CHRISTCHURCH Search Results: “purpose”

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Turning Legacy into Purpose

@ VOL 32 ON SEP 26, 2017

Catarina Gutierrez is a bike nerd at heart. She spends her days dreaming of schemes to get more people to ride bikes. She works at Bicycle Junction as their Marketing and Community Activator, her dream job since moving back to Wellington in 2017. She dedicates this talk to her father and hopes to turn legacy into purpose.

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Fabricating Education

@ VOL 32 ON SEP 26, 2017

As an electrical engineer with a love of community and people, Brandy Alger transitioned into engineering and education outreach to excite and engage. She works with Fabriko Ltd, a local social enterprise, to make hands-on educational programmes that push the current curriculum further.

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Finding Purpose Through Travel, Service, and Photography

@ VOL 32 ON SEP 26, 2017

"I was hungry for more than concrete and cars but I didn't where to seek answers."

In "Finding Purpose Through Travel, Service, and Photography" from PechaKucha Night Christchurch Vol. 32, Jonathan H. Lee shares his extraordinary experiences that have led him to opportunities that would forever change his life.

Jonathon is a traveling photographer and videographer with a passion for wilderness, community development, and sustainable food and urban systems. In the past several years his work and interests have given him opportunities to visit many places around the globe for learning, serving, and sharing in all forms. Jonathan’s most recent collaboration is with Conscious Impact, a grassroots organization dedicated to rebuilding community in a rural village in Nepal following the devastating 2015 earthquake.

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Tiny House Journal

@ VOL 32 ON SEP 26, 2017

Architect Craig Jarvis shares the realities of living in an off-grid tiny house with small children. His goal has always been to blur the line between our desire to live in a warm comfortable healthy home, and our need to be immersed in nature for our own well being. 

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Why wood we?

@ VOL 32 ON SEP 26, 2017

Juliet Arnott is a Christchurch based occupational therapist and artist. She has long maintained an art practice that reveres traditional craft and it’s inherent resourcefulness, activates local under-valued resources, and often engages others in participation of the same. Her socially minded practice lead to the instigation of Rekindle and Whole House Reuse in 2012. Rekindle is a social enterprise that seeks to derive social and creative impact from reusable resources to avoid waste to landfill. 

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The Adventures of Bolt and Buzz: Tales of a Disruptive Social ANTerprise

@ VOL 32 ON SEP 26, 2017

Peter Randrup and Bex De Prospo launched sustainable food start-up, Anteater in 2016. Anteater wholesales premium edible insects to top restaurants and special events all over NZ. Due to the huge environmental, production and health benefits of edible insects, the Anteater team believes that they will play a major role in the future of protein production. Peter and Bex are working tirelessly to mainstream edible insects as a viable, delicious, sustainable alternative to conventionally-farmed meat products.

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From Nantes to Christchurch - culture, multi-sport and crepes!

@ VOL 32 ON SEP 26, 2017

Thomas Grandguillot and Sheena Hemens are co-founders of Maison de Crepes. They have very different backgrounds and the leap of faith and craziness took them to start a hospitality business from scratch with no experience or knowledge! Here's a talk following Thomas' journey from Nantes to Christchurch and how their shared purpose helped grow their crepe dream. 

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Building Communities by Building Buildings

@ VOL 32 ON SEP 26, 2017

Camia Young has three jobs and one purpose, to draw out the creative potential in people and places. She does this through the project and people she works with at Ohu, DCL and XCHC.

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Weaving in the Goodness

@ VOL 32 ON SEP 26, 2017

Rebecca Parnham is one of the co-founders of Krama and Co. a company that supports the production of krama (traditional Cambodian scarves). She loves krama and everything they represent. Rebecca’s goal has always been to weave the goodness into every step of what she does. Her PechaKucha talk “Weaving in the Goodness” discusses how social work and the strengths perspective informs her.

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Common Sense Innovation

@ VOL 32 ON SEP 26, 2017

Tyler Brummer spent 10 years as an academic ecologist but was itching to have more impact. He co-founded WeVisit, a company that is designed to create meaningful jobs for young people, give older people a greater sense of purpose and help families stay connected. At WeVisit, they use technology to create human connections to improve community health, education and well-being.


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San Jose, Costa Rica @ Altea Design Showroom and Open Terrace Deck - Escazú
Mar 25, 2010


New Orleans @ The Icehouse
Jun 10, 2010


Aalborg @ Aalborg Bibliotekerne Hovedbiblioteket
Oct 02, 2012


San Jose, Costa Rica @ Avenida Escazú
Nov 28, 2012


Appleton @ Riverview Gardens
Mar 16, 2017


Long Beach @ Harvey Milk Park
Apr 20, 2017


Christchurch @ Christ's College Auditorium
Sep 26, 2017


Appleton @ The Fox Club
Mar 06, 2018


Tangerang @ Kreatif Space (Unity Building Rooftop)
Apr 28, 2018


Appleton @ The Fox Club
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How To Make the Most Out of Life

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 03, 2013

As he turns another year older, Rajiv Nathan reflects on his past experiences of being 24 and talks about the goals he set out to accomplish. Whether overcoming fear, how to be an intersting person, learning to tresure every second, or trying something before you decide to hate it, he disccused on how to make the most out of life and what it means to live out your true purpose. 

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How to Find Your Thing

@ VOL 1 ON AUG 25, 2015

Everyone has a thing but is yours the right thing? Ben Tristem explains how he got to where he is now, what he learned on his journey and how by following a few basic principles you can find your thing too. 

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An Open Source Life

@ VOL 7 ON DEC 04, 2015

Romke de Haan is a graduate of the program called homeboyz, a non-profit that takes kids in gangs and teaches them technology. Romke will walk you though his journey and his pursuit of happiness. 


Participate in Romke's life; he'd be happy to get coffee/lunch/cocktails with you. You can add his calendar by searching on iCal, Google Calendar, 

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Living in idk [I Don't Know]

@ VOL 35 ON SEP 01, 2015

“You're walking down a long corridor and at times it’s lit; you can see your steps and you know where you're going and everything makes sense. And then boom! The lights go off and you don’t know where you are or what you're doing. ”

In Living in idk [I Don't Know] from PechaKucha Night Chicago’s 35th Volume, Presenter  Lissette Martinez discusses living life in limbo. As an aspiring museum educator, Lissette is a grad student in the Master’s of Art Education program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also a talented stick-figure artist.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, April 14th 2016. 

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Mission and Motivation

@ VOL 6 ON SEP 13, 2016

Tania Brint shares some thoughts, based on a personal journey, on what motivates us, and how business can respond to our needs to create the future we want. 

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Living on Purpose

@ VOL 4 ON APR 26, 2018

Dwayne Powell explains how a strong economic foundation is the key to a thriving black community.


Arabeschi di Latte

Today's presentation also comes from last week's special Tokyo Design Week edition of PechaKucha Night in Tokyo (Vol. 66), and features the amazing food-related projects of the Italian team Arabeschi di Latte. Francesca Sarti presented the work of collaorators Silvia Allori, Alessandra Foschi, Francesca Pazzagli who make up the food design team Arabeschi di Latte. The group’s purpose is to experiment with a new design concept focusing on food fascination and the power of food in creating situations and relationships.


PKN Winnipeg Vol. 13 Recap

On March 7, PechaKucha Winnipeg's 13th installment took place at the Park Theatre. We are all in agreement that this may have been one of the best ones yet! Although to be honest, we probably say that every time. Certain themes seem to evolve out of PechaKucha Nights. It's an organic thing; the presenters don't create idea cartels ahead of time. This time the ideas were diverse but kept circling back to (as one member of the audience put it) how design and visual communication can power physical and social change. The 11 presentations were all remarkable in their own ways: some poetic, some more visual, and then there was the musical finale. Our presenters were: Matt Henderson (Teacher and Activist) Andrew Yankiwski (Partner, Precursor Productions) Blair Helgason (Designer) Brian Kelcey (Writer, Speaker and Policy Consultant) John Johnston (Freelance Photographer) Nicole Barry (Co-Founder, Half Pints Brewery) Wendy Sawatzky (Artist), Matt Brooks (Graphic Design, RRC Student) Howard Gurevich (Owner, Gurevich Fine Art) Joseph Ranseth (Purpose-Driven Marketer) Erin Propp & Larry Roy (Singer/Songwriter). The GDC Manitoba Chapter is proud to present PechaKucha Night and to be part of the worldwide phenomenon. To read more about the presenters, please visit the event page at Karen Niedzwiecki, CGD has written a recap of the event on her blog, karenia. Carson Samson, CGD has also compiled notes ("snippets," he calls ’em) of each PKNWPG Vol. 13 presentation. You can read his account at

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Silent Dinner Parties

Guests invited to Silent Dinner Parties are instructed, "Please do not use words or your voice, please don't read or write, please don't interact with technology, and stay with it for at least two hours." In today's Presentation of the Day, "Silent Dinner Parties" from Blue Mountains Vol. 6, artist Honi Ryan goes over the purpose of her Silent Dinner Parties. She describes them as "social sculptures" or "cross-cultural snapshots" where guests are expected to cook, eat, interact, and inadvertently bridge cultural gaps without the use of vocal communication.  

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Elevate Purpose

Do we really need another photo-sharing app? Why can't technology serve a greater purpose? Michael Slaby speaks on his personal journey towards a purpose-driven career and what a purpose-driven technology sector might be capable of accomplishing. In "Elevate Purpose" from a special Table XI Table Talks event entitled Technology for Social Good, Michael believes that the greatest minds of our time are often occupied with developing the next social web media app, and that more resources ought to be directed towards the development of apps or tools that can benefit those without the basic human needs, or those affected by violence. 

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Brewing with a Purpose

"I love that I can drink beer and something good can come out of it."In Brewing with a Purpose from Brooklyn, Vol. 3, Kota Kobayashi shares how he decided as a child that one day he'd brew his own beer. Many years later, in response to 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami disaster in Japan, he created Ippon Matsu Beer. His One Pine Tree beer received massive donations from all over the world which he has used to help small business owners with disaster relief in Japan. His advice to us - "Don't get ready, get started!"  

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I'd Rather Be Printing

"This is the first color newspaper ever printed in New Orleans!"In I'd Rather Be Printing from Pechakucha Night New Orleans Vol. 17, J.S. Makkos shares falling in love with antique printing presses as a youth exploring in his father’s antique shop. This helped define his passion for print making. He came down to New Orleans with a purpose to salvage the detritus and material culture of this city that was being lost in dumpsters and through a sequence of events, stumbled on a treasure trove of New Orleans history.

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Survival = Shelter

“Rather than research the artifact, I thought about its purpose and its use. I asked the google about survival and let me tell you, it talked back to me” Shelters are essential for life. In Survival = Shelter from PechaKucha Night Portland’s 15th volume, speaker Richard Potestio discusses the history of tents as a catalyst which sparked a search for information on shelter and survival. Development, innovation, and usage, of tents as not just a temporary, but also as a permanent form of shelter. In the case of the later, Potestio discusses what is needed to change the status quo.

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Finding Purpose Through Travel, Service, and Photography

"I was hungry for more than concrete and cars but I didn't where to seek answers." In "Finding Purpose Through Travel, Service, and Photography" from PechaKucha Night Christchurch Vol. 32, Jonathan H. Lee shares his extraordinary experiences that have led him to opportunities that would forever change his life. Jonathon is a traveling photographer and videographer with a passion for wilderness, community development, and sustainable food and urban systems. In the past several years his work and interests have given him opportunities to visit many places around the globe for learning, serving, and sharing in all forms. Jonathan’s most recent collaboration is with Conscious Impact, a grassroots organization dedicated to rebuilding community in a rural village in Nepal following the devastating 2015 earthquake.

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Colors of Passion

  "Never did I realize that she was gifting me something very valuable. This gift was something that was going to help me in my life to looks towards it with a purpose." In Colors of Passion from PechaKucha Night Bandar Seri Begawan Vol. 6, Nitisha Kashyap shares how art is more than just a mere past-time. Nitisha has had a passion for art since she was a young girl. When she landed in a foreign country with no friends and no idea of how things would be, she became depressed and lost her passion for living. As time passed, she fatefully met the owner of Jo Art Gallery & Decor who offered a position in which she can teach others how to paint.  She believes that making art brings joy to others.

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Invitation to Islamabad - Volume 3

This PechaKucha Night Islamabad is all about the beauty, elegance, and intricacies that make up the world of architecture! Our speakers represent the diversity one finds in the ever-evolving architectural landscape of Islamabad. Hasan Lashari talks about the transformative nature of thresholds and the juxtaposing Saidpur village within Islamabad city inhabits all the traits of a threshold. Murtaza Bilal will be talking about his experiences in trying to strike that fine balance between the client brief and an architect’s creative expression. Sannah Ejaz outlines ideas of space/time in architecture as opposed to architecture in space/time. Masshal Saif from Khaam Studios, enumerates the qualities and the variances one can experience in the rigid material that is concrete. Mustafa Naeem talks about his continuing journey of discovery in the field of architecture since he first started out in 2004. Ali Rahman Khan’s presentation is all about how he learnt the importance of drifting in finding purpose in architecture and entrepreneurship through systems thinking. Faisal Arshad’s presentation will be about the challenges of incorporating the natural elements as well as innovative materials and technologies. Ghousia Ahmed will be speaking about discovering, in her travels, how culture has impacted architecture. Awais Aqdus will be talking about mass transport projects in the various cities of Pakistan and their impact on city development and the heritage sites. Fawad Suhail will be speaking about the importance of pubic and community spaces in the city. It will be an enlightening, educational and enriching experience of what architecture means in these times For details visit: