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How Pole Dancing Changed My Life

BY ANGEL STEWART
@ VOL 1 ON FEB 18, 2014

Pole Dancing is a highly misunderstood sport that requires extreme flexibility and muslce control. Angel Stewart, a pole dancing instructor, goes beyond the stigma to show how it has changed her life both physically and emotionally. 

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Discovering and Experimenting

BY JENNIFER SIGNAROLI
@ VOL 2 ON OCT 17, 2014

Jennifer Signaroli is a designer and speaks about her work's methodology. Responsibility, flexibility and curiosity are features developed over the years through several experiences: academic research, collaborations with foreign countries, experience as a product manager. Strong sensitivity for researching innovative materials and for experimenting new technologies usually used in other areas contribute to the continuous expansion and upgrading of skills.

 

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#Yoga

BY CHRISTOPHER COUGHLIN
@ VOL 11 ON SEP 05, 2014

Chris Coughlin is in his fourth year of teaching Spanish at New Technology High School in Sioux Falls South Dakota. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Spanish at South Dakota State and will complete his Master’s in Education at Augie in December.

As the 2013 school year started, Chris and the physics teacher decided that they wanted to try out yoga, so they attended Chris’s first yoga class one year ago at Santosha Hot Yoga. Finally finding a place for his circus-freak flexibility, Chris was immediately hooked and now calls Santosha his second home, in fact, it worries the owner Jenn when he’s there more than she is.

Chris started to use Instagram to document and share his yoga practice in January of 2014, and has compiled some of his best and worst shots to share tonight.

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Putting yourself first

BY PATRICK GREGSTON
@ VOL 18 ON AUG 17, 2016

It may be you think you are part of the ‘me’ generation and are used to feeling guilty about being selfish, but the vast majority of us are ‘playing hurt’ and ignoring our well being.
Just another human on a journey, Patrick Gregston has been a change agent in transforming an industry, done business with Fortune 100 companies, and survived gunshots, fire and car accidents, to say nothing of decades of marriage and parenting. His wife tells him he talks too much, but he’s hoping you’ll like what you hear.

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HTML2Print, a F/LOSS publishing workflow for Médor

BY GIJS DE HEIJ
@ VOL 4 ON NOV 24, 2016

Open Source Publishing has always been experimenting with the tools they use to produce graphic design.  Using only free and libre tools, they have used everything from spreadsheets to tools for automated scientific publishing to graph visualization software. Using such tools, especially those not meant for design initially, influences the design and design process and allows for new creative possibilities. Increasingly, OSP also produces their own tools. In this presentation OSP members, Gijs de Heij and Alexandre Leray will show html2print: a tool that uses web technologies to produce print documents. Its approach is a hybrid between the code based approach found in HTML and CSS and in scientific publishing tools like LaTeX, and canvas-based tools like Scribus and InDesign. HTML2Print combines the structured editing of generative tools with the short feedback loop and flexibility of a WYSIWYG-editor. It does this while using standard web technologies HTML, CSS and JavaScript, therefore benefitting from the lively ecosystem around these technologies.

In this pecha kucha Gijs and Alex will present the collective OSP and its values and they will explain the advantages of using web-technologies in a hybrid publishing workflow. And speak about their experiences of using these tools to produce the Médor magazine.

 

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Placemaking by Design

BY CRAIG RUSSELL
@ VOL 5 ON AUG 16, 2018

Craig Russell talks about creating places for people that are sensitive to their location and context, authentic and timeless and provide flexibility and connection to nature.

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Disowning the Squirrel: an ADHD Overview

BY ALLISON WALKER
@ VOL 8 ON APR 25, 2019

Allison Walker discusses everything that is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, by touching on the history, the challenges, and the benefits of the disorder. Most importantly, she expresses how with the adaptation and flexibility to change society to accept all types of neurodivergence, we can make the world a better place and give every single person the opportunity to be their best self. 

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PKN Hanoi Vol. 3

To conclude today's Hanoi coverage, we share with you a few photos from the city's PechaKucha Night Vol. 3 (as well as a couple of photos from its Vol. 1), and have a report to share from organizer Colin Campbell.Our hope for PechaKucha Hanoi was that with an open approach and the inherent flexibility of the 20 slides x 20 seconds format we would be able to tempt some of the creativity lurking shyly in the corners of our city out into the open -- and so it has proved. Over the three events there have been almost as many styles and subjects as presentations. We have seen several Hanoi photostories, the outing of secret passions and several personal accounts of how and why people create their art, music, films and enterprises.We have also, pleasingly, seen our presenters push the format in different directions -- we have had images with sign language, a single visual concept repeated, a bilingual pictorial poem and some musical experimentation. We welcome these innovations and look forward to seeing how our next set of speakers will engage with our growing audience (more than 250 at the last event) at our next event in May. We do feel we can do better in reaching out to different sections of the local community though. Our most important goal for PechaKucha Hanoi is for it to be a community event for Hanoians of any background or culture to share ideas and this is a work in progress. We saw in the last event two bilingual presentations and we hope for more of that from both native and non-native Vietnamese speakers. We owe a huge debt to our hosts at the Hanoi Cinematheque for helping us create a warm and homely atmosphere for the three nights we have run. By helping us to set up two screens, we have been able to offer different ways to experience the event. In the main room with the presenters or, in the courtyard closer to the bar. We will work on ensuring we have a plentiful supply of cold beer especially as we head into the summer for PechaKucha Hanoi #4 on May 17th and we hope to see another full house for what is already shaping up to be another eclectic and entertaining evening in the Vietnam Capital. Below, presenter Cate Gunn at PechaKucha Night in Hanoi Vol. 1. Also from PKN Hanoi Vol. 1:

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What the heck is a PechaKucha? - blog post by Wes Lucus

This blog was written by Wes Lucus, who presented at PechaKucha #ldnont vol. 2 on April 25. Check out his presetnation: "What I Learned From My Mission To Mars" ************** I was warned. It wouldn’t be easy. But what I experienced in that space shuttle would teach me one of the most valuable life lessons.   PeCHA KuCHA: The sound of “chit chat” Originating in Japan, and taking place in cities all around the world, speakers share their stories with a slideshow of 20 photos, each showing for 20 seconds. In April I had the pleasure of participating in this unique event with my story entitled “What I learned from my mission to Mars.” I volunteered to speak because I saw it as an opportunity to stretch – to practice and grow in a few different ways: Speaking The most valuable skills, regardless of your job or environment, involve communication. The 2 most universally valuable are persuasion and public speaking. In order to continually improve, I’m always looking for opportunities to speak. When I’m at the front of the room, I’m usually leading a training or workshop, so PechaKucha allowed me to have a little more fun and flexibility, and to get out of my comfort zone a bit. I got to choose the topic and the message with only 2 restrictions: It had to match 20 slides at 20 seconds each (6min 40sec total), and it couldn’t be a sales pitch. Those of you who know me well know I’m an introvert who rarely shows much enthusiasm, so I purposefully chose a story that would not work unless I told it with enthusiasm – forcing me to stretch and get a little uncomfortable. Language Patterns One of my favorite things about NLP is the study of language patterns – using certain words and phrases, and structuring your message to communicate with the subconscious mind, as well as the conscious. While the average listener will say “Oh, it’s about roller coasters… but not really. It’s about a lot of things, I guess,” NLP nerds and students of my Influence & Impact course will be able to spot a some of those patterns in my story. I’m constantly playing with those language patterns, working them into my speech intentionally so that they start to come out automatically and effectively, and I thoroughly enjoyed planning this talk around them. Timing It’s a personal hangup I’ve had… Whether it’s a 2 minute talk, or a 2 day workshop, the only thing that gets me nervous around the idea of public speaking is the timing. I never know if I’m going to go over, or way under, and I haven’t yet figured out how to tell by the content I have planned. The only way I’ve had any certainty with this ahead of time was if I had every word scripted, and tested for timing… but every scripted or written word costs you connection with the audience, so I knew I would have to overcome my timing anxiety a different way. This event was a great opportunity to work with that – Not only did I have to finish right at 6:40, but ideally I also needed to keep pace with the changing slides every 20 seconds. I won’t say it was easy… I spent half a day trying to figure out whether to put the slideshow together first, or figure out what I was going to say first. I eventually settled on the slideshow, because it would be just enough structure for me to improvise the rest around. Once the 20 slides were set and submitted, I loosely outlined what I wanted to say. Then I memorized the order of the slides, and then just practiced telling my story in the order of the slides. Eventually, after I got the big pieces in place, I started practicing with the timing. I got an app on my phone called Tabata Timer which gave me audio cues every 20 seconds, and just told the story. Every time I heard a beep, I knew it was time to move on to the next slide, and that allowed me to practice without script or notes, allowed the story to change with each run-through, and gave me an unconscious sense of the timing. Making a mark in London I knew I would only be in London for a short while. Being around amazing people, being involved in the local community, I saw this as a way to leave something behind, to give some kind of positive message, and to be remembered. Maybe it comes down to some deep desire to satisfy my ego, some need for significance… but it’s also about connection, and being a part of the family – and I definitely felt all of that as a result of participating.   FYI – You can see past and upcoming Pecha Kucha events in London HERE.   ~Wes Lucus