PechaKucha Presentation

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Kylie Helterbrand

Student, Class of 2020 in San Antonio

Making Boys Cry, and Other Ways to Change the World

"I sat on the steps of the supreme court step while the justices were deciding on same-sex marriage. As we looked around to see people discovering the news, the joy was overwhelming. It was such a cool moment to know that my generation was seeing the love and acceptance that could come from the human experience."

In Making Boys Cry, and Other Ways to Change the World from PechaKuhca Night San Antonio Vol. 20, Kylie Helterbrand, an eighth-grade student graduating high school in 2020, isn’t waiting until commencement to start changing the world. Already, global issues like climate change, terrorism, the wage gap and marriage equality are front-and-center in her world. Despite how daunting these challenges appear, she also knows they’re not insurmountable. She challenges audiences and her peers alike to get started making positive change today.
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Gender on the Brain


Common stereotypes regarding gender and the brain are traced, evaluated and debunked. Jared explains ways in which gender boundaries are crossed in his fictional writing.

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Reviewing my Perception of Change

@ VOL 22 ON JUN 04, 2014

Sophie van Wersh's shares her experience with the organisation Students Against Prejudice in a village in Bangladesh, which impacted her deeply and made her understand that making a difference on a small scale is still significant. For Sophie, revising her plan from changing the world to changing an individual's world was a step forward. 

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Spirit of Football

@ VOL 3 ON FEB 27, 2015

With an education in Business from the University of Notre Dame (1996 - 2000), Andrew Aris worked, mostly unhappily, for several years in the banking industry; there came a point when that kind of work didn't make sense to him anymore. Life, he realised, was too short to invest in things that he wasn't passionate about.

Join the Erfurter-Kiwi Andrew Aris as he takes you on his global journey, following his passion for football, travel and trying to make a grassroots commitment to society with his education project One Ball, One World. Maybe you might even want to join him. 

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Schools of Equality

@ VOL 8 ON JUL 18, 2015

Gulika Reddy presents a talk about the 'Schools of Equality' initiative... How it came to be? Why it is required? And how can this help?

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This is Me

@ VOL 7 ON APR 22, 2015

Broden Giambrone, shares TENI’s campaign for inclusive gender recognition legislation.

Broden Giambrone, is the Chief Executive of Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI). TENI work towards equal rights for trans people and their families by providing support, education, advocacy and capacity building.

Broden has over ten years experience working with trans communities in Ireland and Canada. He is an active advocate for transgender rights and is currently leading TENI’s campaign for inclusive gender recognition legislation.

Ireland is the only country in the EU that has no provision for legal gender recognition. Legal gender recognition allows an individual to change the gender on their birth certificate and be recognised by the State in their true gender. Without this transgender and intersex people have no formal legal status and this impacts on their access to basic social services including social welfare benefits, education and marriage and various other aspects of life that can usually be taken for granted by individuals.

There has been some progress, last December, the Irish Government introduced the Gender Recognition Bill 2014. This piece of legislation would formally recognise trans and intersex people in Ireland. As the Bill has been published, it will now be debated in the Houses of the Oireachtas.

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Disabling Labelling

@ VOL 3 ON SEP 22, 2015

"By and large, most people thought it was time for change. And I was going to be part of that change."

In "Disabling Labelling" from PechaKucha Night St. Neots Vol. 3, writer, mentor, and idealist Ann Hawkins passionately talks about equal opportunity and the modern world lessons that she insists we must learn that race, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, and all the various labels that we are so accustomed to assigning each other, have very little to do with the kind of people we actually are or how effective we can be in the world. "It's time to tidy up our language" she adds referring to limitations labels give us, concluding "we owe it to the next generation."

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, October 15th, 2015. 

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Gender Politics

@ VOL 11 ON MAY 06, 2016

Jodie Ortega raps us through a spoken word journey on gender politics and stories of strong female friends and role models. 

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Girl Powered

@ VOL 11 ON NOV 07, 2017

Maddie Crisman's been standing up for her rights since joining the football team in school. Today she and her partner embody equal rights and advocate for equity.

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making Emma and Jane

@ VOL 24 ON MAR 30, 2018

Madeline Jorgensen studied drama at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts at the Stella Adler Conservatory. She has since produced and directed many professional theatrical shows in the Austin area.

Jorgensen loves producing interactive media such as a horror web series/alternate reality game called "Where is Alice?" as an experiment in viral marketing for the short film, From Underneath. The success of "Where Is Alice?" was featured in a Daily Texan article and reached over 2,000 people.

Jorgensen is currently in Salt Lake City, producing feature films with her husband, Brent. In addition to producting films they are breaking down gender barriers in thier professional community!!