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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

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Inspire Japan Stories for Pecha Kucha from Dave Olson

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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.

Questions + Answers from the Hero Dossier – Feasthouse Podcast

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Questions & Answers from the Hero Dossier (7:33,.mp3)

At Fresh Media conference at W2 Arts + Media Centre, participants riff a spontaneous blurb about a hero from a Dossier of Importantcy in a workshop about storytelling + podcasting by Dave Olson (AKA Uncle Weed).

Features Samuel Pepys, RMS Carpathia, Amber Case, Thomas Paine, J. Garcia, Mudhoney, JJ Rousseau, Geoff Berner, Ed Abbey, The Numbskulz, DH Lawrence, Tin Tin, HD Thoreau, Jer Crowle, Bev Davies, Gary Snyder, Vaclav Havel, Lou Reed, Cory Doctorow, Dr. Seuss, Dead Kennedys, Theo Van Gogh & Derek K. Miller, Gillian Shaw and other personal luminaries liberated from an envelope. Thanks to @shermanscorner for tunes.

More about Podcasting:

Forests and Oceans Without End – Postcard # 60

From a forested pathway along the open Pacific between Tofino and Ucluelet, DaveO reads poetry from Gary Snyder’s Myths + Texts and Rip Rap plus essays about Wobblies, timber-jacks, logging camp culture, and giant trees from Beloved of the Sky then the words Siddhartha the Buddha spoke upon achieving enlightenment.

Strap on your boots for Forests and Oceans Without End – Postcard # 60″ (.mp3, 15:07, 14MB)

Forests and Oceans without end

Music

William Elliott Whitmore – Gravel Road (William Elliott Whitmore – WikipediaWilliam Elliott Whitmore on MySpace)

Snaps

Clayoquot Snapshots – a set on Flickr

Gary

Hitch a Thousand Miles to See a Friend – Postcard #56

Gary Snyder at Modern American Poetry (U. of Illinois)

Inventory of the Gary Snyder Papers (U.C. Davis)

Gear
I use Koss stereophones, MAudio Microtrack recorder & Solo interface and Sony mic – just saying.

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Hitch a Thousand Miles to See a Friend – Postcard #56

From Halfmoon Bay on Clayoquot Sound, Vancouver Island, Dave gives it up for zen poet hero Gary Snyder and recounts beat history from The Old Ways and logging culture from Myths and Texts plus poems about hitchhiking, girls, baths, clear-cuts and the Buddha – then finishes with original freeverse poetry about the transient experience called “Railyards Passing By.”

Hit the road to Hitch a Thousand Miles to See a Friend – Postcard #56 (.mp3, 29:04, 26MB)

Hitch a Thousand Mile to See a Friend

Music:

More:

Clayoquot Snapshots – a set on Flickr

Gary Snyder at Modern American Poetry (U. of Illinois)

Inventory of the Gary Snyder Papers (U.C. Davis)

Gary Snyder, professor (email: gssnyder (at) ucdavis (dot) edu)

Publications:

  • Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems (San Francisco: Four Seasons, 1969).
  • Myths and Texts (New York: New Directions, 1960,1978).
  • The Back Country (New York: New Directions, 1968).
  • Earth Household (New York: New Directions, 1969). [Prose]
  • Regarding Wave (New York: New Directions, 1970).
  • Turtle Island (New York: New Directions, 1974). [Pullitzer Prize]
  • The Old Ways (San Francisco: City Lights, 1977). [Prose]
  • Axe Handles (San Francisco: North Point, 1983).
  • He Who Hunted Birds in His Father’s Village (“the Dimensions of a Haida Myth”) (Bolinas, CA: Grey Fox, 1979). [Prose]
  • Passage Through India (San Francisco: Gray Fox, 1984).
  • Left Out in the Rain (San Francisco: North Point, 1988).
  • The Practice of the Wild (San Francisco: North Point, 1990). [Prose]
  • No Nature (New York: Pantheon, 1992)
  • A Place in Space (Washington, D.C.: Counterpoint, 1995). [Prose]
  • Mountains and Rivers Without End (Washington, D.C.: Counterpoint, 1996). [Bollingen Prize]
  • The Gary Snyder Reader (Washington, D.C.: Counterpoint, 1999).

Note: your humble podcaster does not own the last 3 books on this list – hook a guy up ‘eh

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Gary Snyder — Department of English, UC Davis

Gary Snyder — Department of English, UC Davis

Banjo Sea Shanties and Beat Train Rambles – Postcard #51

Starting at the Steamboat Island Woodshed, Dave rambles salty original freeverse with Wm. Lenker on banjo and traces personal poetic lineage winding through French impressionalist/symbolist and Brittany sea-coaster Tristan Corbière (prefaced by Victor Hugo).

Then – as sleet, slush and hail beats down on the Mosquito Creek studio skylight – rolls into the beat American 50s and 60s with John Sinclair‘s chronicle Brilliant Corners, Jack Kerouac riding trains from Atop an Underwood, and Gary Snyder arriving from sea from The Backcountry ~ fortified with jazz, joints and hot sake.

Hunker down for Banjo Sea Shanties and Beat Train Rambles – Postcard #51

Banjo Sea Shanties and Beat Train Rambles

Appendix

Nods to Cosmo‘s Spacely’s Sprockets (see also Clubside Breakfast Time)

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Lanterns for Welsh Miners – Postcard #34

Dave reads a smattering from Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac and original verse written in Germany in 1992.

Joined by Trauben the hitchhiking acupuncturist (who toils to understand a Welsh miner’s lantern), the lads chat about flowing chi, Cascade mountain lookouts (NY Times article) the author as a young writer and attempt to communicate with racoons – possibly bearing gifts.

Listen to “Lanterns for Welsh Miners” (.mp3 20:29)
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Music: snippets from Gord Downie singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and Stuart Dempster‘s experimental live recording with didjeridoo and trombone from KEXP Sonarchy Radio Podcast recorded at Jack Straw non-profit recording studios

Kerouac in Mexico, Snyder in Japan and jazz from Banff – Postcard #7

In Volume 7, Dave, chillaxing with sake some smoking jazz tracks, reads from Kerouac‘s “Lonesome Traveller,” “Mexico City Blues” and “American Haiku” plus Gary Snyder from “The Backcountry” and haiku from masters Issa Kobayashi and Basho and his own original haiku (.pdf) and haibun.

Postcards from Gravelly Beach#7 (14:22, .mp3)
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With Mayor of Misasa, Tottori, Japan during Petanque tournament
Snapshot : DaveO and the Mayor of Misasa, Tottori, Japan circa 1992

Remembering Florida, Heading to Japan, Wandering with Walt – Postcard #2

Volume 2 in which DaveO reads from Gary Snyder’s “Left out in the Rain,” Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” and from original short story, “I Remember Florida.”

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(this curious image was scavenged from the interweb, if someone takes credit, please let me know)