August 12, 2013
Pecha Kucha Columbus
Started in 2003 in Tokyo, the event features speakers who present 20 images and are given 20 second to speak about each of those images. Pecha Kucha means "chit chat" in Japanese. (It's difficult to pronounce at first. Here's a link on how to pronounce it http://www.forvo.com/word/pecha_kucha/) Pecha Kucha talks take place in more than 200 cities and started in Columbus in 2006. Last night's event was Pecha Kucha #26 in Columbus. It was scheduled to be outside, but weather forced the event indoors at Tacocat, the new artist collaborative started by folks who formerly worked at the adjacent Junctionview Studios space.
Last night's event kicked off at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by the band Fever Fever. I really liked their sound and will definitely go see them if they're playing in town. After a delayed start, a wide range of speakers presented on a wide range of topics around 8:45 p.m. The event was pretty well-attended and I'd say around 200+ people were there. I was appalled, impressed, saddened, informed and inspired by the talks. I learned something new about each topic presented and in some cases, reminded about things I had forgotten. I'm really glad I went and didn't spend the night sitting at home watching TV.
If you go, take some cash-probably around $10. The event had a suggested donation of $2. The Burrito Bus was peddling nachos, burritos and other fare for various prices. Someone was also selling cans of PBR for $1. Also, if you go you want to bring a folding chair to sit in or lawn blanket. Adjacent parking is free.
I know you're probably wondering why I'm writing about this for the Green Life blog. Here's why you should attend one of these events:
I learned more about sustainability and details on "Farm to Table" and thinking about where your food comes from during the first talk by chef Donte Allen.
I was also reminded about how plants many of us would consider weeds are actually quite healthy. Clintonville resident Laura Standfield mentioned a number of plants I see on most of my hikes and in some other areas and their nutritional content. She lives in the Olentangy River/Watershed area and regularly walks with her dog and finds plants in the area to eat. Among others, she has harvested wild leeks, mulberries (made into wine), paw paws, and stinging nettle.
Jessica Mathews spoke about the "Girls in Gear" bike program, which aims to teach girls about bike safety, nutrition and exercise, bike upkeep/repair, urban planning, while also serving as an empowerment tool for girls. Upon completing the program, the girls get a new bike and helmet.
Other topics included facing fear, being gay and HIV positive, fabulous Ohio females, inpsiration and innovation from "unplugging", changing your perception/"ah-ha" moments and fundraising/contributions to nonprofits.
If you haven't been to a Pecha Kucha event, I highly recommend you go to the next one. You'll definitely learn something.
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