exploring the evolution of Canada
In 1967 we celebrated our 100th anniversary by bringing the world to Canada.
In 2017, we can celebrate our 150th anniversary by bringing the idea of Canada to the world.
What we can do
What we can do is create a place for Creative Canada 150, a theatre in our digital space where our creative leaders, creative artists, creative entrepreneurs, and creative contributors can explore for the 150 ideas of Canada we commonly agree upon, – who we are, how we are, and how we see ourselves, – which contribute most to creating our identity, our culture, our creative interests as a country.
What we can do is explore our 150 years as Canada for the 150 people, events, and enterprises which contributed most to creating our idea of Canada, and the 150 people, events, and enterprises which contributed most significantly to our creative and cultural evolution, and the 150 most significant contributions Canada has made to the creative and cultural evolution of the world.
What we can do is excite our creative community in exploring the idea of Canada in our digital space. What 150 ideas could contribute most to our creative interests as a country? What 150 ideas could it contribute most to bringing Canada to the world as Creative Canada in 2017? What could the idea of a Creative Canada 150 stage contribute to creating theatre of a new world and theatre for a new world? Who could be interested in contributing?
Creating the conversation
What creative leaders could excite a creative conversation about what Canada, creative Canada, can do to contribute to creating communities without borders? What Canadians have we honoured as creative leaders and creative contributors to the idea of Canada, a country, a culture, a community creating communities without borders?
Order of Canada inducts 100 honorees
If the newest Order of Canada appointments reveal anything, it is that there is more than one way to make Canada a better place. You can be a comedian or a cardiologist, a Paralympian or an advocate for the homeless. Former federal party leaders can make a difference, and so can Inuit throat singers.
Order of Canada honorees are demonstrated contributors to our idea of Canada. Their contributions on how we create communities without borders and on what we can do is a good place to start a creative conversation, – a creative conversation in our creative communities and a deliberation on the creative interests we could focus on in our creative exploration for the ideas we agree could contribute most significantly to our creative enterprise as a community.
How do the people who have been honoured see Canada? Our ideas? Our culture? Our evolution? What we care about?
In early 1998, Simon Fraser University was in the middle of plans to create a Centre for Dialogue in downtown Vancouver. I knew the University and frequently had breakfast with David Mitchell, one of the University’s Vice Presidents, to talk about ideas. I was interested in creating a relationship with Simon Fraser University for Go Direct Marketing and even more interested in the idea of a Centre for Dialogue.
I presented my ideas on what I imagined the Centre for Dialogue could do and what we could do to get the Centre for Dialogue started. I used the idea for a Dialogue on Canadian Unity as an example to start to demonstrate the role the Centre for Dialogue could play. These were my ideas.