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Past San Antonio Event: VOL 20

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VOL 20

December 01, 2015
@ Majestic Theatre

PechaKucha Night San Antonio will co-present its milestone 20th event with SA2020, a nonprofit aimed at catalyzing the community into action toward the shared vision of San Antonio as a world-class city. The Dec. 1 Vol. 20 event marks the city’s halfway point to meeting SA2020’s community-driven goals by the year 2020. 

6 p.m. Pre-Show Happy Hour 
Featuring a cash bar and small bites from Alchemy, Box Street Social, Dignowity Meats, The Esquire Tavern, Folc, One Lucky Duck, Sassy Chef Heather, Tim the Girl and Bakery Lorraine as well as onsite screen printing by Cruz Ortiz and Snake Hawk Press

7:30 p.m. Presentations with Intermission 
Ivy Taylor, Mayor
Laurie Ann Guerrero, Poet Laureate
Douglas Melnick, Chief Sustainability Officer
Kylie Helterbrand, Class of 2020
Steve McHugh, Chef/Owner
Jody Newman, Chief Friend
Tony Leverett, Director, Promise Neighborhood
David Heard, Tech Bloc Co-Creator
Emcee: Randy Beamer, News 4 San Antonio

10:30 p.m. After Party at The Last Word
229 E. Houston St. #10, San Antonio, TX 78205

Ticket Information 
Reserve your ticket online

In celebration of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraging attendees to give what they can, instead of setting a specific price for tickets. Common ticket levels are provided on the ticket purchase page to make your purchase a snap! Proceeds benefit SA2020. In partnership with Las Casas Foundation.


PechaKucha hosts speakers who share their passions in a unique format: Each presenter gets exactly 20 PowerPoint slides, and each slide advances automatically every 20 seconds (for a total time of 6:40). SA2020 played a special role in the Vol. 20 event by giving the stage to eight engaged community members who drive change and action in our city.

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A Resilient City Through Environmental Sustainability

BY DOUGLAS MELNICK
@ VOL 20 ON DEC 01, 2015

Douglas Melnick is passionate about environmental sustainability. And for good reason, because San Antonio is getting hotter. Temperatures here have risen 2.5 degree Celsius since 1960, and these kinds of drastic changes have real implications for our city today and tomorrow. For example, our infrastructure was not designed for the inundation of flood waters and other
extreme weather conditions that are becoming more frequent. But we can build resilience into our communities with incremental steps like composting, which leads to less methane in the atmosphere, or riding a bike to work, which decreases carbon emissions. And he reminds us if we don’t have the public transportation or other sustainability programs we want to see, it’s up to us to advocate for them.
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Building a City Through the Power of Being Friendly

BY JODY NEWMAN
@ VOL 20 ON DEC 01, 2015

Jody Bailey Newman is "Chief Friend" behind many of San Antonio’s favorite ice houses and neighborhood hang outs. What began as a joke after a job loss became the Friendly Spot Ice House, the de facto town hall of the community around it. More than just building places to get a cold brew, Newman wants to create places where friends and family can gather, places that embrace diversity, and places that advance the city through the power of being friendly.
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Making Boys Cry, and Other Ways to Change the World

BY KYLIE HELTERBRAND
@ VOL 20 ON DEC 01, 2015

"I sat on the steps of the supreme court step while the justices were deciding on same-sex marriage. As we looked around to see people discovering the news, the joy was overwhelming. It was such a cool moment to know that my generation was seeing the love and acceptance that could come from the human experience."

In Making Boys Cry, and Other Ways to Change the World from PechaKuhca Night San Antonio Vol. 20, Kylie Helterbrand, an eighth-grade student graduating high school in 2020, isn’t waiting until commencement to start changing the world. Already, global issues like climate change, terrorism, the wage gap and marriage equality are front-and-center in her world. Despite how daunting these challenges appear, she also knows they’re not insurmountable. She challenges audiences and her peers alike to get started making positive change today.
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Why Cities are Competing for Top Tech Talent

BY DAVID HEARD
@ VOL 20 ON DEC 01, 2015

David Heard is sadly accustomed to his technologist friends moving away from San Antonio. The tech scene is too small, they say. The landscape is too suburban. Is our city just going to be a nice place to retire? Or can San Antonio become a place young, educated, highly coveted professionals aspire to live in, the kind of place where the world’s talent decides to build their careers? To do this, he believes we must fight out fierce competition from other cities and attract top tech talent. To understand why tech talent is the key to a strong future, David Heard outlines how technology and tech jobs are fundamentally transforming cities and their economies.
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Movin’ on Up: For a Better San Antonio, Head East

BY TONY LEVERETT
@ VOL 20 ON DEC 01, 2015

Tony Leverett shares how the Promise Neighborhood initiative through the Department of Education aims to transform communities through closing the gaps in education and opportunity. But as passionate as he is about the building up the burgeoning East Side community, he reminds us that it’s about the bigger picture of San Antonio as a whole. We can create an environment where young
entrepreneurs, artist, technologists and more can find the kind of life-changing opportunities they’re hungry for.
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Great Service: A Recipe for a Life Well Lived

BY STEVE MCHUGH
@ VOL 20 ON DEC 01, 2015

Steve McHugh is a renowned chef and restaurateur who shares his passion for great service through the people who have been most influential to him. His parents taught him to serve others because it brings happiness. Chef John Besh helped him develop a palette able to detect nuanced flavors many of us can only dream of tasting. And while he was beating cancer, his oncology team showed him even a hospital can create an inviting environment for guests. Most people can forgive a mistake; people just want to see you try.
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Learning to Speak: Poetry as Pursuit of Truth

BY LAURIE ANN GUERRERO
@ VOL 20 ON DEC 01, 2015

"This poem is an ode to every hard-working artist who knows the joy of struggle from which their art comes."

In Learning to Speak: Poetry as Pursuit of Truth from PechaKucha Night San Antonio Vol. 20, poet laureate, Laurie Ann Guerrero looks back at her ancestors’ history of labor and struggle as art, a legacy of poets, musicians, and painters whose artistry was a way to map and ultimately transcend the world. Art, she says, is a pursuit of truth. It was her ancestor’s many generations of that pursuit that ultimately gave her the privilege and position of being asked to make art: the maker, not the object. Through poetry, Guerrero invites us to share in that space of openness, vulnerability and ultimately grace.

Ivy Taylor
Mayor, City of San Antonio in San Antonio
Douglas Melnick
Chief Sustainability Officer, City of San Antonio in San Antonio
Tony Leverett
Director, Promise Neighborhood in San Antonio
Kylie Helterbrand
Student, Class of 2020 in San Antonio
Steve McHugh
Chef/Owner, Cured in San Antonio
Jody Newman
Chief Friend, The Friendly Spot in San Antonio
Laurie Ann Guerrero
Poet Laureate, Texas in San Antonio
David Heard
Co-Creator, Tech Bloc in San Antonio