As PechaKucha Nights reach a total of 1000 cities represented and the year 2020 approaches, the overarching mission of PechaKucha to bring out and unite creative peoples of all backgrounds becomes ever refined.
It is Johnny's responsibility to always be thinking of new ways to help PechaKucha grow, and then find solutions to allow for these ideas to become reality.
Johnny works to to cultivate partnerships with organizations, corporations as well as small businesses globally, and develops campaigns to mobilize and leverage the PechaKucha network in unique and exciting ways.
As the winds of change blow, so changes the dynamic of the PechaKucha HQ team. In April 2015, HQ welcomed two fantastic new team members -- Mariko Yokogi and Brian Scott Peterson -- and said a fond farewell to Executive Director Jean Snow.
Johnny has since taken on Jean's role, and is since focused on cultivating relationships with global "Friends of PechaKucha", building out new and exciting features and experiences for the PK community, and assisting in the management of this new dynamic team!
Back in March 2015, along with team members Yuko Yoshikawa and Jean Snow, Johnny planned and executed PechaKucha's first ever "Pow Wow" -- a global summit aimed at bringing PechaKucha City Organisers out to Tokyo to discuss the state of the organisation, the global proliferation of creativity, and the direction of PechaKucha going forward.
Seventeen cities were represented, with over 30 City Organisers and team members in participation. PechaKucha worked with Airbnb to provide accomodation for those coming in from out of the country.
The three-day event was a great success, and the next PechaKucha Pow Wow is planned for March 2016.
He has managed, edited, and curated content on PechaKucha.org, PechaKucha Global's social networks, and still dabbles in IT for both the PechaKucha Global organization and Klein Dytham architecture.
He worked as a liaison to over 800 PechaKucha City Organizers -- assisting them with licenses, content, and general inquiries.
In Winter/Spring 2014 he worked to partner PechaKucha with the New Cities Foundation. The goal was to reach out to the PechaKucha global creative network to locate talented "Urban Innovators" -- those working in their local community to enact social and technological change.
The selected innovators from this campaign were flown to Dallas, TX for New Cities Summit, a gathering for world leaders, to speak on how their projects could be implemented, promoted, and scaled to benefit the urban landscape of any city, worldwide.
For PechaKucha's Global Night 2013, in collaboration with Google Japan, he lead the technical production of a nearly 20-hour-long Global Hangouts event, where the PK founders and team got together with over 75 City Organizers in every timezone to chat about their City, PechaKucha Night, and the Global Night theme "Hidden Heroes".
Like many Americans native to California, he has a weakness for avocados, burritos, and a well-made cheeseburger. On his bucket list is the goal to become a certified helicopter pilot.
Photo: (c) Michael Holmes