Holy crap. Seriously people. So evidently I'm a bit behind the curve. My friend Ellen Wagner recently did a presentation at the Learning Solutions conference (along with Cammy Bean and Koreen Olbrish). Part of that presentation included a wonderful piece entitled the "Secret Handshakes of Instructional Designers"
This is one of those presentations where you do 20 slides and only use 20 seconds talking about each one. Ellen has a whole post on using this Pecha Kucha format for talking about instructional design here. I was there for the presentation and it went over like gangbusters. Evidently though, in doing it, Ellen joined the ranks of lawbreakers, rebels and general neer-do-wells...
"This is Jean from PechaKucha HQ here in Tokyo. It has come to our attention that you recently organized a PechaKucha event without our consent.
The PechaKucha name, logo, and format are all trademarked concepts, and as we clearly indicate on our site, we ask that anyone who is interested in running a PK event get in touch, as we have a review and agreement process that we go through."
Yeah, I know. My head almost exploded too. I mean...this is a format people!! So then I decided to take a look at the Pecha Kucha web site. Sheesh. Rarely have I seen a site so full of whining pretensions.
Like (from Aims of the Pecha Kucha Foundation):
"To keep the global PechaKucha movement -- now in close to 300 cities with over 60 events a month -- growing in a sustainable manner, reviewing city applications and granting handshake agreements."
How about getting out of your own way? How's that for managing growth? Why does a format either for a presentation or an event, have to be managed for sustainability?
"With revenue from sponsorship, donations and advertising the Foundation will start and support global initiatives such as the PechaKucha website "Presentations" section -- a global city archive of presentations -- and the Marc Hoekstra PechaKucha Award."
You're kidding right? You need to donations to host presentations? Have you heard of YouTube? SlideShare? And I love the idea of an award and Marc sounds like a tremendous human but if you believe in it so much, set up a PayPal account and let the world contribute.
"Klein Dytham architecture has sponsored PechaKucha since its inception in 2003, paying for all website development and staffing costs. As the number of cities and events have grown so have costs and staffing. In 2008, Autodesk, the world's leading architectural and creative sofware company, came on board as a sponsor and helped cover some of the running costs. Klein Dytham architecture still sponsor the movement by covering the considerable shortfall."
That's huge kudos for Klein Dytham but sheesh don't cover the costs of something like this out of the goodness of your heart and then come whining about it and about shortfalls. And while we're on the topic, "staffing costs"? I guess that not trying to make people apply for PK permits and having to review those applications would dramatically cut down on your staffing costs.
So...since PK and 20x20 are both trademarked...I'm recommending we start a new movement...I'm torn between 19x19 and 21x21...can't decide right now. I do promise though to keep web site development costs low (if only there were some kind of free service for hosting a web site) and staffing costs down (my salary will be reasonable I promise). So there you go people...what's next? A patent on starting your talk with a joke?