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Ian Livingston

Information Lead. Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang in Washington, DC

Ian Livingston says perseverence is key to capturing these moments of dramatic weather, which can only be described as magical. As Information Lead of the Capital Weather Gang of the Washington Post, he combines his passions for weather and photography, and chases storms across the country in his spare time. He presents original photographs of weather scenes that he has taken over the years, including tornadoes in Kansas and Washington DC monuments framed by nature, truly once-in-a-lifetime moments. 

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Awaken the Magician in You

BY NANCY BELMONT
@ VOL 3 ON MAR 19, 2019

Since 2015, Nancy Belmont has been creating transformative public spaces that change the way people think about themselves and interact with others. In her presentation, she shows her public art projects that are catalysts for personal change, enabling us to explore who we are and the ties that connect us.

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What's the Weather Today?

BY LINDSEY KECK
@ VOL 3 ON MAR 19, 2019

Our internal weather system-- our feelings and moods-- often mimics the external world, which can be disruptive and hostile. As a student of meditation and mindfulness, Lindsey Keck bellieves there is power in the act of slowing down. She shares her experiences which made her realize that "the magic lies in how you respond, in each and every moment."

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Learning and Magic

BY SCOTT BAYTOSH
@ VOL 3 ON MAR 19, 2019

According to Scott Baytosh, Head of School at Alexandria Country Day School, learning and magic are close cousins-- they both engender wonder, curiosity, and fascination. How can educators create these experiences? He suggests that we can look to teacher-archetypes in popular culture, such as Ms. Frizzle, Mary Poppins, and Professor Lupin, as role models and practical guides for keeping the magic in learning.

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I've Got Magic Friends

BY KERRY GRECO
@ VOL 3 ON MAR 19, 2019

Kerry Greco is a graphic designer who loves Harry Potter. In her view, it is the friendships that make the story so special, and the same is true for her life. Her presentation describes her close friends from childhood and college, prompting us to value the friendships and relationships in our own lives.

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A Magical Trip of a Lifetime

BY TARA CASAGRANDE
@ VOL 3 ON MAR 19, 2019

What did you do last summer? Tara Casagrande is a yoga teacher who took a magical trip of a lifetime to China, Mongolia, and Korea last summer with her three children. Her adventures included riding on a yak, eating live octopus, and doing a yoga pose in front of a temple. 

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Coming Back Home

BY MICHAEL SHARP
@ VOL 2 ON NOV 07, 2018

For some of us, "home" is a faraway place, but for Michael Sharp, it is the place where he was born and grew up in, and where he is now raising his son. In his presentation, he describes the places that have shaped him and memories from his childhood in Alexandria, as well as upstate New York and California. He wonders what our children will remember about the places they grow up in.

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Nearby Nature and Transformation at Four Mile Run

BY KURT MOSER
@ VOL 2 ON NOV 07, 2018

Something remarkable has been going on at Four Mile Run Park, a trail and waterway that passes through urban industrial areas in northern Virginia, USA. After decades of pollution and neglect, through the efforts of volunteers, the area is coming back to life. Kurt Moser, president of the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation, details how we can sometimes transform nature around us to positive effect. 

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Discovering Your Inner Light

BY BODHI LING PATIL
@ VOL 2 ON NOV 07, 2018

In his presentation, Bodhi Ling Patel encourages us to let our inner light shine and to take care of our body, mind, and spirit. As a high school student concerned about depression and suicide among young people, he strives to live life to the fullest and spread the message that we all have a beautiful light within us.

 

ALEXANDRIA Blog

City Focus: Alexandria


As one of the newest cities to join PechaKucha's creative community, PechaKucha Night 
Alexandria graces this week's City Focus. Located along the Potamac River, Alexandria has preserved America's colonial culture through its 18th century style architecture, boutique shops, and museums. Having held their very first volume this month, be sure to keep a look out for fascinating presentations from historically rich Alexandria! See you all at PechaKucha Night Alexandria Vol.2!

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About the City's Organizers

  • Nami Ishihara

    I am a group facilitator who loves to connect people and ideas. I believe that everyone has something original and interesting inside them, and PechaKucha is a great way to share that something special!

  • Ling-Yun Tang

    I am a sociologist interested in the intersection of creativity, the arts, and urban design. I have taught and researched internationally, and am always on the lookout for communities of artists and designers with a shared interest in building a more beautiful, inclusive, and inspiring world.

  • José Caicedo

    José R. Caicedo is a creative leader, problem solver, communicator and visual artist. He is also an achiever, a learner, an empath and a glass half-full perspective on the world around him. Above all he seeks to connect with others through real life stories and appreciation.

  • Andy Monaco

    As a "stay at home" architect and father, I love to find opportunities to keep my mind engaged in the world of design. It is all around us! I am interested in adaptive reuse and the layers of meaning that can be applied to the environment at all different scales, from buildings to products.