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We haven’t scheduled our next PechaKucha Night yet, but in the meantime you can watch some presentations, look at our map to see if there are any scheduled PKNs in nearby cities, or have a look at the long list of upcoming events, to see if there’s one you can attend!

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The Unexpected Hanging Paradox

BY REBECCA MALMQUIST
@ VOL 16 ON MAR 15, 2017

The unexpected hanging paradox is a riddle.  Think about what makes you special.  Think about your family.  Now listen to Rebecca Malmquist make it more clear to you with her experiences.

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My Team Triumph

BY TERENCE REUBEN
@ VOL 16 ON MAR 15, 2017

Hear how Terence Reuben grew up in the middle of something unimaginable only to create a better life for not only himself but for a huge network of disabled people through his talents and experiences.

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Is this a presentation or a firing squad?

BY CHARLIE WOLLBORG
@ VOL 16 ON MAR 15, 2017

Storyteller, word genius, and advertising maverick Charlie Wollborg dropped by a second time for our big charity LaughFest edition to present on presenting.  This is a presentation for anyone considering a presentation that takes a comical look into the reality of watching anything that comes out of Powerpoint on a Thursday afternoon!

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The Mother Road

BY TERESA THOME
@ VOL 16 ON MAR 15, 2017

The actress, producer, writer, and generally entertaining Teresa Thome led us through a painful journey she took to discover another side of her mother and herself.  She followed the path her mother had to Los Angeles along Route 66 and discovered as much about herself as her mother!

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My life as a subject of Her Majesty, the Queen

BY SARAH COX
@ VOL 15 ON NOV 15, 2016

Sarah Cox shows us a glimpse into something most of us will never understand… the Royal Family and the Queen.

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The Life of Brittany

BY CLAYTON BOOTHE
@ VOL 15 ON NOV 15, 2016

Veteran PK speaker and future Emcee Clayton Boothe gets up to talk about one of the toughest things any parent can ever endure, the loss of his child.  Here is Clayton's dedication to Brittany.

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From Seminary to Atheism

BY MICHAEL WILLIS
@ VOL 5 ON OCT 30, 2012

Strong language and ideas are plentiful in Michael Willis's presentation brough on by his strong beliefs as a child and formal indoctrination and education in his Christian faith.  After completing seminary Michael had a wake-up call that flipped his views dramatically in a way that challenges many of the loudest voices in modern American politics.  As Michael starts by saying "I'm talking about an idea…hopefully we can all learn something".

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20 Random Slides (PKGRv5)

BY DAN TERPSTRA
@ VOL 5 ON OCT 30, 2012

The first official "20 Random Slides" features the passing of the batton from David Foster as curator and city manager of PKGR to Dan Terpstra when David created slides that were a mystery before it began.  Now we are over 10 more "20RS" all created by co-organizer Michele Terpstra but this is where it all began!

 

GRAND RAPIDS Blog

PechaKucha is Grand and Rapid in Grand Rapids

The latest edition of PechaKucha night in the rip-roarin' Michigan city of Grand Rapids (Vol. 6) came and went, and a quick recap of the night was recorded in The Rapidian.
Here's a small tidbit from the article:


Humorous and serious, honest and ultimately real, PKGR provides neutral ground, an environment where any one of us can share our passions, our stories or a little bit of ourselves. PKGR also gives the audience the opportunity to discover the unknown, rethink the familiar and to get lost in the story.

Because when it really comes down to it, life is all about the stories.


We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Check out the full article here.

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About the City's Organizers

  • Dan Terpstra

    With roots in music and graphic design, as well as leadership in a large corporate chain, Dan now makes a living as an energetic photographer. He casts a wide net with his photography, ranging from couples on their wedding days and seniors who want to look natural and comfortable, to corporations looking for polish and perfection. Joining with his older brother, Rob, two years ago in the PechaKucha Night, Grand Rapids organization has lead to motivate, inspire, enrich, and diversify Dan's life as he has spearheaded all things technology- and design-related through the first five volumes, as well as sharing the emcee role. Now with his wife Michele at his side, possibilities are limitless!

  • Michele Terpstra

    Michele is Pluginologist for Toolfarm.com, a value-added reseller of visual effects tools and video software, where she creates tutorial content and writes, among many other things. Michele has a BA in Communications in Film & Video from Grand Valley State University. She started her video career at Postworks as a motion graphics artist and taught After Effects and Photoshop at Kendall College of Art & Design. She wrote Plug-in with After Effects: Third Party Plug-in Mastery, which was published by Focal Press in June 2011. In 2001, she launched AEFreemart.com and, in 2002, co-founded West Michigan Animation & Effects User Group. She is a former board member of MCA-I Mid-Michigan, the West Michigan Film & Video Alliance, and currently serves on the board of the GVSU Film & Video Alumni Association. Michele is an avid cook and loves to travel and hike. In August 2015, she, her husband Dan, her daughter Lily, and a few friends took an epic seven day trek on the Inca trail in Peru. She and her husband have also visited Italy and Korea, and hiked the mountains of Utah and Tennessee in the past two years. Together, they run the Grand Rapids chapter of PechaKucha, a 20x20 presentation format in which speakers present their passions in a fun and fast format. Michele currently coaches her daughter’s Odyssey of the Mind team.