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PechaKucha Presentation

Ordinary Parents

PRESENTED ON FEB 21, 2014
IN SANTA CRUZ, CA @ VOL 7

Jacob Martinez is a resident of Watsonville, community organizer, and a social entrepreneur. He designs and manages programs to increase the skills and confidence of Latinos/as to pursue careers in technology, increase parent engagement, community and coalition building. In this talk, Jacob talks about the inspiration behind his work and joy of being a father to his adopted children. 

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The Secrets to Raising Successful Kids

BY BRIMAH VONJO
@ VOL 3 ON SEP 20, 2013

Brimah Vonjo leaks to us the secrets to raising successful kids. These secrets include things like identfying your kid's strengths and weaknesses, teaching them to create rather than compete, being a good role model, and letting your kids choose their own path in life.

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Responsible Fatherhood

BY SHAWN GARDNER
@ VOL 9 ON SEP 18, 2012

Author and father of four Shawn Gardner works with 2NOT1, an organization focused on emphasizing the importance of fathers in the family unit. Through this organization he is trying to change the lives of children for the better by encouraging fathers to take responsibility for their kids' upbringing.

"Presentation of the Day" on November 7, 2013.

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The Men Who Fought for Our Freedom

BY HANNAH VLEUGELS
@ VOL 22 ON JUN 04, 2014

For Hannah Vleugels, it all started with the adoption of a grave at the American Cemetery in Margraten, the Netherlands. Together with a school friend, she started a school research project on the lives of two soldiers who died during World War II in the Ardennes region. They explored internet resources and military archives in the USA and even got in touch with the daughter of one of the soldiers- the names on the graves got a face. In this poignant presentation, Hannah tells us the entire history of one of the two soldiers.
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Oyako

BY BRUCE OSBORN
@ VOL 118 ON OCT 29, 2014

Photographer Bruce Osborn is a longtime resident of Japan, and in this presentation he describes "Oyako" (a Japanese word that signifies both parent and child), a multi-decade photography project that has consumed his life, and given him amazing insights into Japanese society, and the fantastically diverse family links that exists between parent and child.

"Presentation of the Day" on December 5, 2014.

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Adopting a Heart that Needed Mending

BY STEVE SCHMIDT
@ VOL 1 ON OCT 01, 2015

Stephen Schmidt and his wife, Arlene, began the journey of adoption 18 years ago by becoming licensed foster parents. Stephen tells his family’s story, one filled with laughter and tears, sadness and joy, and ultimately filled with a family stitched together by love. Thinking of adoption? Beware: it may be the most powerful thing you ever do with your life.

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My Parents

BY LARS TOPELMANN
@ VOL 16 ON MAY 27, 2015

Speaker reflects on the theme of 'Creative Inspiration' gathering insight and interpretation from reflections on work, life and personal experiences. 

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Building Kids up by Building with Kids

BY MARK MORENO
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 23, 2017

“The most important architectural lessons I teach can be traced back to my family, and to the family restaurant.”

In “Building with Kids to Build Kids Up,” from Pecha Kucha night Saint Joseph/Benton Harbor, vol. 8, Associate Professor at Andrews University, Mark Moreno explains the Renaissance Kids Architecture Camp, how it came to be, and what he wants to be when he grows up.” He founded and runs the camp at Andrews’ School of Architecture and Interior Design.

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Expression of Gratitude: the untold story of a family unknown

BY KATY BOYCHUK
@ VOL 2 ON APR 25, 2017

"My journey of finding my birth mother lead me to the gratitude I have for my parents."
 
In honor of International Family Day, we highlight a PechaKucha Presentation that truly embodies what family is, while simultaneous breaks its mold, and in turn, captures our hearts.
 
In "Expression of Gratitude: the untold story of a family unknown" from PechaKucha Night London, Ontario, Katy Boychuk shares the story of her adoption at birth and the personal journey she embarked on when almost most 30 years later, she read her private adoption file for the first time and decided to find her birth mother. This is when her search began.
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Family Boatbuilding, Getting Kids on the Water with Their Own Hands

BY TOM HURST
@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Tom Hurst has been a woodworking and natural resources teacher for a good long while. He has built and guided the creation of many items of furniture, art pieces, toys, buildings and of course boats. He has built sailboats, canoes and sea kayaks with audiences from children to seniors both locally and around the US. Over 100 canoes and kayaks grace our local waters that were built in his shops. Family boatbuilding is still his favorite. It is a project to draw together people and get them on the water. A natural teacher with a love of sharing the outdoors and practical skills, He has a passion for hands-on experiential education.