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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.

PAST VOL 15

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

PAST VOL 17

Nishinomiya @ Konan CUBE (Hirao School of Management)
Jul 20, 2013

PAST VOL 1

Yakima @ Gilbert Cellars
Mar 21, 2013

PAST Health Talks 2013

Powered by PechaKucha
Feb 27, 2013

PAST VOL 5

Toledo, Ohio @ 5/3 Building at One Seagate
Jun 14, 2013

PAST VOL 46

Seattle @ Seattle Central Library
Sep 20, 2013

PAST VOL 5

Kelowna @ heART school
Nov 30, 2013

PAST VOL 21

Denver @ Converge Denver
Feb 15, 2014

PAST VOL 11

Nashville @ Neuhoff Complex
Feb 19, 2014

PAST VOL 5

Albuquerque @ ABQ UNM CityLab
Feb 27, 2014

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Life as a Healthy Blogger

BY ALEX MEYER
@ 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.

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Back to the Land

BY NICK WALLACE
@ 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.

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Warming the World One Heart at a Time

BY GABBY SMITH
@ VOL 17 ON OCT 09, 2013

Gabby Smith makes Real Hotties, hot water warmers with personalities. She talks about how she comes up with ideas for new characters and then introduces some bachelors and bachelorettes.

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Slipping Through My Fingers

BY DENISE KARABINUS
@ 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.

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Art of Cutting

BY SOORIYA KUMAR
@ 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.

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Garden City 2.0

BY BAILEY PERYMAN
@ VOL 18 ON MAR 27, 2014

Bailey Peryman talks about his social enterprise GardenCity 2.0 which aims at building local systems that focuses on the production and distribution of locally grown food. He wants people to become aware that in order to be healthy you need healthy food which is hard to find in today's society. 

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IT for Education

BY ALEXEY DUBINSKY
@ VOL 11 ON APR 26, 2014

Alexey Dubinsky, a teacher from Dnipropetrovsk Medical Academy, in his presentation from PKN Dnipropetrovsk IT::Education, shared his view on the development of education and his experience in this field. There is an active digitization of content, useful for gaining knowledge in the medical field, and such systems as Moodle and Digital Health are being mastered. The most valuable assets are people and great attention should be paid to automation in healthcare industry that never stands still. Alexey urges not to throw away old and unwanted computers but instead to transfer them to the needs of the Medical Academy for professional development of future doctors.

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Omega 3 and the Western Diet

BY CHIP ALLEMANN
@ VOL 6 ON JUN 05, 2014

Susan Allport speaks here about the importance of fast-acting fat Omega-3 in the human diet. She discusses the reasons why fish are rich in Omega-3 and how these unique fats benefit our brain tissue, eyes, and overall health.

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Lemuria Project

BY JAMES ANSHUTZ
@ VOL 21 ON AUG 15, 2014

James Anshutz's photography career include clients such as Sony Music Japan, Honolulu Symphony, Children’s Miracle Network, and Hawaii Pacific Health. His work with children battling cancer has led to his current “Lemuria Project,” which celebrates the healing power of the imagination.

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Discoveries While Studying Inflammation

BY MARK COOK
@ VOL 10 ON AUG 28, 2014

Mark Cook discusses a question: Why do chickens grow faster in germfree vs. conventional environments? It was called the billion dollar problem. This investigation led directly or indirectly to discoveries such as a hairball formula for cats, a breath detection of infection for the critically ill, and much more. To date, the billion dollar chicken problem remains unsolved, but the chickens keep pointing to answers in different directions.

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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.

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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!

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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. 

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Glass That Produces Heat, Killing Architecture, and Birthday Wishes from Catania

Presentations In this presentation, part of a special PKN event in Miami (Vol. 14) that dealt with sustainability and the environment, Roz Gatewood introduces EnergyGlass, a type of window that can produce heat. This presentation (in Czech, from PKN Plzen Vol. 1) by Laco Tousek is about social exclusion and spatial segregation, and the social anthropologist's point of view on sharing urban spaces. Who wants to kill the street? Developers, politicians, and architects -- they are the creators of the barriers between people interaction. Using several samples of high valued architecture projects from all over the world, he portrays architecture as a killer of public spaces. Posters There are no new additions to the Tumblr blog today, so instead we highlight one of our recent uploads, in this case the poster you see above for PKN Bogota Vol. 9, happening on October 12.  Video The video above was produced by PKN Catania has a "happy birthday" message to PKN Tokyo a few months ago (when we were celebrating our 9th anniversary), and it's fantastic.   Calendar Tonight (September 26) we have our PKN Tokyo Vol. 95 at SuperDeluxe, where PK was born, as well as the following events: PKN Glasgow Vol. 10, PKN Skovde Vol. 9, PKN Lille Vol. 1, PKN Coventry Vol. 10, and PKN Providence Vol. 42. Tomorrow is another big night: PKN St. Louis Vol. 10, PKN Leeds Vol. 13, PKN Logrono Vol. 7, PKN Guatemala City Vol. 2, PKN Vigo Vol. 1, PKN Santa Barbara Vol. 5, PKN Varberg Vol. 3, PKN Vladimir Vol. 8, PKN Portsmouth Vol. 12, and PKN Hanoi Vol. 5.

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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.

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Health of Africa

In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN Memphis, TN Vol. 6), graduate student Susannah Acuff talks about her journey from pre-med to anthropology. She began by shadowing her grandfather, a physician, in free clinics, and examined the cultural opinions and use of health care and insurance, which eventually led her to Africa, where she examined alternative models for health insurance, instead of the for-profit model found in the United States.

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PKN Kuala Lumpur Vol. 18 x Heineken Green Room 2013

Coming this Saturday to Kuala Lumpur's Heineken Green Room 2013 is a special PKN Kuala Lumpur Vol. 18 event which brings together DJs, musicians, visual artists, and designers for one fun-filled night of creativity and excitement. New Straits Times has an article giving a list of the presenters expected at the event: Among the presenters are DJ Blink, photographer Vincent Paul Young, Hitz FM’s Mmmeng, Irman Himi, visual artist Melor Hidayah and writer, poet and lecturer Bernice Chauly. Check out the full write-up here.

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Portraits of Movember

Unable to grow a wicked 'stache of his own, photographer James Everett promoted men's health awareness in his own way: through photography. In today's Presentation of the Day, "Portraits of Movember" from PKN Toronto Vol. 21, James took to the studio, photographed over 50 amazing moustaches, and documented their progressive growth over the course of the month of November. He discusses the learning curve of taking on a such a massive project and progressive improvement of his results. 

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Of Heart and Mind

In the endless battle between heart and mind, who wins out most for you? Tannis Zimmer is a massage therapist, dancer, drummer, explorer, and earth builder...but what's in a label? She shares the story of how she quit her lucrative day-job as a masseuse, and began her journey learning how to build mud-huts. In "Of Heart and Mind" from PKN Winnipeg Vol. 16, Tannis speaks poetically of the internal conflict her decisions caused her, and the conclusions she's drawn from her experiences. 

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IT for Education

Alexey Dubinsky, a teacher from Dnipropetrovsk Medical Academy, presented in his presentation from PKN Dnipropetrovsk IT::Education his view on the development of education and shared experience in this field. Educational portal DMA was established and is functioning, online counseling and feedback from teachers in Skype and Facebook is being developed for medical students. There is an active digitization of content, useful for gaining knowledge in the medical field, and such systems as Moodle and Digital Health are being mastered. Most valuable assets are people and great attention should be paid to automation in healthcare industry that never stands still. Alexey Dubinsky urged not to throw away old and unwanted computers and transfer them to the needs of the Medical Academy for professional development of future doctors.