Went to that event last night where 20 people each do a 3-minute presentation on something they're passionate about. It was, yeah, interesting. It was neat. I like the new energy around social activities like these.
The event was held at Norse Hall, a 1928 dance hall and event space built for people of Norwegian heritage living in Portland. Beautiful and funky place. I like the table and chair in the men's bathroom.
The presentations covered the gamut. Gary Hirsch did the most efficient 3 minute presentation of improvisation - complete with audience participation - that I've ever seen. Fun.
The ones that stuck were the ones full of passion and sincerity, the woman who visited Afghanistan, the woman paying tribute to her grandfather, the guy with the website dedicated to people with gaps in their teeth, the guy who loves fruit.
I have mixed feelings about the format - which is super popular right now with this and Pecha Kucha and IGNITE Portland and whatnot. It's fun, but reminds me of sitting in front of the TV changing channels. Nothing penetrates too deeply. But it's sweet that a couple hundred people would go out on a Thursday night to do something like this. Encouraging.