"If I am half the Horton my dad was, then I'm definitely a badass."

In Changing Perspectives on Distracted Driving from Atlanta Vol. 24, resident badass, Emmeline Renz shares a passionate and harrowing tale of her dad's life story and her worst moment when he was hit by a car by somebody driving distracted. She advocates for changing gears and social change in regards to distracted driving and it's death toll. Renz proves here how hard-hitting the conciseness of the PechaKucha platform can be in truly moving us and affecting our hearts and minds. The PechaKucha Community is behind you Emmeline!

"If you build it and they will come. If they build it and they will say."

What is possible when you give people SPACE and PERMISSION to create? In [Freespace]: An Experiment in Creativity, Community, and Civic Innovation from PechaKucha Night St. Joseph Vol. 1 Beth Scaccia shows us a new type of gathering place for people to come together, create, teach, learn, and share the things which they are truly passionate about, and strengthen connections between individuals as well as communities through art, events, and long term projects. Don't be surprised to find [Freespace] coming to your town soon!

An imaginative poster was made from Nanaimo's 1st PechaKucha Night which was held just a few days ago. Here's some food for thought: Take Nanaimos lead and consider designing a poster for your city's next instalment of PechaKucha Night. Need some inspiration? Just visit our Official PechaKucha Night Poster Tumblr!

"Fighting the fashion industry is not going to change the problems, but supporting environmental friendly and ethical products can."

In "The Cost of Cotton" from Christchurch Vol. 24, student Samantha Jones shares how she launched an eco fashion brand in her spare time. The environmental cost,  social cost, child labor, increased awarness and concerns in clothing production are the subject of her passionate talk. Let's support environmentally friendly and ethical products!

PechaKucha's keeps the call loud and open for you submissions to our Inspire Nepal initiative! Learn how to easily share your story or project about Nepal in the PK 20x20 way by visiting our PechaKucha Inspire Nepal Channel and together lets inspire Nepal by to its vibrant and colorful self! 

This week we put our scopes on the ancient Indian city of Gwalior, home of the historical Gwalior Fort where within lies the Ganesh Temple, home of first occurrence of zero as a written number in the world! In addition to being the home of zero, they are one of our newest family members, already onto their second volume of PechaKucha Night! Have a look at their presentations and dive into the creativity coming out of Gwalior!   

"If you want to develop your imagination and go beyond your limits, read fairly tales!"

From "Fairy Tales Can Come True, They Can Happen to You" from Tokyo, Vol. 126, Tokyo-based, Brazilian artist Angelo Mokutan talks about the influence of a having a mother in oriental medicine, a sculptor for a father, and the creative seed he inherited from them taking root and inspiring a move to Japan to follow a dream. After studying fine art, and unsure of his prospects he found himself working a for an IT term. But his passion was calling and he finally abandoned the stability of his job to follow his true dream to become a successful manga artist.

He believes manga can develop our imagination and help us go past the limits of our rational minds. 

Lastly, offering a new twist on an old classic, Mokutan gives Little Red Riding Hood an urban update, her grandmother living in Tokyo, and big bad wolves all around. If you send a him a suggestion on what she brings to grandmother's house, he'll illustrate it in a manga and credit you as co-author! Lets send him some ideas so we can ALL be manga artists!



"Our are streets are our public spaces , and we need to reclaim it from the car. The car has actually invaded OUR space."

From Reclaiming the Streets of Chennai from PechaKucha Night Chennai Vol. 7, architect, urban designer, and sustainable transport advocate Aswathy Dilip reminisces on a time growing up in Chennai where day-to-day life was lived out on the streets of the city, free of the current seemingly endless sea of automobiles. She talks about a citizen's initiative called Namma Chennai Namakke, for which she is taking the lead in gathering the support of Chennai citizens including automobile owners to embrace car-free streets on Sunday mornings. The space she envisions creating hopes to promote healthy and happy lifestyles, and social capital through community building activities. 

"God created Adam so he could have somebody with whom he could play the game Go."

From "Go-dly Nerdism in the Game Go" from Bandar Seri Begawan, Vol. 3, founder of Brunei Darussalam Go Association Ignatius Chin shares his love and the deep history of the board game Go. He describes how Go is not just some past-time activity but a highly addictive game that carries its ancient origins and unites people (especially nerds) together. Listen as he opens your eyes to the magic that is Go.

On the 1892 Adalanta Cycle Club:

"It's special to me because it was a group of all women cyclists that decided to get together to go on picnics, to go one day trips, and just be all around awesome in their knickerbockers."

From Knickerbocker Cycling in Christchurch, from Christchurch Vol. 23,  Catarina Gutierrez shares her passion as an everyday cyclist as she explores a city steeped in bicycle culture and history. Prior to landing in Christchurch, she's lived and pedaled in popular bike cities such as Brooklyn, NY and Portland, OR. In addition to founding the social bicycles club "CycleCHCH", Gutierrez volunteers at RAD Bikes. These days you can find her cruising around Christchurch on a bubblegum pink Morrison step-through and in a bright, neon helmet covered in stickers. 



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