"I don't know if there is a word to describe a peninsula that's part of another peninsula, maybe "super-peninsula." They can use that if they want."

In this hilarious, yet introspective look on a remote and serene corner on the world called Copper Harbour, Michigan, freelance writer John Donavan shares his love for its 75 quirky residents, its single drag strip, its dozen places to stay, and half as many places to eat, its few quiet souvenir shops, its art studio, its laundromat, its lonely but loved book store, and its complete lack of cell-phone reception.

Surrounded by wilderness, wonder, and solitude, Donavan shares getting lost in the natural beauty, forgetting that the noise, and the hurry, and the craziness of world even exists, adding "it's kinda like my church."

(From PechaKucha Des Moines Vol. 21.)

"It seeks to demonstrate how artistic cooperation transcends class, racial and social barriers ... and serves as an alternative to incarceration and penalty."

In "The Odyssey Project" from PechaKucha Santa Barbara Vol. 14, Ahmed Asi describes the collaborative theater process between youth from a juvenile detention facility in Santa Barbara county and undergraduate students from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Using the template of Homer's Odyssey, the participants gather on the university campus to explore the mythic elements in their lives in order to reconstruct the epic poem in their own voices. The project leads to a public performance at a local theater. Everyone on this creative journey is a hero or heroine. The project is designed to honor youth in identifying their heroic life mission and map a course of action. It employs theater arts as a strategy for inspiring life affirming choices.

"When you step out of your comfort zone, THAT is when the magic happens, THAT is when you realize the true strength of your capabilities"

In "Even Though We're Here" from Bandar Seri Begawan Vol.4Dragons And Pixie Dust’s self-taught special effects make-up artist Muaz Al-Rashid’s shares the story his childhood curiosity on how Jim Carey was turned into The Grinch got his creative engine running. From looking up for inspirations on YouTube to someone telling him to just do it to actually ripping himself out of his comfort zone, Muaz invites us to join him (being unafraid to do what you’re passionate about) as he brushes his way into being resourceful with what little he could work with to complete his vision.

"This is the first color newspaper ever printed in New Orleans!"

In I'd Rather Be Printing from Pechakucha Night New Orleans Vol. 17, J.S. Makkos shares falling in love with antique printing presses as a youth exploring in his father’s antique shop. This helped define his passion for print making. He came down to New Orleans with a purpose to salvage the detritus and material culture of this city that was being lost in dumpsters and through a sequence of events, stumbled on a treasure trove of New Orleans history.

Waterville Maine's Craft Weekend and Harvest Festival included not only traditional autumn activities such as hayrides, scarecrow making, and pumpkin carving, but also an amazing PKN at the Waterville Opera House, geared to children and families, celebrating of the city’s cultural diversity! 

Shining a spotlight on PechaKucha Nanaimo whose Vol. 2 event poster that pays homage to the city's rich heritage. We liked this intricate design so much, we put it on our official PechaKucha Poster tumblr! Click through to see all the other amazing poster designs we are constantly adding to it. Be inspired to design one for YOUR city's PechaKucha! 

Our friends over in Easton, PA deserve the City Focus this week after a hosting what turned out to be a stellar PechaKucha Night, rife with some imaginative presentations! Held at the Nurture Nature Center as the opening event of Easton's amazing Riverside Festival of the Arts, we couldn't be happier to see Easton dedicated to its creative community! 

"We cannot control nature. It does what it does. However we can control human nature and our ability to work together in the face of these odds."

In Rebuilding the Future of Nepal, from our Inspire Nepal Channel, Nevo Shinaar shares the story of his involvement in the Earthquake in Nepal in 2015. After committing for 10 month's work as a volunteer in Nepal, aimed to help rural communities become more resilient to globalisation and external changes, and to enhance their quality of life, Shinaar had such a meaningful experience that he decided to stay longer and facilitate a new group of volunteers. Within another 8 months, the ravaging earthquake sent the entire country into a state of disarray particularly the very communities with with whom he'd be working. In trying to address the needs of these communities in ways that were most relevant and effective he learned some life lessons, and shares them with us here.

"I oversubscribe on life. I do more than I can do. And it's exactly the way I want it."

In The Rewards of Imbalance from PechaKucha Night Madison Vol. 14. Greg Tracey tries to convince us that doing more than we think we can do and sprinkling a little bit of chaos on top, will give us a rewarding life. He discusses life's multiple fulcrums and how embracing this ideology gives us the ability to cope with the failure and hard parts of life. Steering directly into those parts is where all the juicy and rewarding moments are.

"Maybe it's a natural virus for someone who has social workers as parents, but for me I thought I had to help everyone in trouble." 

In Growing a Community of Impact from Bergen Vol. 3Silje Grastveit tells her story of what inspired her to become an entrepreneur. She started Impact Hub in Bergen, Norway, working to support social entrepreneurs. In just a few years the organization's network has spread to over 60 cities, and continues to grow. The community has reached more than 10,000 members focussing on making a positive impact in the world. Impact Hub Bergen was one of the early versions, it opened in 2011 and is the first incubator for social innovation in Norway.


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