"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." Oscar Wilde penned that memorable line in his play, "Lady Windermere's Fan" and it seems an especially appropriate sentiment, given the image on the current Pecha Kucha poster.
Even if there's heavy cloud cover, you'll see a stellar lineup May 22, when GDC Manitoba presents PechaKucha Night Winninpeg Vol. 18.
Wilde also said, in the same play, "I can resist anything except temptation." We hope you will give into temptation and join us for PKN Vol. 18.
Confirmed speakers for PKN Vol. 18 (in alphabetical order):
Kyle Geske is a Winnipeg-based computer engineer, web coder, and artist. He is a co-founder of Open Democracy Manitoba, a volunteer organization dedicated to political education and the empowerment of local voters. Their most recent projects, ManitobaElection.ca and WinnipegElection.ca, have helped over eighty thousand local voters research their candidates and better understand the electoral process. Separately, as a programming instructor at Red River College, Kyle challenges and inspires the next generation of Manitoban web and app innovators.
Dan Goldberg is the graphic designer and packaging designer for Coghlan's Camping Accessories, but at night he's an up-and-coming standup comedian. Dan will discuss how the creative process of graphic design has influenced his creative process in his stand-up comedy.
Jamie Isfeld is a new media developer, an illustrator, and the creator of local niche news site Winnipeg is Nerdy. After growing up in semi-isolation on a farm in rural Manitoba, Jamie fell in love with the worldwide scope of the web at a young age. As she grew older, she watched the web develop from <blink> tags to Web 2.0 to a socially-driven new age. Now, she’s most interested in making sure the web finds a good balance between global, local and social.
Dougald Lamont is 45, has an M.A. in English Literature, and as a result has had to find other ways to make a living. He has worked as worked as a journalist, written two books for young readers, produced a documentary about sponge Hockey that aired on Hockey Night in Canada, as well as the viral videos “Does Winnipeg Really Exist?" and "OK, Maybe Winnipeg Exists,” that have 250,000+ views. He now runs his own PR / Communications agency, Jetpack Media. Dougald has worked in government as well as the private sector as well as many elections in the last ten years, which inspired his latest work, research into economic inequality and what we can do about it.
Rodger Lepinsky grew up in Winnipeg. After working for a number of years in the USA, he now claims that "California was a bad influence on me." When he is not promoting electric vehicles and the Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association, he likes to grow rare blue flowers.
Nina Logan is a part time Recovery Teacher. Her hobbies are volunteering and travelling. She was lucky to be able to do both this past March, when she was chosen with 21 other women from across Canada who volunteer for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. As part of her local grandmother group called "Grands'n'More", Nina visited three countries in Africa and met many of the grandmothers and the orphaned grandchildren they are now raising. It was a life changing experience.
Scott Marohn is the Director of Air Service and Product Development at Winnipeg Airports Authority. He has been with WAA for 10 years and played a role bringing the new airport online in 2011. He is now responsible for attracting new airlines into Winnipeg in order to allow Winnipeggers the chance to explore the world with greater ease. Scott also gets the creative juices flowing in his product development role by exploring new technologies and processes that might soon be available to passengers and the air travel industry.
Jack Rach – It's not often people get to live three lives simultaneously. Jack does. Sometimes these lives intersect, but most often they don't. He has a 9-5 at the University of Manitoba doing social media, video, and web work. He's also a husband, and father of two young monsters. At night though, he blogs and djs once in a while.
Geoff Ripat manages the Canadian Community Economic Development Network’s Spark service. A graduate of the Master of Social Work program at the University of Manitoba, Geoff has lived, worked and volunteered in Winnipeg’s inner city for over 15 years. Geoff returned to Winnipeg after almost five years in Bolivia, South America, where he was helping to build the capacity of a large organization which supported community development projects involving children and families.
Dwayne Sandall – this ultra-marathoner and race director is a running explorer, adventurer and enabler. He has a day job (making web browsers respect his commands) that enables him to spend as much time in the wilds as possible. Trail running takes him on adventures, discovering places you don’t go with a motor. These adventures are sometimes alone, sometimes with like minded runners, but always with fun in the forefront. Organizing trail races from 6 km to over 100 miles, he enables others to discover things in the woods.
Katie Schewe works to connect Winnipeg’s vast and varied talents to support non-profits in their work. Through her experience working in the financial service industry and communications, Katie brings a unique perspective to community collaboration and motivating volunteer engagement to support the work of local organizations. Katie is a graduate of Canadian Mennonite Bible College and the University of Winnipeg and she uses her professional and educational networks to inspire new connections and partnerships.
Here are some details about the event to jot down:
What: PechaKucha Night Vol.18
Where: The Park Theatre, 698 Osborne St
When: Thursday, May 22, 2014. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show time 8:20 p.m.
How Much: Suggested $10 donation at the door
Some background: PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network and to show their work in public. But the concept has since 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 conversation ("chit chat"), it rests on a presentation format based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds – keeping presentations concise and moving at a rapid and entertaining pace.
Official PechaKucha page: http://www.pechakucha.org/cities/winnipeg
Event sponsor: Red River College
Print sponsor: Vantage Studios & Printshop
Poster design: Melissa Archer