Past Toronto Event: VOL 23

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VOL 23

April 16, 2013
@ Gladstone Hotel

World Creativity & Innovation Week is an annual 7 day celebration established in 2001. Similar to PechaKucha, it started as a grassroots initiative in Toronto by Marci Segal and has organically expanded to some 46 different countries to date. 

PechaKucha Night Toronto is excited to be collaborating with WCIW, celebrating creativity and innovation on April 16 at Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar. Doors will open at 7:30pm and we'll start with another special performance at around 8:00pm. 

For more information about what WCIW is, check out their facebook page on

And of course our very own event page:


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@ VOL 23 ON APR 16, 2013

Byron Laviolette is a narrative designer aka "wonder junkie". He is one part of The Mission Business, a creative collective that takes things that exist in real life and combines them in ways they have never existed before. In this PechaKucha presentation, he talks about their latest project, Visitations, a follow up to the company's previous project "ZedTO" which his other partners presented at PK Toronto Vol. 18. 

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Creativity is Power

@ VOL 23 ON APR 16, 2013

Ginny Santos is a gas-mask wearing creative leader and change agent. In this presentation, Ginny pulls from her experiences as a political activist to share of constructive ways to encourage creativity within societies that often suppress it.

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Demystifying climate change

@ VOL 23 ON APR 16, 2013

Frustrated and saddened by the lack of leadership by the Canadian government on climate change, Rob Shirkey founded Our Horizon, an organization working to actively place the responsibility of this problem in the palm of our own hands.

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@ VOL 23 ON APR 16, 2013

Antonio Lennert and Symon Oliver are ALSO Collective. In this talk, they share their learnings on how "disconnecting" can inspire, bring happiness, and ultimately refuel the passion in their work.

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What is Creativity and Innovation

@ VOL 23 ON APR 16, 2013

Marci Segal, founder of World Creativity and Innovation Week, is encouraging us to all do something just a little bit different that could shift our perspectives and open the possibility to make a world of difference.

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How technology impact the world

@ VOL 23 ON APR 16, 2013

Zygmunt Strawczynski (Ziggy) encourages us to think differently about how we can use familiar technologies to make an impact in the world.

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After a storm

@ VOL 23 ON APR 16, 2013

Semco Salehi, a photographer and visual artist, shares the untold story of what life is like after a fatal storm for the community of Union Beach.

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Project Ukelele Gangsterism

@ VOL 23 ON APR 16, 2013

Project Ukulele Gangsterism (PUG) is inspired by the Emersonian idea that while some pursue happiness, others create it.

As Adil Dhalla explains, "This project is for the creators - but is also for the collaborators, the courageous and the nonconformists - who share the belief that our lives are made richer when we engage with strangers and take the time to meaningfully connect with people who cross our paths in everyday life."

This performance was their first and perhaps their last outside of our subway hack.

Zygmunt Strawczynski
Nerd in Toronto
semco Salehi
Film maker, visual artist, SEMPICTURES in Toronto
Marci Segal
creativity expert, World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 founder, creativityland inc in Toronto
Ginny Santos
Educator/Facilitator, NeOle Consulting in Toronto
Antonio Lennert
Designer, ALSO Collective in Toronto
Symon Oliver
Designer, ALSO Collective in Toronto
Rob Shirkey
Executive Director, Our Horizon in Toronto
Byron Laviolette
Narrative Designer, The Misson Business
Adil Dhalla
Director of Culture, The Centre for Social Innovation