From Peace Corps Wiki
July 24, 2008
Please join RPCVW for a happy hour to learn more about the Peace Corps Wiki, a website that uses "wiki technology" with the goal to engage the Peace Corps community and the public thus making Peace Corps more effective and relevant.
- Date: July 24, 2008
- Time: 6-8pm
- Place: Recessions, 1823 L Street, NW #1, Washington, DC 20036
Their specials from 5 to 8pm are:
$3.00, 28 oz. of domestic beers (Bud Lite and Michelob), $3.00, house liquors $3.00, appetizers
We will be doing several presentations: 20 slides, 20 seconds for each slide based on photos and items from service. Most of the volunteers have an accompanying blog and online photos... should be about 3 to 5 presentations with an intro to the wiki and journals sites.
...You're On! The first thing Peace Corps Wiki Organizer Will Dickinson (RPCV, Armenia 2004-2006) wanted to do when he arrived back in the U.S. was to talk and show his photos of his experience in Peace Corps. He said he usually lost people's interest in about 10 minutes or less. Yet, here's a chance to show your whole PC experience in under 7 minutes! Its a great experience in trying to get your mind around the experience. Most of the RPCVs in the DC area have been back for a few years; however, if you've been back for less than two years (in other words, less time than when you were in your host country of service) you'll have a unique perspective of your PC experience that's still relatively fresh. Maybe you haven't collected your thoughts. That doesn't matter because your experience provides us the current state of each Peace Corps country overseas, and helps us relive some of our personal travel adventures.
Did Peace Corps make you a better story teller? ....DAH! Of Course!
Please tell a story, don't just show us a bunch of photos of cliche exotic places and people doing unusual and unrelated tasks. If you have a friend that's a photographer, Will highly recommends that you have your work reviewed so the sequences make sense and tells us something deeper about your service.
As we all know, give a RPCV a podium and a chance to talk and you'll be trapped for hours with fascinating stories of adventures. The key is to keep things moving by only allowing each presenter 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds - giving you 6 minutes and 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps the presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show their material.
This format is designed to tap into a demand for a forum in which stories, work, and experiences can be easily and informally shown, without having to rent a gallery or chat up a magazine editor.
No Blog/Journal? ....No Worries!
Maybe you had a blog, maybe you didn't; but during Peace Corps it's likely that you did a lot of writing. Maybe you sent it home by email or snail mail. Whatever the case, a documentation of your life and service is one of the cornerstones of your Peace Corps experience. Celebrate 5 years of the Peace Corps Journals and 1 year for the Peace Corps Wiki by sharing your experience at this Happy Hour. The Journals and Wiki have been developed and supported independently of any organizations by several recently returned volunteers and small donations. We hope that your unique stories, tales and presentations embody the independence and initial creative impetus behind the PC Journals and Wiki.
How did journal writing or blogging effect change in those in not in Country? Did it alert your community at home just what it was like to service in another country? Did it reveal something about America or the PeaceCorps that you never expected?
To keep the interest of the diverse audience, please use this
opportunity to sequentially tell about your experience so that each
image builds on the next.
What is 20 slides, 20 seconds each?
- Presentation: Each person shows 20 images. You have 20 seconds to
show each image. You have no control over this. It will be programmed
on a computer, so you should be fast and we recommend you practice
- Format: 20 images in JPEG format (size: 1024 x 768 px., landscape
orientation). Keep your images under 450 KB each (already compressed).
- Naming: Name your images with your initials followed by consecutive
numbers, i.e. PJ-001.jpg, PJ-002.jpg, PJ-003.jpg, etc. Please practice
your presentation beforehand to make sure your slides are named
correctly. Please follow the format, if you don't name your images
correctly the computer will order them in a wrong way and it can
affect your presentation. This also makes it easier for us to run the
show and handle a large amount of images : )
- Sending: Once you have your images, please e-mail them to us (no
later than a day before the event). We usually have a page with a
preview image of each presenter before each event, so please also send
us an image that you want for your thumbnail.
- Schedule: The doors open at 6pm (18:00) & the first presentation
starts at 18:40.
Credits: This presentation format is modeled after: Pecha Kucha http://www.klein-dytham.com/pechakucha/what
We have alerted the Pecha Kucha chapter of DC about our event and they look forward to
working with us in the future.
Tips for presentations:
Example gallery: http://pechakucha-sf.com/html/Gallery_Vol12/gallery_wd.htm
DETAILS …..changed slightly from the guidelines of Pecha Kucha SF…….
FOR A PRESENTATION:
1. Let us know your full name and title (i.e. Staff, Volunteer, Country, Years of Service, etc.)
2. Send us a preview image by e-mail. This will be published on the website prior to the event.
YOUR 20 IMAGES:
1. Please make sure you have your 20 images ready at least two days before the event or have them ready to go on flash drive per the formatting instructions below. Please email them to me or Corey. There are several presenters on every event, we can't afford to waste time setting up images.
2. PLEASE follow the format below, we have had some presenters not respecting the format in the past and this brings technical issues during presentations. If you name your images correctly there should be no disordered images. We use a software called Picasa (by Google) to run the slide show, it makes a nice fade between slides and it is programmed to show every slide for 20 seconds only (so either you or us have control over that).
-Save your images in JPEG format (size: 1024px by 768px)…. Is optimal
-Landscape orientation is preferred in order to maximize the viewable area of the screen, but Picasa will adjust the size of a portrait image in order to fit the screen.
-Keep your images under 450 KB each (we recommend using the "save for web" option in Photoshop to keep images light).
-Once you have them all ready, zip them and e-mail them to us (it makes it a lot easier for you and for us to send them altogether in one zip folder than all separately).
-Please use the following naming format to make sure your slides are in correct order (but use your
initials instead of “FL”):
For example: to avoid having your slide #10 before your slide #2 (the computer will read FL_0010.jpg
before FL_002.jpg), make sure you use the above naming format.
The best thing to do to make sure your slides are in correct order is to rehearse before the event. Sort
your images by name and practice your talk.
If you are a Mac user, make sure your images run well on PC before sending them to us.
Also, just a friendly reminder that PC presents is not a venue for sales pitches, so any presentation
with a commercial intent or a corporate promotion will NOT be welcome.
Have fun, remember that you only have 400 seconds on stage.