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22 MAY

NEXT EVENT VOL 33

Save the date! Our next public event will be on Monday 22 May at De Brandweer Kantine. 

If you would like to present your idea, please get in touch with us at pechakuchamaastricht@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

The PechaKucha team in Maastricht

Nadine, Charlotte, Christina, Peggy, Zhen and Sueli

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Featured Presentation

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Vincent-Immanuel Herr

Activist, Writer, Feminist, HERR & SPEER in Berlin

Imagine yourself turning 18 and finding a personalised letter from the European Union in your mailbox. In it: a voucher to travel Europe. Your life will change! Europe is facing many problems - a lot of them have to do with people not knowing or understanding each other.

Imagine what a Europe we could build together, if all future generations were enabled to explore and experience European cultural diversity and beauty first-hand. #FreeInterrail advocates for just that.

In this presentation Vincent-Immanuel Herr invites us to join the movement and make sure that all EU youth are empowered to become Europeans out of experience. 

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Breaking the Cycle to Achieve a Happy Life

BY BERNAS SYAFRI
@ MSM GOES PECHAKUCHA ON MAR 17, 2017

We have to overcome our own fear to have a happier and meaningful life -  today and in the future, says Bernas Syafri. For this, we have to break out from our comfort zone and conquer our fears, and also reflect on our past experience.

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Going Against the Crisis

BY DESPOINA POLYZOIDOU
@ MSM GOES PECHAKUCHA ON MAR 17, 2017

Despoina Polyzoidou shows how the economic crisis in Greece has triggered a new era for the primary sector of the country. In order to find ways to cope with economic challenges, her fellow countrymen are not staying idle but rather focus more and more on agriculture, forestry, fishing and mining to create special, top quality, branded products as a way to fight the crisis.

Despoina is concerned about her country and wants to share "views from inside" because she feels that the media sometimes distorts information and only emphasises the negative sides of a situation.

Despite the crisis, she believes, there is always hope and room for positive actions.

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My Dear Enemy

BY TUMBURU GAUTAM
@ MSM GOES PECHAKUCHA ON MAR 17, 2017

Based on eastern philosophy, the concept of non-violence and pardon consists in adding a flavour and humour for enjoyment as well as transmitting a message of tolerance and humanitarianism. Do not judge people from one angle and always see the positive side of things, says Tumburu Gautam. Learn to see your enemy as an source of inspiration for self-improvement. 

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A Hitchhiker's Journal towards Entrepreneurship

BY CRISTIAN TALA SÁNCHEZ
@ MSM GOES PECHAKUCHA ON MAR 17, 2017

Entrepreneurship is a fun and fulfilling process but is far away to be easy if you don't have a clue on what you are doing. 

Cristian Tala Sánchez shares some fun milestones about what books don't teach us about creating your company, dealing with frustration and people, and reinventing ourselves.

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What can business schools learn from kindergartens?

BY ANH HOANG
@ MSM GOES PECHAKUCHA ON MAR 17, 2017

The way you define a problem decides the way you solve your problem. The attitude with which you face the problem determines who you are and why the organization should choose you, not others, says Anh Hoang.

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Everyone can be a superhero

BY VINEET RATHI
@ MSM GOES PECHAKUCHA ON MAR 17, 2017

Why should you help others? How should you Vineet Rathi is passionate about helping people and wants to do something about it. He believes that everyone can make a difference even through a small gesture of helping someone in need. Everyone can be a superhero by helping others, because that what superheroes do. All we need to do is make a difference!

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Learning is growing

BY DUC HOANG
@ MSM GOES PECHAKUCHA ON MAR 17, 2017

Learning is the best way for us to grow, says Duc. We can learn anywhere and anytime, whether as individuals, a team or an organization. We learn to work and we work to learn. 

As an enthusiastic, adaptive and fast-learning person with an acute interest in the discovery of new teaching methods, Duc Hoang particularly enjoys collaborating with scholars from different disciplines to explore education issues, develop new skills and teaching models to address new challenges.

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How I came to be convinced that we need a post-national Europe

BY YANNIC BELLINO
@ VOL 32 ON FEB 06, 2017

Yannic Bellino shares how he came to dream of a post-national future for Europe. In the period between his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, he spent some time in Berlin working for the European Democracy Lab where he learnt that maybe the current set-up of the EU is obsolete. He now believes that a new narrative and a new utopia are needed in these times of re-emerging nationalism.

 

MAASTRICHT Blog

Another successful edition of PechaKucha at Maastricht School of Management


“PechaKucha teaches us four important skills in management,” said Oliver Olson, director of Global Education, as he opened the fourth annual edition of MSM goes PechaKucha on Friday 17 March. “1. Following rules, 2. Being concise, 3. Public speaking, 4. Improvisation” Its strict format – 20 slides, 20 second per slide – forces you to think carefully about your message and to stay focused. At the same time, it allows you to practice your presentation and public speaking skills, and develop perhaps the most important one, which will help you throughout life in any situation, the skill of improvisation.”
Stimulated by these encouraging words, no less than 11 MBA and MM students took the PechaKucha stage at MSM in front of a full audience of staff, students, friends, family members and MSM stakeholders.
As always at MSM, their stories came from all over world, from Kenya to Peru, from Greece to Vietnam, from India to Chile and more. The students talked about topics that mattered to them and transformed the way they saw the world and the future, and the common point between all their stories was that although personal, they all had a deeper and universal value and meaning. We heard about what we can learn from observing birds in a city like Lima, how the financial crisis in Greece led to the development of new business ideas, why we should thank our enemies, the power of relationships, a successful financial product made in Kenya, and why education and life-long learning are key to making the world a better place.

The PechaKucha team in Maastricht complimented the students on their excellent choice of topics and slides. The strength of the PechaKucha format lies in the combination of an authentic message and powerful images. The presenters scored high on these points, whilst keep their own presentation and delivery style. Some used humor, others metaphors, some walked up and down the stage, others asked questions to the audience. The dynamic and engaging pace of the presentations lifted everyone’s spirits on this Friday afternoon.
The event, perfectly organized by Pilar Gonzalez, ended – how else? – with a brilliant improvisation on random slides by Oliver Olson himself, who took the PechaKucha standards to yet a higher presentation level under huge laughter and applause from the public.
All presentations will be online soon, don’t miss them!
 
By Sueli Brodin

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About the City's Organizers

  • 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

  • Nadine Boesten

    Nadine Boesten (21) is a European Studies bachelor student at Maastricht University. In 2011 she started to suffer from epileptic seizures caused by stress. Nadine is determined to spread more knowledge about these kind of seizures throughout the world and will do an internship with the Epilepsy Free Foundation in New York City this summer. She will organise and speak at the second conference organised for people with this condition. She is planning to do a master in European Public Health after her bachelor in the hope to tackle problems she encountered with the current health system on a European policy level.

  • Peggy Thekkaekurikattukunnal

    Peggy is from Maastricht and worked and lived in different places (Namibia, Sudan) doing humanitarian work. Peggy and her husband were the founders of the innovative new economy model Crafts & Co and have now started Jeeva Holistic Life Programmes. Peggy is a life surfer, an organiser and energy creator and a member of the PechaKucha team in Maastricht! www.jeeva.eu

  • Charlotte Mueller

    Charlotte is a passionate traveler & migration-research enthusiast. She has backpacked through many Latin American countries and is now gaining new experiences during work-related field trips in different African countries. She was born in Munich (Germany), but she also lived in Hungary and Ecuador for some time before moving to Maastricht in 2015.

  • Christina Bastianon

    As a U.S. citizen, Christina has spent time studying and living-abroad in Florence, Italy and now Maastricht. Her studies and international mindset has led her to become passionate about migration, sharing cultural traditions and learning from those around her. Christina has recently graduated from her masters program specialized in migration studies and is currently a research intern with United Nations University-MERIT in the migration department. Christina is excited about contributing to the PechaKucha platform for the community to share thoughts, ideas and inspiration.