Anti-PowerPoint Party aims to reduce the number of boring PowerPoint presentations on the planet
A political party in Switzerland is fighting a novel cause, that of reducing the number of boring PowerPoint presentations on the planet to decrease.
A group of people have joined hands to form the Anti-PowerPoint Party (APPP) http://anti-powerpoint-party.com/ which was launched in July.
The Guardian reported that founder of the party Matthias Poehm claims that te world could save €350bn each year by avoiding PowerPoint.
Poehm says that real debate and discussion between attendees of presentations would improve communications skills.
A statement on the website reads: "We do not want to abolish PowerPoint; we only want to abolish the PowerPoint-CONSTRAINT."
"We want that the number of boring PowerPoint presentations on the planet to decrease and the average presentation to become more exciting and more interesting. The solutions are there, but nobody pays attention to them."
"In the future, those in companies, congresses, universities, schools, who want to renounce PowerPoint, should not have to justify themselves any longer."
Poehm says that a ‘flipchart’ is a better alternative and can make presntations more interesting.
He says, "Call me old-fashioned, but I believe in having a real discussion about ideas as opposed to force-feeding an increasingly sleepy crowd with numerous graphs and bullet points projected on to the nearest wall. "
The effort, though reported by major media sites, seems more like one made just to garner attention.
The statement in the website continued: "Our international movement shall be noticed by the world media. That is why we have chosen the organizational form of an international party. Since parties attract more attention in the media."
"We are truly not pursuing any political goals. When we have enough proponents, we can quickly become the fourth biggest party in Switzerland by the number of members. Thus, the media cannot ignore this problem any longer and the problem will be reported widely and deeply. This is the only reason, why we exist."
"If Poehm gains 10,000 signatures his party is free to run candidates in the election. So far fewer than 300 people have put their names to the cause. Unfortunately I don’t think a move to Switzerland is on the cards for me," says Poehm.
The party also says that PowerPoint represents all presentation software.