PKNSB Volume 1

Event Date: March 29, 2012

We are pleased to host the first PechaKucha Night in Santa Barbara at the University Club of SB.

Doors open at 7:00 pm, with presentations starting at 8:00 pm. A $5 donation to help pay for the venue will be accepted at the door. Drinks will be available for purchase atthe bar inside the University Club.

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We have some super interesting local individuals who are scheduled to present. Each presenter will be allowed 20 slides, with 20 seconds of talking time, per slide.

Here is a list of some of the presenters, and more will be announced soon:

Roberto Cortez
A chef for 17 years and currently reside in Los Angeles, California. I have had the honor of being the Personal Chef to Microsoft’s Paul Allen, Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith and Eddie Murphy, just to name a few. Roberto classically trained in Paris, and the South of France, along with studying pastries with Albert Adria at Spain’s renowned chcolate school, Chocovic. Currently his attention is focused on his dining group called “CR8” creating and exploring new dining experiences.

Faye Cox
A consultant in the emerging field of complementary currencies, or generative currencies as she likes to call them. She works with Bernard Lietaer, an international expert in the design and implementation of currency systems. Her aim is to spread the word far and wide about our capacity to create monetary ‘ecologies’ that can address our economic and environmental challenges. She sees this as an essential aspect of our waking up to who we really are (creators and not victims) and to the nature of reality in its interconnectedness. An entrepreneur, episcopalian-buddhist, and eternal learner, Faye lives in Santa Barbara where she is working to sow the seeds for an ecology of currencies locally. Otherwise she can be found walking her dog on the beach or reading books with her granddaughter.

Ethan Lowry
An interaction designer, inventor and entrepreneur. He recently moved to Santa Barbara from Seattle.

Debby Takikawa
Debby is the producer and director of What Babies Want, an award winning documentary film about babies. A chiropractor by formal training, Debby Takikawa founded the nonprofit organization, Beginnings, Inc. in 2001 as a way of supporting a clinic and teaching facility for children and their families who were facing attachment issues, birth trauma, and other health challenges.

Michael McGinnis, PhD
An artist, poet and educator. He teaches at UCSB and in New Zealand. His interest is on the people and places of the Pacific Ocean, and has been writing a column for the Santa Barbara Independent called “Meet the Pacific”. He’s the author of over 100 articles and books on biodiversity conservation. He’s lived in Santa Barbara for 20 years.

Chris Farmer
When Chris was 20 years old, he realized that he had never eaten a single thing that he knew where it came from. At 22, he helped start an organic vegetable farm outside of Olympia, WA. Three years later, for family reasons, he moved back to the Carolinas, and soon thereafter, moved to Earthaven Ecovillage, a 320 acre intentional community outside of Black Mountain, NC, with a dream of one day clearing his own farm field. He will be sharing a presentation about a small 12 x12 Microhut that he designed and built of the wood that came from the field he helped to clear.

AJ Henning
Assistant director at the Multimedia Arts and Design Academy at Santa Barbara High School. Currently teaching a class on blogging.

Bruce Caron
Bruce is the founder and current executive director of the New Media Studio and the New Media Research Institute in Santa Barbara. Bruce was trained as a social anthropologist and an urban cultural geographer. He is skilled in a variety of multimedia authoring tools, and completed the first multimedia dissertation at UC Santa Barbara. Through the New Media Studio and the New Media Research Institute, he is realizing the goal of bringing new tools and skills to the public to help democratize the technological advantages of the digital revolution.

If you would like to present in future months, or know of a person who would, please send an email to

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3 thoughts on “PKNSB Volume 1”

    1. We would love to have you attend and/or present. Our next one will be on Thursday May 31. Please send an email to contact {at} pknsb {dot} org with details about yourself and what you would like to present on.

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