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“On the Road to Creativity” talk notes (Pecha Kucha NIght, Vancouver, 2010)

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

What follows are my notes for a talk called “On the Road to Creativity” for Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver. The format includes 20 slides for 20 seconds each, auto-changed. As such, the pace is brisk and a bit of a high-wire act. No audio/video exists but there is a “roundup” of photos, tweets, and other artifacts including the hand-crafted “paper-point” collage slides. See “Consider Perusing” below.

1 – On the road

I’ve spent much of my life wandering around the globe working odd jobs including mushroom farmer in Japan, grape picking in Germany, beach club host in Guam and even following the Grateful Dead – all these experiences provided lots of time for thinking mostly about the meaning of art and importance of documentation – here’s what i cam up with

2 Art makes the future

while the history we learn is laden with the stories of kings, conquerers, popes and rulers, the only reason we know anything about how people lived, loved and thought is because artists took the time to chronicle the the stories through paint, words, carvings, and song. From the earliest cave painters to bloggers, there is vast evidence for the importance of storytelling.

3 Art Craft Schwag

No doubt today like olden times, there is a tremendous amount of disposable pop culture created to satiate common interest but the best stuff created by diligent artisans rises above the layer of schlock into the territory of craft and then transcends into a rarified area of art which will last centuries rather than 15 minutes. But who decides what is art? And don’t give me that “i know what i like” answer.

4 Craft + Intent

Instead I’ve made a formula to sort out these largely subjective criteria – first off, take Craft – skill honed from thousands of hours of consideration, then add Intent – which, while subjective, can be gauged by heart of the creator, and then multiplied by the artist’s Integrity as seen by an audience. The audience who truly breathes life into a story, no matter the medium. This formula doesn’t work for you? Cool, make another, but be sure to share. Art does not live in a vacuum, art yearns to be shared.

5 Audience / Awesome

But this can be tricky for artists who must balance their internal desire and, dareisay mission, to create authentic art with the often debilitating practical need to make a living. I’ve found that my projects which garner the biggest audience, are not necessarily the ones which i maximize my artistic potential – find where you audience and awesomeness intersect and try to find a way to hang out there.

Here’s how:

6 Upgrade your Heroes

First upgrade your heroes – history is scattered with underknown world-changers, and the present is too. Dig beyond pop culture, politicians and sports personalities to find remarkable predecessors to your work – for me, my heroes range from writer of “Confessions” and “The Social Contract”, Jean Jacques Rousseau, to current day punk rock photographer bev davies. Who are your historical dopplegangers?

7 Personal Archaeology

Next, embark on personal archaeology – dig into your closet to find forgotten dreams from those black white photos you took in yellowstone to graduate thesis to 4th grade book reports to your journals from hitchhiking down the coast. Take the risk to share these artifacts with your small slice of the world and let them breathe life into your work.

8 Embrace Translucency

Transparency isn’t interesting – instead share the parts of you which are compelling and you are capable of backing up – accept risks but protect the parts of you which are too delicate to expose. Create interest through scarcity and self-editing and be prepared to deal with any reaction which comes along.

9 Express with vigour

You are an expert on something, don’t rely on others to create the historical record – everyone has access to remarkable publishing and promotion tools so step it up and dig deep to tell your unfiltered opinions and don’t let cynics bring you down – if you can’t surprise and impress yourself, no way you can evoke emotion from an audience.

10 HST

I think of “Express with Vigour” as the “Hunter S Thompson rule” – while his reputation has been somewhat maligned through hollywood movies, the fake Doctor was the finest social commentator since Samuel Clemens and offered significant discourse about Jimmy Carter, Hell Angels, 9/11 – and did it with a significant buzz – but always had a job because he expressed himself wisely and vigorously.

11 Cross Training

Now sometimes the pressure to create awesomeness can be debilitating – staring at a white sheet of paper and all that – rather than stressing, experiment with other mediums and get interdisciplinary with cross training skillz and your stories will manifest through the other tools – i contend V. Van Gogh c/would’ve made it as a writer if the painting hadn’t worked out.

12 Don’t Get Precious

With all this goodness you are creating, it’s easy to get protective of your thoughts and work. Rather than waiting for someone to make you an offer you can’t refuse, share your work openly and willingly – learn about creative commons, find collaborators, encourage remixing and your work will create a culture of its own. It’s not always fair but it is usually fun.

13 Ignore Gatekeepers

The established business models for artists are relatively modern and designed to create value for the shareholders of corporations. The goal of landing a major label record deal or a big publishing advance are no longer needed or valued – be your own imprint, chart your own course, the gatekeepers may look intimidating but they are made of stone so walk on by.

14 Cross Pollinate

When your work is released to the world to an audience – no matter the size – you’ll see a culture begin to grow around it – In the hills of Japan, I learned that once inoculated, Shiitake mushrooms propagate their culture from one log to the next – as the older logs rot away and stop producing, new logs down the line are fruiting fungus. Ditto with your audience.

15 Get more drummers

One dude drumming alone can make some noise but is not a party – recruit more drummers to amplify your story in their own way and spread your message across continents and oceans while building relationships and playing well with others. More fun, more effective plus you need others to have your back from time to time. Your momma told you are 1 in a million – that means there are at least 30 people just like you in Canada alone – go find em.

16 Formula for creativity

The old Edison maxim suggest success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration – this isn’t my formula – my formula for creative expression is 80% meditation, 10% execution and 10% inebriation – what i mean by that is the real work comes in the white space of life where you contemplate your story – the inebriation part is about pushing yourself to where you get a little scared.

17 Collect notes along the way

Travelling light means not accumulating much – for me gathering ephemeral objects along the way can be a short cut to remembering where you were mentally, emotionally, artistically decades later – a train ticket or dried flower can leap you back to a place in time which can benchmark how much you’ve remained the same while constantly evolving and spark new creative pursuits.

18 make it for yourself

Everyone else is just eavesdropping – this ain’t your job – its for love not money so make it exactly how you want it. Push out the nagging naysayers in your noggin and create something with integrity and for the love of all things decent, don’t cheese out for the quick win. Be sell out proof and make things you’ll want to read when you are old and grey.

19 Reap Rewards

Making stories for the future isn’t a way to gain the material trapping of perceived success. You may never see your reward beyond the admiration of a small tribe of others – but that’s enough. Success will be a surprise you likely don’t expect. Don’t wait for your ship to come in, instead realize it might get lonely out waiting for your bus to roll in so get comfy and settle in.

20 Hang loose

I’m dave, i’m all over the internet – i have a killer job so you can’t hire me but you can buy me a beer – thank you and hang loose vancouver

Regarding Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver – Letter to Cause + Affect

Global Pecha Kucha Night - Inspire Japan

Hello Cause + Affect / Steven Cox and Jane Cox,

Speaking to smart audiences is a thrill for some, a terror for others, and a wee bit of an addiction for me.

Over the past several years, I excitedly and anxiously seized the chance to present at your Pecha Kucha Vancouver events *3* times (a record?):

my first foray stepping onto the 20×20 stage – still an bit of an unknown wildcard – was to share my “Fuck Stats, Make Art” spiel in which i share almost everything i’ve learned about creativity with purpose in 6:40;

then called into action to support my beloved Japan with stories id really never shared (and really want to share again) and, as it turns out, you asked me without realizing i spent years wandering the backs roads, and hidden villages of ancient Japan (which showed great confidence in what i bring to the stage despite being terribly hungover);

finally, “batting cleanup” at the 20th instalment – the All-Star edition- which (frankly featured some comically underprepared speakers), was a public speaking pinnacle for me equalled only by SXSW.

The legendary stage at the Vogue, an engaged audience, a gracious introduction welcoming me with a busted foot and resultant cane, a blue curling sweater and a brand new hat, to share “Lost Vancouver Stories” was truly a night i’ll fondly remember, despite the seemingly endless wait sipping tallcan beer, before my slot.

For all of your generosity of skill and the spirit you put forth, i offer my sincere thanks and congratulations for a fine job which you can reflect upon with pride (and exhaustion no doubt) – not sure what becomes of the series now but you’ve set a high bar and created a magnificent historical record for a city in transition who is honestly trying to figure out who “we” are and what “it” is.

I fondly shared the stage with some remarkable folks who are genuinely effectuating positive change in the world (as well as a few true oddballs) which all added to the ragged and nuanced majesty of the events.

Now as my life situation has changed with a weird health conundrum, i am especially grateful you threw down the gauntlet as i am not sure when or if i’ll be up for such a performance again as i try to patch myself back together.

Vancouver (and me) are better for your risk and dedication. Sit back and enjoy a tasty beverage and hugging kids.

Fondly,

daveo/uncleweed (from elsewhere)

## For Reference ##

Dear friends of PechaKucha Night,

We started PechaKucha Night in Vancouver in 2008 to bring people together. At the time, Vancouver lacked a vehicle for self discovery. There was just not enough awareness of the amazing people doing creative things in and for our city.

Now, almost 8 years on, we have produced 38 Volumes and put almost 500 different speakers on the stage in front of over 35,000 people. To our surprise, the series has grown a committed following that verges on cultish. 

As PechaKucha Night grew, dozens of new community events sprouted throughout Vancouver. There is now no shortage of places to go to hear about the wonderful things happening in our incredible city.

Given our long run and the new cultural landscape of the city, it is time to pass on the PechaKucha torch and give someone else a chance to bring fresh new people and ideas to the stage.

We’re not done creating experiences that catalyze our city’s creativity and culture. That’s what we do. That’s who we are. But we started PechaKucha to fill a need that is now well served and it is time for us to focus on something new.

To be the first to know about it, sign up for the Cause+Affect newsletter.

We have informed PechaKucha headquarters in Tokyo of our decision and offered our help in selecting our successor. If you’re interested in taking the reins, please contact Johnny at PechaKucha HQ.

We look forward to watching this event evolve here and around the world, and will continue to support the many other great community events that surround us. 

It has been an incredible ride and we cannot communicate how much it has meant to us and how touched we are by those of you who enjoyed it along with us. 

Thank you to all our speakers. Thank you to all our musical guests. Thank you to all our partners, venues and volunteers. And most of all, thank you. This event became what it was due to the love and support of our community.

From Steven and Jane and everyone at Cause+Affect, this isn’t goodbye. This is ‘see you later.’

It has been our pleasure.

We filmed many of the more recent events. If you want to relive the magic, check out our Vimeo page.

Vol. 16 Inspire – pechakuchanightvancouver

Vol. 16 Inspire – pechakuchanightvancouver

In the aftermath of last month’s devastating earthquake, PechaKucha Headquarters in Tokyo is planning a global initiative to raise money for the re-building effort. Many of the 400 PechaKucha cities will host a presentation on April 16th, with all proceeds going to Architecture For Humanity. A similar event last year helped raised money for the rebuilding of a school in Haiti, following a disaster there. You can find out more about our global event here: http://global-day.pecha-kucha.org/

Inspire Japan:
The 20×20 presentations will be focused on 4 main themes 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.

PRESENTERS:
Michael Green – MGB ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN
Linus Lam – Artsy-Dartsy
Todd MacAllen – molo design
Dave Olson – Story Maker; writer; producer

Vol. 10 – pechakuchanightvancouver

Vol. 10 – pechakuchanightvancouver

PRESENTERS:
JAY BALMER – Big Park
ISABELLE DUNLOP – Combine the Victorious 
DAVE OLSON – Uncleweed
DANI VACHON – Olio Festival 
GAIR WILLIAMSON – Gair Williamson Architects 
MARTHA STURDY – Martha Sturdy 
DOUG HADDOW – Freelance 
BING THOM – Bing Thom Architects Architects 
PAMELA MASIK – Pamela Masik Studio 
STEPHANIE CORKER IRWIN – NoMoSolo
VANESSA LEIGH – Ion Magazine 
MARC BAUMGARTNER – NowPublic Technologies Inc.

Vol. 20 – pechakuchanightvancouver

Vol. 20 – pechakuchanightvancouver

Observations on Vancouver at PechaKucha Night Vol. 20 | Cause+Affect

Observations on Vancouver at PechaKucha Night Vol. 20 | Cause+Affect

Watch each talk from PechaKucha Night Vol. 32 | Cause+Affect

Watch each talk from PechaKucha Night Vol. 32 | Cause+Affect

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

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