up. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up."

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PKN Gothenburg + Global Cities Week Gothenburg will be participating in our Global Cities Week, and none other than the city's mayor, Annelie Hulthén (pictured above), will be presenting at the event. PechaKucha Night in Gothenburg Vol. 30 will be held on February 21 at Park Lane, and below are plenty of details on the event, sent to us by organizer Jesper Larsson -- also, here's an invitation in the form of animated GIF.

THE MAYOR OF GOTHENBURG The chairman of the Gothenburg Municipality executive board, simply put "the mayor of Gothenburg", Annelie Hulthén will present at the upcoming PechaKucha event in Gothenburg as part of Global Cities Week. Last year Annelie Hultén won the prestigious Politician Award at the 2011 World Entrepreneurship Forum in Singapore on behalf of Gothenburg, for her work with Business Region Göteborg which supports the local PechaKucha through the organisation ADA.

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httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVF2QLhE_Cw When we share presentations here on the site it's usually in the form of our special format, but this presentation from PechaKucha Night in Gothenburg Vol. 29 (in Swedish, but with English subtitles if you hit the CC button on the player) works better in video, and so here it is. The presentation is by Kristofer Hagbard and Dan Henriksson (Ideofon), as they introduce their Doki Doki device.

PechaKucha Workshop with the Swedish Police

PechaKucha Workshop with the Swedish Police Last week Jesper Larsson, PechaKucha ambassador of Gothenburg traveled to Stockholm together with "struktör" David Stiernholm to arrange a PechaKucha workshop with the Swedish Police. The participants from the Swedish National Police Board were first given an introduction lecture about PechaKucha and the 20x20 format, along with tips and ideas on how to find images – legally of course – and how to go about creating and preparing a presentation. PechaKucha Workshop with the Swedish Police PechaKucha Workshop with the Swedish Police They then had only an hour to prepare their own presentations on subjects relating to their respective work, after which the presentations were presented to the entire group. PechaKucha Workshop with the Swedish Police Despite the short time frame we got to experience thoughtful, creative, useful and fun presentations. This both showed how much a group of committed people are able to do in only an hour, as well as the power of the 20x20 format. And the participants were also happy about the workshop. In a follow-up email our contact person wrote: "Many of us got really inspired by the PechaKucha workshop. A colleague went straight home and remade two presentations she was giving the following week." Bonus: After the workshop we also got to check out the police archive with old police cars and equipment. PechaKucha Workshop with the Swedish Police An old Porsche 911 police car. PechaKucha Workshop with the Swedish Police A promotional poster for the Sig Sauer pistol used by the Swedish police. PechaKucha Workshop with the Swedish Police Old ballistics test looking like contemporary pop art PechaKucha Workshop with the Swedish Police Some sort of functional fashion piece that had something to do with handling lead. Below, the PechaKucha storyboard. PechaKucha Workshop with the Swedish Police

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj3d9_EeFPk At its latest PechaKucha Night -- Vol. 28, held a few days ago -- Gothenburg invited pianist Bruno Bran to play at the event during the breaks, instead of a DJ. As organizer Jesper Larsson says, "I must say it was great for the atmosphere and perhaps something to spread and recommend to other PKN organizers." The video gives you a taste of Bran's playing, and we love seeing the reflection of our PechaKucha city loop on the piano.

Communicator of the Year in Gothenburg

Communicator of the Year in Gothenburg Last week our main man in Gothenburg, Jesper Larsson, was awarded a golden cow and the title of "Communicator of the Year" by The Market Association of Gothenburg (MiG). He received the award mainly because of his work with PechaKucha Göteborg over the past five years, but also as a founder of Creators Inn, the world's first free hotel for creators. Communicator of the Year in Gothenburg Instead of an acceptance speech Jesper asked to do a PechaKucha presentation, but since he was only allowed a total of 120 seconds of stage time, he did an even quicker version. Using the 28 slides above he talked about himself, about how Astrid and Mark started PechaKucha Night at Superdeluxe, about the format and how it has since spread all over the world, about how he brought the concept to Gothenburg in 2006, including statistics about the events in Gothenburg, and then he thanked over 300 people, including the local PKN project team, the partners and all former speakers – all in 120 seconds! If you want to know how it was done you can download the PowerPoint presentation (for a limited time only) with speaker notes in Swedish. Communicator of the Year in Gothenburg Here is an unrelated picture where Jesper wrestles Dolph Lundgren, aka He-Man. The next PechaKucha Night in Gothenburg (Vol. 28) is Tuesday of next week (October 18) at Blå Stället in Angered -- once a year the series moves from the city to a suburb of Gothenburg in order to find new speakers and audience.

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