"We wanted to make the world's largest crochetted blanket."

In All the World's a Square, from Tokyo, Vol. 124, repeat PechaKucha Presentor, and Yokohama Knit Artist, Bernd Kestler started an initiative called "Knit for Japan" in repsonse to the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Originally aimed at providing knitting supplies for people of Tohoku, the project evolved into the "Granny Square Project” in which Bernd collected 20cm X 20cm knitted squares from all around the world. Little did he know he would receive so many that he was able to create the world's largest crochetted blanket. 

Check out how this creative project became greater than the sum of all its parts. 

"Politicians do not put enough commitment to the issues that really affect women."

In Gender and the General Election, from Huddersfield, Vol. 14, Coco Toma, Vice President Communication and Democracy at the Huddersfield Student Union, looks at developing women's engagement with politics in the 21st century. She takes us back in history to women's suffrage, and on through to the eyes of some of her hero's Rosa Parks, Aung San Suu Kyi, and others, discussing how they have helped been pioneers in many of the political issues woman have faced.


Strange Fruit; Split Seed

"Have you ever seen a photo that left you utterly speechless, gutted your ability to even comprehend what you are looking at?"

In Strange Fruit; Split Seed from Beacon, Vol. 1. artist Jean-Marc Superville Sovak presents a series of drawings based on lynching photographs and his illustrative reactions. He explores images that shake you to your core not for what can be seen in them, but rather what can't be seen in them, and how what matters most are the stories in them that often have never been told. 

Watch this moving presentation and confront the limits of interpretation. 

"I realised that really I just want everything to be fun ...all the time."

In Turn Off To Tune In from New Orleans, Vol. 13, Artist, animator, Gallery Assistant at The Foundation Gallery in New Orleans, Alice McGillicuddy, talks about her process to find fun and to get into the mind frame to create.  Alice is the happiest creating structures, large and small, to house animations and enjoys making every sort of bit and bob.

After you watch this fun presentation, be inspired to DO!

Founder of the The Living in Brooklyn, an Autodesk design studio, David Benjamin will be in presenting in Brooklyn this week as part of NYCxDesign, 2015. Pscyh yourself up for his talk by watching his previous PKN presentation, Prototyping Architecture, from NYC, Vol. 14

We're putting this week's "City Focus" on PKN Brooklyn, who is co-hosting NYCxDesign, May 8–19, 2015. NYCxDesign is citywide celebration of design, with events throuought the city showcasing all disciplines of design, with a special PKN scheduled for May 18th at Kinfolk 94. Check out PK Brooklyn's presentation archive and keep your eyes on NYCxDesign!

PechaKucha Brooklyn is offering a chance to win two VIP tickets to this week's event, happening Monday, May 18 as part of NYCxDesign. Be inspired by this wicked cool poster to "make your own" PechaKucha design and pose with it in front of your favorite new NY establishment for a chance to win! Check out the official event page for more details!

"We're all staring at our phones rather than talking to eachother."

In An Appeal for Calm from St. Neots, Vol. 1, Associate Technology Director at digital advertising agency R/GA London and semi-professional geek, Andy Hawkes talks about calm technology and why modern devices make and break the rules around calm technology. He delves into what makes an industrial designed product a success in the eyes of the individual, or a failure in the eyes of society.

Put you device down for a moment and watch this interesting presentation. 

"...distilling the essence of motorcycle for our clients, re-designing, re-building, and re-engineering and, along the way, pumping in as much coolness as we can."

In Its Not What You Ride, But How You Ride from Tokyo, Vol. 124 Matthew Roberts of Speedtractor Industries, a custom motorcycle and design studio in Tokyo, shares his passion for the true essence of motorcycle riding. With custom motorcycle design becoming ever more accessible, Matthew discusses how he guides clients to designing the bikes that are just right for them. 

A truly cool presentation!

"My dad left when I was 15 months old and that's the first reason I'm glad I grew up in England."

In Growing Up Black in Britian vs. America from Madison Vol. 13, a British-born, Chicago-based journalist, Gary Younge shares his insights of the complexities of race while growing up and living in two different countries. While facing the challenges of racial inequality in both American and Britian, Younge offers a unique persective on the merits and pitfalls and over all complex issues of race in both societies.

Check out this facinating presentation!


Friends of PechaKucha

Friends of PechaKucha