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Shirley Weir

Communicator and conversation disruptor, Menopause Chicks in Port Moody

Cracking Open the Conversation on Menopause

PRESENTED ON NOV 05, 2016
IN NEW WESTMINSTER @ VOL 13

When Shirley Weir mentions the word “menopause" at a cocktail party, she often gets some peculiar reactions. People don’t like talking about it, and when they do, it is mostly in a negative context. Fact: women live beyond the retirement party of their ovaries. Yet, perimenopause and menopause continue to be misunderstood.

In Cracking Open the Conversation on Menopause, Shirley uses examples from her own personal journey, as well as from advertising, media and the internet, to help reframe menopause from something that is solely negative—into a conversation that women (and men!) embrace, look forward to and celebrate!

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Open Gov in Chicago: Changing Government from the Outside In

BY DEREK EDER
@ MAY TABLE TALKS ON MAY 23, 2013

Derek Eder has been building websites in Chicago since 2005. He is the owner of DataMade, LLC, an open government and open data web consulting company, co-founder of Open City, a collective that makes civic apps with open data, and organizer for OpenGov Chicago, a monthly Meetup group that promotes open data and open government in Chicago and Cook County.

"Presentation of the Day" on July 9, 2013.

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Conversation on a Train

BY JOSH GOLDEN
@ VOL 34 ON JUN 02, 2015

A delayed train ride results in a life-changing conversation for Josh Golden

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Conversation with India's Happiest Neighbour

BY SANTHOSH KUMAR SUBRAMANIAN
@ VOL 9 ON MAY 07, 2016

"You know the Gross National Happiness, that what they measure instead of GDP."

In "Conversation with India's Happiest Neighbour" from PechaKucha Night Chennai Vol. 9, Santhosh Kumar Subramanian talks about his enlightening journey through Bhutan, a country he considers as India's happiest neighbour. He shares with us his experiences in this nature abode, where the natives know no boundaries in being happy and spreading the same. 

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Conversation Prints: Artful Dialogues about Reproductive Rights

BY DARCY FALK
@ VOL 3 ON DEC 08, 2016

"Conversation print" is the industry term for fabric prints that re not floral or geometric.  Darcy Falk talks about her project that moves beyond prints that featuring golf clubs and kitchen appliances.  She is developing garments using vintage patterns and unique fabric that sparks conversations about topics that we don't usually talk about at the dinner table.  The result is conversation prints that stimulate artful dialog about reproductive rights.

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The Art of Conversation

BY CHRISTINA UYENO
@ VOL 31 ON AUG 11, 2017

Eat Cake Gallery is a production company whose mission is to empower women through the art of conversation and film.  Created by Christina Uyeno and Melissa Mattos, they hope to create a safe space for women of all backgrounds to come and indulge in their own creativity, passions, and journey, and to also connect those of similar mind and heart.

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BY CHARLIE ROSE JACKSON
@ VOL 33 ON DEC 06, 2017

Charlie Jackson never thought she would be photographing products in a controlled environment and loving it. She shared her journey as a freelance photographer with her own business and how being open to whatever might come next has taken her in directions she would not have imagined.

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Writing, Women and World II

BY JO BAILEY
@ VOL 37 ON SEP 19, 2018

Jo Bailey is a full time freelance writer, editor and author who writes books in her 'spare time'. She has just published her fourth, called Never Forget, a collection of six extraordinary, true World War II stories.

In this PechaKucha, Jo introduces the courageous people in her book, whose lives were turned upside down by war. She also discusses her own journey as a reader and writer, which led to the creation of Never Forget. Jo hopes being reminded of the horrors of war might lead to a conversation about how we can move on from the things which divide us and focus instead on building community, compassion and love.

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Conversation about conservation-engaging the public to act

BY AMY JOHNSTON-BRAY
@ VOL 37 ON SEP 19, 2018

Amy Johnston-Bray started down the road of becoming a research scientist but discovered she liked talking about science much more. Over the last 18 years she has created a multitude of science exhibitions, shows and public programmes in Australia and New Zealand. In this talk she takes on the thorny issue of engaging the public in conservation issues in an era of competing narratives also known as 'fake news'.

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Life Lessons with Atreus & Chloe: Mature Video Games as Opportunity Spaces for Family Conversation

BY ANGELA VANDEN ELZEN
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 07, 2019

Angela Vanden Elzen discusses Mature Video Games as Opportunity Spaces for Family Conversation.