In a matter of seconds, thousands of lives and dreams were destroyed in Haiti last month.
Following the tragedy, aid came from many quarters, in all shapes and forms. The global PechaKucha community is coming together with Cameron Sinclair and Architecture for Humanity to lend a hand in rebuilding Haiti and establish long-term solutions. So this Saturday, February 20th, over 130 cities are celebrating PechaKucha for Haiti, where creative people can show their work, in the quick format of 20 images, 20 seconds each image. Some presentations intend to offer hope and encouragement through stories of past disaster relief projects, others simply inspire by showing the power of creative thinking. In organizing this event PechaKucha intends to not only raise funds through pledges from host cities and contributions from individuals but also illustrate the power of innovative minds, creative passion and, most of all, sharing ideas for change and sustainability.PechaKucha for Haiti is a true, last minute, we can do it fundraiser, mobilized less than a 20 days ago, spreading today to over 130 cities globally with 100% of proceeds destined for ready to go reconstruction projects in earthquake ravaged Haiti. Why this matters, according to Cameron Sinclair, Founder and eternal optimist at Architecture for Humanity (read Sinclair's full message here):
The fact is more people died in Haiti than in the 12 countries affected by the '04 Tsunami. Oh, and rainy season begins in a week. So this natural disaster IS a big deal and it's going to get rough.
On 20th February many of the 280 cities that host PechaKucha events worldwide will converge to present one continuous 24-hour edition of PechaKucha Night. Beginning in Tokyo 2003 as an online networking and exhibition event, PechaKucha has become a massive global event inspiring creative communities from Uganda to Norway. Kicking off at SuperDeluxe in Tokyo, where PechaKucha Night first started seven years to the day (20th Feb 2003), the a presentation 'wave' will travel westward, with cities presenting one after the other. Crossing all times zones and cultures, the PechaKucha 'wavecast' will be streamed live online on Ustream and will be viewable not only on computers, but also on any iPhone or Android handset.
So on Saturday, around 2000 presentations will be held in 24 hours around the globe, which has to be world largest distributed conference ever, and more so, with the least amount of CO2 being emitted as everyone is speaking locally in their own city. No one has to get on a plane to present, and most events are accessible by public transport. Those who don't have a PKN held nearby, can simply tune in on the PechaKucha Presentation WAVE, where all the cities are joined by a presentation relay, broadcast on what the PKN founder Astrid and Mark just named a global WAVEcast! You can watch the whole thing via Ustream.
If you want more, here are some interesting links:
More information about Pecha Kucha for Haiti and cities which are holding events
Watch Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, PechaKucha Founders in Tokyo launch the project jointly with Cameron Sinclair, Founder of Architecture for Humanity who was in Davos at the World Ecomonic Forum. (go full screen!)
First PechaKucha Presentation for Haiti by composed by Brian LeBarton (Beck) to photographs taken in Haiti by Francesco Valentino as he we was trying to find his family.
PechaKucha for Haiti logo, design by Studio Number One, founded by Shepard Fairey (image above).
All events in February are in support of PechaKucha for Haiti. Find a city near you.
PechaKucha Ustream channel
What you can do to help
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Please help spread the word about PechaKucha for Haiti this February: 20 images x 20 seconds, 200 cities, 2,000 presentations, 200,000 people. Rebuilding a nation 20 seconds at a time. ::Pecha Kucha