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New Cities Foundation: WhatWorks Channel

The New Cities Foundation's mission is to incubate, promote and scale urban innovations. WhatWorks is a speaker series curated by the Foundation aimed at finding the up-and-coming innovators working on solving the great urban challenges of our time, including energy, mobility, health, housing, and many more.


San Diego @ Orchids, Onions & Opportunities Exhibit
Jun 19, 2012


Yakima @ Gilbert Cellars
Mar 21, 2013

PAST Health Talks 2013

Powered by PechaKucha
Feb 27, 2013


Seattle @ Seattle Central Library
Sep 20, 2013

PAST PechaKucha Event

Powered by PechaKucha @ The Westin, Bayshore
Feb 26, 2014


Kelowna @ heART school
Nov 30, 2013


Denver @ Converge Denver
Feb 15, 2014

PAST PechaKucha Event

Powered by PechaKucha
Nov 22, 2013


Nashville @ Neuhoff Complex
Feb 19, 2014


Albuquerque @ ABQ UNM CityLab
Feb 27, 2014


Coffee Talk

@ VOL 12 ON NOV 16, 2012

What's so great about coffee? Christoph Stirner's presentation is all about the brew many of us love so much, as he explains how a cup of joe can be good for our health.


The Million Dollar Marathon

@ VOL 13 ON MAR 15, 2013

Steve Cannon raises funds in the battle against cancer by running 40 marathons in 40 days. Next he plans to raise a million dollars by organizing a marathon across the continental United States. 


Life as a Healthy Blogger

@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

Alex Meyer has been blogging for awhile, but she began to realize few around her were integrating healthy-living practices into their work. This drove her to find the tools necessary to take her life in a healthy direction.


Back to the Land

@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

With sugary and inorganic food on the rise, Nick Wallace advocates for a shift back to Iowa's reliance on the land. He tells us stories of troubles throughout his life that he sees as a blessing in disguise, as these tough times encouraged him towards a healthy lifestyle and a return to his agrarian roots.


An Island of Beauty and Opportunity

@ VOL 19 ON NOV 15, 2013

Claire and Carly Weinberg, sisters and founders of Dulse & Rugosa, share their story of how they transformed the island they grew up on into a natural skin care business based on the botanicals grown on the island. Like most businesses, theirs was hard to start and they faced particular challenges with living on a remote island. The risk was worth taking since it meant they could recreate the unique island community.  


Promoting Sustainability and Consciousness in Food

@ VOL 30 ON NOV 20, 2013

David Gunawan presents his ideas on sustainability and healthy eating as a chef and founder of Farmer's Apprentice. He strives to find local, organic foods for his restaraunt by creating a healthy and viable relationship with farmers. 


Quantifying Self

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 05, 2013

Rami Alhamad, CEO and co-founder of PUSH in Toronto, explains the "quantify self" movement in relation to the revolution of wearable technology to show how individuals are revoluitionizing how they track their daily habits. He disscusses the challenges of privacy and accuracy, and exposes the healthcare system as antiquated and in need of improvement. 



From Cradle to Grave

@ VOL 20 ON NOV 20, 2013

Tim Hammer of Hospzstiftung explains the aims of the hospice program, and how it is intended to give everyone dignity during their final journey. Hospizstiftung puts the comfort, physical needs, and social needs of its patients at the center of attention. 


Slipping Through My Fingers

@ VOL 17 ON APR 12, 2013

Denise Karabinus is a visual artist specializing in drawing and sculptural prints. She recently completed an artist residency at the Quimby Colony in Portland Maine and has lived in many art communities over the past few years. She talks about her painful experiences of developing rheumatoid arthritis and the death of her newborn son through her artwork to express a feeling of helplessness and vulnerability and trying to repair something that can not be repaired.


Art of Cutting

@ VOL 19 ON DEC 13, 2013

Over the last 50 years Sooriya Kumar has developed artwork not just for
sacred sites around the world, but for a multitude of private residences in numerous countries and many public buildings including an indoor copper mural sculpture for the Honolulu International Airport that is designed to welcome our visitors to the islands.


PKN Providence Vol. 2

PechaKucha Night returned to Providence last week for Vol. 2, and organizer Stephanie Gerson provides us with a nice round-up of what went on. As was the first, the second Pecha Kucha night in Providence was a gorgeous success! It went down on April 22nd, which happened to be Earth Day, so the theme was (fittingly) green and the venue was a beautiful sustainably built studio -- the builder himself, a sustainable designer named John Jacobson, gave a presentation about the venue. Oh and we started the night with a big Happy Earth Day cheer. Las month for volume 1, I wanted to leave the crowd hungry, so I only gave them eight presentations. This month for volume 2, I wanted to give them more, though I was a little worried about throwing a whopping eleven presentations at them....BUT THEY ATE IT. And they Loved it. The crowd stuck around until the very last presentation, and afterwards continued shmoozing with each other and our illustrious presenters. Speaking of, we had a fantastic and fantastically diverse lineup. Sami Nerenberg, the youngest adjunct faculty at RISD and teacher of Design for Social Entrepreneurship, showed her work with local communities to design more beautiful and healthy living environments. With Obama as a major source of inspiration, she imported the field of community organizing into design, describing her work as community designing. Alyn Carlson, a graphic designer, fine artist, and actor, told a more intimate story, taking us through the personal experiences that lead her to watercolors, describing how her relationship with water implicates her relationship wtih watercolor, and exhibiting the stunning work she does with the medium. Whatever stereotypes we may have had about watercolors being used to paint only the likes of flower bouquets and sunset landscapes, Alyn kindly demolished them. But I think the most captivating Pecha Kucha presentation of the night, and quite possibly the most captivating I've ever seen (...and not only because he's my beau), was given by Brown Master's in Public Health student Nathaniel Lepp. His presentation was grandiosely titled "Triboluminescence, Marijuana, and the Future of American democracy," but he lived up to it, taking us on a ride through the physical, psychological, and even spiritual health benefits of marijuana, its ambiguity vis-a-vis established scientific taxonomies, and the history of its illegalization to the point of militarization (yes, men in fatigues go after the plant). But he concluded with a message of hope, describing the work of RIPAC, an organization he co-founded which successfully helped Rhode Island legalize the medical use of marijuana. It was not only the content of his presentation that got us going, but the intensity of his voice and how it danced with his slides -- the hallmark of any successful PK presentation. What a wonderful volume 2, and I look forward to volume 3!


Heath Nash

A special edition of PechaKucha Night was held during Helsinki Design Week earlier this month, and one of the presenters was lighting designer Heath Nash. His presentation covered his recent work, including Bottleformball (pictured above), made up of found pieces. MoCo Loco posts a few photos from Heath's installation at the show.


PKN Providence Vol. 7

Another great showing for PechaKucha Night in Providence at last month's Vol. 7, as organizer Stephanie Gerson reports. Looks like our half-year anniversary flew by unnoticed, and Providence already arrives at our 7th PechaKucha Night on Wednesday, September 23rd. (But no worries, we definitely won’t miss the opportunity to celebrate our one year anniversary when it rolls around in March of 2010.) And as an indicator of how we’ve grown, we had four (yes, four) politicians in the crowd: the mayor of Providence David Cicilline, former Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee, member of the RI House of Representatives David Segal (who’s actually come to most PK Nights), and Providence City Councilman Seth Yurdin (who’s also come to most PK nights). As friend and Pecha Kucha regular Andy Cutler so eloquently put it, “if someone threw a grenade at PechaKucha in Providence, Providence would be ---“ Well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be a pretty site for Providence. Without intending to, many of the presentations of the night had a political, activist, or at least civic orientation. Long-time community leader Lorne Adrain talked about the importance of active and ongoing dialogue between citizens and local government, and the organization he recently co-founded with Meredith Pearson in order to cultivate just that: Citizens for a Better Providence. Physician and public health advocate Peter Klatsky discussed the over-allocation of public resources towards increasingly sophisticated medical technologies to help an elite minority versus the alleviation of treatable illnesses for the lower-income majority, with malaria as a case in point. And coordinator of the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights Nathaniel Lepp presented about the topic of conspiracy theories, ending with a surprisingly soft and human message regarding the need to include all stakeholders in the recording of histories; a staple of transitional justice. Below, a few more photos from PKN Providence Vol. 7 -- there's more to see in this Flickr photoset. Below, a few presentation images.


PKN Providence Vol. 8

Last week's PechaKucha Night in Providence Vol. 8 had the theme of "social entrepreneurship," and organizer Stephanie Gerson fills us on the evening that was. October 28th, 2009 witnessed our 8th PechaKucha Night in Providence. (Indeed, we coincided with Pittsboro, North Carolina, Tromsø, Norway, and of course, the big Design Week PechaKucha Night in Tokyo!) Our theme was social entrepreneurship, which was chosen to generate momentum for the Social Enterprise Summit at Bryant University on November 12th, and for an exciting announcement about Providence that Ashoka – the largest network of social entrepreneurs in the world – will be making at the Summit. We were wowed by an impressive diversity of local social entrepreneurs, but if I must select a few to highlight, allow me to plug two who’ll be part of the Summit. Graduating senior from Brown and Runa co-founder Charlie Harding described Runa, a hybrid for-profit and non-profit foundation based in Providence and Ecuador, that generates revenue from an energizing drink made of a native rainforest plant in order to conserve Amazonian ecosystems and provide sustainable employment for the local population. By virtue of producing (and in turn, consuming) Runa’s drink, native Amazonian people are employed and ecosystems stewarded. Family physician, community organizer, author, and (yes, and) Managing Director of Health Access RI Dr. Michael Fine discussed the trials and tribulations of national health care reform, the importance of primary care, and a brilliant yet simple model for providing primary care, namely Health Access RI, the first organization of subscription medical practices in the United States to provide affordable primary care to people without employer-provided health insurance. Dr. Fine announced HARI’s campaign to grow to 10,000 members by 2010, which will create the leverage necessary to bring a big insurer (like Blue Cross Blue Shield, or somebody new!) to sell inexpensive high-deductible major medical insurance in Rhode Island. This combination of primary care from Health Access RI and high-deductible insurance would give Rhode Islanders the health care they need – world-class primary care in our neighborhoods from our family doctors, along with financial protection in case of illness or injury. Both Runa and Health Access RI will be vendors in the Social Enterprise Summit’s Good Marketplace of socially responsible goods and services. But of course, all the presentations were fantastic, and if you’d like to check the work of eight local social entrepreneurs, the lineup can be found on the Providence city page. Yeehaw for social entrepreneurs in Providence!


Learning About Animation, Kyiv's Iconic Architecture, and "Hearting" Parks in San Diego

Presentations Daniel Muñóz is a character animator, and in this presentation from PKN Miami Vol. 14 he explains the main principles and techniques required to produce animation work that manages to suck viewers in. Oleg Zhary is a photographer who lives and works in Kyiv, and in this presentation (in Ukrainian, from PKN Kyiv Vol. 7), he gives us all a stunning photographic tour of the capital of Ukraine through its iconic objects. Posters Today's addition to the Tumblr blog is the poster above, for the upcoming PKN San Diego Vol. 15. Here's more from PKN San Diego organizer Leslee Schaffer on the poster, as well as the event itself:We are holding #15 at a venue in which we are hosting an exhibit for the next two weeks, called Orchids, Onions & Opportunities, an offshoot of our Orchids & Onions program. The exhibit strives to accomplish a lot of things; mostly, true to the mission of SDAF (and why PKN is such a great fit for SDAF) to raise awareness and encourage practical discourse about matters relative to our build environment. It’s focus is on San Diego’s civic spaces, and lack thereof. We usually don’t theme our PKNs, having found that an organically curated event keeps things interesting and works quite well for us. This time, because of the exhibit, and other complementary events we decided to offer Making the Case for Public Space as a theme, and keep it interesting by presenting a range of perspectives on the matter. As fro the event flyer, we are blessed with the support of someone we believe to be one of the most inspired artists/designers ever here in San Diego. Her name is Terri Beth Mitchell. You have already posted a couple of her PKN SD flyers on your site, and we thought this one deserved special attention. Photos We have a couple of photo galleries to share with you today. Above, one of the presenters from PKN San Juan Vol. 6, and below, the crowd at PKN Derby Vol. 5.PKN San Juan Vol. 6 [Flickr]PKN Derby Vol. 5 -- and check out all previous sets as well [Flickr] Calendar Here's what you can look forward to in terms of PechaKucha action tomorrow night (Tuesday, June 12): PKN Aalborg Vol. 8, PKN Toledo Vol. 2, PKN Ottawa Vol. 5, and PKN Hawkes Bay Vol. 2. 


What is PKN anyway?

What's Pecha Kucha Night? It’s a community event where presenters are given six minutes and forty seconds to share a story, a hobby, an experience, or pretty much anything else. The Pecha Kucha format is also called “20x20,” because each speaker will have 20 slides that will display for 20 seconds apiece.Why the funny name? Pecha Kucha was developed in Japan, where pecha kucha is a common word for chitchat.  More than anything, Pecha Kucha Night exists to get conversations started! The audience can share lots of questions and comments with each other and the presenters during intermission and after the event.So, what kind of presentations are we talking about? Will I be bored? You will not be bored. An array of topics is covered at each PKN! Past topics have involved: Travel, hunting, crafts, science, health, sports, philosophy, creating art, and building a house of mud and straw! PKN presenters aren’t professional speakers—they’re just people with twenty images and less than seven minutes to share stories with the community.Is this a sales thing? Absolutely not. In fact, PKN is a nonprofit organization. We just love chitchat.Is PKN family-friendly? Yes! Each presentation is suitable for all ages.


Do Shit You Love: Innovations of the Heart

Dawn Hancock is Founder and Creative Director at Firebelly Design in Chicago. In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from March's Table Talks, a "Powered by PechaKucha" event series hosted by Table XI in Chicago), Dawn tells us how she found the path of "design for social good", steered her design studio towards socially responsible design, and pioneered methods of funding and designing for organizations in need. Firebelly was also responsible for the UX design of the PechaKucha website. View more Table Talks presentations on the Table XI Channel.


Joseph Tame

Presenting at our Tokyo Designers Week edition PechaKucha Night (Vol. 107) on Wednesday, October 30 is our good friend Joseph Tame who will surprise you with his talk about how he (may have) brought 2020 Olympics to Tokyo! Whilst wearable technology has a history tracing back to the abacus-on-a-ring of 1600's China, it was only once Joseph Tame started wearing multiple health monitors and live streaming cameras during the 2009 Tokyo Marathon that it really took off. A trend setter within his own parallel universe, Joseph reveals how his passion for combining mobile technology, sports and art (may have) led to Tokyo being awarded the 2020 Olympics. たくさんのテクノロジー機器と一緒にマラソンをされる有名なランナーJoseph Tameさんも10月30日のPechaKucha Night 東京(東京デザイナーズウィークにて)に登場されます。


NYT Gives PechaKucha the Thumbs-Up

The New York Times has a post dedicated to making your thoughts more organized and succinct. In the article, the PechaKucha 20x20 format is used as the primary method to go about doing so: Make sure you speak loudly and slowly. Make eye contact with the audience. Your goal is to keep your audience interested by reporting the interesting information you have learned, but also by maintaining a conversational tone as you explain it. Check out the full write-up here.


Call for Presenters: Vol. 2 - Food for Thought

Our first ever PechaKucha Night in Prince George was a great success, thanks to the high calibre of presenters and supportive audience at the event. We are now searching for the next roster of amazing storytellers for PechaKucha Prince George Vol. 2: Food for Thought. Have you used creativity, design or innovation in your work with food? Do you have what it takes to make a great story in 20 images x 20 seconds? We want you! You may be unfamiliar with the PechaKucha format, but there are many resources available online to help you create a presentation. Browse the PechaKucha site to see examples of past presentations. Check out this detailed guide for hands-on instruction.  There are even PechaKucha presentations about making PechaKucha presentations. If you are struggling with the format, you can always contact our organizers directly for help. If you are interested in presenting at PechaKucha Night Vol. 2 in Prince George, send an email to with your contact info and the proposed topic of your presentation. Deadline for submitting proposals is April 30th, 2014, but presenters are often confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis, so get your proposal in early. About the Theme: Food For Thought Thanks to the generous support of Northern Health through an IMAGINE grant, the theme of our second event will showcase creative approaches to food. Are you a gardener, farmer, chef, server, parent, designer, or anyone who gets creative with food? Stories should be personal. If your story is related to an organization or program, we want to hear your own perspective. We want to showcase the great work happening in our community from a grassroots level.