Our PechaKucha Night Vol. 24 took place on Tuesday 9 December at the new creative hotspot in Maastricht: De Brandweer.
Photo credits: Shaokang Li
In being a scientist, executive, consultant, trainer and author, Wiel Schins (1952) combines education and experience in developing visions of what he refers to as ‘the new society’. As a citizen, he is an avid supporter of the notion of a revolution in economic and social principles, not seen since the Stone Age.
He has identified the present sustainability movement as the wrong way towards this goal. In order to mobilise organisations and their leaders into a more adequate direction, he urges them, first of all, to mature their picture of the world. The geological landscape of the southern part of the Netherlands offers him an outstanding opportunity to replace erroneous perceptions.
What do Eve and boxing coach Frankie Dunn, the character played by Clint Eastwood in Million Dollar baby, have in common? Why should we acknowledge Eve as the founding mother of ethical reasoning?
In her talk about the importance of ethical heroism Ellen ter Gast introduces the concept of bold ethics. She argues that bold ethics is of key importance for the management of complex issues in 21st century and illustrate that Eve was much more than the woman who took a bite from the forbidden fruit. She was the first true moral hero.
"Presentation of the Day" on January 29, 2015.
An entrepreneur at heart with a strong interest in circular economy development, Ana Mihail speaks about the opportunities we now have to contribute to a better future and collaborate to make a difference. The difference between following the hype or creating an impact starts at a personal level, choosing to take the path less travelled and making a stand for things that matter.
Adrienn Kelemen believes that foreign language lessons should be more interesting and more efficient for schoolchildren. She has devised a new method to teach foreign languages in schools, which can be useful not only in Western Europe, but most likely in less developed areas. She wants to make learning languages an easy, fun and interesting exercise for the youth.
Far more than an intellectual puzzle for pundits, economists, and policymakers, economic growth - its makings and workings - is a subject that affects the well-being of billions of people around the globe: from the slums of Delhi and Nairobi, to the skyscrapers of Manhattan and Hong Kong.
Taking a closer look at the example of China, Ibrahima Sory Kaba examines the huge discrepancy in standards of living throughout the world and the factors affecting the sustainability of economic growth.
Due to considerable progress in cancer treatment and survival rates, the population of cancer survivors can be anticipated to keep expanding in the foreseeable future. But even though these patients may be cured of their orinigal disease, survivors often have a to deal with a compromised quality of life. Anna Verhulst, a fifth-year medical student and a cancer rehabilitation researcher, proposes a entirely new way of looking at cancer survivorship and rehabilitation programs...
"Presentation of the Day" on March 25, 2015.
In 2009, while dealing with undiagnosed postpartum depression, Becky Castle Miller experienced an emotional breakdown. She battled Major Depressive Disorder for two years. She wants to invite people into the experience of mental illness to help reduce the stigma surrounding public discussions of mental health. In January, she will be (re)launching an online magazine about women's mental and emotional health.
"Presentation of the Day" on February 4, 2015.
Video Power is a talent development program aimed at video makers in the Meuse-Rhine euregion near Maastricht, the Netherlands. Audiovisual artists/filmmakers pitch their idea and try to create awareness for their idea among professionals and public. When succesfull they gain access to means and coaching in order to realise their idea. All genres and forms are welcome, from documentaries to talkshows, from soundscapes to dance movies. Video power is there to support them in producing their movies and projects.
Bernard Vertegen's presentation is about being in control and whether it is really part of life. We can see all around us that control is not the answer. Nevertheless, we keep introducing more and more controls. How would an alternative perspective look like?
The 'Dear Hunter' are architects, but they are different from any other architect office. They're not striving for buildings: they're after the experience of people like you and me, regarding our surroundings. Their philosophy is based on techniques of the hunt.
Hunting transforms all our senses and makes us extremely aware of our surroundings. Through various hunting techniques they don’t hunt deer, but the dearest thing to man: subjective values within the human environment, personals spatial experiences and perception. They gather this information to use it in the fields of architecture, design and urban planning.
Frank Steijns (1970) is an all-round musician: city-carillonneur of Maastricht, Heerlen and Weert as well as violinist in the world-renowned orchestra of Andre Rieu. Together with Andre Rieu he composed many songs and works for orchestra. Frank travels the whole world with the orchestra and his own mobile carillon, a huge music instrument containing 43 tuned bronze bells.
"Presentation of the Day" on January 13, 2015.