PechaKucha Presentation

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Philip Smith

Marketing Director, Sygns AB in Göteborg

How to Fight Darkness


"Is reality this dark? I don't believe so. I believe it's a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we think everything is bad, everything will be bad."

In How to Fight Darkness from PechaKucha Night Stockholm Vol. 54Philip Smith poses the question, "How will we fight the dark powers and the evil galactic empire together?" (the evil empire being the often sensationalizing and fear-mongering media.) His answer is simple - ART! ...and more specifically, Art made of Light! Here Philip gives us a very funny and uplifting PechaKucha on the challenges the the world faces in a continuous barrage of negativity, and reminds us to use the force (and make art!)

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, December 21st, 2015. 

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Fight or Flight

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 14, 2015

Painter Pam Kirkham shares her series Fight or Flight inspired by a friend who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. 

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Mørke Dage

@ VOL 26 ON SEP 24, 2015

'Mørke Dage' is a newbee art festival in our 'neighbor city' Aalborg. The focus is on the dark sides – visually, musically and through all sorts of installations.

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Mindful Play

@ VOL 28 ON FEB 21, 2016

Dee Wagner joins us to discuss mindful play and how it may be used in place of the third reaction style that follows the two known reactions "fight" & "flight"... The third is "shutdown" and is a reposnse when neither 'fight' not 'flight' are an option... Mindful play has its roots in the polyvagal theory and Dee walks us through responses, the nexus of her mindful play approach, and peppers it all with her own personal story. 

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Facing Fears

@ VOL 6 ON JUN 28, 2016

"When I was growing up, my biggest fear was my mum."

In Facing Fears from PechaKucha Night St Neots Vol. 6James McEvoy gives us a candid insight into his life long fears, and how, over the course of many years, he's learn't to overcome and face the things that scare and intimidate him. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on August, 16th, 2016. 

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Lo bueno de la oscuridad

@ VOL 1 ON FEB 20, 2010

Marcel es un cineasta que vive en el mundo de la ficción. Nos cuenta qué herramientas tiene que funcionen para lidiar con la realidad de un país en situaciones críticas. Habla sobre los modelos mentales que contienen verdades y soluciones. 

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Before the Light, the Darkness was

@ VOL 8 ON SEP 24, 2016

Stephen Chin calls his father a man of many loves, but before he came to a point where he understood and accepted that, first he hated.  In this frank presentation, Stephen shares a story of hate which begs connection, forgiveness which needs consistency and, ultimately, redemption.

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Here's how Manchester United can fight malaria... for free!

@ VOL 36 ON JUN 19, 2018

Everybody who has been to a malaria region has slept under a mosquito net. Mosquito nets have saved more than six million lives over the past 15 years. However with the decrease in cases of malaria, people have started finding other uses for their mosquito nets; fishing, for example. Bart Knols has been working on ways to reverse this trend by making mosquito bed nets more attractive. This is where Manchester United comes in. 

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Kiedyś to byli fany, czyli jak Darth Vader odwiedzał Bydgoszcz

@ VOL 3 ON SEP 28, 2018

In a galaxy far far away... Michał Rożek discovered his passion and came back to the very heart of Kujawsko-Pomorskie to tell us about it.

In this presentation, you will discover how the Star Wars fandom was first established in our region, how it became part of our society and how many different points of views around the Star Wars movement are nowadays.

Enjoy the presentation and -of course- may the force be with you!

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Compassion for the Darkness

@ VOL 2 ON OCT 24, 2018

Mental health can be considered an epidemic in North America - but are other countries more effective in providing care to those suffering? Emmy Chahal's talk is informed by her lived experience and personal research into international models that work more compassionately to see the humanity of each person facing mental health challenges. A new model of mental health will be discussed - one that honours the whole person. This new model is Emmy's vision of what mental health care could look like if we bridge the brilliance of the human mind with compassion for the darkness that most of us face at some point in our lives.