Next Pecha Kucha in Manchester (Mon 5th July)

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Monday 5th July 2010

Slater Heelis Solicitors, Dovecote House, off Old Hall Road, Sale Moor M33 2HG

(M60 Junction 6 – free parking on site)

Networking session from 6pm, show starts 7pm (concludes 9.15pm)

Cost: £10 to include light refreshments

Your hosts: Phil Harris and Andrew Thorp

I’m delighted to announce that the worldwide phenomenon Pecha Kucha is back in Manchester, following a successful 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 a reaction 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 Manchester on Monday 5th July 2010.

I’m compiling the list of speakers now, but to get a flavour of how it works, take a look at the report from the previous PK event in Manchester.

Because PK brings together people from so many different businesses, we’ve added an open networking session from 6-7pm. The show itself starts at 7pm and concludes about 9.15pm 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 passions or social enterprise projects.

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

Andrew Thorp

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