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Jess Steele

Project Coordinator, Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust in Hastings

Independent community activist and entrepreneur Jess Steele played a key part in saving Hastings Pier from dereliction. She shares her convictions in collective DIY action to improve neighbourhoods with and for local people.

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What is Self-Defense?

@ VOL 9 ON AUG 16, 2014

If you think self-defense is only about fending off attackers, Brian Ulsh, who just opened WOLF Martial Arts Academy, is here to enlighten you. Brian takes the concept of self-defense to a new holistic level that encompases our history, community, environment, relationships, health, and our future, not just ourselves.

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Community Development and the Power of Small Scale Change

@ VOL 7 ON JUN 05, 2015

Joanne Dang is a town planner as well as a dreamer.  She discusses her journey in many places around the world and the power of small-scale, community-based change.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 8, 2015.

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Community Participation and Architecture

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 13, 2015

"We wanted every design decision that we made to be affordable, made locally, and something that could teach a skill."

In Community Participation and Architecture, from PechaKucha Night New OrleansVol. 17, architect Mary Gilmore, shares her master’s thesis on Community Participation and Architecture. Her belief is that if people participated in the design and construction of a building, not only will they become stake holders in the process, but also learn something.  To put her thesis into practice, Mary moved to India and then later to Mali, West Africa with the Peace Corps.  Now as a practicing architect here in the states, she is has rediscovered the notion of community participation and architecture.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, October 19th, 2015. 

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Everyone Is Lonely. We Can Change That.

@ VOL 25 ON OCT 12, 2016

"The irony is: we all live on top of each other and everyone is lonely." 

In Everyone Is Lonely. We Can Change That. at PechaKucha Night Brighton Vol. 25Ben Szobody shares his observations as a "lonely migrant" and asks: How does one battle loneliness? How can one form enduring relationships and build a community? Ben has constructed a plan and he's taking the initiative to make a change within his community and bring people together. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wenesday, February 8th, 2017. 

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Self-Improvement Culture

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 06, 2018

Nina Dosdall speaks about her 15 year journey in trying to achieve the perfect body which has her question the whole culture of self-improvement, leading to some very interesting discoveries. 

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Dave's Caricatures of the Locals

@ VOL 4 ON MAR 13, 2019

David Giessen shows his amazing talent of drawing local Chewelah people that are readily recognizable with his caricatures.

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Practicing Collaboration Through People, Places and Materials

@ VOL 18 ON MAY 18, 2019

Artist Ros Johnson explores recent collaborative experiences driving her practice, confidence and creative life.

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Finding Community in Unexpected Places

@ VOL 3 ON NOV 14, 2018

Clare Tzinski is a lifelong nomad and a self-proclaimed resident of “everywhere and nowhere." She works full time in the bar industry and spends her free time participating in local music and events throughout St Cloud and the Twin Cities. She’ll share with you her talk “Finding Community in Unexpected Places." 

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De Uformelle Byskabere

@ VOL 40 ON MAY 22, 2019

Aarhus-based Anders Boisen talks about the informal powers of change in the city: The people and the grassroots! How has the modern cityscape changed - how and who is changing it today? We, the people, should remember that we (and not only the legislators) have the power to change our city!
If you want more reminders of this, you can also read his book: "De Uformelle Byskabere"