"I thought I knew what I wanted..."

Talking about an emotional journey that brought her to tears, Ira Ali shares with us the ups-and-downs she faced while growing up and the battles she victored over when opportunities kept popping up in her life. In "Where the Future will Take You" from PKN Bandar Seri Begawan Vol. 3,  we see that becoming a graphic designer made her content and happy and she got involved with a charity and volunteer work.

"Politicians do not put enough commitment to the issues that really affect women."

In Gender and the General Election, from Huddersfield, Vol. 14, Coco Toma, Vice President Communication and Democracy at the Huddersfield Student Union, looks at developing women's engagement with politics in the 21st century. She takes us back in history to women's suffrage, and on through to the eyes of some of her hero's Rosa Parks, Aung San Suu Kyi, and others, discussing how they have helped been pioneers in many of the political issues woman have faced.


"My dad left when I was 15 months old and that's the first reason I'm glad I grew up in England."

In Growing Up Black in Britian vs. America from Madison Vol. 13, a British-born, Chicago-based journalist, Gary Younge shares his insights of the complexities of race while growing up and living in two different countries. While facing the challenges of racial inequality in both American and Britian, Younge offers a unique persective on the merits and pitfalls and over all complex issues of race in both societies.

Check out this facinating presentation!

“I loved the Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and I wanted to take a river trip like theirs.”

Ad and film professional Alex Oliver set out on a 1,000 mile journey down the Mississippi River on a mission. In “Voyage: East Tennessee to the Gulf of Mexico” from PKN Knoxville Vol. 14, we see how the goal of this trip was not only to conquer the Mississippi, but also one of self-discovery, and of the talented people around him.

Everyone knows about Hong Kong’s big buildings, but have you seen the local side of the city?

Designers Huschang Pourian and Sonia Chow speak about the art and design culture of Hong Kong. In "A Hong Kong Experience", at an extra-special PKN Tokyo Vol. 123 held during PechaKucha’s first-ever global summit: Pow Wow 2015, they explore the urban, nittiest, and grittiest sections of their wonderful city.

“We are bacteria. We’re building concrete fungi on this speck of dust — and that’s what we call civilization.”

Halik Azeez traced who he is today back to a string of events that occurred 10 years ago. In “Seeking God Through Instagram” from PKN Colombo Vol. 4 he discusses the tsunami that took away everything he owned, whereby he found himself confronted with an existential crisis.

“We are convinced that the best way to preserve a tradition is to develop it.”

Johan Molin speaks about the fulfilment of our dreams and goals. In “Moonhouse” from PKN Stockholm Vol. 50 he tells us how he breaks free from the perceptions he has about what he is capable of.

The word Islam comes from salam, which means “peace” and “safety.”

Abulelah Alalsheikh seeks to help others better understand Islam. In “The Truth about Islam” from PKN Osaka Vol. 7, he retraces the history of Islam and debunks some misconceptions about this religion.

Having a third of your country’s population over 60 creates challenging issues in need of unique solutions.

Akira Sakano speaks on the ageing, depopulating town of Kamikatsu — one of the smallest in Japan. In “Japan’s Small Town Solutions” from PKN Nishinomiya Vol. 23, Akira speaks of the projects she’s initiated to reduce waste and empower the elderly of small town Japan.

Does your city utilize open land for temporary use?

Urbanist Julienne Chen has long since been an advocate for using the city’s open spaces for enriching community activities. In “Temporary Space, Permanent Good” from PKN Louisville Vol. 14 she shows us how living in Amsterdam opened her eyes to the use of temporary spaces for the good of the public.