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All I Need To Know, I Learned By Breaking Stuff As A Child

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 11, 2018

Much time is spent in webinars and TED talks trying to dissect the nature of collaboration. But we understand it at a very early age. The roots of it run all the way back to our first collaborations, when we were kids, and when being ridiculous was normal.

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My Childhood

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 11, 2018

Ben Posin speaks about his lifelong love of gems and precious jewelry and the events that led him to take up his art and profession.

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@ VOL 28 ON DEC 11, 2018

Ever since arriving here on earth, I have wanted to get out there and see what is happening. In my life I learned that this is one kind of a cycle of challenges, thus it continues to reemerge. Getting out there is a challenge where we perform best when we reengage our child-like sense of wonder. 

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There but for the grace of _____ go I.

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 11, 2018

When you grow up bouncing from family-to-family, become homeless at 16, and all but drop out of high school, you're not expected to find success, let alone research and help craft education policies. Yet, Greg's had people who have picked him up, pushed him forward, and carried him along. He's traveled across the world working his way through school and learning how to help teachers know their students, students know themselves, and education systems serve everyone. His story shares how simple actions change trajectories and how we don't have to change millions of lives at once to change our world.

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Musical Performance

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 11, 2018

Loch Lomond is a band based in PortlandOregonUnited States that was started as a solo recording project of Ritchie Young in 2003.

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Letters from Stephanie

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 11, 2018

For as long as I can remember, I've been a creator. And whenever I made something exceptionally interesting, my father would take it, date it, and put it in "the box". 6 months ago I learned that THE box was actually 15 boxes. In 7 days, I took over 3,000 pictures of my childhood letters, stories, and drawings, which I'll be sharing.

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Beautiful & Precious

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 11, 2018

Monica Solano-Molina is a long time PechaKucha fan. She's Oregon Native and attended the University of Portland. Monica is a Ford Scholar and served on the Board of Directors for the Alumni Association. She does consumer research & strategy, helping brands connect & co-create with their key consumers.

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Sustainability Upgrades Help Local Boys' Comic Career!

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 11, 2018

What if students were given the opportunity to make big design decisions in their schools? Students and staff spend over 1000 hours per year in their school buildings and 1 in 5 people you know spend their days in these schools. As populations continue to grow and buildings and infrastructure age, we are faced with the need for high performance, sustainable schools. Schools that provide students and teachers with healthy and productive learning spaces while saving money on utility expenses that can be reinvested in the classroom.  These schools serve as centers for change that drive a higher standard in the built environment that is imperative for our survival as climates become more unpredictable. However, as adults we are often constrained by societal norms, budgets and what we’ve been conditioned to see as acceptable standards, making it difficult to find new solutions. Students are still free of creative boundaries when it comes to problem solving and are a daily reminder that sometimes the simplest answer is the best.  If we put the data driven and creative design decisions of our school building stock in the hands of today’s students, we would open the door for possibilities we might have never dreamed of. We welcome you to come hear the stories of students reimagining their built environments and see firsthand the untapped potential of each student when given the opportunity to succeed.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and be inspired to take action in your own communities!

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Survive the Apocalypse: A Fun Guide for Kids

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 11, 2018

What does it take to survive the apocalypse of modern childhood? Some traits are obvious: grit with the ability to functionally use a knife for all manner of forest crafts. Some are subtle: silence, strategy, and profound empathy. Together, let's explore wilderness survival, tracking, alloparenting, and other skills of the wild on a quest to help save the free-range kid from extinction.

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Brought up by books: A Tale of Two Charlottes

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 11, 2018

As a copywriter, Molly Elwood helps bring the human element to brand stories. But she wasn't always the humanest of humans. Her story shares how books and mentoring can change the world for the better.

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Radical Goofing

@ VOL 27 ON OCT 02, 2018

In her talk, Amanda Copple invites the audience into her personal happy place, which she calls "radical goofing". She reveals her tale of finding her happy place at a young age and explains why she lost it and how she got it back.


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On the Microphone, I Come Correct

@ VOL 27 ON OCT 02, 2018

My Happy Place is wherever I am behind a microphone. On the radio, hosting an event, singing karaoke, interviewing major political figures for my new podcast; give me that mic and I’m completely at ease. There is no isolating feeling of social awkwardness. There is no question of whether or not I belong. There is no reason to justify why I’m there. It always feels right. It always feels like home. The location can change, but the feeling is always the same.