How I got here

How did I get here? We create our experience and our experience creates us. What experiences brought me to where I am now? Why am I doing what I am doing? What experiences contributed to creating me? What have I learned from my experiences, – what contributed to how I see and think and feel about things now, – to my creative interests, to my imagination, to my ideas, to my excitement about what we could create, and to creating my story and the story I am imagining we can create? Where did this story begin?

A New Story

This story became a new story on the first day of 1996 in a Navajo hogan on a mesa overlooking the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico. The Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. Two days earlier four of us gathered in Santa Fe to talk about the future of a television series we were planning to make about the contributions of the native peoples of the Americas to the evolution of our world.
In the marketing agency I was part of we rarely created communications designed to excite transaction activity for our clients without including opportunities for customers and audiences to act on the interest our stories were intended to excite. The appearance of the World Wide Web a few years earlier could make it possible to create a new story for our world which could not be ignored. Connecting the television series to opportunities to learn more about the indigenous peoples of the Americas and the world would leverage everyone’s investment and increase the impact of telling the stories which could not be ignored. I had no idea what would happen as the idea, and the story, and my life evolved.

The Story Begins

PDFS

Why create community

Power

Connecting people through conversation

Western Management Consultants
Go Direct Marketing
Native Roots
Creating connections
ArtsDirect
Go Direct Media
Centre for Dialogue
Simon Fraser University
World Education Market
Downtown Vancouver Association
Canadian Business for Social Responsibility
Alliance for Arts and Culture
Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
Contemporary Arts Society of Vancouver
Business Improvement Associations of British Columbia
Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association
Downtown Eastside Community Arts Network
The Fraser Institute
The Community Arts Council of Vancouver
Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts
Heritage Vancouver
International Centre of Arts for Social Change
Vancity Community Credit Union
The Suzuki Elders
ArtsFuture BC

My creative Journey so far

Our Creative Journey So Far