Mini-TED Talks coming to Lloyd

By Geoff Lee

August 16, 2016 8:57 AM

With a time limit of six minutes and forty seconds for each presenter, there will be no long-winded speakers at Lloydminster’s first Pecha Kucha event.
The unique event is also called Pecha Kucha 20x20 with presenters talking along while showing 20 images, each for 20 seconds.
Pecha Kucha means chit chat in Japanese and will feature 10 talks against the clock at the Vic Juba Community Theatre on Sept. 22, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.
The local Pecha Kucha event is being hosted by the Lloydminster Young Professionals group, co-founded by city counsellor Jason Whiting, and Trisha Le, who brought the concept to light.
Le said it’s something she’s been dreaming up for the past three years.
“I am a TED Talks fanatic,” said Le, in reference to the popular TED Talks videos, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.
“I attended the local version of TED Talks called TEDx in Calgary and I also attended Pecha Kucha in Edmonton and I was inspired.”
She said she was thinking this is what Lloyd needs and the Young Professionals ran with it.
Pecha Kucha was devised in Tokyo in 2003 as a way for professionals to meet, network and show their work in public.
The format which keeps presentations concise and fast paced has led to multiple speaker Pecha Kucha events all over the world.
Le said Pecha Kucha is the same concept as TED Talks with people getting on stage and telling different stories, but with a specific 20x20 format.
“It keeps the presentations pretty quick and concise for a total of six minutes and 40 seconds,” she said.
The initial Pecha Kucha event in Lloydminster will be focused on the wide open theme, Raw, which Le said can mean many things including raw emotions.
Announced Monday, the 10 presenters are:
• Karue Wachira • You are the chosen one
•Benjamin Acquaye—What do you see?
• Warren Aguinaldo & Raj Rajakumar—Body and Sound.
• Emmy Kuypers— My Privilege.
• Kent Hummelle—The Stay-About: A fable about being alone at 36 for 20 days.
• Kristine Knourek—The man with the heart of gold.
• Rawrie Bullock—The battle within.
•Benjamin Harrison—Carless: A year of walking and cycling around the Border City.
• Kennedy King—One foot in front of the other.
• Shelley Wiart—Smoking Native, Why can’t you quit?
“I think it will be a really good diversity of stories to tell at the Pecha Kucha,” Le said.
She said the Young Professionals are encouraging everyone—all ages and interest groups—to come out and watch.
The first performance takes place at 7 p.m.
Whiting said a group of volunteers is working with each of the speakers to get them prepared to go on stage and share their story or passion.
“The creativity, dialogue and communication that stems from Pecha Kucha events is very powerful, and Young Professionals is thrilled to bring this event to Lloydminster,” he said.
“The beauty of it is, it’s all local presenters,” added Le, who is hoping to have a couple of Pecha Kucha events annually.
Tickets are $20 in advance from Vic Juba or $25 at the door and include admission to the presentation and the post show professional mixer at 8: 30 p.m.
Darren King, president of Kings Energy Group, will act as the master of ceremonies.
As for what the audience can expect, Le couldn’t say for sure but noted, “We’re encouraging them to have an open mind and to walk away knowing that there’s always different perspectives to one thing.
“Everybody has a story as well.”

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