Ten years ago today, I introduced the idea of creating Vancouver Community Forums as a community project, inviting the Downtown Vancouver Association, the Vancouver Foundation, Tourism Vancouver, the Vancouver Board of Trade, and representatives from the arts, urban design, architecture, development, and social service communities to the conversation. I introduced the idea as a leadership initiative of the Downtown Vancouver Association to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of this historic contributor to the evolution of the city.
The idea of creating Vancouver Community Forums was to bring together leading contributors to excite creative exploration, creative leadership, community participation, and community contribution in exploring issues, ideas, and initiatives that could contribute to our common interests as a community enterprise.
I had no idea where I was going or what would happen, but it was a beginning. 1996, ten years earlier, was the real start, – the idea of using the world wide web to excite interest in opportunities to explore, learn from, and create a future for the contributions of our indigenous cultures – our native roots. The idea of Native Roots led me to exploring the possibility of creating a community media system to make creative community enterprise possible. Since the launch of Vancouver Community Forums, I have invested in creating events and opportunities I thought could become community projects.
This has been a case study. I learned a lot. I have been making the case for empirical inquiry and for exploring demonstrated evidence of the creative hypothesis in a real life context.
After twenty years of observing on where we are in our world and on some of the directions we appear to be going, I still think there is a case for exploring the idea of using our communication technology, and our knowledge and know-how, and our common human interests, to make community enterprise around creative interests, ideas, and opportunities possible. And that this could contribute significantly to creating the possibilities we imagine for the future of our world, our communities, our natural resources, our created resources, and our creative resources.
This is a new beginning. This is the launch of another project. This is now a personal project. I am making the case for the idea of the creative hypothesis. At the heart of the creative hypothesis is the idea that if we focus our attention and our creative energy on the idea of what could be, – the possibility we could create, – we will improve our probabilities of creating the possibilities we imagine.
I am no longer exploring the case study. I am just exploring my experiences, what I have learned from the case study, and my ideas of what we can create and what we can do to demonstrate the creative hypotheses as opportunities for creative enterprise. I am exploring the hypothesis in the form of a creative installation, – a theatre of a new world in our theatre of the new world, – the world wide web. A creative installation of hypotheses, of ideas we can imagine, of possibilities we can create, and of things we can do.
I don’t know where my new beginning is going or what will happen next. The difference now is that the exploration of the creative hypothesis is no longer a community project. It is now a personal project. My new beginning gives me the ability to pursue the idea of demonstrating the hypothesis as my own personal creative enterprise, – to enjoy the creative freedom, the creative expression, and my creative experience without expecting anything of myself or of others. I plan to invite my family, friends, and community to explore what I have been doing, what I am imagining, and where I am going as I create and connect the dots in my creative installation.