On Sunday April 18 Whistler hosted its first PechaKuchaNight.
Event curator Aki Kaltenbach invited me to join her group of presenters, alongside Hana, the founder of TwoGirlsForking, “Living the Dream” photographer Carin Smolinski, sexy stitchophile Michelle Lee, who is equally passionate about suturing rotting gums as sewing gorgeous wedding dresses, accidental sexpert (and the star of 72 hour Filmmaker Showdown finalist “Missing”) Grant Stoddard and Leslie Anthony, herpetologist and editor of Skier Magazine.
It was a random, eclectic event, that gave people 20 seconds per image to talk about their passions… and reminded me what a beautiful quirky world it is that we live in.
I talked about Slow Food Cycle Sunday, and how it sprang from a desire to eat something I recognised… and how its success, I think, lies in the fact that we all have a deep longing to turn left at McDonalds.
Food shouldn’t necessarily be a commodity. And when we turn everything, right down to a slice of potato, into a commodity, we forfeit so many things – at the top of the list, community and connection. The Slow Cycle Sunday ride is about taking it back.
So is Pecha Kucha Night… so don’t miss the next one.