My Real Leap of Faith
BY ROBYN DIPPENAAR
@ VOL 9
ON FEB 20, 2017
Robyn Dippenaar's real leap of faith is not when she faced a big change in my life quitting her job, left her country and came to Vietnam, her biggest leap is when she took a chance to talk at this Pechakucha event. She says "Your leap of faith can be as simple as it is but yet still scary when you decide to do so."
Porn is Milk
BY SAMUEL DÍAZ FERNÁNDEZ
@ VOL 8
ON DEC 20, 2016
Porn is Milk | Samuel Díaz Fernández | PechaKucha Hanoi Vol 8
Recorded on December 20th. Samuel Díaz Fernández shares his guilty pleasure with porn and how it all relates to everyone.
Samuel Díaz Fernández
Filmmaker - Photographer - Educator, The School of Slow Media // Studio DIFFÉ in Hanoi Viet Nam
Samuel is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator who has spent the past 10 years designing communications tools that promote communal and social impact. He is the founder of Studio DIFFÉ, a digital agency that helps build empathy in communities worldwide through video and photography. He is also the founder of The School of Slow Media.
A Colombian-born immigrant across 4 continents, Samuel’s commitment to stories unfolding at the hemlines of society is what defines his passion for education. His work with the United Nations and the international NGO sector has led him to design hands-on media and peace trainings for young people in Oslo, Paris, NYC, Kosovo, Nairobi, Cambodia and across Southeast Asia. He strives to see people from different communities, creating and listening together, tracing hybrid narratives with their hands and bodies.
Before working in Geneva, Switzerland both as the global coordinator for communications and advocacy of the World YMCA and as a communications consultant for the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Samuel also worked in the USA as a public school teacher for at risk-bilingual students and as a camp curriculum trainer for abused and neglected kids.
After spending a year in Cambodia and the Philippines exploring the crossroads of violence, peace and story (particularly in young people) he has relocated recently to Hanoi, Vietnam.
In 2014, Samuel was invited to join the leadership team of “Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership” (DSIL), a global social impact accelerator program running its pilot year out of Thailand and Cambodia. The programme was certified by the Center for Executive Education that is part of the UN-Mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica. With the support of the DSIL community, he founded “Track X: Creative Media Lab” in 2015 to create a disruptive storytelling programme focused on communal and mindful narrative practices. This would eventually form the foundation for the birth of "The School of Slow Media" in 2016. www.schoolofslowmedia.com
As a self-identified nomad, Samuel feels most at home wherever there is Totoro to keep him grounded in nature and magic. So he looks for Totoro everywhere.
Guilty Pleasure of a Business Owner
Guilty Pleasure of a Business Owner | Mien Pham | PechaKucha Hanoi Vol 8
Recorded on December 20th. Mien Pham shares her story about her business, Hanoigrapevine.com a website to help promote art works.
Co-Owner, HanoiGrapevine.com in Ha Noi Viet Nam
"I’m a travel enthusiast from Ha Noi who is highly driven by local cultures around the world. My passion for travel and engagement in multicultural environment began in 2007 when I joined the international student organization called AIESEC, with whom I went to Wroclaw (Poland) for 2 months in 2009 and New Delhi (India) for 3 months in 2010. Furthermore, I also lived in Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon) in the South of Viet Nam in 2011-2012. In 2015, I received UK Government’s Chevening scholarship and spent a year in London studying for an MA in Art administration & Cultural policy at Goldsmiths college. One of my life goals is to be able to live and experience local life in as many places as possible, and I believe I’m on the way to achieve it.
Currently, I’m a co-owner of Hanoi Grapevine, the best online platform for arts and culture in Viet Nam which has been realized by British Council a major virtual creative hub of the country. The site is bilingual (English-Vietnamese) and is the best source for anyone that wants to look into the contemporary arts scene in Viet Nam. We partner closely with all international cultural centers in Ha Noi, including Goethe Institut, French Insitute, Japan Foundation and other embassies, and various independent art spaces and galleries in the city."
How to Use Guilty Pleasure to Make the World a Better Place
BY HAILEY CHANG
@ VOL 8
ON DEC 20, 2016
How to use Guilty Pleasure to make the world a better place | Hailey Chang | PechaKucha Hanoi Vol 8
Recorded on December 20th, Hailey Chang shares her stories of using food, social media (Guilty Pleasure) to raise awareness about vegan
Blogger, Facilitator, Interpreter, Knowmads Hanoi in Hanoi Viet Nam
Hailey is a global citizen who has lived and worked in 6 countries. She has been dedicating her life to creating a better world for all, from working at Stanford Hospital as a medical interpreter after obtaining a Master’s Degree in Translation and Interpretation, volunteering in impoverished areas, speaking up for animals at the world's largest animal rights organization, to facilitating workshops and programs at Knowmads Hanoi to help individuals discover who they are and what they want to contribute to the world. Her professional experiences in writing, blogging, interpretation, online marketing, celebrity coordination, media relations and facilitation have enabled her to create space for dialogues in a world that desperately needs compassion and empathy. She has been running her own platform "Vegan Kitty Cat" to raise awareness about a healthy plant-based lifestyle.
More Pleasure than Guilty Pleasure?
BY CHAU NGUYEN
@ VOL 8
ON DEC 20, 2016
More pleasure than guilty pleasure? | Chau Nguyen | PechaKucha Hanoi Vol 8
Recorded on December 20th, Chau Nguyen shares her guity pleasure and what she feels when overcome it.
Chief of PR & Fundraising , School 4 Kids Viet Nam in Hanoi Viet Nam
First and foremost, Chau is a traveller, a day dreamer, a wanderer who looks for beauty in life.
In 2013, Chau co-founded School 4 Kids Viet Nam - a crowd-funding project to encourage education for children in rural area, with the believe that "education is the strongest weapon to change the world". The project was successful with the first kindergarten for 50 children in Phieng Canh Village, Son La Province with $12,000 raised. The 2nd school was built during 2014 - 2015 with $20,000 donation for 100 children of Lung Ho Village, Ha Giang Province. The project was well-recognised and featured on VTV New Year Eve program, as well as other major e-news channel. In 2014, Chau was among the 50 young delegates under 30 to attend World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
Recently, Chau has just returned from her study trip in Japan and hugely inspired by their community-led initiatives.
Chau's most favorite topics include inspiring stories, food & cuisine, music, books, history and wonders of the world.
Adulthood as Guilty Pleasure
Adulthood as Guilty Pleasure | Ai Vuong | PechaKucha Hanoi Vol 8
Recorded on December 20th, Ai Vuong shares her stories while working with kids at an NGO.
Creative Director | Writer | Educator, Clickable Vietnam in Hanoi Viet Nam
Ái likes to laugh and to play, and therefore is always searching for ways to do that full-time.
In between the laughs, she serves as the Creative Director of Clickable Vietnam, a strategic marketing and communications agency in Hanoi. She also is a freelance writer, with publications in The Diplomat, Huffington Post, Vietnam Heritage, and other Vietnamese-American projects. She works on her own creative writing in her blog The Life of Clouds.
Before Hanoi, she spent five years in Huế co-creating The Lighthouse: A Creative Leadership Experience for disadvantaged kids as the Executive Director of the Friends of Hue Foundation. It was her time living, working, and yes, playing with the children at FHF Children’s Shelter where those children taught her that youth are incredible assets to the community, and they’re beyond capable of designing solutions for community-based problems.
Now as an “adult,” Ái also designs and facilitates unblocking creativity workshops for other “adults,” because everyone’s really a kid at heart. =)