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Shining a Light on My Fears

BY MATTHEW RENNELS
@ VOL 18 ON JUN 03, 2016

Matthew Rennels shares on facing some of the fears in his life. Rennels is a writer, author and blogger, who writes on topics of faith and fear. It all started for Matthew back in the early 2000s when he was in college and suddenly fell into a deep depression.  His world crashed and this landed Matt in years of darkness until he found escape through a new-found faith in God.

Matthew has a degree in journalism and worked as a reporter and editor for several newspapers, before entering the finance industry as a technical writer, where he’s worked for the past six years. He is also about to begin a creative writing Masters of Fine Arts program at Sierra Nevada College, which will keep him busy.

Matthew moved to Sioux Falls last August. He was previously living in Tampa, Florida, and though he misses the beaches and tropical weather, Tampa didn’t have the heart he has found in Sioux Falls. He is thrilled to be a part of this vibrant community.  

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How I Became A Writer

BY MATTHEW RENNELS
@ VOL 23 ON SEP 01, 2017

Matthew Rennels is a writer, author, and blogger, who writes on topics of faith and fear, and that covers about everything.

Matthew has a degree in journalism and worked as a reporter and editor for several newspapers, before entering the finance industry as a technical writer, where he’s worked for the past eight years. He is also working on a creative writing Masters of Fine Arts degree at Sierra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe. He has a diabetic dog named Pongo. Did you know that dogs can be diabetic?

 

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PAST Society of Architectural Historians

Chicago @ Charnley House
Jul 19, 2012

PAST VOL 13

Moscow @ 'Duma' club
Feb 08, 2011

PAST VOL 8

Yerevan @ Akumb (The Club)
Apr 02, 2011

PAST VOL 6

Montevideo @ Lorente, casa de espectáculos
May 25, 2011

PAST VOL 8

Moscow @ 'Chinese Pilot Jao Da' club
Jun 23, 2010

PAST Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing

Chicago @ Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago
Aug 16, 2012

PAST VOL 23

Beijing @ PKBJ VENUE 23
Jul 28, 2012

PAST PechaKucha at the Forum of Young Journalists "MediaPizza"

Vologda @ Cultural centre "Red Corner"
Nov 01, 2014

PAST VOL 13

Madison, WI @ Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
Apr 30, 2015

PAST VOL 12

Penticton @ Cannery Brewing
May 17, 2018

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Tortillas Filled to the Brim

BY MANDO RAYO
@ VOL 18 ON NOV 21, 2013

Mando Rayo peels away meaty layers on his side-project-turned-book involving the culture, history, and delectable bliss that is the taco. Mando, along with his 'Taco Mafia' of tortilla-enthralled devotees, goes about the city in search of the best hard shells and soft shells out there. Check out his book: Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day

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What is it You Do Again?

BY CHRISTIAN PAYNE
@ VOL 1 ON MAR 24, 2015

Freelance mobile media maker and creative technologist Christian Payne (aka Documentally) talks about his career that has covered the unusual to the absurd. 

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Periodismo en Venezuela

BY ALONSO MOLEIRO
@ VOL 1 ON FEB 20, 2010

"Seguiremos Informando" es el proyecto de Alonso Moleiro. Nos cuenta sobre el entorno de medios en Venezuela en los últimos años. 

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Origin of Towns and People

BY TAKASHI KATO
@ VOL 141 ON NOV 24, 2016

加藤孝司さんは、 生まれ育った浅草にものごとに対する感性やデザインの感覚を養われ、 現在はデザインジャーナリストとして建築・デザインの分野を横断的に探求し、多数のクリエイティブメディアで執筆活動をされています。今晩のPechaKucha Nightでは、街と人との関係性から生まれるものごとについてお話してくださいます。

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The Key to Holding Government Accountable

BY ARTUR PAPYAN
@ VOL 21 ON JAN 23, 2017

Artur Papyan explains how can mass media and journalism can help improve public governance process and keep government accountable for its' actions. Artur gives a Armenian's perspective on an international issue. 

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To Hastings And Beyond: Confessions of a Balearic Assassin of Love 

BY ADE PEACHMENT
IN BEXHILL-ON-SEA

Art educator, music journalist and wax hound Ade Peachment waxes lyrical about his passion for pop, Acid House, the Ibiza party scene and more.

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Do Mexico's Journalists want a Safe House?

BY PATRICK TIMMONS
@ VOL 16 ON JUN 29, 2017

Mexico is the most dangerous country in the world to be a journalist. Freelance human rights investigator and journalist Patrick Timmons shares the staggering statistics: 130 journalists dead or disappeared since 2000. Official protection mechanisms do not work so what informal methods do journalists need to keep themselves safe? Patrick proposes a refuge that may be part of the answer.

 

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3 min changed my life

BY SUNANDA
@ 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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Tactics to tackle writer’s block

BY ALEX CHRISTOPHER
@ VOL 18 ON JUN 06, 2018

Alex Christopher; writer, writing helper and communications gal, shares tactics to tackle that incredibly annoying thing that we’ve all faced – writer’s block.

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Places To Cry

BY ANJULIE RAO
@ VOL 0 ON OCT 31, 2018

Anjulie Rao takes us on a tour of public spaces - from Ikea, to Chicago's subteranean Pedway - and challenges us to see them in a new way.

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PKN Whangarei Vol. 3

As organizer Kara Dodson tells us, PechaKucha Night is rocking Whangarei, with lots of love coming from last week's audience at Vol. 3. We had about 250 at the last one, complete with 2 people signing all of the presentations for those of the deaf community who were in the room. I did a presentation this time too -- very exciting. We also included one off the main website too -- which was excellent of course -- we chose Gary Cheng's "Transformer Apartment." There are a few photos from the event in this Flickr photoset, and below is a rundown of all the participating presenters. Steve Haywood - Collaborations- My Journey Emily Kernot - Journalism: A Definition Thereof. Sandy-Lee Bell - Hong Kong Foodie Richard Dean - Marine Environment Redevelopment Cathy Tuato’o Ross - Constructing the Worlds’ Scenic Wonderland Jasmine Fuller - Life is a Special Occasion Gary Cheng - Transformer Apartment (off the PKN website) Dianne Stoppard - A Selection of Photos Karen Sidney - 'Giants' of NZ Film - (Merata, Barry and Don) Kara Dodson - The Art of Andrew Clemens Beverly Kaye - More than Meets the Eye Mr MD Tarry, the Noted Horse Fancier and Doyen of the Equine Arts - Thoughts and Sentiments on the Nature and Quality of Horses

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A Traveling Companion, the Indonesian Youth Conference, and PKN St. Louis at the CAM

Presentations In 2009, Nikki Mansel met a tiny bear during a trip. Since then, it has turned into her most trusted traveling companion, and as you'll see in her presentation (from PKN Jersey Vol. 1), they've been sharing adventures in quite a few countries. Here are details on this presentation by Alanda Kariza, presented in Indonesian at PKN Jakarta Vol. 7.Indonesian Youth Conference (IYC) is an activity planned and organized by youth, and aimed at gathering Indonesia youth to share problems and ideas, enhance their awareness of current issues, and convince the public that youth voices must be heard and taken seriously. IYC consists of two activities that are intertwined with each other: 1. A forum that invites 33 young people aged 15 to 21 years from all over Indonesia to represent their respective provinces at this event. They are expected to be actively involved in communities and networks, respectively, are determined to make a change towards a better Indonesia, and want to start a movement or project in their community. 2. A festival, made up of organized seminars and workshops that can be visited by anyone by buying tickets. Seminar sessions and workshops at the festival are more general, covering a wide range of issues. It invites experts, professionals, government officials, and youth achievement to talk about law and governance, politics, culture, creative industries, information technology, environment, education, health, activism, social entrepreneurship, as well as journalism and media. Posters We have a few new posters on the Tumblr blog today, starting with the poster above for this past Friday's PKN Seoul Vol. 12, which marked a re-launch of the series -- it had been dormant for a few years. Also uploaded are posters for tonight's PKN Fresno Vol. 16 and for next month's PKN Concepcion Vol. 7. Photos Today we point out this photo gallery [Facebook], which covers last month's PKN St. Louis Vol. 9, held at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM). Take note that PKN St. Louis Vol. 10 is set for September 27. Calendar We kick off the week with tonight's (July 23) PKN Fresno Vol. 16 and PKN San Jose Vol. 7. Tomorrow, you can look forward to PKN Rockford Vol. 2 and PKN Halifax Vol. 11. 

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PechaKucha x Chicago Tribune

PechaKucha teamed up with the Chicago Tribune earlier this week for a fantastic event at the House of Blues in Chicago, where the newspaper's photojournalists shared what it's like to do what they do using the PechaKucha format. Check out the official event page to see more photos from the event. Pictured, PKN Chicago organizer Peter Exley on stage, facing the crowd.

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Vol. 18 presenters announced

We are happy to you announce the Vol. 18 presenters! In no particular order:   Eli Miller, Art Director Eli Miller, a San Antonio native, attended Savannah College of Art Design where she earned a B.F.A. in Art Direction. After graduation, Eli returned to San Antonio where she met Chuck Kerr, the San Antonio Current'sthen Art Director. Upon receiving his business card she joked that she intended on stealing his job. Three months later she did. Eli has been working at the Current ever since.   Amanda Bianchi, Snazzy Arts Babe Amanda Bianchi works at Cinnabar art gallery in Blue Star and is a style contributor for the new LGBTQ publication, Out In SA. She has also been actively involved with the food and beverage industry in San Antonio for the past five years, working at establishments such as The Monterey and Feast that have helped to shape the current landscape we see today.   www.bianchisbits.com    Avi Avalos, Mr. Piñata SA Avi Avalosis a Mexican-American artist and San Antonio native. His art is simply a visual language used to connect to the city’s vibrant culture in the most positive light. Mr. Piñata SA was initially created as a research tool for a children's book in 2013 but evolved into an initiative to bring fine art to public places in an effort to create cultural art awareness. Mr. Piñata SA is now an ambassador of San Antonio, and his adventures have taken him across the U.S. as he promotes our City on the Rise. www.mrpinatasa.com    Lewis F. Fisher, Author and Historian Lewis F. Fisher is the author of numerous prize-winning books on San Antonio. They include American Venice: The Epic Story of San Antonio's River, Chili Queens, Hay Wagons and Fandangos: The Spanish Plazas in Frontier San Antonio and Saving San Antonio: The Precarious Preservation of a Heritage. His Maverick Publishing Company, which published 45 general interest nonfiction regional books by 26 authors, was recently acquired by Trinity University Press.   Corey Squire and Helena Zambrano, A Sustainable Relationship Helena Zambrano and Corey Squire both decided at a young age that they wanted to save the world, and they came to the same conclusion: that architecture is the way to do it. They both currently work as sustainability coordinators at neighboring architecture firms — Helena at Overland Partners and Corey at Lake | Flato Architects — and serve on the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) as chair and treasurer, respectively. They first met at a COTE meeting and bonded over their shared love of daylight simulation and their shared hatred of perforated metal. Corey and Helena live in Dignowity Hill where they spend their time cycling, composting, and subsisting off vegetables from their garden and eggs from their chickens.   David Martin Davies, Public Radio Journalist David Martin Davies was once arrested for playing punk rock music inside Wonderland Shopping Mall. Today, he hosts The Source on KSTX Texas Public Radio — a live daily call-in news program. He also hosts Texas Matters, which airs on Texas Public Radio stations. In his 20 years in journalism as a TV news producer, reporter and columnist, his work has been featured on NPR, Marketplace and the BBC. His many awards include the 2008 Texas Radio Journalist of the Year. www.tpr.org   Jeremy Joseph, Clinical Psychologist Jeremy Joseph is a psychologist who conducts clinical research on treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder. He is interested in how we relate to our dreams, often working with patients who struggle with nightmares. The California native went to college in Chicago, volunteered in Israel, earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming and did an internship year in Albuquerque. In 2013 he began a postdoctoral fellowship at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. If you live in Monte Vista, you’ve probably seen him and his wife walking their greyhound, Sofia. www.jjosephphd.com   Libby Wardlaw Maddin, Road Trip Enthusiast Libby Wardlaw Maddin is a musician, road trip enthusiast, and San Antonio native. She spent the vacations of her youth packed into a 1978 suburban with her five siblings and parents, who ignited her passion for exploration and in more recent years provided her with a day job flexible enough to take business calls and write emails from the middle of the desert. When she's not hitting the road, she sings in various musical projects with her husband Chris and with the San Antonio Mastersingers. She has also been a host on KRTU's Indie Overnight for 10 years.  www.sharkheart.com  

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Penticton Vol. 2

Penticton's second Pecha Kucha night was a great success!  We had a great turn out which, for a small city, attests to the appeal of the Pecha Kucha format. The presentations covered a diverse range of subjects by some really amazing people.  Austin Hawkins spoke of his personal journey and vision as an architect in a way that made you see what his heart truly desires from his own practice.  Michele Johnson shared the conception and successful launch of the language revitalization school for the Indigenous Okanagan People.  Peter Wolf gave an emotive and insightful journey of his meditative growth over 1 year constructing a house designed by Landform Architects.  Emily Elizabeth shared beautiful images that inspired the guests and explained some of the creative process involved in making her amazing beautiful jewelry pieces.   To wrap it up Vince Freeborn celebrated the first year anniversary of his email journal The High Scribe.  As always, Vince made the crowd laugh and the High Scribe experience was made complete with a sticker book of his 20 x 20 Pecha Kucha slides!  It was a brilliant idea and had our guests greedily grabbing and trading stickers to be the first to fill up their books!   Unfortunately I did not record the presentations correctly so once I reformat them I will post them for you to watch. We have already filled up the next roster for the January 2016 Pecha Kucha night!  That is how inspiring these nights are!   Check out Vince Freeborn's sticker book here.  If you like his drawings and want to see more go to www.thehighscribe.com and get subbed up!  In my opinion it is one of the best newsletters out there.

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Penticton Vol. 2

Penticton's second Pecha Kucha night was a great success!  We had a great turn out which, for a small city, attests to the appeal of the Pecha Kucha format. The presentations covered a diverse range of subjects by some really amazing people.  Austin Hawkins spoke of his personal journey and vision as an architect in a way that made you see what his heart truly desires from his own practice.  Michele Johnson shared the conception and successful launch of the language revitalization school for the Indigenous Okanagan People.  Peter Wolf gave an emotive and insightful journey of his meditative growth over 1 year constructing a house designed by Landform Architects.  Mimi Moylan spoke of her extensive art work that includes a strong yoga practice and important community engagemnt.  Emily Elizabeth shared beautiful images that inspired the guests and explained some of the creative process involved in making her amazing beautiful jewelry pieces.   To wrap it up Vince Freeborn celebrated the first year anniversary of his email journal The High Scribe.  As always, Vince made the crowd laugh and the High Scribe experience was made complete with a sticker book of his 20 x 20 Pecha Kucha slides!  It was a brilliant idea and had our guests greedily grabbing and trading stickers to be the first to fill up their books!   Unfortunately I did not record the presentations correctly so once I reformat them I will post them for you to watch. We have already filled up the next roster for the January 2016 Pecha Kucha night!  That is how inspiring these nights are!   Check out Vince Freeborn's sticker book here.  If you like his drawings and want to see more go to www.thehighscribe.com and get subbed up!  In my opinion it is one of the best newsletters out there.

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PKN 2 in Vientiane!

Vientiane's second PechaKucha Night took place on March 31, 2016, with more than 120 people coming together upstairs at Coco&Co.! Vintage furniture, chandleirs, and a crazy cat pillow - thank you Coco for letting us invade the coolest living room in Vientiane! The event brought together nine of the Capital's creative, innovative and talented minds: social media photographer Janna Gibson, avid mapper Matthias Bethke, documentary maker and journalist Vannaphone Sitthirath (Kino), photographer Tessa Bunney, theatre director Margarete Magiera, publishing manager Dominique le Roux, designer and cafe owner Nilada Ratanavong, cafe owner Yoko Matsushima, and photographer Micka Perier, to share their ideas with the community. Presentations spanned personal essays and life-shaping experiences, a culmination of 15 years of portrait photography, a spoken word performance, coffee as a means of communication, agriculture and mapping, a theatrical journey, and asking ourselves if we have a book in us. Many thanks to the Vientiane community for coming down and supporting our 9 fantastic speakers - along with our supporters Coco & Co Cafe, TOH LAO Coworking Space & Services, and of course our wonderful Vol. 2 poster designer Vilakone Phachanthavong! Here's a few snaps from the event! Photos by Kate Antonas, and Nao Ito when noted.   Janna Gibson presenting '#RealLaosProject' Yoko Matsushima presenting 'Laos, Coffee and the Little House' Nilada Ratanavong presenting 'Observations of Beautiful Forms' Micka Pereir presenting his visual essay.    Photo by Nao Ito.  Vol. 2 speakers (L-R): Janna Gibson, Margarete Magiera, Micka Perier, Vannaphone Sitthirath, Yoko Matsushima, Tessa Bunney, Nilada Ratanavong, Matthias Bethke, and Dominique le Roux.     

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Every 60 seconds in Africa…

“Stereotypes harm dignity, but the truth of the matter is that stereotypes sell” What is your image of Africa? A poor, conflict-ridden, hot continent with beautiful sunsets and wild animals, or a hub for innovations and the second fastest growing economy? By day Faten Aggad works as Africa programme manager at the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM). By night she studies journalism and is a travel writer. In Every 60 seconds in Africa… from PechaKucha Night Maastricht Volume 29, she will challenge you to look at Western media headlines through a different lens.

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Some amazing PechaKucha news - and some news about #pkldnont

Hi folks! There's some exciting news we wanted to share with you from PechaKucha HQ in Tokyo: PechaKucha will very soon reach a stunning achievement of 1000 cities who have hosted an amazing 10,000 PK nights and uploaded 10,000 presentations to the global website. #pkldnont is so proud to be a new part of this worldwide network of inspiring, concise talks... and we have had two of our talks featured as PK Talk of the Day: Paul Grech and Katy Boychuck's talks! We are putting #ldnont on the map by being a part of this global phenomenon! Thank you for contributing to this success! More excitement from #pkldnont: 1) Save the date for vol. 3 at Innovation Works on Wednesday, July 26th! More details to come.  2) We have a video news segment about #pkldnont! Western journalism students Arash Randjbar and Jayn Villetard created this excellent news segment about our inaugural PechaKucha Night vol. 1 on Jan. 25, 2017. Check it out and relive the memories of this amazing evening of inspiration!   See you all for vol. 3 on July 26th! High-five! ~Andrew & Janic