The advantage of collaborating with Mark Hayward for the #140Meetup was getting to meet Dana Montenegro and Angiemille Latorre from Seriously Creative.
Being invited to my second Pecha Kucha served as an opportunity to remind us on finding solutions and collaborating more if we want to improve our environments.
On arrival I chatted with Ramphis Castro regarding the info graphic going around online of money flow from Puerto Rico to the United States. I was happy to hear feedback from someone like Ramphis. As a blogger there is no greater feeling than someone confirming that you created a healthy conversation.
Talking about Fun
Dana Montenegro started the event by setting a good tone for the next speakers.
Change is something difficult to deal with but Dana reminds us how when in Pre-School mostly everything we was fun.
Some of Dana’s examples of how behavior changes where made fun from Volkswagen’s The Fun Theory:
Video: The Fast Lane
Video: Bottle Bank Arcade
Video: Piano Stairs
Video: The World’s Deepest Bin
Video: The Speed Camera Lottery
Before Dana introduced the next speaker he reminded us all that waiting for others (especially government) to solve our problems is not an option.
Making Failure a Part of Success
Joaquin Rodriguez Kierce from Neuron Igniters gave the 2nd Pecha Kucha on Failure and although it was his first time presenting a Pecha Kucha it appeared like he does this every day. His message of accepting failure and how failing quickly and in a cost effective way will help you succeed in the future.
He made the point on how failure is in our heads but opportunity is lurking around us. He also spoke on how if every Island Resident took a project our Puerto Rico’s future could positively change direction.
Someone from the audience made a very valid point.
Failure is equal to remaining inactive.
Trying something out and going for it should be perceived as success.
Another example from those who attended was how people wait for a job to be created for instead of creating a job.
The night ended with Isabel Rullán who spoke about the project ConPRmetidos. I really like the idea of how they are attempting to unite many of the social efforts.
I commented how we all need to put the spotlight on those companies that are focused on social good. Many non-for-profits are created for business reasons.
I have to thank Angie, Dana, and the Seriously Creative team for inviting me and helping me get some refreshing insight from those that struggle and live here on the island.