This Friday at the Grove House in downtown Asheville I am presenting on Integral Education at PechaKuchaAVL. Created in Tokyo in 2003 as a way for designers to meet and talk about what they were working on, the format employs a series of 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each (20x20). Curious readers can learn more at the PechaKucha international site, which showcases some of the best presentations from around the world. As a viewer, my experience was a kind of visual feast, enticing listeners to sit back, watch, and (best part) learn. Somehow, the style combines the intent of the ever popular Ted talks, to which I have lost whole days of my life, with the lithe intent of poetry. Pare down! - that's the message I consistently heard as I worked over my own presentation. Minimalism gives me shivers of excitement. I love a good challenge!
The theme for this Friday's event is wild card, so I'll be keeping company with engineers, software developers, and speech pathologists among others. The topics are diverse, fascinating, and at least a couple are immediately relevant to Asheville's future, so if you've got a free evening on Friday night, drop by and soak up the heady vibes. You won't be disappointed.
And if you don't know what a shibboleth is now, I promise you will by the end of the night.
Coranna Adams is a writer, filmmaker, and educator from Asheville, North Carolina.