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Jesper Larsson

Creative Advisor, Double Happiness in Shanghai

The World's Best City When It Rains


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 in The World's Best City When It Rains from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 100

This was "Presentation of the Day" on February 19th, 2017.

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

@ 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

@ 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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All the World's a Square

@ 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

@ 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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Creativity Loves Constraints: Improvisation, Always our Very Best Alternative


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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Celebrating Illustrators and Tokyo

@ VOL 138 ON JUL 27, 2016

"We were documenting Tokyo a lot, but even though we might draw Tokyo tower three times, because of our different background and where we come from, there will be three different outcomes which we thought was really interesting."

In Celebrating Illustrators and Tokyo from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 138, David Robert and Andrew Joyce share on The Tokyoiter project. The Tokyoiter is willing to present the talent of artists and the wonderful and inspiring city of Tokyo to a larger audience. Every cover of this imaginary magazine and tribute to The New Yorker and The Parisianner is a celebration of creativity and one of the best city on earth.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, September 2nd, 2016. 

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DERIVE: The Impossible City

@ VOL 146 ON APR 26, 2017

DERIVE means to drift through the world, to experience the urban landscape and neon fantasies of the city. Cody Ellingham uses reflection and unique perspectives to explore the world's first cyberpunk city, Tokyo.

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@ VOL 43 ON MAY 09, 2017

Andrew recently attended the 3rd annual gathering of PechaKucha city organisers in Tokyo. He shares some of his observations and experiences based on a very short visit to the city, the world's largest.

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World's Best News

@ VOL 5 ON SEP 26, 2017

Dear Future, mag het allemaal íets positiever? Docent, journalist, filosoof, schrijver & optimist Ralf Bodelier is de leider van World's Best News Nederland en als hij de baas zou zijn van het journaal zou hij het wel weten…