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PechaKucha Night Vol. 29 in Maastricht will take place on Monday 29 February 2016. Stay tuned here or via our Facebook page and don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to be a presenter! 

The PechaKucha team in Maastricht: Jean-Paul, Zhen and Sueli


Featured Presentation

"... an African proverb he taught me: 'If the lions don't survive to tell their stories, the hunters get all the credit.' He wanted to tell the story of 260 men in his unit. He was the only one still alive."

In Digging for History from PechaKucha Night Maastricht Vol. 27, Mieke Kirkels tells the story of the segregated US Army in Margraten, Netherlands, and specifically the cemetary where many of the fallen WWII soldiers bodies now rest. As she dug further into the story of the graves, she learned about the nearly 1 million African-American soldiers who depsite helping to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany, go unrecognized in most history books. One of these few remaining living soldiers shared his story with her. 

Kirkels believes that it is important to listen to people's stories, to listen with our ears and with our heart. Because history is about lives. Let's listen and read behind the lines...

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016. 


The importance of emotional intelligence


In this presentation, Antoine Jeha talks about emotional intelligence, its importance in our everyday life and as a factor of synergy in the workplace. 

The presentation shows photographs of people being filmed and unexpectedly told that they are beautiful. 


Old “Chico”: the São Francisco river


The São Francisco river in Brazil brings life to everything surrounding its riverbed, a vast expanse that streaches over 2800 km long. Julia Taddei talks about her relationship with the river and how this incredible natural resource has been depleted. 


Redefining identity

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

Katrina Marie observes how we choose to define ourselves and asks herself whether the stories we have created empower us to engage in the life we desire. Her PechaKucha presentation is about redefining identity.


Let's start listening

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

Danny Steigerwald wonders why we listen to each other offline and not online. He shows us the power of listening, especially online listening.


How a simple change can change your daily life

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

Everything changed for André Wouters when he started slowing down. Rather than taking his lease car he started traveling by public transportation. He started talking to people in the train and discovered new stories. He realised how a simple change can open up a whole new way of living.


How I Keep Finding My Way Back to Music

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

Music has always played a big role in Luc Smeets' life. When he started thinking about the future of radio, he created something he found "pretty cool", which he called "Leap station". His idea won this year's at Startup Weekend in Maastricht.


Resuscitation, a Basic Skill for All

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

“At the end, I want to stress… You, you can save someone’s life. You can save someone loved’s life ”

In Resuscitation A Basic Skill For All from PechaKucha Night Maastricht’s 27th Volume Jules Olsthoorn Discusses Keep the Heartbeat Going, an organization dedicated to educating the public about CPR. The first six minutes after a heart attack is a crucial time, and it is imperative that one knows how to resuscitate a loved one should they ever be put in such a situation. A medical student in Maastricht, Jules spends most of his time at Taskforce QRS Maastricht, an organisation that promotes and facilitates resuscitation education in the Netherlands.


Friend Crisis

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

"Refugees are coming to Maastricht ... we want to make them feel welcome."

In "Friend Crisis" from PechaKucha Night Maastricht, Vol 27, progressive chaplain Petra Kai Kormendy explains that there is no such thing as a "refugee crisis" but rather a crisis of friendship. At Refugee Project Maastricht, refugees are called friends, and from that idea a new dialogue can open up about our relationships to the situation and to each other as humans.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.



MBA students embrace PechaKucha

No less than seven students, and for the first time, one member of MSM’s mentor program took the stage on Thursday 28 January for the annual New Year PechaKucha event, organized in collaboration with PechaKucha Maastricht.

For the third year, MBA students at MSM are invited to present their dreams, insights and visions to staff, friends, mentors, and MSM’s local business partners and stakeholders, by using the powerful PechaKucha presentation format.
The PechaKucha concept is simple yet effective. Devised by Klein Dytham Architecture in Tokyo in 2003 as a fast-paced presentation format to pitch new ideas, each speaker presents 20 slides, each for 20 seconds. PechaKucha events have grown into valued platforms for inspiration, creativity and networking and are now taking place in close to 900 cities across the world. It has existed in Maastricht since 2009.

After receiving a special introduction and coaching session by PechaKucha Maastricht co-organiser and MSM affiliate communications officer Sueli Brodin, seven MBA students from countries as varied as India, Lebanon, Yemen, Brazil, Zimbabwe and Trinidad and Tobago came forward and volunteered to take up the challenge. Upon hearing about the event, MBA program mentor Jan-Martin Ahrendt, from Maastricht’s expat center, enthusiastically decided to join them. They said they were motivated by the opportunity to share an inspiring story not only with the public at MSM but also later online with the rest of the world, through the PechaKucha Maastricht website.

The presenters were free to choose their own topics and own slides. Many of them fully embraced the chance to demonstrate their creativity. Mohammed Mahdi from Yemen said: “I wanted to talk about the ability of people to be resilient under extreme conditions, by taking the example of my own country. But I didn’t have enough pictures to illustrate my topic. So I asked my friends back home for help and they went on the streets to take photographs for me. One of them even designed the slides for me. I am very grateful for their help and want to credit them all.”

The presentations were as informative and as varied in topic and in style: MBA32 students Gireesh  Shrivastava spoke about the extraordinary variety of religions and outings that make up the Indian culture, Antoine Jeha highlighted the value of emotional intelligence as a factor of synergy in the workplace, Anwer Azzan looked at the future of university education, Julia Taddei shared the compelling and dramatic story of the Old Chico river in her home region of Brazil, Beverly Best described a little known yet impressively successful model of regional integration within  the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). And last but not least, Ivy Musora inspired the audience with an insightful presentation on the priceless life lessons that can be learned from dogs.

The topic chosen by MBA mentor Jan-Martin Ahrendt could not have been more suitable topic for the international MSM audience: he spoke about the relentless efforts of the Maastricht expat center to establish a regional network of institutions and service providers with the goal to create an attractive climate for internationals in the Maastricht Region. Mr. Ahrendt said he enjoyed this first PechaKucha experience. “Due to the 20×20 time frame I was very nervous before the presentation, but at the same time I was very much looking forward to it. It is a great way to present, to send a message and to draw people’s attention to it. Despite the variety of the topics presented, I did not lose my attention for a minute. The response of the students to my presentation afterwards was very enthusiastic,” he said.

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About the City's Organizers

  • Jean-Paul Toonen

    Curious | Share | Culture | Education | Ideas | Youth | Giving | Undercurrent | Hiking | Writing | World Music | TED | Film

  • Sueli Brodin

    Born in Brazil from a Japanese/Brazilian mother and a French father, I grew up in Pakistan, Japan and France. After completing a bachelor's degree in English literature, I won a one-year scholarship to study at Rutgers University, New Jersey. I met my Dutch husband in Israel and we have been living in Maastricht, the Netherlands, since April 1994. We have three children, a cat, three tortoises, six chickens and two aquariums full of fish. I work as an Editor/ Communications Officer at United Nations University-MERIT / Maastricht University and a freelance editor at Maastricht School of Management. I joined the team of PechaKucha Maastricht in December 2009 and greatly enjoy being part of the global PechaKucha community. Watch my video portrait at: http://bit.ly/6CnU8w

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