CLEVELAND — PechaKucha. Have you heard of it and if not, then just exactly what is it? 

Well, presenters get to state their case in a fast paced and engaging way with 20 slides timed to 20 seconds each. 

Thursday night’s event took place on the banks of the Cuyahoga River almost 50 years to the day of the river’s last burning. It focused on clean water issues with presenters offering their perspectives of clean water.

Some of the presenters included: Pat Conway and Saul Kliorys from the Great Lakes Brewing Company; Adib Dada from Beirut, Lebanon, the founder of an architecture lab aimed at invoking new relationships between climate, landscape and inhabitants; Sharon Day from Minneapolis, an Ojibwe elder and water walker; and Sadhu Johnston of Vancouver who helped found the Cleveland Green Building Coalition.

The event was held at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica and sponsored by the Cleveland Foundation. 

In a press release, Stephen Love, Cleveland Foundation Program Officer for Environment, said, “We believe gathering diverse voices to explore our relationship to water creates a powerful space to reflect on the Cuyahoga River’s recovery and foster a global dialogue about our shared freshwater future.”