Pecha Kucha, Vol. 31: The State of Atlanta

Who was Atlanta? Who is Atlanta? Where is Atlanta going? A dozen ATLiens, including the Center for Civic Innovation’s Rohit Malhotra, tackled these questions and more at Pecha Kucha Vol. 31 on Sunday, December 11.

Pecha Kucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where presenters show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. This presentation format was devised by architects in Tokyo, an attempt to create a more lively, fast-paced presentation style that would interest a wider group of people. The images advance automatically and presenters talk along to the images. Pecha Kucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts.

In Vol. 31 of Pecha Kucha Atlanta, presenters included CCI Civic Innovation Fellow Marian Liou of We Love BuHi, CCI organizational member the Office of Sustainability’s Mario Cambardella, and our own Rohit Malhotra.

Rohit spoke on rebuilding trust between people and their government. Particularly on the heels of an extremely polarizing national election, people often don’t vote or turn to their elected officials when they want to see change in their neighborhoods. In turn, government officials too often bypass authentic citizen engagement when creating laws and policy. Even though politics may seem more divisive than ever, Rohit believes trust can be rebuilt and that it all starts with engagement.

In 2017, Atlanta will elect a new mayor, city council, and school board. It’s never too early to register to vote. Even if you think you’re registered, are you registered at your current address? Have you changed your name since you last registered? Make sure you check on all these things before the following deadlines:

October 10, 2017: Registration deadline
November 3, 2017: Absentee deadline
November 7, 2017: Election Day!
December 1, 2017: Runoff Absentee deadline
December 5, 2017: Runoff election

You can check your voter registration status here.

Interested in speaking at the Pecha Kucha? They are now accepting submissions for their next event on Sunday, February 26. For more information or to submit a proposal, email