ORLANDO Posts


The next PechaKucha Night in Orlando (Vol. 14) is coming in October -- on the 17th -- and here's the lovely new poster to promote it. Visit the official event page for more details, and the full list of presenters.

The Orlando Sentinel catched up with PechaKucha Night Orlando organizer Eddie Selover, in this video segment.

Thirty-one people showed up for the first Orlando Pecha Kucha in 2010. I was one of them. As a new reporter at the Orlando Sentinel, my editor assigned me to cover the event at the Cameo Theater.  (I wrote that 50 people attended the event in the original story. I guess my attendance estimator was a bit off.) 

What does a PechaKucha Night in Orlando look like, illustrated? We've got the answer right here with this lovely piece by Thomas Thorspecken. See more examples of his work as well as very detailed rundown of the event (Vol. 12) he participated in here.

Business as a Force for Good

Is dumping supplies on the under-privileged really the best way to help them?

After realizing what a force for good business could be through serving on humanitarian missions to New Orleans and Haiti, Evan Keller decided to start a non-profit (Entrust) which leverages business to fight poverty. He sends experienced businessmen to Honduras and Haiti to teach, mentor, and hold seminars. Their first year was extremely successful. In "Business as a Force for Good" from PKN Orlando Vol. 11, watch to see the amazing things they accomplished.

The next PechaKucha Night in Orlando -- the city's Vol. 12 -- is happening a week before Valentine's Day (on February 7) and so the theme is appropriate: "Showing Orlando Some Love." Below is the list of presenters and the titles of their presentations, to whet your appetite:

- Carolyn Moor: A Modern Love Story [this is her story of being widowed at a young age]
- Max Jackson: Love and the Human Brain [neuroscience]
- Kristen Walmsley-Manieri: A Yearning Curve [Kristen's unofficial title is "why husbands need to get laid more"]
- Joe Tankersley: Data Love [our over-reliance on data]
- Thomas Thorspecken: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Orlando [local artist sketches Orlando arts events]
- Susan Rienzo: Color Sings to Me [art quilting]
- Emily Empel: The Futurist’s Paradise
- Mike Van den Abbeel: Would You Please Sign this Petition? [for medical marijuana]
- David Alecock: Being Present for Love

"How many times have you used the word 'awesome' today? Once? Twice? ...Seventeen times?"

In today's Presentation of the Day, "The Awe of Awesome" from PKN Orlando Vol. 11, representative from the Proper Vocabulary Usage Advocacy* Jill Shargaa argues that the word 'awesome' has been used more and more to describe things that are, in fact, not awesome at all. Here she gives us some great examples of things that are indeed awesome in an effort to re-strengthen the value of the word.

*not a real organization

See? Games can do good after all!

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Phil, the Quest" from PKN Orlando Vol. 11, Phil Zoshak tells us how video games changed his life for the better. Before high school, he was a socially-awkward student with below-average reading skills taking remedial classes.

Games gave Phil a safe place to be himself, Dungeons and Dragons helped him improve his reading and writing, and he soon learned to behave in a socially acceptable manner -- most of the time. Now he is launching a program called Play 15 which will utilize the good points about gaming to teach reading, writing, and problem-solving to kids who are in the situation he was once in.

Global Night in Orlando

Orlando will take part in the PechaKucha Global Night with the city's Vol. 7 taking place on September 20. Visit the official event page for more details, including the full list of presenters.

Back in February, PKN Orlando blew us away with their inane and amusing presentation topics. Fast forward a few months as we're receiving word that their Vol. 9 was a grand, uproarious occasion! 

The organizers have posted photos aplenty on their event page, so be sure to take a gander at that.

But wait! There's more -- here's a nicely-edited video of the soiree to satiate your appetite for juicy PKN Orlando content:


Do you lay awake at night, eyes wide, thinking of mermaids, or how you might develop your Inner Savage? Neither do we! But, now we have you wondering, don't we? 

Just over a week from now, PKN Orlando will hold their Volume 9, and presentation topics they have planned are quite .... unique. Here are a few of the titles from the roster: "Becoming a Savage", "I Killed Mozart and Big Bird", "My Path to Smelldom", "Mermaiding" are among a few of the compelling themes to be discussed. I believe I speak for all of us when I say that I'm chomping at the bit to see what these presentations are about. 

To see more great posters from PechaKucha nights all over the world, check out our Tumblr blog.

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