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Lana DeFrancesco

Professional volunteer , Box Factory for the Arts, Krasl Art Center & PechaKucha in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor

The Things People Said and How I Landed in Tokyo


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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Tokyo Creatives' Shared Canvas

@ VOL 128 ON SEP 30, 2015

"One of the things I really wanted to make Canvas for was because I wanted to see and know about more stuff that was happening in Tokyo."

In "Tokyo Creatives' Shared Canvas" from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 128, Tacchi Studio's director Mark McFarlane discusses the motivation behind wanting to make Canvas, a directory and community for Tokyo creatives to gather on and offline. 

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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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On a Scale of 1 to 10, How Confident Are You?

@ VOL 26 ON SEP 29, 2016

“Does somebody with 10 out of 10 confidence always succeed? Never fail? Never procrastinate? Always trust themselves? I don’t believe that.”

Kristopher Banner was home sick watching day time TV when he had an epiphany about how people perceive confidence. He shares what he learned by looking to others—and inside himself—for opportunities to pick away at self-doubt.

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My PechaKucha Journey

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 19, 2016

"What I learned from Karaoke is that it's not about singing perfect; it's about having FUN!"

Thomas Maile is PechaKucha's charismatic organiser in the charming city of Aalen in Germany. In My PechaKucha Journey from PKN Aalen Vol. 27, he shares about the his perspective on the Global Network of all his PechaKucha friends, and what makes PechaKucha Nights so special in Aalen. Though he admits he's not a perfect English speaker, he insists that life is more fun by trying hard, forgetting about expectations, breaking the rules, and having fun! 

This was "Presentation of the Day" on June 23rd, 2017. 

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Why I Wander

@ VOL 13 ON NOV 25, 2016

Cheryl Rego loves to see the world, from Bancroft to Bangkok and everything in between. She talks about how and why her wanderlust emerged.

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How to use travel to face your fears

@ VOL 2 ON MAR 14, 2017

Liz Carlson - I travel a lot and I’ve got a lot of fears. How does that work? As a professional travel blogger, I roam the world for a living. But instead of just taking pictures and telling stories, I use my adventures as an opportunity to challenge myself and overcome different fears while inspiring other people to do the same. 50 odd countries later, I’ve still got anxiety but now I also have learned many new things and have had quite a few screwups along the way.

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How I Found Myself in Hip Hop

@ VOL 4 ON APR 26, 2018

How the importance and value placed on originality, creativity, and style in hip-hop help Ricky Biddle find confidence and value in himself and passes it on to others.

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How to Leave Fear Behind on the Journey of Self-Discovery

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 31, 2018

Jay-Ram Rajendra, Industrial Chemist
“How to Leave Fear Behind on the Journey of Self-Discovery”
As Bruce Lee once said, "All knowledge is self-knowledge." In our quest to understand ourselves, we tend to experience many emotions throughout our life, but none is as self-limiting as the feeling of fear. Join Jay-Ram in a moment of letting go of the illusion of fear so that we may discover our reality, and ultimately ourselves.

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How I Destroyed My Negative Self

@ VOL 23 ON JUL 25, 2019

Anita Jack is a qualified Kinesiologist, Master Life Coach, and an
Exercise Specialist. She has assisted many people to overcome their physical,
emotional, and mental challenges, so they can live the life they
were born to live. Anita believes that her purpose in life is to shine the light on what is true. That’s why she loves learning new things and sharing her
findings with others.

When Anita is not helping others, you will find her dancing, gaming,
eating, or doing some sort of adventure.