NOVEMBER 19, 2014
3D printing has is an awesome tool for designers working in fashion.
Rik Theunissen specializes in some really fantastic, unique projects. In “How 3D Printing Gave Me a Ride2 Fashion Week” from PKN Maastricht Vol. 23 he presents his design for large, randomly-generated crystals worn and shown at Amsterdam Fashion Week.
OCTOBER 14, 2014
“In order to survive the orchestra needs to search for a balance between artistic tradition and economic reason.”
Director General and Artistic Director for the South Netherlands Philharmonic Stefan Rosu knows that the classical symphony orchestra is facing dramatic change in recent years.
In “The Orchestra in Transition” from PKN Maastricht Vol. 23, Stefan shows us that orchestras must adapt to survive, and he goes into depth on how it can do so without losing its essence in the process.
OCTOBER 06, 2014
SEPTEMBER 02, 2014
When you hear the word "concrete" you don't typically think free-flowing fluid or organic structures.
...It's likely you might think of bunkers, gray urbanity, and bleak high-rise structures. However, in "Textile-Reinforced Concrete: Material of the Future" from PKN Maastricht Vol. 20, Kevin Pidun of Lehrstuhl für Plastik shows us that textile-reinforced concrete opens a new universe of surprising uses and forms for this gray material.
JUNE 29, 2014
"What do you call someone with two languages? Bilingual. One language? American."
Oliver Olson has spent 17 years of his life in Europe. In "Welcome to Europe as an American" from PKN Maastricht Vol. 22 he takes us on a whirlwind journey through the many funny and unexpected surprises he has encountered as an American living in Europe.
JANUARY 23, 2014
This year, Maastricht School of Management decided to do something different to celebrate the New Year. Instead of hosting a traditional event with external keynote speakers, the school literally put its own students in the spotlight by giving them the floor and challenging them to present themselves in a creative and inspiring way to staff, friends and local partners and stakeholders.
Teaming up with the organizers of PechaKucha Maastricht, MsM took up thePechaKucha concept as a unique communication tool to help its students share their personal experiences, dreams and ideas with the local community.
PechaKucha was devised by Klein Dytham Architecture in Tokyo in 2003 as a fast-paced presentation format to showcase new ideas. The concept is simple yet effective: each speaker shows 20 slides, each for 20 seconds. PechaKucha events are now happening in over 700 cities across the globe and have grown into valued platforms for inspiration and networking.
During a preparatory session in early December 2013, two team members of PechaKucha Maastricht, Jean-Paul Toonen and Sueli Brodin, visited MsM to introduce the PechaKucha concept to the MBA students. Jean-Paul found the magical words to motivate them: “See this as your launching platform to the world.” The students’ reaction to the 20x20 presentation format was overwhelmingly enthusiastic, especially after they were given a chance to test their own creative skills by improvising a presentation on random slides.
It was a full audience of students, staff, partners in MsM’s mentorship program, members of the local business community and interested stakeholders who on 17 January came together to celebrate the New Year with a special and much anticipated PechaKucha session.
MsM Dean Director Wim Naudé kicked off the afternoon with a warm word of welcome and an informative overview of MsM’s activities and ambitions for the New Year. Ellen Narinx, MsM Career Center Senior Officer and coordinator of the Mentorship Program, then shortly explained the PechaKucha concept to the audience before inviting three students to take the stage.
Vijay gave a candid and colorful comparison between his life in India and his experience in the Netherlands, stressing on the new and unexpected, at times even challenging things he had learned during his first three months at MsM. “I decided to face the audience from the bottom of my heart,” he said after the event. “My wife encouraged me and sent me a dress through courier. She told me to be dressed properly because dress code is also important when doing a public presentation. This experience also gave me a good opportunity to meet new people beyond my network.”
Subhi talked about his childhood dreams and how being sensitive to the signs that came along his path had helped him to convert his dreams into reality.“Giving a presentation at such level has always been a dream and thanks to you this dream came true. Now, I feel much more confident that I can deliver an excellent presentation when I have chance,” he said. “I believe that as MBA30 we are very lucky because beside receiving world class knowledge of management, we have been provided with other tools that really count and make all the difference in the world of business today.”
Abdul talked about all the meaningful moments he had experienced so far and the inspiring people he had met since arriving in Maastricht, expressing a sincere trust that his year at MsM would have a profound impact in his life.“I personally feel that PechaKucha was an opportunity for us to realize our potential and open the gates for us to sell ourselves and to discover new opportunities.”
The students’ inspiring presentations were followed by a moment of joyful entertainment and spontaneous laughter when four members of the audience were invited to do a collaborative PechaKucha improvisation on set of random slides.
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By Martijn Kagenaar
De verliefde König plukte een Roos voor de bevallige dochter van de rijke Boer. De Prins ontspoorde volledig toen hij daarvan hoorde. Op de terugweg Van der Heijden stortte hij zich met paard en al in een metersdiepe Kuijl. Tijdens de begrafenis speelden drie Fiddelaers ‘Ave Maria’. In de verlatenPereboom-gaard sloegen rovers uit het naburige Kernland hun slag.
Donderdag is het twee jaar geleden dat Obama werd beëdigd als 44e president van de Verenigde Staten. De val van de Muur, de vrijlating van Mandela, de eerste zwarte president. Het was een historische gebeurtenis. Onze eerste PechaKucha Night zou daarbij verbleken. Pierre Buijs, Jean-Paul Toonen en ik knepen hem dus behoorlijk: “Zouden ze wel komen, zitten ze niet voor de buis?” Deze twijfel bleek een geweldige onderschatting van ons publiek. Onbewust bleek Maastricht te hunkeren naar zoiets als PechaKucha. Een half uur voor aanvang liep het al storm. Achter de coulissen draaiden dertien durfals zich warm. Kaspar König beet het spits af en daarna betraden onze pioniers de vloer. Sommigen deden het in hun broek. Heel begrijpelijk. Ga maar eens voor 250 mensen staan met jouw persoonlijke droom. In een moordend ritme van 20 dia’s die maar 20 seconden staan. In het Engels. Maar de ovaties waren luidruchtig en langdurig. Volkomen terecht. Onze helden toonden aan dat onze regio verrassend veel verse ideeën heeft. Dat zorgde voor een bijna spirituele sfeer.
Onze steden kiezen sindsdien voor duurzame en flexibele aankleding met vliegende grastapijten enkunststoffen breiwerkjes. Logisch, gezien de serieuze spelletjes waarmee in crisistijd de ego’s van architecten op de proef worden gesteld. Die geven de steden nu, geïnspireerd door graffitti-mantelpakjes, dagelijks een nieuw gezicht. Ze verrijken de straten met afvaldesign en interactieve straatkunst. En zo groeit de Eutropolis uit tot een schoolvoorbeeld van regiobranding en Europese cultuur. Toppers uit Milaan en Parijs presenteren hier hun nieuwe modecollecties.
En dat is nog maar het effect van de eerste PechaKucha Night. Zo volgden er acht. Vorig jaar versterkten Sueli Brodin en Nathalie Dirks onze trojka. Dat zorgde voor een spannende injectie vanexpats en wetenschappers. De teller staat nu op 112 sprekers uit 17 landen. Hun inspiratie is niet alleen beschikbaar in AINSI. Gisteren registreerde onze website het 33.000e bezoek. Als die mensen uit 96 landen gemiddeld één video bekeken, is dat weer 4.000 uur aandacht voor frisse ideeën uit de Eutropolis over:
Vorige week maakten we de balans op. We gaan door! Blijf je ons volgen?
DECEMBER 23, 2010
By Sueli Brodin
There are two expressions which still puzzle me in the Netherlands, because they are both very common and yet contradictory. The Dutch use them in all sorts of situations and to me they are typical of their unique double approach to life:
“Doe maar gewoon, dan doe je al gek genoeg”, or simply “Doe maar gewoon”: Just act normal, and you will act crazy enough, meaning “Blend in, don’t stick out from the crowd.”
This second expression is actually characteristic of the Dutch entrepreneurial spirit, which thinks in terms of yet another very common saying: “Gewoon doen“, or “Just do it“.
Like many foreigners, my first encounter with a “Doe maar gewoon” moment was at my husband’s parents’ house when I understood that we were not meant to help ourselves to more than one biscuit from the biscuit box, because my mother in law closed the lid after serving everyone and put the box back into the kitchen cupboard.
But then, my mother in law is also the first one to smilingly give in to her grandchildren’s craving for a second piece of her delicious homemade apple pie: “Het moet kunnen,” she thinks out loud.
At the Euregio-Taalregio Language conference in earlier October, Huibert de Man, a professor at theMaastricht School of Management, illustrated the same ambivalent cultural feature of the Dutch with an experience he had in India. He had asked a mixed group of Dutch and Indian students to prepare an assignment following a set of guidelines. As it turned out, the Indian students faithfully stuck to his instructions, whereas several of the Dutch didn’t. And much to the Indian students’ protest, he had not penalised the insubordinate Dutch for disregarding the guidelines, and had even rewarded some of them high marks for the originality they had displayed in their work.
The skill, especially for a foreigner, is to sense when the situation calls for conventional behaviour, or when it is possible and even welcome to bend the system.
At PechaKucha Night however, one thing is obvious: the appeal of the fixed 20 x 20 presentation format (20 slides x 20 seconds per slide) seems to lie precisely in the fact that it provokes candidate speakers into devising creative ways to experiment and play with it.
That’s how over the past editions, we’ve seen Liesbeth Schreuder perform her presentation about art for the blind entirely in the dark, Susan Schaefer integrate moving images and music into her poetry for change, two talks by Stijn Segers and Markus Bediako accompanied by a guitar and a djembe drum as well as a total improvisation on unknown images.
And: “Het moet kunnen”, or just “Moet kunnen”: This must be possible, in the sense of “I’m going to stick out by doing this, but what the heck.”
New surprises were awaiting us again on our last PechaKucha Night, a special edition on Education and Creativity.
While some speakers drew their strength from the mixture of rich content and powerful visuals, such as Wim van den Bergh with his eloquent talk on Middles, Means and Mind, others decided to “trick the organisation” as Paul Iske laughingly put it when he presented his Combinatoric Innovation theory. On two occasions, Iske resorted to slides consisting of four smaller built in images which filled the screen one by one every five seconds.
Cyriel Kortleven also slightly deviated from the regular format by bringing a flip board along on which he made some drawings as part of his presentation, and by engaging the audience through questions and small exercises.
As for Airan Berg, the former artistic director for the performing arts at last year’s European cultural capital Linz, he outdid every performer we’ve welcomed so far at PechaKucha Maastricht, for he didn’t bring any slides at all. Or rather, he did, but they were almost entirely black, merely bearing the numbers 1 to 20.
Berg first showed us how to cross our fingers in a certain, quite unnatural way, and asked us to keep them like that until the end of his presentation. This slightly uncomfortable position, he explained later, was meant to help up stay alert and focused. Then he invited us to close our eyes and proceeded to describe a compelling educational pilot project he will be carrying out in 2011 in several schools across the Meuse-Rhine euroregion as part of Maastricht’s bid to become European capital culture in 2018. He started off all his sentences with the verb “Imagine” and so we imagined and visualised his dream, slide by slide, to the captivating rhythm of the 20 second sequence.
It was a very straightforward PechaKucha experience, because Berg did abide by the requested the 20 x 20 format, but undoubtedly a very creative one, since he made each one of us see a different presentation by entirely creating it ourselves.
It was also a demonstration of the point Wim van den Bergh had argued earlier in the evening, namely that creativity is generated, not by boundless freedom as often misconceived, but by rules and borders.
Considering that Airan Berg will now be joining the Maastricht artistic team for 2018, it looks like we’d better tighten our seatbelts for more “#moetkunnen” sensations and magical rides into the future.