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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.

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How can each individual solve Europe’s problems?

BY DUC HOANG
@ VOL 32 ON FEB 06, 2017

As a consultant, Duc Hoang often asks a lot of questions to understand more about his clients’ situation and then he finds the answers from their own responses. At the age of 25, he experienced a quarter-life crisis (the period of life ranging from twenties to thirties). He felt stressful, doubtful about his life and his future. Then, a monk asked him to ask himself a lot of questions and luckily this helped him survive his personal crisis.   

In 2017, Europe will be 25 years old, the same age when Duc had his quarter-life crisis, and it is also going through a crisis. Therefore, he would like to invite the PechaKucha audience to try and act like a consultant, and ask all European citizens the same question: What is the meaning of that number?

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The story of European secularism

BY MUEID AL RAEE
@ VOL 32 ON FEB 06, 2017

Mueid Al Raee is interested in the connection of philosophy and religion. He talks about the influences that shaped Spinoza’s work on philosophy, religion, and understanding the nature of God.

Mueid presents Averroes as an important character in the story of secularism. Averroes is often referred to as the father of European Secularism. Mueid argues that religion played an important role in the formulation of the philosophy of secularism as we know it today in Europe.

His message is that we should challenge the ideas that consider secularism and religion as opposites.

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#FreeInterrail: Saving Europe by travelling

BY VINCENT-IMMANUEL HERR
@ VOL 32 ON FEB 06, 2017

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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Improvisation: If you could call Europe, what would you say?

BY PECHAKUCHA NIGHT MAASTRICHT
@ VOL 32 ON FEB 06, 2017

In this improvisation on random slides, four volunteers from the audience got five slides each and skillfully improvised on the question: "If you could call Europe, what would you say?"

As none of them had seen the slides in advance, the sense of challenge and the high level of surprise greatly entertained the audience. 

A big thank you to Cristian Tala Sánchez, Osiris Hoepel, Cathy Kwanten and Fjære van der Stok for their participation!

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