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Jay Hill

Software Developer in Asheville

What Happened at Skeleton Lake


Jay Hill shares one of history's mysteries.

A frozen lake full of human skeletons is discovered in the Himalayas, launching a decades-long quest to solve a centuries-old mystery.

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The True Power of the Sound of Your Voice

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 23, 2018

Imagine communicating from a powerfully peaceful place. Tina Firworlf explains to us that it is possible to do so when we use our unique sound to sustain our inner peace.

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Change Making for Change Makers

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 23, 2018

Maggie Ullman asserts that if one wants to make change, you first have to figure out what type of change maker you are - eihter a what person, a why person, or a how person. 

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The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 23, 2018

Keith McDade explores values underlying sustainability that he learned while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa nearly 25 years ago. He now considers translating those values into behaviors, decisions, policies, and business practices as the "Toughest Job You'll Ever Love," on our collective journey toward sustainability.

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Changing the rules of our reality with technology

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 23, 2018

John Kreisher is an engineer and futurist with a passion for disruptive technology as a vehicle for systemic change and expanding human awareness. The rise of clean energy, the Internet of Things, and a sharing economy give us the opportunity to move into a zero marginal cost society, but we need to collectively change our thoughts about what is real and possible. Capitalism has bred fear and scarcity consciousness, a sharing economy will breed connection and abundance consciousness!

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dunno or don't know?

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 23, 2018

Jeff Mason starts of with the question, "What are dunnoisms?" A post-existential ghost may have the answer and more. 

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The Happy People of Asheville and Sustainable Joy

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 23, 2018

Hamish Ziegler describes his spiritual journey towards happiness after moving to Asheville, shoutouts the happy people living in town, and how they are discovering sustainable joy in their daily lives.

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The Platinum Rule -- a Better Alternative to the Golden Rule

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 23, 2018

Blaine Greenfield offers a new rule that people should live by. Don't just follow the Golden Rule, but also treat others the way you would want to be treated. This informative, engaging presentation will show you how to do that.

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Mousetrap Earth

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 23, 2018

Cecil Bothwell's talk questions the depiction of our planet as a spaceship, given that spaceships are designed to preserve life rather than end it. Actually 99% of all species that ever evolved are extinct and we humans are unlikely to be the exception.



Art With Other Species

"One of the themes that keeps drawing me back to this sorta work is that of technological augmentation. Some interspecies collaboration can begin to suggest to us what it might be like to be technologically augmented humans..."
Art with Other Species from PechaKucha Night Asheville Vol. 9Egg Syntax explores the artistic, scientific, and all-together fascinating intersection of an art crossbred with nature. He surveys examples, themes, and implications of interspecies art from the simplest notions of using another species as a medium, to that of collaboration with another species. Prepare to have your mind blown. 

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About the City's Organizers

  • Jay Hill

    Software developer, tech community organizer and outspoken advocate for the introverted.

  • Jasper Adams

    Jasper is one half of NineBar Creative, a small design creative in Asheville focusing on web, graphic, and small-scale industrial design. He also runs the beverage program at Table & The Imperial Life, and finds plenty of time to develop tasty concoctions of his own. An unhealthy amount of Lego time paired with shockingly-free access to art supplies and entirely too much NPR meant this nerdy little child knew from an early age he wanted to study architecture. Someone in the admissions department at the University of Virginia spilled coffee and let Jasper into the School of Architecture. Four years later, The University spit out an enlightened and marginally more mature architect-in-training. Jasper amplified his design aesthetic at school by dabbling in architectural history, preservation and urban planning courses, all aside his architecture studios. His work is spatial, textured and tactile and his design process typically involves an ample freedom of movement between digital and manual media. He pushes NineBar Creative to foray into industrial and product design. Jasper developed an interest in and an affinity for classic cocktails and spirits about 5 years ago, and he’s sometimes just as often behind the stick as he is in front of the computer. Outside of the office, Jasper is most likely at home cooking, riding his bike, or looking for bottles of antique spirits with which to further clutter his bar, er...house (much to the chagrin of his girlfriend).

  • Kate Kelleher

    Kate Kelleher is a Speech Language Pathologist currently working in Long Term Care and Short-Term Rehabilitation in Black Mountain. Her work experience includes the school system, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, home health and outpatient care. She graduated from Appalachian State University with her bachelors and masters degree. She currently has been living in Asheville for 4 years.

  • Ryan Naylor

    Ryan Naylor is an Asheville native. He traveled the world with his working family through middle school, and went on to earn his BFA in graphic design from Appalachian State University. After graduating, he moved back to Asheville where he had a daughter (now 4 years old) and decided to build a home for his new family. Ryan has always been a box-breaker and a boundary pusher (as his scars can attest). Instead of just building another house, he decided to build his first home as a statement. He constructed it from re-purposed and re-used materials in order to show how wasteful the construction industry in our country is. His intention was to show others that you can construct a beautiful modern home with a more environmentally friendly impact; even if you don't know much about construction. He went on to design, contract, and construct the first shipping container home in Asheville with the help of his partner Brook, and his daughter Soleil. They also produced a blog which got over 100,000 views, and attracted attention from over 150 different countries. The construction of this home was followed by magazines, newspapers, and a documentary film maker who is now in the final phase of editing a documentary on the project. Please welcome Ryan Naylor to present on 40x28... his shipping container home.