Past Maastricht Event: VOL 30

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The Importance of Other Species

@ VOL 30 ON JUN 13, 2016

Tim Huijsmans might be one of the youngest PechaKucha speakers in Maastricht. He is the founder of Red de Aarde (Save the Earth) foundation. He, through his foundation, is running projects for bees, primates and other sorts of animals in the Netherlands, Ghana and Cameroon. In 2015, Tim was elected as Wold Improver of the Year by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Come and listen to his story and what he wants to do to make the world a better place.

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The Slow Down Challenge

@ VOL 30 ON JUN 13, 2016

Do you know that 17% of employees in the Netherlands are suffering from work stress at different levels, which can even lead to burn-out in some severe cases. Have you noticed the same effects of stress on yourself, or among your family members and friends? Joemon & Peggy Thekkaekurikattukunnal will give you some insights and golden tips on how to slow down and introduce you to "The Slow Down Challenge".

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Doing Business in China

@ VOL 30 ON JUN 13, 2016

China seems far away, but also feels so close to our daily lives. The label "Made in China" is something that we encounter almost everywhere and every day. Ruud Derks has worked in China for seven years and will share with us his enthusiasm and frustrations in doing business in China. 

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Growing Mushrooms in Coffee

@ VOL 30 ON JUN 13, 2016

In "Growing Mushrooms in Coffee" from PechaKucha Night Maastricht Vol.30, Urban farmer Alexander Eichner shares his journey on how discovered the innovative idea of cultivating mushrooms by using recycled coffee grounds. He explains his creative process and hopes that his little grass roots movement can influence us to think about how to be more eco-friendly world citizens. 

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The Power of Empathy

@ VOL 30 ON JUN 13, 2016

"Empathy is important because it's how we connect with other people."

In a time where technology and a global community have made our world
smaller and more accessible, people appear to be less tolerant and compassionate toward their fellow human beings.In "The Power of Empathy" from PechaKucha Night Maastricht Vol. 30Nicole M Adams-Quackenbush will show us how to understand different types of empathy and how they can be used to enhance and maintain our humanity.

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What is Movement

@ VOL 30 ON JUN 13, 2016

What does movement represent for you? For Sanne Vaassen, movement is either a transition or a transformation within a certain duration. Her works capture some of these movements, like the types of water current, a tree's transformation from summer to winter...Her works represent the reality in which we all live, and what more important and interesting, the established symbols and traditions that we apply.

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Being Young in Kabul

@ VOL 30 ON JUN 13, 2016

"The reason I went back to Kabul … is I felt something was changing, something was very different, and I wanted to see it with my own eyes."

In Being Young in Kabul from PechaKucha Night Maastricht Vol. 30, Samina Ansari tells us that in March 2015, a woman was stoned and burned to death in the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan. That's when Ansari decided to return to her birth country after 20 years of absence. One year later, she wants to share her experiences and observations: Kabul is more than what you see in the news.

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How to Bond

@ VOL 30 ON JUN 13, 2016

There's a broad upcoming sense that in our daily, busy life making a true connection with another person is not that easy. We feed ourselves with a spectacular variety of social activities that are maybe not that social at all, when we take a closer look. Chanthal Muijrers' approach is refreshingly motivating, combining her clients talents and social skills to empower them.

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What Can Astrology Tell You about Your Personality

@ VOL 30 ON JUN 13, 2016

Astrology is a widely misused and misunderstood field of knowledge. Astrology can neither be used to predict future events, nor to assess your degree of morality or intelligence, nor to indicate whom you might become friends or lovers with. The zodiac has nothing to do with star constellations. Your solar sign and rising sign might be completely irrelevant to your personality features. Astrology can give a very detailed view over what are personality features, and which environmental stimulations you give high or low priorities to.

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Monkeys Go Green

@ VOL 30 ON JUN 13, 2016

"The world is abundant. If you’re willing to take leftovers, you can get nearly everything. Just ask for it."

In Monkeys Go Green from PechaKucha Night Maastricht Vol. 30Roos Derks shares on her urban gardening projects. Starting off on a polluted and neglected old rubber factory terrain, Derks brings us to the political and cultural center of the Mandril in Maastricht. Guided by insights from Social Permaculture, she shows why these type of projects are surprisingly doable, important, and a lot of fun.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016.

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Living Differently

@ VOL 30 ON JUN 13, 2016

A number of societal and architectural changes force us to radically rethink the way we plan, build and experience our city centres. The SphinxTuin initiative, a building project for the inner city of Maastricht, is an attempt to incorporate these innovations and present a new way of living for a variety of target groups: entrepreneurs, knowledge workers, culture and art lovers.

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My Name is Kumar

@ VOL 30 ON JUN 13, 2016

My name is Kumar is the charity set up by Tim Loonen and his wife Renee Schreurs to support 37 former child beggars in Tamil Nadu, Southern India. Living between London and Chennai they offer a safe home, education and love to children born into poverty. Almost five years after they’ve first set foot in India the charity is thriving and about to double the number of kids they are able to send to school. However, it hasn’t been always easy. Tim will guide us through some of the tough choices they’ve had to make along the way and tell us about how he combines a full time job at the world’s largest travel site (TripAdvisor) with the exciting (and rewarding) world of philanthropy.

Ruud Derks
Consultant, DaiRuDe Consultancy in Maastricht
Nicole Adams-Quackenbush
PhD Candidate, Maastricht University, Faculty of Law in Maastricht
Sanne Vaassen
Visual Artist, Sanne Vaassen in Maastricht
Peggy Thekkaekurikattukunnal
Business owner, Jeeva Holistic Life Programmes in Maastricht
Jan Bierhoff
director, Medialynx in Maastricht
Tim Loonen
Product Manager , TripAdvisor in London
Roos Derks
Volunteer at the Mandril, Urban Gardener, Student of Cultural Sociology and Permaculture in Maastricht
Alexander Eichner
Owner, Wedovoodoo Events & Productions in Maastricht
Tatiana Deneve
1st year Health Sciences student at Maastricht University, Health Initiative in Maastricht
Julien Rouger
Freelance tutor in mathematics and statistics, tutor/translator in French and software developer in Maastricht
Chanthal Muijrers
reintegration coach, Groeipaleis in Maastricht
Tim Huijsmans
President, Red de Aarde (Save the Earth) in Meerssen
Samina Ansari
Legal Consultant, The Asia Foundation in Kabul