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20 slides for 20 seconds each – this Japanese originating worldwide speaker series is a wild ride. here are slides, vids and audio in various forms from 4 different appearances at Pecha Kucha

Vancouver Cultural Anecdotes for Pecha Kucha All-Star Vancouver, Leap Day 2012

Stories and observations gathered from exploring Vancouver’s places and history, then finding inspiration in the forgotten moments, incidents and neighbourhoods and tactics for turning raw materials into craft, and art for the future.  As shared by me, Dave Olson, at Pecha Kucha Nght Vancouver, All-Star edition, Leap Day 2012.

Video

PKNV20: Dave Olson from Singular Software on Vimeo.

Slides

See Flickr Photoset

and/or SlideShow slidedeck: Vancouver Culture Anecdotes from Dave Olson

Remarks

From Middle Child Reviews: Pecha Kucha Night Vol. 20 All-Stars

Dave Olson was a great closing speaker and echoed many of the points Steven had made in the beginning about Vancouver and how our culture has been and is being shaped. I didn’t really understand what his “job” was, but storyteller is definitely one of them. From his website it looks like he does speaking, writing, and other projects. He lives in Lynn Valley, North Van, which makes it pretty easy to make fun of the other stuff that goes on in the city. You can actually go online to see his presentation slides.

From Vancouver Observer: Could Pecha Kucha’s corporate sponsor please stand up?

And there was much more. I was dying to hear Dave Olson’s talk. I’d heard him at an earlier Pecha Kucha and never forgotten his passion for the creative process, how he inspired people to think out of the box and give themselves over to art, literature, life.  I was also very curious about Danielle LaPorte.   But I had to go home to make good on a promise to put my son to bed.

To which i replied:

Indeed, ’tis more important to share time with the lil gaffer! Was nice to see you and wish you coulda heard about my old-skool Vancouver heroes.

This time around, I shared Vancouver cultural anecdotes, forgotten nuggets, and the joy of exploration, then shared how I take my observations and turn into craft and art. Also threw in a few things I’d enjoy improving about our beloved city. 6:40 goes by quick!

I think the talk would work great as an hour+ storytime event along with discussion. Would be pleased to share if someone were to put on an event at a theatre. Any ideas out there?

The Province’s Two Bar Stools also missed my schtick in: Finding purpose at PechaKucha Vancouver

Danielle LaPorte, who was just as inspiring as I had predicted, sending urgent waves of purpose into the crowd with her messages; and Dave Olson and Andrew Morrison, who unfortunately I had to miss due to the unanticipated late finish.

As I left the iconic theatre I had a sense of fulfillment rising inside me. A sense that perhaps Vancouver is changing. A sense that greatness lives here. People in our community are making differences, they are creating, and they are sharing. Events like PechaKucha are essential in that they breed possibility and oneness.

Snaps

p_a_cameronThis. From @uncleweed #pknvan christyslomskiYes! Wonderful

A photo posted by Paulina Cameron (@p_a_cameron) on

Via plipska Owly Imagesby @wongers PechaKucha All-Stars by pknvan

Pecha Kucha Vancouver ~ All-Star Edition Roster

Happy to be named to the Top 10 roster for Pecha Kucha All-star edition which sold out in 32 hours (over 1200 seats at The Vogue). This is my 3rd time in the unique 20 slides for :20 each format and am preparing all new material to share what inspires me about Vancouver and how i take inspiration into craft. Hope to see you there. If not, Bruce Sharpe is shooting the gig and hopefully Andrew Lavigne is kicking off his new documentary.

Details follow:

Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver, All Star Edition Poster

Previous Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver re-caps:

Stories from Japan ~ Inspiration in 20 seconds at Pecha Kucha Vancouver

Global Pecha Kucha Night - Inspire Japan

Apparently Pecha Kucha is pronounced anyway you choose – Spiel Recap

Dave Olson - Story Maker/Writer/ Producer (uncleweed.net) speaks at Pecha Kucha - photo by Melissa Gedney

Dave Olson – Story Maker/Writer/ Producer (uncleweed.net) speaks at Pecha Kucha – photo by Melissa Gedney

Continue reading Pecha Kucha Vancouver ~ All-Star Edition Roster

Stories from Japan ~ Inspiration from Global Pecha Kucha Day

Global Pecha Kucha to Inspire Japan

Global Pecha Kucha Night - Inspire JapanI was invited to speak at Global Pecha Kucha Day in Vancouver for the worldwide (100 cities or so) “Inspire Japan” event on April 16 2011 at the Cascade Room on Main St. during the day (usually these Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver events are held at the Vogue Theatre in the evening) with a lovely smart audience as usual. Global Pecha Kucha Night - Inspire Japan

Spiel

via Slideshare

Inspire Japan Stories for Pecha Kucha from Dave Olson

via Flickr

Inspire Japan Pecha Kucha

Background

Pecha Kucha Night is a presentation style and a series of lecture events held around the world under license from the originating design firm in Tokyo – in Vancouver by Cause+Affect.

The presentations are exactly 20 slides, switched automatically each :20 seconds. Like speedy lil TED talks with a tendency towards design, architecture, civic planning but speakers include anyone who is doing something interesting really.

I spoke at a Pecha Kucha night in May 2010 at the Vogue Theatre so i knew the pace is hectic and pacing out of your control (notes: Vancouver ObserverCanada Talent, Vancouver is Awesome).

Anyhow, the Inspire Japan day’s speakers were asked to speak more or less on 4 main themes. Here’s the instructions:

“INSPIRE, JAPAN, THE ISSUES, RECOVERY. They could be simply about things that inspire us, or Japan how it has inspired you. Great ideas or solutions that help deal with the issues at hand whether earthquake, tsunami or nuclear – and the road to recovery.”

Here are the “paper point” collage slides to peruse at your leisure. Next time you buy me a beer, perhaps i’ll spiel the 20 second annotations to go along with each static montage.

Video

The event was streamed online to coincide with the other events. Watching the Twitter stream to see events roll on and off was pretty neat while riding the SeaBus over – especially from far-flung cities i’ve visited from Osnabrueck to Okayama.

Video of PKN Vancouver + Inspire Japan – Note: i am the 4th speaker.

Update: Seems this video is lost the ether of broken links and untended gardens

Lineup

I was on the roster with 3 others speakers (fewer than a usual PKN).

MICHAEL GREEN • MCFARLANE | GREEN | BIGGAR ARCHITECTURE

LINUS LAM • ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY VANCOUVER

TODD MACALLEN • MOLO DESIGN STUDIO

{ME} DAVE OLSON • STORY MAKER / WRITER / PRODUCER

Reasons

This was a joy for me to produce from my time spent in Japan what seems like a lifetime ago. I dug deep into my personal archive to find some neat artifacts for my deck and discovered a variety of lost memories and forgotten incidents tucked away in boxes and files.

The event raised money for Architecture for Humanity to build a school in Japan which is great to be a part of, but truthfully (and selfishly) this was a chance for me to release some emotion by flashingback about how traipsing around Japan changed my life in many ways.

I don’t really talk about that time as much as other sojourns and, since the earthquake and resultant chaos, i wanted to express something-somehow with some sort of storymaking. This was a perfect chance so i dug deep.

Thanks

My pal Daniel Robles gave me a hand building the deck and a load of my pals rolled down to the Cascade Room on Main to lend support and inspiration. See also Naoya Makino’s photoset.

Thanks to @richerd @theeholder @julienemery @donovanpee @kempedmonds @cyn_k @jorobot @kenzoyasauce etc. for support at #pknvan #inspirejapan

Support

Pecha Kucha continues to raise money by marketing an e-book of the poster art from the various Inspire Japan events around the world. Some top-end designers contributed work so bound to be enjoyable for your virtual coffee table.

Thanks to Steven, Jane, and Becki for the invite. Sign me up anytime.

On the Road at the Vogue for Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver

Apparently Pecha Kucha is pronounced anyway you choose – 20 slides for :20 seconds

Dave Olson - Story Maker/Writer/ Producer (uncleweed.net) speaks at Pecha Kucha - photo by Melissa Gedney
Dave Olson – Story Maker/Writer/ Producer (uncleweed.net) speaks at Pecha Kucha – photo by Melissa Gedney

Background

Held in around 300 cities, Pecha Kucha originated in Tokyo and now spreads like a erstwhile secret society into the creative underbellies of boroughs and urban centers where architects, world changes, artists, poets, musicians and survivors face the audience under pressure to inspire, amuse, inform, and/or educate ~ but mostly inspire ~ through their story. The Vancouver incarnation is wrangled by Cause+Affect.

20 Slides, 20 Seconds, each, a dozen “amazing people with brilliant ideas” and beer are the needed ingredients for a Pecha Kucha Night” {Facebook}.

I am now in the club, April 7th i was 3rd up after rad skateboard/snowboarder/game designer legend and a Scotslady who’d just sung for the attendees and before two hip architects, Gair Williamson and Bing Thom.

Spiel

I spieled forth a version of my F*ck Stats, Make Art/Greeks to Geeks/Sparking Creativity riffs but added a few new slides and no old-timey suitcase – no time for props to soliloquies. Rapid fire style – hold on because the slides are rocking by – the crowd enjoyed the anecdotes and the time flew by – afterwhich i settled in to check out the rest of the remarkable people with amazing ideas.

Slides

Artifacts

Pecha Kucha 10 at the Vogue Theatre entertains and inspires with elements of show-and-tell, open-mike night and happy hour” by Jonathan Hanley for Vancouver Observer

Dave Olson at Pecha Kucha - photo by Jonathan Hanley
Dave Olson at Pecha Kucha – photo by Jonathan Hanley

Jonathan also included an audience recording of the spiel at his Music Planet Pecha Kucha post

Andy Chung writes:

Pecha Kucha 10 in Vancouver is this Thursday, should be fun. I haven’t really heard of anyone in the line up, so it should be fun going into it with no expectations.

update: Pecha Kucha 10 was awesome. The stand out talk for me was by Dave Olson.

Raw Bean recaps PK in the Coke and Count Chocula blog post, Out and Aboot:

Sometimes it’s hard to remember or tell what someone does and that was the case with the next guy Dave Olson. But he was hilarious! I’m pretty sure he was the one that said “don’t be precious” which we wrote down.

… and shared a photo and a video clip:

From Out and Aboot in Coke and Count Chocula blog

Give Music blog writes Please Continue Supporting the Arts:

It was great to attend Pecha Kucha Vancouver last night to hear individuals such as Dave Olson on his theories of art, Bing Thom on his theatre design for Washington DC, Stephanie Corker Irwin on nomosolo offline dating, andPamela Masik on her efforts to raise awareness through painting. The format of Pecha Kucha really allows for community sharing at a very personalized level. Arts was featured and culture is what it’s all about, so that’s an inspiring place from which to post about supporting the arts. Thanks Vancouver.

kempedmonds shot a bit of video:

Dave Olson is killing it at Pecha Kucha Vancouver [VIDEO] #pkn http://yfrog.us/2mljpz 8:14 PM Apr 8th via Tweetie

MarkBusse attached a photo:

Dave Olson (@UncleWeed & DaveOhoots) slaying the audience at Pecha Kucha Vancouver Vol.10. #PKN http://ow.ly/i/113t

Ephemera

mikalat Dave Olson/Uncle Weed just did 6min40sec of awesome ;) 8:17 PM Apr 8th via mobile web

MarkBusse @UncleWeed to sold out Pecha Kucha crowd at Vogue Theatre: upgrade your heros, explore translucency, get stoned, make art & spell bad. #PKN 8:17 PM Apr 8th via Tweetie

kk Dave Olson just killed it at Pechu Kucha Night Vancouver 10. Hilarious, poignant & totally inspiring. Fuck stats, make art! #tnmh #pkn 8:20 PM Apr 8th via TweetDeck from Financial District, Vancouver

SimoneKaminsky So far @uncleweed is my fave presenter at #pechaKucha #Vancouver–he rocked it! All inspiring, tho! 9:06 PM Apr 8th via HootSuite

jakobg @uncleweed just rocked his 6:40 at Pecha Kucha night at the Vogue. That’s how it’s done. 9:09 PM Apr 8th via HootSuite

dariankovacs @kk @uncleweed uncleweed killed it. Great seein you yesterday at f5 9:26 PM Apr 8th via Echofon in reply to kk

judybishop @uncleweed – dood, you killed it ! Well done … ! 10:05 PM Apr 8th via TweetDeck in reply to uncleweed

thoughtpatterns Enjoyed #pechakucha #Vancouver tonight. Pretty cool presentation by Jay Balmer as well as by Dave Olson. 10:16 PM Apr 8th via Twitterrific

VanObserver @uncleweed you were both inspired and inspiring, still laughing from some of your insights 9:36 AM Apr 10th via web in reply to uncleweed

AmandaFenton Awesome prez by @uncleweed at #pk10 10:50 PM Apr 9th via txt

thebuzzer @uncleweed Excellent talk at Pecha Kucha, sir. I really enjoyed it! 11:47 AM Apr 9th via HootSuite

HNBD Another stellar #pkn event in Van last eve. Special kudos to @uncleweed @btarchitects @SCorkerIrwin@pamelamasik Marthy Sturdy & Jay Balmer 10:36 AM Apr 9th via web

SimoneKaminsky @uncleweed Haha, you did! I like your perspective. You were funny and motivating, thanks! @shaaarrr: D. Haddow was another fave of mine too! 10:31 AM Apr 9th via HootSuite in reply to uncleweed

StephenIrving Feel better for having seen @uncleweed and @douglashaddow‘s presentations last night at Vancouver’s#pechakucha9:39 AM Apr 9th via web

zoepawlak Congratulations @causeaffect. Vancouver Pecha Kucha was off the heezy. I love Uncle Weed! Awesome vid @thecheapershow. Can’t wait for more.8:13 AM Apr 9th via web

judybishop @uncleweed – EVERYONE enjoyed. You should be proud of your ability to amuse, entertain + stimulate. #artist 8:05 AM Apr 9th via TweetDeck in reply to uncleweed

krystlesivorot @uncleweed loved the presentation @pechakuchanight. Really entertaining & great message. thanks! 12:29 AM Apr 9th via HootSuite

wghthemovie @uncleweed speakin a rockin…great presentation tonite! Wicked setup, solid finish -first star! Love the Pecha…so inspiring! 11:41 PM Apr 8th via Tweetie in reply to uncleweed

jeffwerner Dave Olson at PKv10: Upgrade your heroes, develop a personal archaeology and stay translucent not transparent. 11:40 PM Apr 8th via web

Comments from Vancouver is Awesome “What I Love About Pecha Kucha” BY BOB KRONBAUER

Hilary Says:
April 9th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Totally, Bob! I kept thinking the same thing throughout the evening. Especially because what was shared by the presenters was so personal and also indicative of the paths they each chose, the choices they made (as Pamela Masik spoke to) that brought them to where they are. I especially loved Dave Olsen’s presentation (how galvanizing!) and Marc Baumgartner’s perspective on “context.”

Great night. Very inspiring.

mayglobus Says:
April 12th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Dave Olson and Bing Thom had me laughing AND inspired. What a truly awesome night.

Thanks to all the folks who came up afterwards to say thanks and tell me what they are up to and to everyone who chimed in with Twitter/Facebook/SMS/Flickr etc. love – my words are nothing without ya and you now know how i much i value chronicling events with artifacts so thanks for making stuff.

PechaKucha vol 10! via VIAwesome

The presenters included: Jay Balmer, Isabelle Dunlop, Dave Olson, Dani Vachon, Gair Williamson, Martha Sturdy, Doug Haddow, Pamela Masik, Bing Thom, Stephanie Corker Irwin, Vanessa Leigh and Marc Baumgartner.

Source: PechaKucha vol 10! | VIAwesome

Pecha Kucha 10 at the Vogue Theatre entertains and inspires with elements of show-and-tell, open-mike night and happy hour

Dave Olson at Pecha Kucha in a photograph by Jonathan Hanley
An inspiring group presented at Pecha Kucha 10 last Wednesday night at the Vogue Theatre including Jay Balmer, Isabelle Dunlop, Dave Olson, Dani Vachon, Gair Williamson, Martha Sturdy, Doug Haddow, Bing Thom, Stephanie Corker Irwin, Vanessa Leigh, Marc Baumgartner, and Pamela Masik. If you don’t recognize all the names, you’ll probably be touched by their work nonetheless. They work in businesses and the arts, ranging from snowboarding, skate parks, video games, fashion design, jewelry, art, writing, , social media, curated news, crowd sourcing news.

Pecha Kucha is a global event that has emerged in 299 cities around the world since its inception in Japan in 2003. The format is simple:each presenter speaks on a topic they’re passionate about.  They’re allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds.  This is six minutes and forty seconds of fame and then the next presenter is up.

I arrived at the Vogue  to find a long line of people still waiting to get in. I talked with people about why they had come to Pecha Kucha. The event is about storie and here are theirs:

Spieling at Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver ~ April 8th at Vogue Theatre

Next up on my spieling circuit is Pecha Kucha at the Vogue Theatre on Granville St., downtown Vancouver on April 8th, 2010. I’ll be rocking it a little bit analog style but sticking to my fave message of the importance of artistic documentation to create messages for the future.

PK is a unique event: 20 slides for 20 seconds each – that’s it. No “forward” or “back” or “just a second” ~ just keep the train on the tracks in a room full of smart folks. Described thusly:

What is Pecha Kucha Night?

“Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each – giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show.

PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.”

Roster for Volume 10 Vancouver

Jay Balmer
Experience Director

Hope to see ya there at the Vogue Theatre (and yes you can buy me a beer afterwards).
Buy tickets on-line at: https://tickets.voguetheatre.com

Things you need to know about Pecha Kucha Night

01- Pecha Kucha Night is for creativity and not for profit

02 – Pecha Kucha Night presentations are 20 images x 20 seconds each.

03 – The presenter has no control over the images. No ‘forward’ or ‘back please’

04 – In any city there are almost no spaces where designers can share their work

05 – Pecha Kucha Nights are about exposing the hidden creativity in a city

06 – Pecha Kucha Nights are held in social spaces

07 – Pecha Kucha Night is a true social network

08 – Pecha Kucha Night is about thinking and drinking

09 – Pecha Kucha Night is about the live event – not a LCD screen in your home

10 – Pecha Kucha Nights are held in over 283 cities

11 – Everybody who produces a Pecha Kucha Night has a day job