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Alex Sheen

in Cleveland

Because I Said I Would

PRESENTED ON MAY 24, 2013
IN CLEVELAND @ VOL 18

Promises are important. Alex Sheen believes that promises carry a special weight that should not be taken lightly. "Because I said I would" cards enable a person to really see the worth in the promise that you've made them.

"Presentation of the Day" on September 3, 2013.

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Could I Take a Bullet?

BY JOHN RICHIE
@ VOL 10 ON SEP 20, 2013

Filmmaker John Richie speaks about the people that he came to know making "Shell Shocked", a documentary about youth and gun violence in New Orleans. He became very close to people that had lost loved ones (oftentimes children) in this way.

Many of the shootings in New Orleans are due to retaliatory violence. Like Ed Buckner says in Shell Shocked, “When you shoot one black kid, all you are doing is inciting his 20 friends to come and kill you.”

As John says, "The retaliatory response is a young man’s way of dealing with it, and only a small group of “hardheads” will do this. Most people who have lost a loved one in this violent, unfair way have years, if not a lifetime, of intense grief and anger. But what I’ve seen from the mothers, fathers, and friends of victims is an amazing transcendence from grief to compassion and enlightenment.  I’m amazed by it, and I wonder if I lost my brother or best friend to gun violence which path I’d take.  I hope I would follow the example of the great people in my film Shell Shocked."

Shell Shocked is screening at the National League of Cities conference in 2013 and is available for purchase at www.shellshockeddoc.com

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"I still haven't found what I'm looking for..."

BY STUART BROWN
@ VOL 1 ON OCT 28, 2014

Stuart Brown gives a heart warming account of his life through running and how running has provided him with goals and ambitions far beyond what he originally thought was possible. After Stuart's Step-Dad passed away from cancer, he was left with the thought of running in search for the cure to cancer. Life events can lead you on new adventures, allowing you to meet new friends along the way. His search continues but his speech will stop you in your tracks.

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I Love Books

BY ANJA LUTZ
@ VOL 13 ON NOV 07, 2014

"I love books and all aspect of books."

In "I Love Books" from PechaKucha Night Bangalore Vol. 13, Anja Lutz is a Berlin-based book designer specialising in contemporary art publications. She studied at London College of Communication and the Jan van Eyck Akademie. She was Visiting Professor at the American University of Beirut and the Bauhaus University in Weimar, as well as Design Fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude. She is the initiator of the experimental publication platform shift! that has won numerous awards and was present at various festivals and exhibitions. Anja is also co-founder and art director of The Green Box art editions, a publisher of artist books. She develops and designs in close collaboration with the artists and has recently published the first interactive art e-book.

"I am interested in local crafts and the Hampi crafts project, initiated by Jaaga. I am also planning to research popular crafts in and around Bangalore. The way I work with artists when designing their books, is always a collaborative one. The same goes for the »shift!« publication projects, where collaboration is at the heart of the activity, drawing from each other's ideas, inspiration and expertise. In the same way I want to view a book on local crafts, by not just doing a book about, but first and foremost a book with the crafts people. This could also go as far as including their crafts in the actual making of the book.

I would also like to put a focus on the sustainability aspect of local and popular crafts, insofar as they offer highly inventive ways of using and reusing material. This re-appropriation of existing and often discarded material constitutes an important aspect of how we use the possibilities around us, with awareness and respect. I believe there is a lot to learn from the people who produce these re-appropriations and I would like to research their approaches and products. And seek an exchange with them, to develop new items and ideas based on their knowledge and experience."

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Dear Santa: I Would Like a Platform for Performances

BY SIMON FAIRBANKS
@ VOL 19 ON DEC 16, 2014

Simon Fairbanks discusses Coventry's Shoot Festival: a new platform where emerging performers can shoot from. He discusses the motivations behind the festival, and the needs it fills. 

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Great Wall v Brain Cancer: How I Trekked for a Cure and Photographed It

BY LEIGH TURNER
@ VOL 10 ON DEC 03, 2015

Leigh Turner is a Townsville teacher and photographer. This story details Leigh’s journey this year to raise funds and awareness for brain cancer research. 

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How I Understand the Work I Do (and Myself) Better Because of My Little Sister

BY JESSICA CALDAS
@ VOL 28 ON FEB 21, 2016

"My sister reminds me every day why I do the work that I do, why these open, hard conversations are important, how we learn from them and how we help ourselves and others by having them"

In How I Understand the Work I Do (and Myself) Better Because of My Little Sister from PechaKucha Night Atlanta Vol. 28Jessica Caldas shares about the impact her little sister has on her and her art. Caldas is an aritist based in Atlanta and one whose work stems from challenging subject matter such as domestic abuse and sexual violence. Over the last year, Jessica's younger sister Shoshana has increasingly become an influence in Jessica's work through her openess, honesty, and challenging nautre. Jessica stood before strangers, some friends, and her sister to tell everyone of the special bond these two have and what the bond has meant for Jessica's art.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday July 19th, 2016. 

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The Things People Said and How I Landed in Tokyo

BY LANA DEFRANCESCO
@ VOL 5 ON MAY 19, 2016

Lana Rappette is an assistant at Whirlpool Corporation and a PechaKucha city planner. She recently attended the Pecha Kucha Global PowWow in Tokyo, Japan  (March 2016) and will talk us through that trip - and how she got there!

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I Love You Because: Musicals I could talk about for hours but I won't because this thing has rules

BY MEGAN BARHAM
IN BEXHILL-ON-SEA

A heartfelt, high-speed speech full of passion. The part-time actress and full-time fanatic of musical theatre Megan Barham frequently belts out a song while working as De La Warr Pavilion Duty Operations Officer. This is a breakneck introduction to the world of Musicals by someone who eats, sleeps and breathes them! Be warned - she could talk for hours … 

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Testicular Cancer Education in a Nutshell

BY TORSTEN KOEHLER
@ VOL 45 ON AUG 15, 2017

Torsten Koehler is a testicular cancer survivor, author of a book on the subject and founder of the awareness campaign “Love your Nuts". A student said to him once: ‘Thanks to you, I went to the doctor in time. You saved my life!’ Just by talking balls he is saving lives.