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My Life's Journey in the New World

BY CHANDRA GAJMER
IN AKRON

Living life in Refugee camp versus living life in the new world.

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Let's Talk: Getting Real About The 'Isms'

BY KENYONA "SUNNY" MATTHEWS
IN AKRON

We believe that in order to build the bridges and break down walls, we must be willing to tackle all the "isms".  We must be willing to not just acknowledge them, but actively seek to oppose them.  Our approach to conversations about race, class, and gender forcuses on discussion about undoing systems of privilege and oppression.  My presentation would discuss how we help people make real chang and have honest convesation during our workshops!

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Fifty and Ten

BY MIRIAM DANIEL
IN AKRON

In 2019, Miriam Daniel will be 50 years olf, and her son will be 10 years old.  In June 2019, they will fly to Euroope with the intention of hiking the 500 miles of the Camino de Santiago.  As they prepare for this adventure, they want to inspire other parent/child adventures and invite the larger community to share in our experiences and undertake their own adventures.

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The Life of the Black and Queer

BY JAMIE KEATON
IN AKRON

Living in the space of two identities that people want to closet to get to the other identity people want one of them when I live in both.  I walk in the shoes of a black trans person with a death wish and that's something that deserves a toast because my life is a walking testament for liberation and subjugation this is my story get ready to live it

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My Son, The Dinosaur

BY SARAH COON
IN AKRON

A key rule at the heart of improvisational theatre is saying "Yes, and" - you not only accept what your partner is giving you, but you build on it.  Spreading that philosophy from the rehearsal room into your life is how Alfred the dinosaur was born.  He's a small stuffed green T-rex that I gave to my husband as a wedding gift.  Over the years that we've been together, Alfred has developed a detailed mythology: he's a super spy, his favorite food is tacos, he likes superhero movies, and he hates bedtimes.  Alfred is an example of how we can find room for play in our lives, and how it can bring us together.

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Down and Up

BY EBANEE BOND
IN AKRON

Insecurity preserved by shame, shame that exists only in secrecy mixed with finding what you didn't know you were looking for mixed with admiting the insecurity and leveling up.

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The Recovery Revolution: Building Tribe in a Disconnected World

BY RAYNARD PACKARD
IN AKRON

We have found ourselves in the throes of an epidemic, the likes of which we have not seen in modern times.  While overdose deaths rage on, we continue to respond with a system of care so broken, with resources so painfully thin, for folks with a severity of problems so complex - we are tossing folks into a chasm that is fundamentally designed to make them fail - and when they do fail - what do we do?  We cage them.  We take their children away.  We rob them of their very humanity.  Fortunately, pockets of resistance are forming, and together - we have launched the Recovery Revolution.

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"Furnishing Eternity"

BY DAVID GIFFELS
@ VOL 10 ON FEB 09, 2018

David Giffels grew up fascinated by his father’s dusty, tool-strewn workshop and the countless creations it inspired. So when he enlisted his eighty-one-year-old dad to help him build his own casket, he thought of it mostly as an opportunity to spend time together. But the unexpected deaths of his mother and, a year later, his best friend, coupled with the dawning realization that his father wouldn’t be around forever for such offbeat adventures—and neither would he—led to a harsh confrontation with mortality and loss.

 

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Your Brand Is Bullsh!t

BY KEVIN SMITH
@ VOL 10 ON FEB 09, 2018

All that glitters is not gold and this is never more true than in a day when online profiles, avatars, and "branding" has taken over how we package ourselves. While the world becomes obsessed with creating "personal brands," Kevin Smith argues that the true worth of a brand is in its dependability, and in order to achieve this, we have to understand our leverage points then double down on who we are. 

 

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Brit Charek

BY BRIT CHAREK
@ VOL 10 ON FEB 09, 2018

Brittany Noble Charek discusses her experience with postpartum anxiety and the need for earnest and transparent conversations around mental health in society. She discusses balancing work, life, and all of her feelings. Brittany also shares about the amazing tribe of women who dealt with similar issues that came out of the woodwork when she begin talking openly, and how that led to a new project, Bechdel Fest, to celebrate and promote representation in film to influence a new generation to be tolerant and kind by celebrating stories of diversity.

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Mentorship, Part 2

BY JAMES HARDY
@ VOL 10 ON FEB 09, 2018

A while ago, James Hardy presented at PKN Akron focusing on the mentors who had left him far too soon.  When PKN Akron asked James to come present those slides again at a special retrospective, he realized that his original slide deck profiled only male mentors. In doing this, James had only revealed a portion of his story, so for PechaKucha Night Akron Vol. 10, James pays tribute to the women who shaped his life, and shares the importance of female leadership in society.  

 

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#iwokeuplikethis

BY ILENIA PEZZANITI
@ VOL 10 ON FEB 09, 2018

Created by Ilenia Pezzaniti, #iwokeuplikethis is a photo series started in 2015 which promotes women's self-esteem. #iwokeuplikethis is about redefining beauty in our own individual terms and owning our definitions. It is about creating peace within the self and teaching our our offspring the same values. It is about inspiring all genders to remove the stereotypical toxic ideas of beauty and the things we do to achieve such heights, and instead see to love our own truths and the truths of others.

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