PechaKucha! Gesundheit! No no, PechaKucha is…
PechaKucha is an organization new to me this year. In August I mentioned that some cool opportunities had arisen: PechaKucha was one of them!
Have you ever heard of PechaKucha (how many times can I say PechaKucha in one post…)? The best way I can describe it is: engaging, concise presentations. It was created in Tokyo in 2003 “as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public” (PechaKucha website). You submit 20 images, which are shown for 20 seconds each, and through the images you tell a story, discuss an idea, or share some information or experience. Much more exciting than a Power Point…
I was invited to speak at Cranbrook’s #4 PechaKucha night, which was hosted at Paper and Cup in Kimberley. It was an evening of meeting dynamic, inspirational folks from our local area: Dave, who cycled across Canada for testicular cancer, and Alyssa, who brought healing to villages through acupuncture, to name a couple. I spoke for the environment, my zero-waste life, and how my journey began and unfolded.
It was a challenge for me to be concise (I’m not known to be concise, just check out all these brackets), but let me tell you what I discussed in about six minutes:
My A-HA moment began as an opportunity with Wildsight. I took on the Clean Bin Project, which later evolved into the Cranbrook Composts project. Through these programs I opened my eyes to our global trash problem, namely plastic pollution. I learned of the Zero Waste Movement and became part of it by changing my wasteful habits to sustainable ones. The movement was slow to catch on in the Kootenays, so I found my online tribe and kept doing my thing. Inspiring opportunities arose for me to share my journey and hopefully inspire others. To this day I am still discovering new ways I can be part of the solution, and show others how they can be too.
My favourite part of the evening was the discussions and questions that followed. Several people approached me afterwards to talk zero-waste, local issues, and challenges that vary from province to province. I really appreciated their openness, suggestions, and personal experiences. My hope is that I inspired at least one person to change one thing.
My sister and her partner were there as my supports, and they made it possible for my daughter to watch me speak, which was really important to me *sob*.
Thank you to the PechaKucha organizers, presenters, hosts, attendees, and all of the people who have encouraged me through this journey and continue to do so.
And stay tuned for the next opportunity, which I am SO excited about!
PechaKucha count: 10 *claps*