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We haven’t scheduled our next PechaKucha Night yet, but in the meantime you can watch some presentations, look at our map to see if there are any scheduled PKNs in nearby cities, or have a look at the long list of upcoming events, to see if there’s one you can attend!

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Brewed Awakenings

BY SEAN ENNS
@ VOL 2 ON SEP 26, 2015

Join Sean Enns, writer, local food advocate, and student of beer history on a tour of Nanamo's colourful, brewing past, present, and future.

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It’s Personal

BY BRUCE HALLIDAY
@ VOL 4 ON JUN 07, 2016

Over the last 17 years as General Manager of the Port Theatre, Bruce Halliday has formed strong connections with artists, artist’s agents and the presenting network across B.C. and Canada. Bruce is very excited to be leading the Port Theatre team into a capital fundraising campaign to complete the community vision of a purpose built performing arts centre. With the support of The City of Nanaimo through City Council, The Port Theatre Society has been given a rare opportunity to make this dream a reality for our community.

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Show Me Your Vision

BY ROB PLANTE
@ VOL 4 ON JUN 07, 2016

"In any process, in whatever you do, in any discussion you have about development in the city, it all comes does to just one question - 'What will it look like?' - So sketch it for heaven's sake! Show me your vision!"

In Show Me Your Vision from PechaKucha Night Nanaimo Vol. 4, Designer and Art Director at Balbina Studio, Rob Plante ignites our imaginations with something as simple as a sketch. Trained in typography, graphic design, photography, and illustration at the Royal Academy for Visual Arts in The Hague, the Netherlands, sketching is the cornerstone of his work, having informed everything in his design process throughout a prolific career. Here Having branded thousand companies and organizations as an art director, creative director, graphic designer, filmmaker, copywriter, illustrator, and coach, Robert speaks a language of design that all can understand, especially here in this simple, compelling, and charming presentation about what his city can become through sketches.

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Private Views in Public Places

BY CRAIG GOODMAN
@ VOL 4 ON JUN 07, 2016

Craig Goodman is a skilled designer and architect with CS&P Architects in Toronto who has led a wide array of the firm's projects. With over 25 years of professional experience, Craig has worked on a variety of scales. As an LEED-accredited professional, Craig provides leadership in the sustainable design culture of the practice and incorporates sensitive environmental strategies into the conceptual framework of his projects.

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Where Is Here

BY NICOLE VAUGEOIS
@ VOL 4 ON JUN 07, 2016

As Regional Innovation Chair in Tourism and Sustainable Rural Development, Dr. Nicole Vaugeois supports rural communities to use amenity based industries like tourism and recreation to diversify their economies. Nicole was the lead investigator of the cultural mapping project Where is here? which examined what connects residents to their downtown core. Nanaimo was one of three cities included in the project.

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Creating a Story of Place

BY SARAH CHAUNCEY
@ VOL 4 ON JUN 07, 2016

Sarah has been a professional writer and editor for more than two decades.
An award-winning writer of creative nonfiction, she’s also written for organizations from MTV Networks to NASA. For several years, Sarah was a strategic storyteller for destinations, helping residents, investors and planning teams to envision the experience of place, then weaving the threads together into vision stories.

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Generative Leadership and the Basics of Wellbeing

BY MAARTEN VAN WAMEL
@ VOL 4 ON JUN 07, 2016

Maarten van Wamel helps organizations, individuals and communities develop plans for a successful future. He has worked with First Nations, not-for-profits, various levels of government, and from small to multi-national businesses. Over the past two years, as team leader of the Malahat First Nation’s Life Skills Program, Maarten has been supporting the community define and plan their desired future.

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All Is Water

BY CHRIS MIDGLEY
@ VOL 4 ON JUN 07, 2016

In addition to being the Manager of Energy and Sustainability for the Regional District of Nanaimo, Chris is an adjunct professor in VIUs new Master of Community Planning program. Chris’ areas of expertise include sustainable community design and planning, urban design, sustainable transportation, policy development, and organizational change.

 

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Show Me Your Vision


 
"In any process, in whatever you do, in any discussion you have about development in the city, it all comes does to just one question - 'What will it look like?' - So sketch it for heaven's sake! Show me your vision!"In 
Show Me Your Vision from PechaKucha Night Nanaimo Vol. 4, Designer and Art Director at Balbina Studio, Rob Plante ignites our imaginations with something as simple as a sketch. Trained in typography, graphic design, photography, and illustration at the Royal Academy for Visual Arts in The Hague, the Netherlands, sketching is the cornerstone of his work, having informed everything in his design process throughout a prolific career. Here Having branded thousand companies and organizations as an art director, creative director, graphic designer, filmmaker, copywriter, illustrator, and coach, Robert speaks a language of design that all can understand, especially here in this simple, compelling, and charming presentation about what his city can become through sketches.

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About the City's Organizers

  • Nanaimo Design Nerds

    Empowering People, Places and Presence Through Design. “The most important thing about design, is how it relates to people.” – Victor Papanek We believe Nanaimo is an incredible city, one with limitless opportunities to grow, to explore, and to engage the community in creative, and culturally significant ways. We see our roles as agents of change. Each of us cares deeply about the civic, cultural, and natural environment, and we are moved to develop innovative spaces and solutions in our city. Civically, we work with organizations to unlock the latent creativity that already exists within, and provide guidance on leveraging the newly-discovered creativity to overcome organizational challenges. Our problem-solving sessions, fun and fast-paced sessions we call Design Jams, are used in cities around the world to solve complex problems using principles of design. We’ve hosted several Jams in Nanaimo, including Operation Night Lights, The Culture Plan Jam, How to Awesome-ize Your City, and Jam the Fringe. Culturally, we envision a rich and vibrant future for our city, and we believe in shaping that future through action, through community engagement, and through collaboration with other creative-minded individuals and organizations. We are a small organization that refuses to think in small terms. Our plans are on the grand scale, designed to transform a city still trying to find its voice into a thriving space that’s valuable, desirable, and inspiring beyond our imaginations. Naturally, we are the nexus of the community. Our goal can best be described as forward momentum. We see all of Nanaimo’s beautiful spaces, the streets and shops, the people and places, and we imagine myriad ways to collaborate, to create exciting experiences (link to Storefront project), and to build a brighter future for ourselves, for our children, for every resident and visitor.

  • Serena Klaver

    A dedicated yogi, student, and yearner for consistency, productivity, fulfillment, authenticity, and joy. Over the past five years I have been committed to self-awareness and uncovering my layers in order to heal and be whole, better know myself, build healthy relationships and boundaries, and live a life that I really want and can be proud to be in. Currently I am on a path to share more, whether that be at work, in the yoga studio, or in the community, as this only equates to deepening my own practice.