LONDON Posts

In Honor of World Toilet Day:

"The toilet is something that unites all of us."

In "Everybody Poops" from PechaKucha Night London: TOTO Toilet Architecture, Jamie Mitchell presents his journey around the world as he went exploring public toilets, studying the intricate details of their building designs. From Hiroshima, Japan to Austin, Texas to the mountains of Norway, Jamie shares various designs of public bathrooms, and how they are successful in terms of design and architecture. 

A REALLY BIG thank you to everyone who made PechaKucha Night #ldnont vol. 4 on October 25 at Innovation Works an incredible event. We can hardly believe that we succeeded in staging FOUR #pkldnont nights this year - what an amazing dream come true!

The presentations are now posted here for you to watch and applaud. Click on the names below to bring up their presentation:

−     Janic Gorayeb

−     Michelle Kanter

−     Tania Thomas

−     Michael Doyle

−     Glendalynn Dixon

 

You can also view all the PHOTOS from the night on our Facebook page!

 

A big thanks to our wonderful sponsors:

−      TechAlliance who sponsored the cost of the space at Innovation Works, coffee and tea

−      AtPrint who provided us 50 posters to post around the city

−      Melrose Bakery who provided us with two trays of yummy goodies

−      MC Spirit Studios who did the audio recordings and took some photos

As well, thank you to the attendees who contributed items for the London Food Bank and donated to the PechaKucha Global Fund.

 

We have exciting news: PechaKucha Night #ldnont will be returning for 2018. Stay tuned for the dates which will be announced soon

High-fives and fist-bumps!

Janic and Andrew

"We've come so far in our taste and appreciation for these buildings that you can buy models of them."

In British Brutalist Architecture from PechaKucha Night London Vol. 15Jon Wright shares his love of Brutalist Architecture and in particular his love of the examples of this severe form of art in Britain.

Jon's PechaKucha helps to get rid of a few pervasive myths about Brutalism.

He also shows you what buildings we've lost (he would describe this as a disaster!), and how we saved the ones we do have with the meta-narrative being the cyclical nature of popular architectural taste and public opinion, how that is formed and how it manifests itself in popular culture.

 

"The kick drum went through my chest, the bass line came up through the floor, the high hats and cymbals came fizzing from above ... when the smoke machine cleared, there were rich people, poor people, black, white, straight, gay ...and I thought, 'these are my people now, this is my music'."  

In The Chicago House Sound from PechaKucha Night Chicago Vol. 36, IDEO's Neil Stevenson went on a quest to find the roots of House Music that, during its evolution from New York to Chicago and then in its momentum across Europe, he fell in love with. Here he shares that compelling quest and his love for Chicago House, its evolution, and the legacy of Frankie Knuckles.


 
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PechaKucha are proud to be hosting the next London PechaKucha Night Vol. 17 “Something’s Brewing” . This one is in collaboration with Allpress which is a​ business that not only employs a great bunch of people, but which also produces something that Londoners hold close to their hearts (quite literally if it is a chilly London morning as you speed your way to the Tube station to get amongst that warm tube air) – delicious coffee!

Allpress was established in New Zealand in 1986 and has taken over the world, with their coffee now stocked in over 1,400 cafes globally.
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Allpress are kindly opening the doors of their Dalston E​8 Allpress Roastery and Café after-hours in order to host Vol. 17 on Thursday 9 November 2017.

We are inviting guests to come join in the fun on Thursday 9 November (1830 - 2100) to hear a great line up of speakers give their version of a PechaKucha (short 6.5 minutes long talks) on the theme “Something’s Brewing”.

Tickets for this event are by donation and that donation will be given to the PechaKucha Global fund, which supports the team in Tokyo to ensure the wonderful world of PechaKucha can continue.

 

The wonderful line up of speakers includes... 

Peter Harris / Professor, Designer, Journalist, Creator of the Steam Punk Coffee Machine / https://www.facebook.com/steampunkcoffeemachine /

Kitty Lam / Designer, producing a book of stories about the Great British ice cream industry / /fb.me/icecreamempirebook /

Paul Jenkins / Designer, Founder & Creative Director of Triple Double Studio / tripledoublestudio.com 

Vytautas Jankauskas / Designer and researcher, Superflux in London United Kingdom / Twitter: @veetautas / http://superflux.in/

Liza Fior / Director at muf architecture art / www.muf.co.uk /

Hew Leith /Creator of A.I Beer (Artificially intelligent Beer) / http://www.weare10x.com /

Rob McInerney / Intelligent Layer Founder / http://intelligentlayer.com /

Gaye Soykok / Innovation & Technology Specialist / Maitre D' in House of Dadabit / www.houseofdadabit.com /

We are super excited to announce our next line up of speakers for our third volume of PechaKucha Night #ldnont. On Wednesday, October 25 will will have FIVE super cool presenters.

Here is the lineup (in no particular order yet):

Michelle KanterHow everyone can save the world with one simple act

Glendalynn Dixon: I'm not afraid of who I used to be

Janic GorayebCramming it all in! Accomplishing my 40 Before 40 list in four years!

Tania ThomasDead focused. Learning to live

Michael DoyleThe power of clarity

 

Join us at Innovation Works London at 6:20pm on Wednesday, October 25. Get Your FREE Ticket Now.

On the night of PechaKucha Night #ldnont vol. 4, please consider making a $1 to the PechaKucha global fund and/or bring an item for the London Food Bank.

High-fives and fist bumps all around!

Janic & Andrew


PechaKucha #ldnont vol. 4A REALLY BIG thank you to everyone who made PechaKucha Night #ldnont vol. 3 on July 26 at Innovation Works a wonderful evening full of inspiration, learning and community.

The presentations are now posted here for you to watch and applaud. Click on the names below to bring up their presentation:

−     Andrew Kaszowski

−     Karen Gair

−     Scott Davis

−     Deepa Butoliya

−     Chris Asper

A big thanks to our wonderful sponsors:

−      Ripple Effect Leadership Consulting & Events who sponsored the cost of the space at Innovation Works, coffee and tea

−      AtPrint who provided us 50 posters to post around the city

−      Melrose Bakery who provided us with two trays of yummy goodies

−      MC Spirit Studios who did the audio recordings and took some photos

As well, thank you to the attendees who contributed items for the London Food Bank and donated to the PechaKucha Global Fund.

 

Get your FREE ticket now for PechaKucha Night #ldnont vol. 4 which will be happening on Wednesday, October 25th at Innovation Works from 6:20pm – 8:20pm.

High-fives and fist-bumps!

Janic and Andrew

This blog was written by Wes Lucus, who presented at PechaKucha #ldnont vol. 2 on April 25. Check out his presetnation: "What I Learned From My Mission To Mars"

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I was warned. It wouldn’t be easy. But what I experienced in that space shuttle would teach me one of the most valuable life lessons.

 

PeCHA KuCHA: The sound of “chit chat”

Originating in Japan, and taking place in cities all around the world, speakers share their stories with a slideshow of 20 photos, each showing for 20 seconds. In April I had the pleasure of participating in this unique event with my story entitled “What I learned from my mission to Mars.”

I volunteered to speak because I saw it as an opportunity to stretch – to practice and grow in a few different ways:

Speaking

The most valuable skills, regardless of your job or environment, involve communication. The 2 most universally valuable are persuasion and public speaking. In order to continually improve, I’m always looking for opportunities to speak. When I’m at the front of the room, I’m usually leading a training or workshop, so PechaKucha allowed me to have a little more fun and flexibility, and to get out of my comfort zone a bit. I got to choose the topic and the message with only 2 restrictions: It had to match 20 slides at 20 seconds each (6min 40sec total), and it couldn’t be a sales pitch.

Those of you who know me well know I’m an introvert who rarely shows much enthusiasm, so I purposefully chose a story that would not work unless I told it with enthusiasm – forcing me to stretch and get a little uncomfortable.

Language Patterns

One of my favorite things about NLP is the study of language patterns – using certain words and phrases, and structuring your message to communicate with the subconscious mind, as well as the conscious. While the average listener will say “Oh, it’s about roller coasters… but not really. It’s about a lot of things, I guess,” NLP nerds and students of my Influence & Impact course will be able to spot a some of those patterns in my story.

I’m constantly playing with those language patterns, working them into my speech intentionally so that they start to come out automatically and effectively, and I thoroughly enjoyed planning this talk around them.

Timing

It’s a personal hangup I’ve had… Whether it’s a 2 minute talk, or a 2 day workshop, the only thing that gets me nervous around the idea of public speaking is the timing. I never know if I’m going to go over, or way under, and I haven’t yet figured out how to tell by the content I have planned. The only way I’ve had any certainty with this ahead of time was if I had every word scripted, and tested for timing… but every scripted or written word costs you connection with the audience, so I knew I would have to overcome my timing anxiety a different way.

This event was a great opportunity to work with that – Not only did I have to finish right at 6:40, but ideally I also needed to keep pace with the changing slides every 20 seconds. I won’t say it was easy… I spent half a day trying to figure out whether to put the slideshow together first, or figure out what I was going to say first. I eventually settled on the slideshow, because it would be just enough structure for me to improvise the rest around.

Once the 20 slides were set and submitted, I loosely outlined what I wanted to say. Then I memorized the order of the slides, and then just practiced telling my story in the order of the slides. Eventually, after I got the big pieces in place, I started practicing with the timing. I got an app on my phone called Tabata Timer which gave me audio cues every 20 seconds, and just told the story. Every time I heard a beep, I knew it was time to move on to the next slide, and that allowed me to practice without script or notes, allowed the story to change with each run-through, and gave me an unconscious sense of the timing.

Making a mark in London

I knew I would only be in London for a short while. Being around amazing people, being involved in the local community, I saw this as a way to leave something behind, to give some kind of positive message, and to be remembered. Maybe it comes down to some deep desire to satisfy my ego, some need for significance… but it’s also about connection, and being a part of the family – and I definitely felt all of that as a result of participating.

 

FYI – You can see past and upcoming Pecha Kucha events in London HERE.

 

~Wes Lucus


"I have a kinda strange hobby. I had it since 2007..."

In "365 Postcards" from PechaKucha Night London Vol. 15,  Andy Hoang spoke about Mailart365 - Mailart (a new term to you we assume) is a term which describes a piece of artwork made with the intention of sending it somewhere in the post. 365 is the number of days in a year.

Mailart 365 is a year-long project starting on December 1st, 2010, to make and send a piece of art in the post every day for a year. Artists attempt to make and send 365 pieces in the post, to whoever they please and while doing so, they’re posting up their efforts right here on Mailart 365.

Since the start of the project over 10,000 pieces of mailart have been made and sent out and new pieces are being made every day.

After the success of the PechaKucha London X HASSELL collaboration in March 2017 the teams are back together to bring you another wonderful evening of inspiring and unique speakers.

Register for your free ticket here

Our friends from CORONA are back on board too to make sure no one in the studio will be without a cold beer in their hands throughout the night!

To give you a taster, below are some details about the people who you will hear from during the evening:

David Knight / structural engineer and Director of Design and Engineering at Cake Industries
Dr Farnaz Nickpour / Associate Professor in Design & Human-centred Innovation and founding member of the Inclusive Design Research Group (IDRG)
Larry Botchway /Architect and fashion designer at Haworth Tompkins Limited
Steve Tidball / Designer and founder of Vollebak makers of insanely hardcore kit 
Peter Harris /Professor, Designer, Journalist, Creator of the Steam Punk Coffee Machine
Kaja Swiezewska / A designer at HASSELL

So why would you not come down to the HASSELL studio in Shoreditch to listen to 6 speakers talk about all kinds of wonderful things and have some brews!

See you there!

 

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