"I wanted to take a risk and try something new."

In Leave My Heart in Vancouver from PechaKucha Night Vancouver Vol. 28, After an experimental phase in her youth, Shawna Olstenlonged for a marketing spot in the action sports industry. She only had one, tiny stipulation: she had to do so in the city of Vancouver. Here Shawna speaks of her trials, triumphs, but mostly her gratitude to the city that raised her. 

Jeff Doble is an architect and designer, and has always loved urban design and planning. Here he tells us about two of his projects, in both Vancouver and Riyadh, and the factors that go into planning and designing each station in order to encourage more people to use public transit. 

PechaKucha Night Vancouver proves less is more with this simple, yet graphically expressive poster for their upcoming Vol. 41 later this week. A special thanks to the artist behind the artwork, Carling Borne, for the restraint it took to make such an elegant expression of PechaKucha! 


Join us for PechaKucha Night Vol. 39 on Thursday, May 12th. 

Spring is here. We want to take advantage of the beautiful weather and our amazing waterfront. We will be hosting the next PechaKucha Night at the Granville Island Stage. Get a drink and meet up with your friends at their ocean-view lobby. A cash bar is located in the lobby, or you can get some food at the Backstage Lounge before the show starts.

Tickets go on sale next Thursday, April 7th at 10am through eventbrite.
Tickets will be moving quickly as this is a much smaller venue than we have had in the past.Bring your printed ticket to the theatre. Granville Island Stage requires a physical ticket for entrance.

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Kudos to Vanvouver for this eco-friendly design for their PechaKucha Night Vol. 37 this week at the Vogue Theatre, themed "Our Green Future". Be sure to check our all the amazing designs that come in daily over at our Official PechaKucha Poster Tumblr! Be inspired to make a poster for your city's next PKN!

"We wanted transparency in our kitchen -- we wanted the chef to make eye contact with our guests

David Gunawan presents his ideas on sustainability and healthy eating as a chef and founder of Farmer's Apprentice. In "Promoting Sustainability and Consciousness in Food" from PKN Vancouver Vol. 30, we see that he strives to find local, organic foods for his restaraunt by creating a healthy and viable relationship with farmers. 

Genevieve Hume and her husband Kevin run a goldsmithing and jewelry business in Vancouver which has her working with artisanal and small scale miners. Mine collapses, mercury poisoning, child labor, and militia violence are among the threats to this industry, and in "Chipping Away at Mining Policy" from PKN Vancouver Vol. 28, Genevieve tells us how she and her husband started an organization to certify, support and train these laborers.

PechaKucha used as a best practice for citizenship engagement? That's what happened in Vancouver.

5.Tell Stories – Storytelling can be effective in bringing together a diverse group of people to share experiences in how to improve community. Storytelling can be used to peak citizen interest in an issue and access local wisdom that other methods struggle to access. Storytelling can involve many different kinds of communication—for example, the City of Vancouver partnered with a highly popular monthly “PechaKucha” event to launch the Greenest City 2020 Conversation and the TalkGreentoUs.Ca website. The Pecha Kucha event brought together 13 local change-makers to speak on the subject of Vancouver’s effort to become the Greenest City in the World by 2020. It not only had the largest attendance of any city engagement event in Vancouver’s history, but it also particularly brought new people and demographics into the conversation.

Read the full article here.

That symbolic tree you see pictured on this post's poster can mean only one thing: a new PechaKucha Night in Vancouver is on it's way! That would be the city's Vol. 32, set for March 20 at Vogue Theatre. The event page and list of presenters will be added to the site next week.

Creativity springs forth in the most unexpected places. Where's the most unusual place you've discovered it?

Alicia Medina Laddaga explores the idea of cities as the ultimate epicenter for creativity, and travels to Vancouver in order to tap into it's creative potential. In "Creativity: the Key to a Happy and Productive Life" from PKN Vancouver Vol. 30, she focuses on housing and architecture as a founder of LOHA, a non-profit organization which provides affordable, alternative housing options.