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Kathryn Sweet

in Vientiane

My Place in Vientiane

PRESENTED ON SEP 14, 2017
IN VIENTIANE @ VOL 7

Kathryn Sweet, a long-term resident of Vientiane, considers her relationships with people, places, and memories as she locates her place in this community. Those who inhabit her everyday life (including cats), those remembered and encountered, provide a sense of belonging.

 

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Going To My Happy Place: Libraries I Have Loved

BY AMY ANDERSON
@ VOL 12 ON MAY 23, 2015

"This is Google before the Internet."

In Going To My Happy Place: Libraries I Have Loved from Williamsburg Vol. 12, book lover and teacher, Amy Anderson shares her love for libraries and all the activities that surround them. Instilled with a love for reading at a young age, armed with her first library card at age 4, she found herself spending much of her youth lost in the often forgotten magic in libraries. As "Temples of knowledge" she reminds us how rich an experience visiting a library can be. 

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A Cleaner, Greener Vientiane

BY SERGE DOUSSANTOUSSE
@ VOL 1 ON FEB 11, 2016

Serge Doussantousse considers himself a French citizen of the world. In 2010 he started investigating local rubbish collections and causes of pollution by following the trucks that collected his household waste in Vientiane. Since then his project Green Vientiane has led several cleaning, greening and recycling-reusing initiatives across Vientiane.

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The Place I Had Never Been

BY SALI SASAKI
@ VOL 1 ON FEB 11, 2016

“How we discover a place, how we create an image of a place before we even get there,” can be as important as the discovery itself. Sali Saki is a crafter, designer, and writer who will take you on a personal journey to discover the handmade crafts of Laos and the people who make them.

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StartingBlock Madison - A New Place for Startups and Thinkers to Collide and Cooperate

BY CHANDRA MILLER FIENEN
@ VOL 16 ON FEB 18, 2016

Speaker Chandra Miller Fienen gives an overview of the StartingBlock Madison project. Opening in 2017, StartingBlock will provide a new place for area entrepreneurs and community to learn, build, hack, and grow successful businesses and next-generation thinkers.

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Ballet, Pulp Fantastic Genre Masquerading as High Art... (or How I Got my Husband to Appreciate Ballet)

BY MATTIE DO
@ VOL 3 ON JUN 02, 2016

Mattie Do challenges the conception of ballet as high art and presents the horror film aspects of ballet. Mattie is a classically trained ballet dancer turned filmmaker living in Vientiane, Laos.

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Let your Heart be Water

BY SANDRA BODE
@ VOL 7 ON SEP 14, 2017

Sandra invites the audience, at the conclusion of her presentation, to focus on her eyes and remain so. There is a palpable silence in the room. We remain fixed.  This demonstration of  how to connect deeply with another resonates with the belief that Sandra holds, “magic happens simply through holding space for each other and allowing ourselves to connect deeply”. NamChai Community Center Vientiane, founded by Sandra, is such a space.

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My Life's Journey in the New World

BY CHANDRA GAJMER
IN AKRON

Living life in Refugee camp versus living life in the new world.

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Where Did My Passion for Community Building Come From?

BY ALI DIENG
@ VOL 28 ON MAY 22, 2019

Community organizer and activist Ali Dieng shares his passion for community building and how his unique background shaped his ambition to serve.

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My Castle Gateway: Past & Present

BY PHIL BIXBY
@ VOL 19 ON JUL 31, 2019

Architect Phil Bixby takes a walk through past and present with ideas from York's My Castle Gateway public engagement.