Being a Teenage Business Owner

"I think it’s a little silly to ask a 14 year old what they want to do with their life.”

In "Being a Teenage Business Owner" from PechaKucha Night Santa Barbara Vol. 18, Mackenzie Fell recalls the challenges she faced launching a business, while being in the last semesters of high school. She started a marketing business with multimedia design after winning the Scheinfeld New Venture Challenge, a business plan competition through SBCC. Mackenzie addresses the pressures teenagers are faced with to decide what career path they want to take so early on in life. 

"It seeks to demonstrate how artistic cooperation transcends class, racial and social barriers ... and serves as an alternative to incarceration and penalty."

In "The Odyssey Project" from PechaKucha Santa Barbara Vol. 14, Ahmed Asi describes the collaborative theater process between youth from a juvenile detention facility in Santa Barbara county and undergraduate students from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Using the template of Homer's Odyssey, the participants gather on the university campus to explore the mythic elements in their lives in order to reconstruct the epic poem in their own voices. The project leads to a public performance at a local theater. Everyone on this creative journey is a hero or heroine. The project is designed to honor youth in identifying their heroic life mission and map a course of action. It employs theater arts as a strategy for inspiring life affirming choices.

Making Stuff is Tough

"Have you ever had an idea for a product that was so compelling that you felt it just had to exist?"

Ethan Lowry, co-creator of Poppy, a device that, when paired with an iPhone creates 3D GIF images that convey a strong sense of three-dimensional depth. It’s like looking at a 3D scene through a piece of glass. With Poppy, creating these images is incredibly easy. In "Making Stuff is Tough" from PKN Santa Barbara Vol. 11, Ethan speaks on the trials and tribulations that went into building and mass-producing a device originating in his imagination.

Read Like A Writer and Write Like One

If you can read, you can write. 

Lawrence Spann has a keen interest in literature and writing. Drawing from life experience and an advanced degree in Creative Writing and the Medical Humanities, he approaches the process of writing through the lives and works of poets, writers, song writers, artists and historical figures. In "Read Like a Writer and Write Like One" from PKN Santa Barbara Vol. 10, Lawrence gives us some very valuable tips that helped him when he was getting into writing.


"We want to 'whale-cast', we want to predict where they're we can manage human use of the ocean to minimize impact on endangered species."

Ben Best is an analyst for the Ocean Health Index, a research project housed at UCSB's downtown ecology center. For him, the ocean has long been a source of spiritual sustenance, vigorous play, wondrous discovery, and intellectual curiosity. In "Oceans of Data" from PKN Santa Barbara Vol. 10, he discusses using data to map out plans for marine conservation. 


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"Einstein once said, 'We can't solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.'"

Summer Gray is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Research Associate at the International Institute of Climate Action and Theory. In "Not Yet the End of the World" from PKN Santa Barbara Vol. 10, she speaks on the climate justice movement, and what we must do to save the planet from the destruction of global warming. 

"We can't control our stress ... but we can control our response to it."

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Overcoming Stress" from PKN Santa Barbara Vol. 8, natural health advocate Kathy Gruver speaks on a feeling we all experience from time to time: stress. She breaks down the psychological and physical effects stress has on us and goes into depth on how to deal with the anxiety beast when it rears its ugly head.


In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN Santa Barbara Vol. 6), Daniel Montello expresses his love for the chile pepper.

History lessons are given, examinations of the hottest chiles in the world are reported; among them not only the notorious habanero pepper, but many rated on the Scoville heat scale as much more volatile. Daniel offers suggestions to those who can't take the heat (hint: add sugar or milk), and talks of the compounds that cause the lovely (or awful) burning sensation when consumed.