"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.

"What began for me and others who participated in a 1972 Chihuly workshop, 40 years later is an amazing expression of the creative spirit captured in glass." 

In "Glass is HOT" from PechaKucha St. Joseph Vol. 2 Jerry Catania share's his love for making glass art. He dives into his interesting history of being a student of famed experimental glass sculptor Dale Chihuly and how that experience led him to pioneer and cultivate over a decade of healthy and successful creative workshops and programs with a community that cherishes its new found glass culture in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, Michigan where he and his wife Kathy run the Water Street Glassworks. 

Xièxie to Chengdu for dreaming up this newfangled contraption for their PechaKucha Night Vol. 3 this week as part of Dutch Days, a celebration of Sino-Dutch collaborations in the creative industries! Be sure to check our all the amazing designs that come in daily over at our Official PechaKucha Poster Tumblr! Be inspired to make a poster for your city's next PKN!

"... And that changed the way I see women struggling in crisis."

In "Revolution - Bridging the Employment Gap for Women in Crises" from Lancaster Vol. 5, business owner Sarah Rutt discusses Revolution, a jewelry company that creates and sells handcrafted, leather jewelry in order to bridge the employment gap for women transitioning out of homelessness. Revolution is part of the great social enterprise pitch sponsored by ASSETS Lancaster and the Lancaster County Community Foundation, and are launching operations in October of this year.

This week's city focus heads back around the globe to the British city of Coventry, whose rich history dates all the way back to the Bronze Age! Their latest PechaKucha Night presentations are well worth a look, as are the city's' many historical sites, including the Coventry Cathedral, pictured here.  

...And the Academy Award goes to PechaKucha Ostrava, the Czech city who has not only reached the 20th PKN milestone, they did it in epic style with this tip of the hat to Godzilla and the giant monster movies of the past. We'd like to thank all the little people (literally) that help make this dream a reality ;-) Here's to you Ostrava. Congrats on #20! 

"Anyone facing adversity can experience some form of healing or solace from something as seemingly insignificant as the gift of an instant photo."

In Forever in an Instant from PechaKucha Night Singapore Vol. 13, photographer Frederick Chen shares his experience of working with Photohoku, a photo-giving volunteer initiative that was born in response to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Through the act of giving photos, rather than taking photos, Frederick explains how photography has the power to restore hope for people in need, giving them something often overlooked in other relief efforts. In a final call-to-action, Frederick challenges us to take up the cause, putting forward the notion that the ways that photo-giving can make a difference in people's lives is only limited by our imaginations.

As the Northern Hemisphere heads into Autumn, we take this week's city focus down under to the Blue Mountains of Australia whose latest PechaKucha Night presentations come to welcome spring. Held at the historic Carrington Hotel, a host of delightful presenters shared a night of fun and imagination the PechaKucha way.  


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