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For PK Person of the Week, Kevin S. Fox, PechaKucha Nights are a 21st-century forum “where the professional, the poetic, and the personal find their public.” Over the past 2 years this American cultural geographer has presented at 9 PechaKucha Nights in Austria, Slovakia, Poland, Germany and USA. For the presentations he usually discusses his monthly radio show, Geographical Imaginations, where he explores the geographies of everything and nothing with a wide range of people—including academics, artists and everyday geographers. He asks questions and explores themes through dialogue and experimentation. Inevitably, these explorations return to simple, yet complex, questions: How does _____ inform the way I picture the world in my head? How does that picture, in turn, limit or expand my place in the world? Check out his Salzburg, Austria based radio program or his recent presentation from PKN Aalen, Geography of PechaKucha.



We're delighted to welcome 2017's newest PechaKucha Night City, Los Santos de Maimona from Spain's Extremadura region who host their first volume this week! To mark the occasion, and in contrast to the city's 16th century splendor, they produced this mod 8-bit multi-player poster, no doubt a reflection of the colorful creativity they intend to highlight in the coming year! Welcome aboard Maimona!




"What I learned form Karaoke is that it's not about singing perfect; it's about having FUN!"

Thomas Maile is PechaKucha's charasmatic organiser in the charming city of Aalen in Germany. In My PechaKucha Journey from PKN Aalen Vol. 27, he shares about the his perspective on the Global Network of all his PechaKucha friends, and what makes PechaKucha Nights so special in Aalen. Though he admits he's not a perfect English speaker, he insists that life is more fun by trying hard, forgetting about expectations, breaking the rules, and having fun!

“The reality of virtual reality is that we are still away from that, but we getting there faster than you can imagine! ”

In "The Reality of Virtual Reality" From PechaKucha Night Cape TownVol.40 Marco Rosa shares about the idea of what is the reality of virtual reality. Where is the technology right now? What is involved in creating meaningful virtual reality experiences? What are the dangers and pitfalls of VR? Why is there so much hype around VR? What the future holds for VR and how can it positively impact the world. His focus on this presentation will be on the educational application and possibilities that VR offers us.

“To me, taxidermy it is a delicate craft that involves many skills.”

In "What is Taxidermy?" from PechaKucha Night Bexhill-on Sea Vol.4,Jazmine Miles-Long makes us question, what is taxidermy? Jazmine intends to challenge peoples preconceptions, talking about her ethical practice and how each stage is managed with delicacy and respect.

"Ask a ceramicist and they will insist that the material lives."

In Ceramic Assemblies from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17Laura Garófalo and Omar Kahn of Liminal Projects discuss their prototypes for ceramic building systems that were developed at the European Ceramics Workcentre (ekwc), in Oisterwijk, the Netherlands. They are designs that explore ways that architecture can mediate heat, water and nature. Ceramics, which are fired clay, are one of the oldest building materials. But they defy easy categorization because their behavior and properties are so diverse. Ceramics were used to build the Roman aqueducts and also used for the heat shield on the Space Shuttle. Ask a ceramicist and they will insist that the material lives. It is this quality that Garófalo and Kahn want to capture and perpetuate in their work.


“We are so privileged to be able to turn on our taps and have clean drinking water in an instant, but we often don’t think of the actual source of that water.”

In "#LoveYourHeadwaters" from PechaKucha Night Edmonton Vol. 26Alison Ronson brings us from the city into the beautiful Alberta wilderness, encouraging us to get excited about our water—where it comes from, why it needs more protection, and what the average Edmontonian can do to #LoveYourHeadwaters.



This week's PechaKucha People spotlight shines on Amazon UX Design Lead and PKN Seattle organizer Ana Pinto da Silva who epitomizers the very best of our creative community. She was recently recognized for her continued contribution to her community and company through PechaKucha. "There is a sense of connectedness, of friendship, of inspired transformation ... a need to share experiences that allow us to dive deep into a topic, shining a light on the incredible people in our community doing such important work across so many different areas. The audience gets to hear a multitude of perspectives in a way that honors the collective intelligence of the community." Read more here.



2016 was another amazingly positive year for PechaKucha in the 958 cities we touch around the world, a completely different year to the one portrayed by the media. The world we saw was dominated by true creativity, positivity, passion and real life. Check out 20 ways PechaKucha made the world a better place in 2016. Here's to making 2017 another year that will make a difference.

After 5 years and 20 successful volumes, PechaKucha Night organizers in Taos admittedly wondered if it might be time to pass on the torch. It seems their community has demanded otherwise as they deserve this week's City Focus for kicking off 2017 with their 21st volume! Here's to you, Taos!

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