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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!


What IS Socialism?

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 18, 2016

Amidst a dramatic and surprising election season, the word "socialism" has found a place at the table, thanks, in part, to the democratic-socialist Bernie Sanders. Indeed, "socialism" was the most looked-up term on Merriam-Webster's website in 2015. However, the word seems to refer to anything from Scandinavian-style, egalitarian social programs, to tyrannical state ideologies, to utopian, post-capitalist worlds. What do socialists actually believe, and why is it relevant today?

Per Hoel is a professional multimedia producer, filmmaker, and political organizer. He develops videos and content mostly for educational and non-profit purposes, serving humankind by bringing strong storytelling and creative vision to timely, important causes. He's originally from Norway and lived in Washington, D.C. before moving to Santa Barbara two years ago. He's collaborated with local climate justice activism and is also engaged in projects around energy democracy and renter's rights. He also founded the Santa Barbara chapter of the Jacobin Magazine reading group, an open-invitation group that meets monthly to debate and discuss short readings through a socialist lens.


Impact Hub – Change the Way You Work

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 18, 2016

Diana Pereira shares about a curated, vibrant community that combines the diversity of a collaborative working space where peers cross-fertilize and develop their ventures, with a source of meaningful content through thought-provoking events, innovation labs, incubation and facilitated conversations that matter. All within an inspiring space that offers a flexible and highly functional infrastructure to work, meet, learn and connect with the power of a global entrepreneurial community. Impact Hub Santa Barbara Inspires. Engages. Educates. Connects people to build businesses and organizations that create sustainable impact in our community.

Diana is a co-founder of the Impact Hub Santa Barbara and over the past 20 years has been involved in numerous startups and growing companies. She is the Founder of Balance Financial Management (a full service back-office consulting firm, www.balancefm.com), the Chief Compliance Officer of Morton Capital Management (a $1.4B investment advisor, www.mortoncapital.com) and serves as Board Treasurer of Wilderness Youth Project (www.wyp.org). Diana has a strong passion toward building social enterprises dedicated to realizing positive impact within our communities and abroad and is super excited about the launch of the Impact Hub in SB!


A Hero's Journey in less than 24-hours

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 18, 2016

Learn how to enjoy the benefits of travel at the lowest cost using just a bicycle, a bedroll, and a tin or two of sardines. The bicycle camping revolution is growing. It's easier than you think to take part.
Don Lubach, Ph.D. is an Associate Dean and Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Don leads classes for new students around the topics of student success and leadership. Don has supported students in communication efforts including the UCSB Chapter of Toastmasters International and TEDxUCSB. Don has led more than 25 courses for Santa Barbara City College, most of them focused on older adults and positive aging. Don created and led the first job fairs in California focused on job and internship seekers older than 50. Dr. Lubach is married to Lori Cooper and has two daughters, Jane and Camille.


Run, Run but You Cannot Hide

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 18, 2016

Christopher Lortie summarizes the science associated with the benefits of regular running. A few case studies are also presented as a mechanism to emphasize critical analysis of scientific findings and the sometimes spurious nature of findings. Then, meta-analyses and systematic reviews will be used to summarize the research to date on running and key decisions that are made with respect to running will be answered (using these findings). A framework of the additional benefits of running that are more challenging to measure will be proposed. Running may not be for everyone but is certainly useful for many of us based on the evidence to date.
Chris is an integrative scientist with expertise in community theory, sociology, and quantitative methods. Collaboration and networks are central to his research both conceptually and internationally. As such, his empirical research involves biogeographical comparisons of many forms of community dynamics (plants, animals, & people). A significant component of his current environmental science research includes restoration & management. Chris actively pursues new challenges and creative opportunities in science. He has published over 200 scholarly products to date including 120 peer-reviewed publications, 51 datasets, 38 non-refereed conference proceedings, 6 book chapters, and numerous open-science products such as slide decks, figures, videos, and blog commentaries. Chris has also been a distinguished visiting professor in Japan, France, Spain, and South America. Publicly, he has spoken at GLIMPSES and other conferences associated with open science, synthesis, big data, and the value of putting ecology (and humanity) into the work we do in other human pursuits outside science. He is an Associate Professor at York University in Canada and a Research Associate at NCEAS. He is the Editor in Chief for Oikos for all formal synthesis papers, and an editor for PLOSONE, PeerJ, Gigascience, and Nature Scientific Data.


City Repair is Fun

@ VOL 16 ON FEB 10, 2016

Ethan Turpin is one of many local people who have seen the potential for our neighborhood spaces to better reflect our values and whimsical impulses. As a professional artist accustomed to the regular hurdles of exhibiting in both public and private space, he was impressed by the access City Repairs methods offer anyone for creative projects in community space. He will share the inspirations and projects of the energized new group that is growing in Santa Barbara for the purpose of "place making" and civic connection.

Ethan Turpin blends old and new media to extend perceptions of humanity’s complex relationships. Working as an independent video producer and artist since 1999, his documentaries and art installations have shown in film festivals, galleries, and museums nationwide, spanning topics such as globalization, wildfire, and climate change. His solo exhibit “Stereocollision” showed at the California Museum of Photography in 2012. The Visions From The New California Award was granted to Turpin in 2010. He received a BFA in 1997 from the Kansas City Art Institute. Ethan finds flow states in drawing, interactive video, and martial arts.


This is Your Brain on Coffee

@ VOL 16 ON FEB 10, 2016

Sifu Slim is the pen name of Henry Kreuter, an author, wellness educator/speaker, lifelong amateur athlete, and leading proponent of “intentional physical activity.” As a writer, Sifu is an expert on sedentary living. His program of maintenance fitness, intentional physical activity, and downtime is the perfect antidote for the sedentary, over programmed world. He is the author of two books.

Sedentary Nation presents the challenges of the busy person living in the overprogrammed digital world as well as a plan to overcome this plague of modern convenience.

His second book chronicles the lives of some notable still-fit, former world-class athletes and retired elite military, and asks them, "Why are you—a small 10 percent of retired athletes—still maintaining your fitness while 90 percent of former world-class athletes have become mostly sedentary?"


The Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science and Technology

@ VOL 16 ON FEB 10, 2016

Alan Macy is currently the Research and Development Director, past President and a founder of BIOPAC Systems, Inc. He designs data collection and analysis systems, used by researchers in the life sciences, that help identify meaningful interpretations from signals produced by life processes. Trained in electrical engineering and physiology, with over 30 years of product development experience, he is currently focusing on psychophysiology, emotional and motivational state measurements, magnetic resonance imaging and augmented/virtual reality implementations. He presents in the areas of human-computer interfaces, electrophysiology, and telecommunications. His recent research and artistic efforts explore ideas of human nervous system extension and the associated impacts upon perception. As an applied science artist, he specializes in the creation of cybernated art, interactive sculpture and environments.


A Cognitive Era education: think outside the school

@ VOL 16 ON FEB 10, 2016

Paula Cassin is a Santa Barbara native who lived in France and New Zealand for 16 years before moving back to paradise. Her paid work includes more than 20 years in Sales & Marketing roles for enterprise technology companies, most recently startups based in New Zealand and San Jose. You may be interested to know that she holds a BA in International Relations from UC Davis, and an informal degree in Economics from her father, UCSB Professor of Economics Emeritus. She loves technology, learning, and motherhood, and this talk combines all three.




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