Past Manchester Event: VOL 21

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VOL 21

March 01, 2018
@ The International Anthony Burgess Foundation



PechaKucha Night Manchester Vol. 21 - 'Making Connections'

Welcome to our first PechaKucha of 2018! This time we're looking at the them of 'making connections' and have a variety of speakers all taking the PechaKucha challenge: 20 images, 20 seconds per image, no stopping. We'll hear about building bridges, mentoring, community engagement, beards, randomly distributed fiction and oxytocin. And we'll also be making origami frogs to race.

This time we have 10 speakers instead of eight. We're experimenting... Let us know what you think.

We'll be at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, the centre celebrating the author of multiple works including A Clockwork Orange. We're really looking forward to presenting in their beautiful space!



On the Night

The doors open at 19:00 and the talks start at 19:30. We'll have a beer break just after 20:15. The talks should be finished by 21:30 where you'll have a chance to mingle afterwards. 


Thanks as ever to our paper sponsors, G . F Smith.

About the International Anthony Burgess Foundation 

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation is an indecent educational charity that encourages public and scholarly interest in all aspects of the life and work of Anthony Burgess.

About PechaKucha Night Manchester

PechaKucha Night Manchester was relaunched in June 2016 by a new team after an eighteen month hiatus.

This is our sixth PechaKucha following a string of successful events. We are indebted to the support of Manchester’s creative scene coming along as speakers and audience members as well as our previous hosts, SpacePortX, Ziferblat, The Wonder Inn, Neo, the Rapha Clubhouse, PLANT and Texture. Most importantly, thank YOU for keeping us going!

PechaKucha Nights will continue take place every three months at venues across Manchester. Our mission is to feature a high calibre of creatives, designers, artists and community projects from the city and the North. 

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Connecting with Communities

@ VOL 21 ON MAR 01, 2018

Community consultation is essential to successful design: architects need to understand how people use existing spaces before setting to work. However, this process often follows an uninspiring, tried and tested formula. In her presentation, Gillian Harrison will explore a range of emerging techniques that encourage collaboration and engage local people, ultimately leading to the design of happier and healthier places for all.

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The Magpie Designer

@ VOL 21 ON MAR 01, 2018

Making Connections (dot to dot thinking) 

Exploring design ideas and how tacit knowledge influences how we produce work as designers and makers. For Jonathon Briggs, it’s in the fabric of your thought process, having a poor memory helps too! It allows you to see something new in everyday objects and re-interpret their meaning. 

How do you look at the ordinary everyday and turn it into meaningful stuff, then navigating how you post-rationalise this into a commercial product? How does this work in a creative studio, does it liberate everyones thinking or become an insular creative process?

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A Journey Towards Unity

@ VOL 21 ON MAR 01, 2018

After experiencing meeting, interviewing, collaborating, and working with some inspiring individuals in Japan, Hamid Shahi decided to reach out to his friends to initiate a global collaborative community with other amazing creative people who are interested in joining together and contributing to projects in pursuit of a higher purpose.

At Unify Design Art, we believe everyone is creative and we think of designers and artists as people who exhibit the attitude, approach and abilities of forward thinking. We believe that creators around the globe can support and inspire each other to make positive change in their local communities. 

For us it’s not a question of thinking or doing, but what to think about and how to do it through unified systems and strategies. 

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5 things I learned as a mentor (and how to get started)

@ VOL 21 ON MAR 01, 2018

Christine Charnock will be sharing her experience as a mentor – and the challenges and surprises discovered along the way. There will also be tips on how to start mentoring and finding a mentee.

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New Horrorshow Rabbit

@ VOL 21 ON MAR 01, 2018

Why swap a career in bookselling for a life of moloko, ultraviolence and a bit of the old in-out in-out? Writer and performer Fat Roland long felt a connection to the works of Anthony Burgess and A Clockwork Orange. This is the story of how a former bookseller found a horrorshow (good) rabbit (job) at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, the famous author’s estate, archive and event space based in a converted Victorian Manchester mill.

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Making friends and growing beards

@ VOL 21 ON MAR 01, 2018

For some of us, meeting new people sucks. Small talk. Struggling for shared interests. Forgetting names. But when we share our stories, we can connect on an emotional level. And that's where the fun begins. Chris Tomlin talks about telling stories, making friends and growing beards.  

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Chemical Connections

@ VOL 21 ON MAR 01, 2018

Beth Taylor asks:

How do parents form bonds with their children?

Why on earth do women go through childbirth more than once?

Why is it more common for women to want to cuddle after sex than men?

How can I make other people give me their money?

How can I make people trust me more?

Why does my mum love the dog more than me?

When can I legally play with a woman’s nipples?

If you want to know the answers to any of these age old questions, and more, watch this talk!

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How to Make a Paper Frog

@ VOL 21 ON MAR 01, 2018

Using none of the wisdom learned over ten years in the design industry, Ben Clark will teach you how to make a jumping paper frog in 20 ribbeting slides. 

Steve Clarkson
Writer and Editor in York
Hamid Shahi
Founding Partner, Architectural Designer , Unify Design Art in Toronto
Peter Jenkins
Architect Director, BDP in Manchester
Christine Charnock
Senior User Experience Designer, BBC in Manchester
Ben Clark
Graphic Designer in Manchester
Fat Roland
Spoken Word Stand-up Artist in Manchester
Beth Taylor
Science Teacher in Manchester
Gillian Harrison
Senior Architect, Levitt Bernstein in Manchester
Jonathan Briggs
Owner and Designer, Field in Sheffield
Chris Tomlin
Head of Storytelling, Buffalo 7 in Manchester