Next Pecha Kucha in Manchester 27th Sept

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Pecha Kucha Manchester – Mon 27th Sept 2010

Manchester Metropolitan University, 799 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 2RR

Networking session from 5.45pm, show starts 6.45pm (concludes 9.00pm)

Cost: £10 to include light refreshments

Your hosts: Phil Harris and Andrew Thorp

I’m delighted to announce that the worldwide phenomenon Pecha Kucha returns to Manchester on 27th Sept, following a successful re-launch last December. The term is based on the Japanese word for ‘chit-chat’ and has evolved into a social night with a difference. The PK concept was invented by two Tokyo-based architects, Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein as an antidote to the ‘death by Powerpoint’ experience we’ve all had from time to time.

Pecha Kucha Nights are a quarterly social gathering in a city where up to 12 presenters talk about something they feel passionate about, using an innovative 20/20 format – that’s 20 slides only, each rotating every 20 seconds. That makes all the talks exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds long, a great way to encourage a concise, punchy delivery! Paradoxically, Dytham and Klein found that by restricting presentations in this way they unleashed previously untapped creativity – and the events became enormously popular.

The idea caught on, and the likes of Joanna Lumley, Johnny Vegas and newsreader Jon Snow have given presentations. PK now operates in over 300 cities globally, a truly worldwide phenomenon…and it’s showcased again in Didsbury, Manchester on Monday 27th Sept 2010.

I’m compiling the list of speakers now, but to get a flavour of how it works, take a look at a report from the last PK in July. We have attracted approx. 100 business people at each event so far, as a not-for-profit venture.

Because PK brings together people from so many different businesses, we’ve added an open networking session from 5.45pm. The show itself starts at 6.45pm and concludes about 9.00pm with a break in the middle.

Two Questions…

  1. Would you like to attend?
  2. Would you like to present a talk?

NB: the talks should not be used to pitch a business proposal – they’re more for showcasing human interest stories, personal journeys, weird hobbies or social enterprise projects.

Just drop a comment in here or contact me via LinkedIn.

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