Pecha Kucha

In preparation for the New Era of Corporate Learning track at Online Educa Berlin, my friend Heike Philp prepared this delightful, six-minute video about Pecha Kucha.

What? You haven’t heard of Pecha Kucha? It’s Japanese for chit-chat.

This is an event that’s both fun and practical.

PechaKucha was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.

It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. It rests on a simple format: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

In Berlin, the fun part is watching the likes of Graham Attwell, Steve Wheeler, Heike Philp, David James Clarke, and Jay Cross try to deliver presentations in less than seven minutes elapsed time. You’ll feel the energy level in the room take off when the starting gun goes off.

The practical part is finding out how much information can be covered in a very brief time. Some corporations have experimented with the Pecha Kucha format for business meetings. They sometimes find that with prior planning, you can cover as much material in six minutes as you are accustomed to presenting in an hour! Imagine the savings in time if you could shrink your sessions to 10% of their original size.

Whether it’s for entertainment or experimental, you’ll have a zany time if you hold a meeting of Pecha Kucha.