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Jesper Larsson

Creative Advisor, Double Happiness in Shanghai

The World's Best City When It Rains

PRESENTED ON FEB 20, 2013
IN TOKYO @ VOL 100

In 2021 the city of Gothenburg, Sweden turns 400. Preparing for this, the city invited different people to come up with ideas regarding how Gothenburg could make an international mark in the years leading up to the anniversary. This is the idea that Jesper Larsson brought to the table.

"Presentation of the Day" on February 28, 2013.

PechaKucha Night GothenburgオーガナイザーであるJesperさんのご出身都市の魅力をぜひお聞きください。

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Goteborg for Japan

BY KOTOI ASAYAMA + KUMIKO UCHIDA
@ VOL 25 ON APR 12, 2011

Support from the city of Gothenburg in Sweden for Japan, coming from a group of exchange students.

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Marking the City

BY NICK BRUSCIA
@ VOL 92 ON MAY 30, 2012

An impromptu and ad-libbed Tokyo fiction deriving meaning from a mundane observation -- street annotations and mysterious tags, both written and physically placed. It is imagined that these tags embed another layer of information into the city by casting invisible perimeters within which encoded experiences are left behind and felt by others through ubiquitous mobile / augmented-reality devices. Tokyo is remapped through visual and physical sensations that overlap, fade away, and are activated by the weather or proximity, and offer an ephemerality akin to Tokyo's ever changing urban fabric. (in English)

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A Day in Tokyo

BY JEAN-PAUL TOONEN
@ VOL 94 ON JUL 25, 2012

Jean-Paul Toonen is the organizer of PKN Maastricht, and in this presentation done in Tokyo, he walks us through one of his days spent visiting our dear city, sharing funny observations about the way that Tokyo (and Japan) can appear to a foreigner. All photos were taken the day before the PKN. (in English)

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Improving Our City Streets

BY BARRY WILSON
@ VOL 11 ON JUL 29, 2012

Barry Wilson is a landscape architect, and in his presentation he hopes to show how we can work to make our city streets function in a better and more efficient way. (in English)

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All the World's a Square

BY BERND KESTLER
@ VOL 102 ON APR 24, 2013

The Granny Square project is an initiative asking crocheters from around the world to crochet and send one or more "Granny Square" motifs to Japan to make the world’s largest ‘Granny Square Blanket’. Bernd needs at least 7,150 squares of 20 x 20 cm. Once completed, the blanket will be submitted to Guinness World Records. But the best is that, after, the blanket will be divided back into regular size afghans and donated to temporary housing facilities in Tohoku, Japan, to support victims of the March 2011 earthquake.

You'll find more info at the "Knit for Japan" website.

"Presentation of the Day" on May 1, 2013.

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The World's Best City When It's Smoggy

BY JESPER LARSSON
@ VOL 21 ON APR 11, 2013

Jesper Larsson applies his previous ideas for turning Gothenburg into the best city on Earth when it rains to Shanghai, asking how to turn the city’s smog problem into a benefit. He looks at using lasers and UV lights to put a unique spin on everything from tai chi to punk rock, and suggests that using plants and urban gardening could turn parts of the city into clean air havens.

"Presentation of the Day" on June 25, 2013.

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Searching Out the World's Rarest Chocolate

BY ERIKA CHAVEZ-GRAZIANO
@ VOL 15 ON APR 14, 2015

Erika Chavez-Graziano recounts her travel to Peru to find the world's rarest cacao and the process of making it into chocolate.

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Creativity Loves Constraints: Improvisation, Always our Very Best Alternative

BY GERT POPPE
IN MAASTRICHT

In business as in life, we try to control the future by making (business) strategies and (marketing) plans. But most of the time, things turn our differently, don’t go as planned. And then we fall back on improvisation.

Improvisation always is our very best alternative. We improvise when something unexpected happens; we improvise because we have forgotten to take certain influences into account; we improvise when people behave differently than we expected.

The best leaders, the best managers, the best professionals are not those that excel in analysis and making plans and strategies, but the ones that fully master and exploit their improvisation skills.

And, by the way, improvisation is also a very useful approach to living one’s life.

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All the World's a Square

BY BERND KESTLER
@ VOL 124 ON APR 22, 2015

Repeat PechaKucha Presenter and Yokohama Knit Artist, Bernd Kestler started an initiative called "Knit for Japan" in repsonse to the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Originally aimed at providing knitting supplies for people of Tohoku, the project evolved into the "Granny Square Project” in which Bernd collected 20cm X 20cm knitted squares from all around the world. Little did he know he would receive so many that he was able to create the worlds largest crochetted blanket. Check out how this creative project became greater than the sum of its parts. 

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