KYOTO Search Results: “Refugee”

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Drawing Tells a Better Story

@ VOL 19 ON OCT 10, 2015

"We are different, but we have something to share, like all of you ... I think the concept of love or empathy is not based on race or color or gender or religion. We all share this amazing feeling."

In response to the ongoing refugee crisis from Syria and parts of the Middle East. Kyoto-based researcher, and Syrian national, Rodi Alkader, has been drawing his thoughts on paper for years, but as the crisis continues to unfold, his drawings became a profound way for him to deal with his emotions. In this very personal presentation, "Drawing Tells a Better Story", from PechaKucha Night Kyoto Vol 19, Rodi shares his family's situation and adds a unique voice to the conversation. This presentation was part of the special PechaKucha Night Huddle held in Kyoto in October 2015. 

This was "Presentation of the Day" on May 20th, 2017.


SITEWIDE Search Results: “Refugee”


Calgary @ Martha Cohen Theatre
Oct 26, 2015

PAST The Humanitarian Innovation Jam 2016

Powered by PechaKucha @ St. Francis Students Center
Mar 21, 2016

PAST UNHCR Innovation

Istanbul @ Atolye Istanbul
May 22, 2016


Gwalior @ Radiant School
Oct 16, 2016


Maastricht @ De Brandweer
May 22, 2017


Calgary @ Martha Cohen Theatre
Mar 12, 2018


Calgary @ Martha Cohen Theatre
Sep 24, 2018


Austin @ 2003 Wheless Lane
Oct 11, 2018


Bexhill-on-Sea @ De La Warr Pavilion
Jun 18, 2019


Coventry @ PVC Priory Visitor Centre
May 08, 2019

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The Lucky Country

@ VOL 3 ON SEP 13, 2014

Marc is an advocate for social justice and for the rights and living conditions of refugees waiting for judgement as to whether they will be allowed immigration visas.

Marc recounts his experiences as a social worker on the Australian Immigration Detention centre on the island of Nauru and the appalling conditions that refugees were had to endure due to the constraints of the Australian Government's Department of Immigration.

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Heavy Metal Crossing Borders

@ VOL 3 ON FEB 20, 2015

Marwan Al-Samara'e, who grew up in war-torn Iraq, has survived death threats - all in the name of heavy metal! Featured in a documentary called Heavy Metal in Baghdad, his band Acrassicauda was forced to leave Iraq and became refugees. He now believes dreams can come true (even if that isn't very metal) and lives in New York - preaching the power of music to cross borders.  


"Presentation of the Day" on June 2, 2015.

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Disabling Labelling

@ VOL 3 ON SEP 22, 2015

"By and large, most people thought it was time for change. And I was going to be part of that change."

In "Disabling Labelling" from PechaKucha Night St. Neots Vol. 3, writer, mentor, and idealist Ann Hawkins passionately talks about equal opportunity and the modern world lessons that she insists we must learn that race, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, and all the various labels that we are so accustomed to assigning each other, have very little to do with the kind of people we actually are or how effective we can be in the world. "It's time to tidy up our language" she adds referring to limitations labels give us, concluding "we owe it to the next generation."

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, October 15th, 2015. 

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Bringing Relief

@ VOL 5 ON MAR 15, 2016

Shannon Brandt takes us with her on this sometimes funny, often moving trip she made to Lebabnon to bring releif supplies to refugges fleeing the conflict in Syria.

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Atlanta Has Something to Say: Refugees Welcome

@ VOL 29 ON MAY 22, 2016

Bee Nguyen has something to say on behalf of Atlanta: Refugees are welcome here. But, what exactly does that mean? What is involved in welcoming a family who is immigrating to the United States? Bee's family knows firsthand what that means having immigrated from Vietnam. Now, Bee is growing her Syrian family right here in ATL and she wants to tell you all about her "ice cream boo"! 

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Cultural Confusion

@ VOL 5 ON JAN 08, 2016

In the light of recent wave of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe, Hasnain Bokhari speaks about his experiences living in Germany about how it is being like living like a foreigner or a migrant in Germany/Europe.

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Rethinking Resettlement

@ VOL 18 ON SEP 24, 2016

"How can we make our endeavors clear and approachable enough that we can actually contribute to the public debate at a very high level?"

In Rethinking Resettlement from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 18, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, Erkin Özay, reviews some of the social and design issues involved in rehousing and supporting Buffalo, New York's new Americans. Özay's Spring 2016 UB graduate studio explored the potential for temporary and long-term housing for newly arrived refugees and immigrants, as well as the role of supporting institutions, community assets, and reimagining the existing housing stock. Özay's project investigates "compassionate urbanism." He is interested in how groups of limited means--new and existing residents--support each other through careful intersections. 

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3 min changed my life

@ VOL 16 ON MAR 01, 2018

I was a leading rights activist in Sri Lanka for decades, my passion being peace with justice and freedom of expression with social responsibility. I came to Geneva on 24th May 2009 to make a intervention at UNHRC special session on Sri Lanka for post war justice. That 3 minute speech changed my life, I was not able to go back home and became a refugee, Geneva became my second home.

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Visions through a unifying flag

@ VOL 8 ON JUL 13, 2017

In a recent project, physicist and artist Federico Faraci focused his thoughts, ranging from social changes that are currently taking place in Europe and the World in general, all the way to the connection of each of us with the universe, to design a new flag for Europe, reflecting openness and and a welcoming society.

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A Journey to the Motherland (Cambodia)

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 31, 2018

Vith Ing, Photojournalist

“A Journey to the Motherland”

A survivor of the Cambodian Killing Fields, an athlete, a reporter with L.B. in Your City News, in a wheelchair and an all-around "bad ass" describes his journey to the motherland after escaping several years prior from the Cambodian Killing Fields.

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PKN Providence Vol. 5

Tonight (August 19) marks the sixth edition of PechaKucha Night in Providence -- again at the Bravo venue -- but let's first take a look at last month's event (Vol. 5), thanks to this great report from organizer Stephanie Gerson. I’ve started making a tradition of announcing which other cities in the world are hosting PK Nights on the same night as us in Providence. Last month, I told the crowd that if ever we were to host a PK Night on the same night as a city in our time zone, we should orchestrate some kinda tele-PechaKucha situation using videochat. And as fate should have it, this month, we did PechaKucha not only on the same night as another city in our time zone, but on the same night as the PKing city that is geographically closest to us: July 22nd, 2009 witnessed PechaKucha Nights in both Providence and Boston. So I got in touch with Boston’s coordinator Brett Stilwell beforehand, to see if we couldn’t scheme some way to have our PK Nights intersect. Boston’s venue lacks internet access, so we settled for speaker phone, and although we couldn’t hear each other very well, the crowd in Providence definitely enjoyed yelling “hi Boston!” at my cell phone. We’ll definitely take a second shot, either with Boston or elsewhere. Our evening also started with some trials and tribulations of pronouncing “PechaKucha.” I shared with the crowd some of the best mispronunciations I’ve heard, from Hoochie Coochie to Machu Picchu, and announced that during intermission, the mic would be available for folks to perform their favorite mispronunciations. (And folks did end up getting on the mic during intermission! I Love this crowd.) And now for the presentations… July is a mellower month, as people tend to be traveling, and we had a slightly smaller crowd and shorter bill than usual – only six presentations. But IMHO this cultivated a more intimate atmosphere, and made the presentations more memorable (or perhaps, remember-able). Lemme quickly paint three of the presentations. Ariel Schecter is a senior at Brown, and therefore the first undergrad presenter at PechaKucha in Providence! He also happened to be – pleasantly surprisingly, given that we haven’t had enough women presenters thus far – the only man to present that night. His presentation was grandiosely titled “treatise on higher dimensions, parallel universes, and dark matter,” but he most certainly lived up to it. He took the crowd on an existential ride from masslessness to the 5th dimension, where Tyra Banks and the rest of us unknowingly walk along mobius strips, and explored the implications of each moment’s infinite possibilities. We were awed. And since that night, people have approached me asking about ‘that amazing Brown student, what does he study?...’ Tara Sage Steeves is a life coach and author who told the story of her Burning Man-induced transformation into a professional enabler of dream realization. Her presentation was beautifully titled “Dreaming out Loud,” and that’s precisely what she helps people do, by visualizing, vocalizing, and even dressing up ‘as you aspire to be.’ And since my own presentation essentially consisted of 20 dreams I was sharing out loud, Tara and I switched roles at the end of her presentation – she became the emcee and introduced me, Stephanie Gerson, the presenter. With my 20 slides, I shared “20 ventures I’d Love to pursue, but never will…unless you fund me, collaborate with me, or teach me some magic tricks.” An orchestra suit that translates movement into sound, a greenhouse restaurant where diners pick their ingredients, a pre-scripted video-chat with Obama, hosting Burning Man at a refugee camp, and deploying aliens to cities rife with inter-ethnic conflict were 5 of the 20. I got lots of smiles and ‘wows’ and even a few solicitations for collaboration, which was precisely the intention. What a wonderful July; August here we come!   

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An International PechaKucha Poster Exhibition

Annette Scheibel, the organizer responsible for PKN Aalborg, along with artist Helena Sokol have collected nearly 300 PechaKucha Night posters from around the world and have begun showing them at a small curated exhibition in their Danish harbor town. Annette has put together a small photo-set of the exhibition, which also allows its visitors to purchase posters whose proceeds will go to the assistance of refugees in Syria (by way of the Jesuit Refugee Service). Syrian organizer Harout Ekmanian (of PKN Aleppo)helped coordinate with Annette to make this effort possible -- a fine example of the PechaKucha family coming together on an international level.

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A collectively presented Pecha Kucha

At our March 2013 event, PKN Coventry Vol 12, we tried a new twist on the improvised Pecha Kucha presentation. To fit with our theme of "The 10 things I would do to make Coventry a better place", I prepared 20 slides - images of aspects of Coventry. In the interval, cards showing one of these images were randomly handed out to people in the audience, with the request that they come up with one (20 second) 'thing' inspired by that image to add into the presentation. Here is an short version of the list of the things the audience came up with: 1. (image of the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum) Open for longer and later. Still free entry and expand the programme of groups using the space. 2. (image of the Cathedrals) Open up the recently discovered 14th Century crypts and let people see the bodies! 3. (image of the Ellen Terry Building) Bring back the cinema for the public! 4. (image of alleyway by Druckers off Hertford Street) Make sure the lights always work and it's safe to use. 5. (image of ring road flyovers by sports centre) Get the chicken knitters (as mentioned in Richard Tomlinson's PK earlier) to knit some socks for the ring road legs...(yarnbombing!) 6. (image of the river at the back of Palmer Lane) Open up the river. 7. (image of back of sports centre) I'm amazed that these used to be steps up to a restaurant! 8. (image of the side of St Mary's Guild Hall) Keep the heritage weekend. 9. (image of County Hall) More independent, and less w*nk bars! 10. (image of timbered former tourist info building next to Holy Trinity) Should be Tourist Info and a tourist destination. 11. (gate near Bishop St) This is near the Refugee Centre. The Refugee Centre has been welcoming refugees for more than 10 years, but it had to remain hidden for a long time. The refugees that have settled here over the last 10 years are now making a huge impact in the city. Reinvention, positivity and social value. 12. (image of the precinct) We should all be 'Poogilantes' to prevent people from stepping in undesirable poo on pavements, always carry a chalk to circle, label and help others avoid! 13. (image of stairs near Coventry Market) Step into Coventry Market - Coventry is full of interesting buildings, spaces, nooks and crannies. Go and explore - and champion - them. 14. (image of the circular cafe in the Lower Precinct) Create a public painting - or guerilla weaving workshop here. Cover it in colour. 15. (image of Cullen ceramic mural in the Lower Precinct) Give more jobs to glass blowers, artists and other people who put the colour in. 16. (image of public artwork in Shelton Square) Make a hidden art trail - so people can find these. 17. (image of former Evening Telegraph building) Offer this building to artists and craftsmen... 18. (image of Whitefriars Monastery from the subway) Crowdsource some citizen photos of Coventry - what its people see as beautiful - and use these as the images on official council and other establishments websites. An ever-changing selection which showcases current events and developments and maybe even engenders civic pride! 19. (image of graffitti) A paint amnesty. 20 (image of the cross on the ground of the Priory Place visitor centre garden) Coventry obviously needs more pirates - there's buried treasure here that needs digging up....!


PK Global Night in AlKhobar (Vol.2)

To the delight of Eastern Province residents, Friday, the 20th of September marked the second PechaKucha Night (PKN) in Al-Khobar, paving the way for two more to follow in the near future. A concept devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham based in Tokyo, PechaKucha is an informal speaker event set apart by its 20x20 format ; every presenter uses the aid of 20 images, each of which can stay on only for 20 seconds, to get his/her point across. It was initially this creative and dynamic approach which drew the PechaKucha organizers to the event and inspired them to set up its Al-Khobar Chapter in April 2013. This time however, PechaKucha Night Al-Khobar Volume 2 was one of hundreds that took place around the globe on the 20th of September to mark what was declared “Global PechaKucha Night” only further adding to the anticipation and hype surrounding the event! Supported by Google Talk, a part of the event was also streamed live on PKN’s 18 hour Global Hangout chat in conjunction with several others being hosted around the world, all the way from Istanbul and Edinburgh to Tokyo and Toronto. Most importantly though, the soul of PechaKucha remain its speakers and with the global theme of “Hidden Heroes”, Al-Khobar’s finest were in form. Featuring seven inspirational speakers including the very charming Mrs. Abeera Atique Who spoke about “The Psychology of Art”, Mrs. Basma Orri on the relevance of Prophet Muhammad and the example of his life in the 21st century, Mr. Mohammed Ali’s uplifting account of his trip to a refugee camp in Kenya, Ms. Wafa Obaidat’s talk on her entrepreneurial success and a seamless photographic journey led by Mr. Ali Iftikhar, the audience was alternately wowed, surprised and deeply inspired. To top it off, Ms. Samaher Mously’s talk on overcoming external obstacles she faced when she set out to climb Mount Everest and Mr. Mohammed Qahtani’s awe-inspiring recount of his own personal struggle with the fear of public speaking perfectly embodied the essence of the event’s hidden heroes theme. In the words of the PKN team itself, “we hoped that through the narratives and tales heard at the PechaKucha Night, people would take away the idea that there is a hero in all of us. Sometimes, all we need to do is to have the courage to let that spirit shine through.” Complete with snacks including delicious burgers from “Meat Lover’s” and drinks provided by Red Bull, the event definitely turned out to be food for thought on more than just a figurative level!

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PechaKucha in AlKhobar Provides Food for Thought

Sketchbook Magazine has a recap up on the recent Global Night edition of PechaKucha Night Al-Khobar. The night featured speeches from martial artists, entrepreneurs, and designers -- here's a clip referring to activist Mohamed Ali's presentation on refugee camps in Kenya: Mohamed showed pictures of children writing on tree barks for school, because books were simply unavailable, saying: “We strive to reach our goals, when people in African countries in need strive to live to see the next day. We know from media that African living conditions are harsh, but we wanted to see the truth for ourselves.  PKN Al-Khobar Vol. 2 took place on September 20, 2013 at the ADC Compound Hall. For the full write-up, check out the article here.

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Friend Crisis

"Refugees are coming to Maastricht ... we want to make them feel welcome."In "Friend Crisis" from PechaKucha Night Maastricht, Vol 27, progressive chaplain Petra Kai Kormendy explains that there is no such thing as a "refugee crisis" but rather a crisis of friendship. At Refugee Project Maastricht, refugees are called friends, and from that idea a new dialogue can open up about our relationships to the situation and to each other as humans.


Presenter Bio: Fredy

Fredy is Congolese by nationality, but since 2014 has been in exile in Malawi.  His family values of education and service for humanity led him to dedicate his efforts to fight for a noble cause: denouncing the human rights abuses in the Congo. Since coming to Malawi Fredy has experienced life in a refugee camp.  Discouraged by the multiple legal, socio-economic, socio-cultural, and psychological bounderies that refugees are faced with, Fredy and his brother saw enormous potential in the youth at the camp and founded Salama Africa in 2014. Only two years later, Salama Africa has promoted youth who were nominated vice-champions in a national-wide dance competition, youth who won the Malawi’s Got Talent competition, and have attracted attention of American filmmakers who produced a documentary about their work. This has been a renaissance of Fredy's desire to serve, and also a fresh start for the youth who are developing their potential and living just some of their dreams. Forced, and forged, Fredy has experienced many new beginnings.

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Hidden Voices

Sylvia is a filmmaker and impact strategist, and the Creative Director of Free Roaming Studios, a small production company dedicated to visual storytelling to inspire action. She made her first short film, Alagados, in the ghettos of Brazil with the support of a Fulbright grant. She then leveraged the film’s outreach campaign to found The Alagados Project, a nonprofit organization that provides college scholarships for first generation college students from the community where the film was made. She recently received a National Geographic Explorer grant for her upcoming short film called, Mermaids Against Plastic.   Hidden Voices will present two of her recent films, Refuge(e) and Luz's Story that are about refugees and asylum seekers where she will speak to the importance of elevating the voices of those who we don't often hear from or who may not have a lot of access to voice.