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New Cities Foundation: WhatWorks Channel

The New Cities Foundation's mission is to incubate, promote and scale urban innovations. WhatWorks is a speaker series curated by the Foundation aimed at finding the up-and-coming innovators working on solving the great urban challenges of our time, including energy, mobility, health, housing, and many more.

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Charleston @ Memminger Auditorium
Nov 12, 2008

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Richmond, Virginia @ The Old City Bar
Feb 23, 2012

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Lublin @ Plac Rybny
Jun 08, 2013

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Genova @ Baia del Silenzio / Arena Conchiglia
Jun 05, 2014

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Kungsbacka @ NOBA
Oct 30, 2014

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Grand Rapids @ San Chez Cafe
May 19, 2015

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Wolfville @ Wolfville Farmer's Market
Nov 19, 2015

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Dayton @ Engineers Club of Dayton
Aug 20, 2015

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Ås
Feb 15, 2017

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Zoetermeer @ de Unie
May 17, 2017

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Beyond The Latte Curtain

BY BRUCE MANCLARK
@ VOL 1 ON JUL 28, 2014

Just like most places, the Pacific Northwest gets divided up politically. Normally in the NW we talk about the rain curtain as the division between the westside and the eastside. More apt than either politics or climate is the Latte Curtain which marks the true cultural dividing line between east and west. More about Politics, Energy, and Coffee Drinks.

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Casa UNAM

BY SANTIAGO MOTA
@ VOL 37 ON SEP 25, 2014

Santiago Mota is founder and leader of Casa UNAM, an awarded project in Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, the world´s most important sustainable design and construction competition. Twenty teams from students all over the world gather to research, design, manufacture, build, manage and exhibit a dwelling prototype fueled 100% by solar energy, evaluating its environmental, social and economical impact as well as its waste production through its life cycle.

 

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Une Histoire d'énergie : équations et Transition - Energy Stories, Equations and Transition

BY FONTENEAU RAPHAEL
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 20, 2014

L'accès à une énergie abondante a façonné nos sociétés. La transition énergétique vise à soustraire nos sociétés de leur dépendance à des ressources énergétiques finies et non-renouvelables. Un tel objectif est-il atteignable ? Les mathématiques appliquées peuvent nous aider à imaginer l'avenir...

Having access to abundant energy is a key component of our societies' lifestyle. The energy transition amounts in abolishing the dependency of our societies to finite and non-renewable energy resources. Is this manageable? Applied mathematics may help us imagine the future...

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The Power of Radio

BY CARLOS CHIRINOS
@ VOL 16 ON SEP 01, 2016

Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Carlos Chirinos’ work explores innovation and creativity in emerging global music industries, looking at the role of music in public health, international development and social change. He has been a key consultant for radio and music projects in Europe, Africa and Japan - and most recently worked to develop Africa Stop Ebola, a global music campaign to raise awareness about Ebola in West Africa that was featured in the New York Times, The Guardian, BBC and CNN, for which he received an award from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Defense, and USAID.

Currently, Professor Chirinos collaborates with the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, curating music performances to engage the Latin community living in New York City. He is also involved in projects in the UK, Tanzania, Cuba and other countries, looking at the role of music industries in economic development, tourism and social entrepreneurship. He also runs New York University's Music and Social Change Lab

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Spirit Fairies and Fish Skins

BY BRYNNE RINDERKNECHT
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 09, 2017

When a psychic tells you to take a trip to Scotland do you go? Design Principal Brynne Rinderknecht did! Find out what happens in her presentation from PK NY Vol 17..

Brynne Rinderknecht of From the Inside creates residential, commercial and hospitality interiors with a focus on connecting spirits to surroundings. Originally from ST. Louis and a graduate of SAIC in Chicago, Brynne has made New York City home: collaborating with people to make functional and sustainable concepts—conscious.

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Dance is the BEST

BY ERIK THURMOND
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 09, 2017

Eric Thurmond is often asked what it means to be a dancer...to which he wonders if people understand what dance actually is. At PechaKucha Night NYC, he explains the four elements of dance, with some live demonstrations! 

Erik is a performer from Snellville, Georgia. He has danced all over the world and shown his work in Atlanta, New Orleans, Birmingham, Houston, Detroit and New York City. His work centers around ideas of obsession, control and desire.

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Nuclear Power: The Tihange Debate

BY GISELA GARRIDO
@ VOL 33 ON JUN 24, 2014

People in Maastricht have observed the increase of “Stop Tihange and Doel” yellow posters in the city, but what do we really know about nuclear power? In this presentation, Gisela Garrido discusses the reality of risks, consequences and political factors associated with the Tihange Nuclear Power Plant located in Liege, just across the Belgian border.

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Exploring the Potential of Poop

BY DEEPA BUTOLIYA
@ VOL 3 ON JUL 26, 2017

Deepa Butoliya's presentation highlights the value of what we consider our extreme waste, the fecal matter commonly known as poop through Provocative examples from the world. 

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The Energy of Well Being - A New Framework for Life Balance

BY LYNNE STEWART
@ VOL 17 ON NOV 24, 2017

Lynne Stewart’s new framework for life balance is grounded on the pillars of a balanced, well-rounded life and the impact of energy on our well-being. Lynne highlights that life balance can be achieved through blending individual components and workplace components such as strategy for eating, strategy for sleeping, and strategy for playing to motivation and strategic decision making. 

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A White Guy Finds Rhythm

BY DOUG LEPISTO
@ VOL 4 ON APR 26, 2018

Doug Lepisto shares how to unlock the power of rhythm in work and life.

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Watch Your Energy Usage, Take Up Politics, and Enjoy Some Green Urban Environments

Presentations Small changes in our lifestyle can have a rather large impact on energy consumption. In "Human Habitat: The Evolution of Efficiency" (from PKN Bozeman Vol. 2), Chris Dorsi goes through the KWH usage of various countries, to illustrate our energy-heavy habits and raise awareness. How important are politics to you? In "All Colors Together" (in Portuguese, from PKN Curitiba Vol. 1), Renan Molin hopes to show everyone how important it is to participate in the world of politics, and uses the Obama campaign as a point of reference. Terapia Urbana is a technology-based company in Seville that uses nature to solve energy problems caused by buildings in cities where greenery is far from abundant. "More Green in the City" (in Spanish, from PKN Seville Vol. 12) includes a few of their projects, and you'll be introduced to a few vertical gardens -- for both the outside and interior of buildings -- as well as other "green" innovations. Posters Quite a few additions to our Tumblr blog today, including posters/flyers for PKN Williamsburg Vol. 1, PKN Ornskoldsvik Vol. 1, PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 3 (above), and PKN Vancouver Vol. 22.  Photos Here are today's photo galleries, as well as a fun teaser video for PKN Barcelona Vol. 16, which took place this past Friday. The photo above is from the PKN Vienna gallery. PKN Dnipropetrovsk Vol. 1 [Flickr] PKN Dunsborough Vol. 3 [Flickr] A collection of photos from PKN Vienna [Flickr] PKN Sofia Vol. 9 [Flickr] PKN Maastricht Vol. 14 [Flickr]  httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7CEDSw2yGY We also have this fantastic report from PKN Philadelphia organizer Bradley Peniston -- yes, it's a bit old, it had gotten lost somehow and just recovered -- about his experience in introducing PKN to nearby Scranton. Last Saturday, January 28, PechaKucha Night Philadelphia took its show on the road, driving two hours north to mount the first PechaKucha Night in the city of Scranton. I thought the event went well for a city's first show: we had eight presenters who spoke to a standing-room-only house of 60 or so. Here's the story: A few months ago, as I was planning a weekend getaway with my brother, a thought occurred: why not plant a PechaKucha seed in a new city? I had already settled on a destination: Scranton, Pennsylvania, once a powerhouse industrial city, now home to a more diversified economy that includes several colleges and design shops. Sitting atop vast deposits of coal and iron ore, the city was the first in the United States to produce iron railroad rails, and the first to build electrically powered trolleys -- lending it the nickname the Electric City. Today, Scranton remains the sixth-largest city in the state of Pennsylvania. The next step was to seek help on the ground. I googled "Scranton and PechaKucha," and made contact with a librarian at the University of Scranton who had once delivered a 20x20 talk at a conference. She wasn't available to speak, but she helped me find a venue (the Vintage Theater and Cafe) and a co-organizer, Mandy Boyle, who works at one of Scranton's web design firms. Together, we rounded up a slate of eight speakers. In early January, we reached out to local media, and hit the jackpot. The Weekender, the leading local arts & entertainment weekly newspaper, put the upcoming PechaKucha Night on its cover. The piece, "What would you say in six minutes and 40 seconds?" came out on Wednesday, January 25. The following day, Scranton's daily newspaper, the Times-Tribune, ran a similar story: "High-speed PowerPoint presentations engage at Vintage Theater's PechaKucha Night." Armed with as much publicity as we could have hoped for, we opened the doors at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 28. People started streaming in, and by showtime, we had about 60 packed into the cafe. This was the lineup: “Life Lessons from the Gateway Cinema” by Mandy Boyle, SEO team lead at Solid Cactus “How to Slow Down Time” by “Welcome To Scranton” author Greg Halpin "#ScrantonMovieNames” by Michelle Davies, an NEPAblogs.org co-contributor “Stained Glass & the Passing of an Old World Art” by NEPAblogs.org founder Harold Jenkins “Restoring the Slope” by Leadership Lackawanna Class of 2012 member Gerard M. Hetman “Library Crimes & Misdemeanors” by newspaper librarian Brian Fulton “In Pursuit of the Light” by professional photographer Brent Pennington “Preparing America to Compete in the 21st-Century Global Economy” by technology trainer Michael J. Murphy The show itself went off well. I was quite proud of the presenters, all of whom did a fine job -- especially given that none of them had even ever seen a PechaKucha presentation before. Everyone at the cafe seemed to have a good time, and there were plenty of people afterward who asked about presenting at a future PKN. The day after the show, the Times-Tribune ran yet another story: "Scranton takes on global phenomenon with slideshow event." Links A few interesting posts and event reports from around the web. "Cultural Chit-Chat: Armenian and Turkish artists share ideas at joint Pecha Kucha in Istanbul" [Armenia Now] "Armenians, Turks hold Pecha Kucha Night in Istanbul (PHOTOS)" [News AM] "PechaKucha VI: 'Ladies, Pick Your Bull Carefully'” [Rivard Report] "PechaKucha: Speed Dating for Presenters" [The Better Presenter] Calendar After last week's very packed calendar, we're starting out slow this week, with PKN Calgary Vol. 12 tonight (May 28) and PKN Saint-Etienne Vol. 9 tomorrow night. 

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The Making of an Energy Efficient Car

More of us on the road means more energy consumption. Can we find a way to make automobiles sustainable for the future? In today's Presentation of the Day, "The Making of an Energy-Efficient Car" from PKN Aalborg Vol. 14, researcher Esben Holm and his team work towards the lofty goal of creating a competent hydrogen-powered vehicle. Esben discusses the challenges present in developing such a car, and the struggles of working with alternative energy engines.

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Energising Enterprise since 2010

The fourth Pechkucha Night to be held in Shenzhen moved from its traditional home in the OCT Loft to Art De Vivre in Shang Meilin asco-organisers Michael Patte and Gigi Liang sought to reach out to the city’s creative talents and new audiences alike. (English bellow). 第四期吱吱喳喳读图夜第一次从OCT创意园移到上梅林的Art De Vivre, 协办者Michael Patte和梁秀枝努力寻求这个城市的创新人才和新的观众群。活动再一次成功举办, 首次展示了本土设计师人才, 而不只是外国艺术家。 The event was well-attended once again and showcased talents that were predominately local, as opposed to foreign, for the first time. 我们将会在9月6日欢乐海岸小巴黎法式餐厅举办第20期吱吱喳喳读图夜,在活动中我们将会颁发吱吱喳喳读图夜大奖,与大家一起庆祝吱吱喳喳读图夜深圳二十期庆典。记住这个日期,期待您当晚的到来。   The Kucha King Awards will be held during the Special 20th Pechakucha Night X HK/SZ Design Biennale on September 6 in Les Duos OCT Bay 7:00pm. Mark the date!   Please vote for yout Kucha King   1. 钟秋梦 2. 邢一顺 3. 龙淼渊 4. 冯志峰 5. 孙振华 6. 李益中 7. 罗素 8. 朱德才 9. 林或然 10. 陈迭茹 11. Jean Baptiste Zuccari   欢迎关注我们的公众微信平台留意活动最新消息 Follow our presenters-reviews and vote for your King by adding the official Wechat Riptide account: Riptide锐态  

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Free Energy: Shifting from Scarcity to Abundance

Is there such thing as your own personal freedom from big energy corporations? Can we truly get rid ourselves from expensive electricity and fuel bills? Frederik Stimmel thinks so. For the past decade, Frederik has been focusing his works on clean, renewable energy solutions, and he believes that this is the time to free ourselves from the shackles of energy dependency and move into a golden age of abundance. He will be sharing his experience and vision at PechaKucha Night Ubud #20 this Tuesday, August 26th. Frederik is the exemplar-zero chief of science and technology at Humanitad. He is an electric engineer, free energy researcher and entrepreneur. He has been developing an open source technology, which will make Free Energy available for everybody very soon at very little cost. He believes that free energy is the key to true freedom of humanity.

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Thirtieth PechaKucha Miami Draws 300 Fans

World Red Eye covers PechaKucha Miami City of the Future. Miami, FL – February 20, 2015 – Innovation & Engineering Weekend at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science continued with a fascinating City of the Future PechaKucha Night 20×20 presentation, a speaker format in which 20 images are shown, each for 20 seconds. Local young professionals and key tastemakers were invited by the Frost Science Young Patrons to enjoy an evening of fun in an intellectual atmosphere. The night begun with a welcome from Gillian Thomas, CEO and President of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, followed by the PechaKucha presenters which included Camille Coley, J.D., Associate Vice President for Research and Interim Director of Sponsored Research for Florida Atlantic University’s Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center; Meg Daly, Founder and President of The Underline; Stephen Davis III, Ph.D., Wetland Ecologist for the Everglades Foundation; Trevor Powers, Vice President of Engineering & Facilities of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science; and David Rifkind, Associate Professor of Architecture at Florida International University. Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed libations courtesy of Tito’s Vodka, Mandarine Napoléon, ZIOBAFFA, Lucky Buddha and Lemon City Tea, music by Dani Nicole, and gifts from Aesop, while making their very own pottery through a special Maker’s activity. The evening concluded by the “raku” kiln fire while the pottery was cured for guests to take home.

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PKN Manila is Back!

After five long years, PechaKucha Night Manila is back for Vol. 5! The event which happened last May 22, 2015 at A Space Manila an unforgettable night of inspiration, fun, and energy. We featured some of Manila's most creative and progressive minds, namely graphic novelist and animator Arnold Arre, international designer and KKK CEO Brian Tenorio, writer and JollyRogerRogers founder Karen Kunawicz, social entrepreneur and Bambike founder Bryan Benitez McClelland, Freelancer.com regional director and The Red Whistle admin head Evan Tan, Department of Budget and Management undersecretary Clare Amador, Parkour organizers Kris Bay and Kitty De Leon Ureta, Curiosity founder and design researcher Birdie Salva, and A Space Manila founder Matt Morrison. 

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Nature of the Onega peninsula has amazing energy...

“Nature of the Onega peninsula has amazing energy. You want to stay alone with youself here…”The national park "Onega Pomorie" took part in the international event "Pecha-Kucha Nights". It was organised in Malina cafe, Severodvinsk. Angela Zabaldina, a staff of the national park, presented one of the most large-scale photoprojects with sperical panoramas of the Onega Peninsula. “Our virtual phototour is your private guide. It can tell a lot about these magic places”. More than 15 thousand shots were made for creation of spherical panoramas. For that photographer Ilya Barmin covered 240 km on foot. It took two weeks. You can make a virtual journey on the national park website http://onpomor.ru/view/virtualnoe-puteshestvie/". Now there are nearly 250 panoramas, all of them have text descriptions.“The virtual tour is a good beginning to know the Onega peninsula better. The next step is an actual trip”.Angela also spoke about day-to-day activities of the national park, touristic routes. She answered the questions about volunteering, possibilities to visit the national park, how many tourists it has every year.

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How One Man on a 75-Pound Bicycle Took a City's Temperature

"How do we start thinking about heat waves and why are heat waves so important?" In How One Man on a 75-Pound Bicycle Took a City's Temperature from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, architect and University at Buffalo Professor, Nicholas B. Rajkovich describes the design of a bicycle-based weather station used to find the “hot spots” of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Every year in the United States, more people die from heat waves than any other type of natural disaster. Extreme heat events are expected to increase in the future due to climate change. Collecting a fine scale of microclimatic data can help to determine how physical characteristics contribute to human exposure to ground and air temperatures. These data also suggest how urban design strategies can reduce the impacts of the urban heat island effect. However, microclimate measurement poses substantial challenges. Rajkovich’s work investigates the intersection of energy efficient buildings, renewable energy, and climate change resilience.  

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Hardcore: Japan's Extreme Underground

“Japan is not just about video games, anime, sushi..but it is incredibly diverse, progressive and colourful.” In "Hardcore: Japan's Extreme Underground" from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol.139, Matt Ketchum speaks about his enthusiasm towards Japan's extreme underground life as a musician. Japan's well known for its robots, anime, sushi, and ninja, but that's nowhere near the whole of Japan's cultural identity. Unseen, unheard, and damn near unsearchable but nevertheless teeming with energy, there is a completely separate dimension of Japan's creative communities: the extreme music underground.

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Lightspeed in Edmonton

"For something that's affordable, a mature technology, and the next generation of energy infrastructure, this is something that makes a ton of sense." In Lightspeed in Edmonton at PechaKucha Night Edmonton Vol. 26,  Progress Alberta's Duncan Kinney argues for a significant leap towards sustainable transit infrastructure and shares why he's helping build movement to encourage the Edmonton to procure enough renewable energy to power our Light Rail Transit system.