Similar to Ted Talks, there are a variety of speakers speaking on any number of topics. The difference is, each speaker only gets 6 minutes and 20 slides each lasting roughly 20 seconds.
I attended the Vancouver chapter of Pechu Kucha with a few friends on June 13th for the first time. The main theme was “Around The World” and featured native Vancouverites sharing the work they are doing around the world. One guy was developing a water filter to give to families in developing nations, another volunteered at an elephant sanctuary, another was founding girls soccer clubs around the world and the list goes on. The innovation, hard work, and what seemed to be random happenstance, came together to create something beautiful and inspirational. These people’s small hopes to change one person's life, teach soccer, or take photos, lead to the changing of communities, countries and entire lifestyles.
Pechu Kucha has put a fire in my belly to live beyond myself, keep dreaming, and get connected to the silent voices in my heart that are leading me towards whatever it is that I will do to help better the world around me.
This all leads back to the wonderful accomplishments of people immediately in my world, like the Fashion For Freedom fundraiser that my fellow Poiema Gals pulled off with major success. Who knows, maybe us Poiema Gals will be up on a stage at Pecha Kucha in Edmonton or Vancouver one day to talk about the things that we have been doing, and hopefully all the lives we are positively affecting. I’m so proud of my fellow Poiemians and privileged to count myself among them. Can’t wait to see what great things come out of your lives, ladies. I love you so much.
Find a Pecha Kucha event near you, and be inspired.