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PechaKucha Night Maastricht

PechaKucha Maastricht organisers, PechaKucha Night in Maastricht

Improvisation: How to do business with the Dutch?


During our PechaKucha Night Maastricht Vol. 29, we challenged members of the audience to participate in a spontaneous PechaKucha improvisation on random slides. The chosen topic was: "How to do business with the Dutch". The exercise was a big success and great fun for everyone! Our talented volunteer improvisors were, in order of appearance: Gloria Bozyigit, Felix Jose Farias Fueyo, Cato Boeschoten, Piet Stevens.

Many thanks to the great presentation!

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Dutch Design

@ VOL 6 ON FEB 02, 2012

Ben is CEO of Geesa, a Dutch company that has produced bathroom and toilet products since 1885, and in this presentation he tells the story of how he joined the company. A passion for design is what drives Ben, and his journey lead to a line of products by Dutch design superstar Marcel Wanders. (in Dutch)

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Improvisation on Cultural Entrepreneurship

@ VOL 23 ON SEP 17, 2014

Oliver Olson’s second PechaKucha talk is extremely funny again. He did not know the slides beforehand. Having worked in banking, real estate, IT, education and marketing, Oliver does not need any story to engage his audience.

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Dutch Marines Rowing Challenge

@ VOL 1 ON OCT 16, 2014

Wij zijn mariniers die sinds 1665 met Verbondenheid, Kracht & Toewijding voor elkaar zorgen en overal ter wereld unieke prestaties leveren. In 2015 gaan wij met de Dutch Marines Rowing Challenge (DMRC) van Rotterdam, via Vlissingen naar Londen roeien, een afstand van 350 kilometer. Dit om de 350ste verjaardag van het Korps Mariniers te vieren. Hiermee zamelen wij geld in voor mariniers die door missies, namens de Nederlandse samenleving, in de problemen zijn gekomen en tevens de nabestaanden van collega's die ons zijn ontvallen.

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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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From MechaKucha to PechaKucha!

@ VOL 126 ON JUN 24, 2015

"PechaKucha embraces all the Mechakucha-jin of the world to come and share their ideas!"

Hailing from the Netherlands, Sueli Brodin, editor at the United Nations University, PechaKucha's Maastricht organiser, and our dear friend, pays a visit to Pechakucha Night Tokyo to deliver this compelling presentation at SuperDeluxe about, of all things, PechaKucha!

Growing up very multiculturally (Dutch, French, Brazillian, Japanese), and having lived in Japan for part of her youth, she describes herself as a “Mechakucha-jin” - a hybrid word that borrows from Japanese, evoking an image  of per person who is "all-jumbled up." Sueli talks about her personal background and how after years of never quite fitting in, she found a home in the PechaKucha team of Maastricht. She shares her gratitude for Pechkucha and how it continues to offer a home for people like her, and a global stage to everyone wishing to inspire others with their “mechakucha” side.

WOW! How inspiring! Thanks Sueli! We Love You!

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 17, 2015.

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Improvisation: If you could call Europe, what would you say?

@ VOL 32 ON FEB 06, 2017

In this improvisation on random slides, four volunteers from the audience got five slides each and skillfully improvised on the question: "If you could call Europe, what would you say?"

As none of them had seen the slides in advance, the sense of challenge and the high level of surprise greatly entertained the audience. 

A big thank you to Cristian Tala Sánchez, Osiris Hoepel, Cathy Kwanten and Fjære van der Stok for their participation!

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How to Think on your Feet

@ VOL 1 ON JUN 29, 2017

"Improv is like being slammed in the face by objects that you don't know what they are. You have no concept of what they are or what they are going to be and you get to use it. It's a gift!" 

In How to Think on your Feet from PechaKucha Night Kalamazoo Vol. 1, Dann Sytsma was just as surprised as the audience when his presentation, the improvisational slot intended only for the evening's entertainment and for which he had absolutely zero preparation, became not only a coherent speech but an artful and enigmatic PechaKucha masterpiece for the ages! Well Done, Dann! 

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Scaling up in a British kind of way

@ VOL 11 ON SEP 05, 2017

What does it mean to scale up a business while retaining an air of understatement and embarrassment? How do you grow the team, and is there a book in it? Ciaron Dunne answers. 


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Connection Through Improvisation

@ VOL 4 ON MAY 03, 2018

In the summer of 2017, Lara Mitofsky Neuss attended an Improvisation Workshop at Orford Musique in Canada taught by Swedish Percussionist Anders Ästrand. This workshop led to a recent performance and educational tour in Sweden. Her presentation focuses on her growth and connection both in performance and pedagogy related to connecting with herself and with students through improvisation. She takes the audience on a journey that she experienced while learning improvisation. She became more connected and open as she allowed herself to freely improvise without judgement. This growth has now allowed her to perform and teach improvisation around the world, sharing her experience with others.