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"We wanted transparency in our kitchen -- we wanted the chef to make eye contact with our guests

David Gunawan presents his ideas on sustainability and healthy eating as a chef and founder of Farmer's Apprentice. In "Promoting Sustainability and Consciousness in Food" from PKN Vancouver Vol. 30, we see that he strives to find local, organic foods for his restaraunt by creating a healthy and viable relationship with farmers. 

Genevieve Hume and her husband Kevin run a goldsmithing and jewelry business in Vancouver which has her working with artisanal and small scale miners. Mine collapses, mercury poisoning, child labor, and militia violence are among the threats to this industry, and in "Chipping Away at Mining Policy" from PKN Vancouver Vol. 28, Genevieve tells us how she and her husband started an organization to certify, support and train these laborers.

PechaKucha used as a best practice for citizenship engagement? That's what happened in Vancouver.

5.Tell Stories – Storytelling can be effective in bringing together a diverse group of people to share experiences in how to improve community. Storytelling can be used to peak citizen interest in an issue and access local wisdom that other methods struggle to access. Storytelling can involve many different kinds of communication—for example, the City of Vancouver partnered with a highly popular monthly “PechaKucha” event to launch the Greenest City 2020 Conversation and the TalkGreentoUs.Ca website. The Pecha Kucha event brought together 13 local change-makers to speak on the subject of Vancouver’s effort to become the Greenest City in the World by 2020. It not only had the largest attendance of any city engagement event in Vancouver’s history, but it also particularly brought new people and demographics into the conversation.

Read the full article here.

That symbolic tree you see pictured on this post's poster can mean only one thing: a new PechaKucha Night in Vancouver is on it's way! That would be the city's Vol. 32, set for March 20 at Vogue Theatre. The event page and list of presenters will be added to the site next week.

Creativity springs forth in the most unexpected places. Where's the most unusual place you've discovered it?

Alicia Medina Laddaga explores the idea of cities as the ultimate epicenter for creativity, and travels to Vancouver in order to tap into it's creative potential. In "Creativity: the Key to a Happy and Productive Life" from PKN Vancouver Vol. 30, she focuses on housing and architecture as a founder of LOHA, a non-profit organization which provides affordable, alternative housing options. 

Lauryn Oates has been working to improve the lives of children and women in Afghanistan through the power of education. Though threats against her and her colleagues lives have been made on numerous occasions, she speaks firmly on the ideals of human rights.

In "Education, Human Rights in Afghanistan" from PKN Vancouver Vol. 28, Lauryn introduces us to the Afghanistan that she knows, "...for each tragedy, there is a triumph." 

What does your city mean to you?

Joanna Wong speaks of the deep connections present between China and her home, Vancouver; known as 'the most Asian city outside of Asia.'

In "The Chinese Connection" from PKN Vancouver Vol. 28, she expounds upon her personal family history, the history of Vancouver's Chinese population, and how the digital networks between this Canadian city and China can serve as important links to the future.

When Karen Tam Wu began her work in forest ethics, she never expected to be standing up to the CEO of the Shell Oil Company.

What began with the company setting up three fracking stations near the headwaters in northern British Columbia, became a community-led campaign to stop the oil company from poisoning the groundwater that is so crucial to the surrounding area. In "Protecting a Community, An Ecosystem" from PKN Vancouver Vol.28, hear Karen tell her story of trial and eventual triumph. 


 

PECHAKUCHA NIGHT VOL.30 
NOVEMBER 20th 
VOGUE THEATRE • 918 GRANVILLE STREET


 

You can now watch the PechaKucha Night Vancouver Volume 30 presentations below! 

 

 

 

Speakers:
J. B. MacKinnonAuthor Watch Presentation 
Zoe PawlakArtist Watch Presentation
Lyndon Cormack, Co-Founder Herschel Supply Co. Watch Presentation
Alexandra T. Greenhill, Co-Founder / CEO My Best Helper Watch Presentation
Paul Dincer, Founder and Chocolatier Koko Monk Chocolates by Levni Watch Presentation
Alicia Medina Laddaga, Founder and Director LOHA Vancouver Watch Presentation
Jonathan Tippett, Artist and Engineer Prosthesis: The Anti-Robot Watch Presentation
Leah Costello, Chief Ideas Curator Bon Mot Book Club Watch Presentation
Wes Regan , Executive Director Hastings Crossing BIA Watch Presentation
Sarah Dickinson, Director, THNK Watch Presentation
David Gunawan, Head Chef and Owner of Farmer's Apprentice Watch Presentation


 

Clean water may not be a luxury for us, but it is for many.

Bradley Pierik (of Twothirds Water) has been studying the systems by which third-world countries purify their water to make it safe for human consumption. When waterborne diseases account for the majority of hospitalizations, a filtration system can literally be a lifesaver. In "Clean Water for Life" from PKN Vancouver Vol. 28, Bradley goes into depth on his research and a prototype filter he's made while performing outreach in countries all over. 

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