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Regarding Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver – Letter to Cause + Affect

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.

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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.
re and what “it” is.

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)

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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.

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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

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

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: