In a study published Friday in the journal Science Advances, biologists found that the Earth is losing mammal species 20 to 100 times the rate of the past. Extinctions are happening so fast, they could rival the event that killed the dinosaurs in as little as 250 years. Given the timing, the unprecedented speed of the losses and decades of research on the effects of pollution, hunting and habitat loss, they assert that human activity is responsible.
“The smoking gun in these extinctions is very obvious, and it’s in our hands,” co-author Todd Palmer, a biologist at the University of Florida, wrote in an e-mail to The Washington Post.
Since 1900 alone, 69 mammal species are believed to have gone extinct, along with about 400 other types of vertebrates. Evidence for species lost among nonvertebrate animals and other kinds of living things is much more difficult to come by, the researchers say, but there’s little reason to believe that the rest of life on Earth is faring any better.
This rapid species loss is alarming enough, according to the study’s authors, but it could be just the beginning.
“We can confidently conclude that modern extinction rates are exceptionally high, that they are increasing, and that they suggest a mass extinction under way,” they write. “If the currently elevated extinction pace is allowed to continue, humans will soon (in as little as three human lifetimes) be deprived of many biodiversity benefits.”
From Earth is on brink of a sixth mass extinction, scientists say, and it’s humans’ fault
Washington Post, 2015.06.22
Education is a crucial tool in promoting the benefits of sustainability. The key lies in making humans part of the solution rather than the cause of the problem.
Listen with your voice
Sunday – A place to start – email links M,D,G,S
A place to start
From creating our learning systems to end
Centre for Community Journalism, Literacy, Democracy, Creative Canada 2017, Deliberative Democracy, Shipibo and Monpa to trade centre
Change has always characterized the Arctic. It’s a dynamic place, socially as well as ecologically. The difference now is that acceleration and unpredictable changes are the new reality there. We no longer have a choice about embracing this uncertainty; like it or not, it’s our shared destiny now. This does not mean complacency or despair though, since we cannot shirk our responsibility to stay on the safe side of those biophysical tipping points we can still avoid crossing.
Unfortunately, such thresholds are difficult to detect until they’ve been crossed, so we will have to pay close attention going forward. Continued change will create winners and losers, both within the Arctic and worldwide. Who — or what — will determine who those losers and winners are? Figuring that out demands thinking carefully about what kind of actions to take in the name of doing something for the Arctic, and why.
If there’s an upside, it’s that whether the Arctic Resilience Report’s findings mean we are “too late” or not really is up to us to decide. That depends on what kind of Arctic we want to have, which is an especially important consideration for the people who live up there and are most affected by these changes.
From If we can’t preserve the Arctic as we know it, what next?
Community Learning Centre – The Arctic
Restoring Our Environment
Arctic Resilience Report
Stockholm Resilience Centre
Research for Governance of Social-Ecological Systems
Arctic Inspiration Prize
Announcement October 2016
Change the System, Not the Climate
"Environmental racism in this country is very much a red and white issue."Clayton Thomas-Muller explains that tackling climate change and environmental destruction in Canada means addressing an ongoing legacy of colonialism.Video Credit: Saeed Valadbaygi
Posted by 350 Canada on Monday, January 9, 2017
Sacred Water Declaration
2016 World Social Forum
Exploring the Business Case
Roger’s story – 2000
Vancouver Community Forums
http://www.quantumideas.com/old-html-site/q1-nativeroots01.html Creos et al
Check artsbc and abilities that work
http://www.rogerchilton.com/a-beginning/creative-hypothesis/ – When QI went wordpress
Connecting the dots
Creating our learning systems – to end
Creative fashion for youth
Taking the Leap
The Anthropology of Food – Margo Kendall
A field guide to lies
From ideas to enterprise with creative opportunities
Water – Keystone consumer
Vancouver Arts Forum
Research Community Health Centre
The Monpa, former tribal nomadic people in Tibet, are settled Buddhists living as farmers, yak herders, and traders in Arunachal Pradesh, a protected state in the Northeast corner of India. Monpa women still weave their own clothing on backstrap looms out of cotton and domesticated silk, and embroider them with region-specific designs.
The outfit of shingka (sleeveless dress), tudung (jacket), and chudang (sash) was collected in the town of Dirang in 2014 from the weaver and the wearer Rinchin Zangmu Dunkharpa, who is shown with her family. A galle (ankle-length wraparound skirt) is another Monpa item of clothing that is regularly worn by women. Depisted motifs are yaks and horses carrying people and loads, birds, and star or flower shapes.
“It is an honor to come to know that the Monpa woven clothing is now displayed in your prestigious Museum. It is because of people like you that we are still able to preserve our age old culture and traditions which would otherwise maybe get vanished through the passage of time.”
Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Where Canada Cares began
#1a65af community forum
Check 2006 Launch Date of QI html
A Quantum Leap
A Creative Manifesto
Change quantum centres to creative centres
Quantum ideas Enterprises 2006
The art of creating connections 2006
Arts and Social Change on Roger Chilton – where do we learn the arts, – the humanities?
VCF Story – intended to launch vacf and qi as creative community centres – 2006
Goinhome film page on quantumideas – Connect to community children
How do we create communities without borders? How do we move from us and them to we? We have compelling reasons. We have creative reasons. We have caring reasons. How do we create the experience of community? How do we create community around our common human interests? How do we evolve as a community? How do we evolve from me to we, – to the experience, appreciation, and understanding of our connectedness, – our common nature, our common interests, our common experience of life?
What can we do? What ideas do we have for creating possibilities? What possibilities do we imagine we could create? What creative interests could we focus our creative energy, our creative resources, and our creative communities on? What creative interests and creative possibilities do we pursue in our overarching common human interest of creating communities without borders?
What 150 ideas and opportunities for creative community enterprise will contribute most significantly to our creative community interests? What are the 15 creative interests we can create community around to explore for ideas and opportunities and measure the contributions of our creative community enterprise and our creative and cultural evolution as a community?
What creative leadership can we contribute? What creative leadership can we excite? 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, as a country, a culture, and a community creating communities without borders?
I wish you endless dreams and the furious desire to achieve some. I wish you love what you should love and forget what to forget. I wish you passion. I wish you silence. I wish you bird songs on walking and children’s laughter.
I wish you to respect the differences of others, because the merit and value of each are often to be discovered. I wish you to resist the stalemate, the indifference, and the negative virtues of our time.
Finally I wish you never to give up research, adventure, life, and love as life is a magnificent adventure and none of the rational mind can give it up without a hard battle. I wish you above all to be you, proud of being and happy to be you, as happiness is our true destiny.
Ways of seeing
Creating Opportunities for Children
Community Housing Centre
VSO New Music Festival Preview TONIGHT!
Please join us TONIGHT at 7pm in the Murray Adaskin Salon as Sean Bickerton, BC Director of the Canadian Music Centre, hosts three of Canada’s leading composers for a special CMC preview of the 2017 Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s largest New Music Festival ever!
Patrons of this exclusive preview will share a glass of wine, get to ask questions, and enjoy a fascinating discussion about works featured in the festival and the art of composing itself, with VSO Composer In Residence Jocelyn Morlock; VSO trumpeter and Composer in Association, Marcus Goddard; and Early Music Vancouver’s Rodney Sharman.
The Spirit of Haida Gwaii
The Haida culture
The Haida people
The Haida experience of life
What the Haida see
What the Haida think
The ldea of leadership
The idea of elders
How the Haida think
How the Haida feel
Here’s what Jane Jacobs—who was generally critical of rigid zoning, and supportive of mixed uses — had to say in Dark Age Ahead (2004) about Vancouver’s foray into discretionary zoning:
“Discretionary zoning seems ideal, provided that its intents are practical and supported by a politically engaged citizenry. But I have serious reservations about it because it could be a disaster when administered by corrupt municipal government, or if planning is dominated by appeal bodies not responsive to citizens. Planners like discretionary zoning because of the opportunities it affords them to refine and fine-tune their visions. In Vancouver residents have raised complaints about standardised results and have objected that citizens are brought into the process at too late a stage. These reservations raise the root question: who has discretion?”
“Appeal bodies not responsive to citizens” was a reference to the Ontario Municipal Board, whose members are appointed by a government politically beholden to the development industry, and during the Mike Harris years became unresponsive to both citizens and Toronto’s planning department. This subverted the OMB’s original purpose, which was to help ensure fiscal responsibility at the municipal level.
A key ingredient and safeguard of Vancouver’s discretionary zoning practices was the Third Party Appeal Board and process, which was responsive to citizens, and functioned as a deterrent to excessive or problematic rezoning especially proposals that would be destructive to valued public assets. When Third Party Appeals were unexpectedly struck down on a technicality by a BC judge (ca 2007 during the NPA Sullivan Administration), this essential check was lost, and has never been restored, despite election promises from Vision Vancouver that they would do so.
As for “corrupt municipal government”, this is exactly what Vancouver has, now that both of the main municipal parties are financially beholden to the development industry, and block voting by the ruling party (which started under Sullivan but continued under Robertson) is the rule. So “who has discretion?” Not citizens, who are still brought into the process after the key decisions have been made, and whose input is largely ignored in any case. Not CoV planners, who have left in droves after seeing their reports and recommendations to Council rewritten in the City Manager’s office, the City’s urban designers dismissed by a Manager of Planning and Development who was appointed to be a “yes man” to developers and who, on occasion, put undue pressure on the Urban Design Panel to support proposals that they were loath to support for sound urban design reasons. At first, only residents publicly objected to features of proposals they viewed as problematic; but eventually, design professionals started to raise objections as well.
Has council got the message that discretionary zoning is in deep trouble? Do they care? I think that remains to be seen; but as long as our decision makers are in systemic conflicts of interest due to their financial ties to the development industry, Jane Jacobs’ “serious reservations” about discretionary zoning will be highly relevant.
Here is my added comment: Ray.
They were heady and inspiring days in the early 70’s when Council decided that discretionary zoning was a desirable feature to include in our development approvals processes. There was excitement in the air that we, as a confident and sophisticated community, could now move beyond the strict application of rigid zoning regulations into open discussion between the three major players — staff, citizens and developers, and seek reasonable balance among the many unique and varying characteristic features that underlie all developments, locations and sites. This was not a “ Carte Blanche” for any density. A maximum density that could be considered was stipulated as were the design conditions that would allow the approving authority to permit that maximum density if the design criteria were satisfactorily met in the application. The approving authority was the new Development Permit Board which consisted of senior staff sitting with representatives of the design professions, the development industry and citizens at large. I can attest that in my 15 years chairing that Board, there was never a decision made by the Board that was not based on a consensus from the advisory groups. Similarly, no single contrary opinion had to be referred to Council, as was always possible.
A major review of the process was undertaken in 1984 which resulted in some improvements in the process and again support by Council of the day for the discretionary process. My note of December 1st referred to this process.
HOWEVER. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT MANY THINGS HAVE CHANGED OVER THE LAST MANY YEARS. I remember well the discussion we had in the early days that noted how important it was for everyone involved to keep the basic principles of OPENNESS, PARTICIPATION, and ATTENTION TO SOUND DESIGN GUIDELINES as the drivers for decision-making.
(Please forgive a quick aside here. In 1974, Vancouver was the first place in Canada, if not in North America, to require developers to erect 8ft x 4ft information boards on sites where major developments were proposed, to inform the community).
The problems described in these Urbanarm discussions should be addressed in a thorough, City initiated, review of the principles and procedures of development approval. It is vital to a healthy community and a healthy city, that the development processes have the trust of the community.
Theatre of Fire
Re-inventing Fire – Amory Lovins
Our creative games
Imagining and creating possibilities
Increasing our contribution to our common interests and to creating sustainable community enterprise around our common interests
Who would like to contribute stories about their contributions?
Who would like to contribute stories about creative possibilities and opportunities for creative community enterprise?
Our creative game
Excite creative contribution to demonstrate creative community enterprise is possible
With our understandings n common about the contribution of music and the art of creating music
Increase the size and contribution of our community with creative community enterprise and increase the value of our community to the communities we are part of and contribute to
A creative leadership role in our creative games, – exciting interest in creative community enterprise and our creative games and in creative contribution in our theatre of a new world, – and contribute to creating a new world
Aboriginal Album of the Year
Sponsored by Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
Songs Lived & Life Played
http://www.canab.com/mainpages/events/archive_files/2004_cama_profiles/elainebomberry.html – Canadian Aboriginal Festival
The values of a strong and independent press are clear. Journalism is driven by a commitment to curiosity, a fidelity to the facts, and a determination to discover the unknown.
It is the job of a journalist to ask questions, to ensure accountability, and, when necessary to expose injustices.
It is the job of an editor to give reporters the time to pursue their instincts with tenacity, without losing sight of the public interest, – and without compromising our commitment to fairness.
As readers, you see only our final product. Some stories are the result of months of reporting, research, and editing. Many of them evolve substantially over the course of time. Others are never published at all because the facts didn’t support our initial lines of inquiry.
Our commitment is to provide the truth, to offer a safe harbour for the exchange of ides that is central to a fair and just society.
We believe in a simple powerful truth
The Globe and Mail
Stories that Matter from the Globe and Mail
A Nine-Step Plan to Fix the Vancouver Sun and Province
It’s not too late to save the city’s dailies from a grim fate — here’s how.
3. Edit the hell out of them and make them different
In a city that spawned Greenpeace, Adbusters, property-rich hippies and COPE and keeps electing Gregor Robertson as mayor, the Sun and the Province both maintained a right-wing, Fraser Institute-friendly editorial stance. It’s an old journalist koan — “is a newspaper a mirror or a window to the community?” The Sun and Province were neither; they imposed a view from distant owners that was alien to Vancouver’s DNA.
The Sun should be edited as the paper of Richard Florida’s creative class. Report and support development of buildings, condos, transit and bike lanes, call out anti-Vancouverism measures like replacing the Massey Tunnel without extending the SkyTrain or replacing the Pattullo Bridge. Make education a true beat. Cover arts seriously. Make the video game and film industries the focus of the business section, and make it a must-read for people in those sectors.
The Province should be edited as the paper of the proletariat. Stand up for working people and expose unfairness, whether it’s financial, racial or gender-based. Make it funny, as nothing scours like humour, but don’t ignore politics — make them personal. Those working class voters from Surrey to Chilliwack who constantly vote Tory need a champion. How about a champion that doesn’t work against their interests?
Create distinct editing styles. They’re identical right now.
Darren Atwater was the publisher of alternative papers Terminal City in Vancouver and Snipe in London and a co-founder of the Street Corner Media Foundation, publisher of Megaphone Magazine. He lives and works in London, England.
Indigenous Communities Freedom of the Press
My Search to Understand Freedom of the Press in Indigenous Communities
One conclusion I reached: few folks want to talk about it.
By Wawmeesh G. Hamilton
Wawmeesh Hamilton is a reporter at Discourse Media. He has won three B.C.-Yukon Community Newspaper Association awards, three Canadian Community Newspaper Association awards, and, along with colleague Peter Mothe, a 2015 Canadian Online Publishing Award. His work has been published with CBC, The Canadian Press, The Globe and Mail, Metro and The Tyee. Wawmeesh graduated with an MA from the UBC Graduate School of Journalism in 2016. He is a member of the Hupacasath First Nation in Port Alberni, B.C. This article first appeared on J-Source.
Meryl Streep Takes a Stand for ‘Principled Press’ in Golden Globes Speech
The Global Awakening – Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
Whether in their policy of religious tolerance, devising a universal alphabet, maintaining relay stations, playing games, or printing almanacs, money, or astronomy charts, the rulers of the Mongol Empire displayed a persistent universalism. Because they had no system of their own to impose upon their subjects, they were willing to adopt and combine systems from everywhere. Without deep cultural preferences in these areas, the Mongols implemented pragmatic rather than ideological solutions. They searched for what worked best; and when they found it they spread it to other countries. They did not have to worry whether their astronomy agreed with the precepts of the Bible, that their standards of writing followed classical principles taught by the mandarins if China, or that Muslim imams disapproved of their printing and painting. The Mongols had the power, at least temporarily, to impose new international systems of technologies, agriculture, and knowledge that superseded the predilections or prejudices of any single civilization; and in so doing. They broke the monopoly on thought exercised by local elites.
In conquering their empire, not only had the Mongols revolutionized warfare, they also created the nucleus of a universal culture and world system. This new global culture continued to grow long after the demise of the Mongol Empire, and through continued development over the coming centuries, it became the foundation for the modern world system with the original Mongol emphasis on free commerce, open communication, shared knowledge, secular politics, religious coexistence, international law, and diplomatic immunity.
Although never ruled by the Mongols, in many ways Europe gained the most from their world system. The Europeans received all the benefits of trade, technology transfer, and the Global Awakening without paying the cost of Mongol conquest. The Mongols had killed off the knights in Hungary and Germany, but they had not destroyed or occupied the cities. The Europeans, who had been cut off from the mainstream of civilization since the fall of Rome, eagerly drank in the new knowledge, put on the new clothes, listened to the new music, ate the new foods, and enjoyed a rapidly escalating standard of living in almost every regard.
From Genghis Khan
and the Making of the Modern World
Pulp Fiction Books
We, – each of us, – need to think critically and carefully about the numbers and words we encounter if we want to be successful at work, at play, and making the most of our lives. This means checking the numbers, the reasoning, and the sources for plausibility and rigor. It means examining them as best as we can before we repeat them or use them to form an opinion. We want to avoid the extremes of gullibly accepting every claim we encounter or cynically rejecting every one. Critical thinking doesn’t mean we disparage everything, it means that we try to distinguish between claims with evidence and those without.
Sometimes the evidence consists of numbers and we have to ask, “Where did those numbers come from? How were they collected?” Sometimes the numbers are ridiculous, but it takes some reflection to see it. Sometimes claims seem reasonable, but come from a source that lacks credibility, like a person who reports having witnessed a crime but wasn’t actually there.
We’ve created more human-made information in the last five years than in all of human history before then. Unfortunately, found alongside things that are true is an enormous number of things that are not, in websites, videos, books, and on social media. This is not just a new problem. Misinformation has been a fixture of human life for thousands of years, and was documented in Biblical times and classical Greece. The unique problem we face today is that misinformation has proliferated; it is devilishly entwined on the Internet with real information, making the two difficult to separate. And misinformation is promiscuous; – it consorts with people of all social and educational classes, and turns up in places you don’t expect it to. It propagates as one person passes it on to another, and another, as Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and other social media grab hold of it and spread it around the world; the misinformation can take hold and become well-known, and suddenly a whole lot of people are believing things that aren’t so.
Daniel J. Levitin
from the Introduction to A Field Guide to Lies
Critical Thinking in the Information Age
SFU Centre for Sustainable Community Development
Innovation150 is a nationwide program from five leading science organizations that celebrates Canada’s innovative past and sparks the ideas and ingenuity that will propel our future. The interactive, yearlong program offers awe-inspiring experiences in science, technology, and innovation across the country for Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Power of Ideas
Every great innovation starts with an idea. In this traveling science expo from Perimeter Institute and Actua, young Canadians explore the incredible ability of the human mind to question, make, and innovate. The tour includes an interactive science exhibit and a hands-on mobile makerspace travelling to 60+ communities across the country, with a focus on youth, families, and Indigenous audiences.
Quantum: The Exhibition
Quantum information technologies are poised to once again transform how we live, work, and play. Travelling to six Canadian cities, this fully interactive, bilingual exhibition from the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo explores how researchers are taming the fascinating world of atoms, and shares how our country is leading the world in the next quantum revolution.
Urban design for the city of the future
Living the High Life
creative solutions for our overcrowded cities
Where we are now
To avoid future shock 50 years on, questions need answers now
From Business in Vancouver
Creative Canada 150
The idea of Canada is how we see, think, and feel about Canada
Exploring the idea of Canada in 2017 comes from exploring the evolution of Canada as a country, as a culture, and as a community. What is our idea of Canada? What and who contributed to the evolution of our idea of Canada?
Creating a new world
Our community is our world. We are part of the community creating our community, and our world, and our experience of our world and creating a future for the world that sustains our community.
Jazz is about the future
Canada and the World
from Navigating a new World
Canada’s Global Future
Canadians are on the road to global citizenship. Increasingly in work, travel, education, and in personal and political engagement the world is our precinct, with international trade, finance, technology, and business driving much of our global interests. But there is also a political, cultural, and even moral dimension to our emerging role in global society.
Canadians take pride in what we do in the world. Our sense of identity is often tied up in such achievements as peacekeeping, placing in the top rung of the United Nations Human Development Index of best places to live, and winning a gold medal in Olympic hockey or a Man Booker Prize in literature. The values we express internationally help define who we are when other distinctions are being erased. Equally, our welfare is closely tied to international rules and practices. Daily while at Foreign Affairs I saw how little separates what we do inside our border from what happens outside and vice versa. We occupy the global village that Marshall McLuhan prophesied we would half a century ago. What this means is that we win in a stable, equitable, cooperative world. We lose when it is turbulent, divisive, and unfair. It only makes sense, therefore, to examine carefully what we can do to tip the global system in a constructive way
I don’t think we yet fully understand the responsibilities and obligations that come with being a global citizen or make the full connection between the need for well-resourced international initiatives and our domestic interests.
During my time at Foreign Affairs a number of international challenges suggested the need for a new approach that would emphasize the human and humanitarian dimension and also promote Canada as an innovative player. The concept of human security emerged as the lens through which to view the international scene. The security risk to individuals was our focal point, and around that we developed a strategy for working towards new standards of international behaviour, using the soft power tools of communication and persuasion. While simple in concept, in some ways it was revolutionary, since it set the notion of human rights against deeply held precepts of national rights.
Creating Our Security Systems
Find your member of parliament
Centre for Learning
Why Statistics lost their power and why we should fear what comes next
The ability of statistics to accurately represent the world is declining. In its wake, a new age of big data controlled by private companies is taking over – and putting democracy in peril
CIC Toronto: The 4th Annual CIC-Toronto branch Student Foreign Policy Debate
The Canadian International Council Toronto Branch in partnership with the Hart House Debates Committee present the 4th Annual CIC-Toronto branch Student Foreign Policy Debate.
The resolution: “This house believes that Canada’s foreign policy should be driven by the need to close the global inequity gap.”
The connections between freedom and security
Institute of management Consultants
September 2008 – The Fusion Symposium
November 8, 2016, – follow the connections
Why create community
From My Story – My Journal – New Mexico
A new start
A new time
From My Point of View
Creating our energy systems
Fortis BC will have to share the stage with a Creative Canada Project
A creative installation
This is a creative installation. This installation can be approached as a hypothesis, a thesis, a monologue, a gallery of ideas, a memoir, a call to action, an experience, a piece of interactive theatre, an evolving idea, an evolving imagination of a story, an immersive experience, a creative experience, a point of view, a creative story, an opportunity to imagine a story, a story to create, an opportunity for creative exploration, an opportunity to explore for creative ideas, a creative conversation, an opportunity to create connections, an opportunity to explore for creative connections, for opportunities for creative contribution, for ideas for creative enterprise and opportunities for creative leadership and creative entrepreneurship, – depending upon our point of view and our interests, – and if we are interested in moving from ideas to enterprise, and creating and connecting opportunities to people and enterprises who could have an interest, – or who has demonstrated an interest in exploring for opportunities to experience, to learn, to contribute to creating possibilities for our community as humanity and our future as a community, and to creating opportunities to create community and creative community enterprise around our common human interests.
This installation is creative growing and evolving as new media are published, connected, find a place, and create new connections with their contribution. This creative installation is creating a story as new ideas, new information, new stories, new observations, and new opportunities present themselves.
Centre for Media Literacy
Exploring the power of media, the arts, the news, the stories created, the stories experienced, the stories we are creating, the interests we are creating, the interests we are contributing to in our live experience and in our theatre of the new world.
We create our media and our media creates us. We create with our media. We are creating our own story and our own stories with the media we experience and our conscious critical and creative exploration of the media we experience
Creating our government systems
Creating government systems that work for everyone contributing or exploring for opportunities to contribute that work in the interests of everyone involved or who could be involved if the community contributes for the interests.
Deliberative democracy is how we create the constraints, the expectations of the people and enterprises in our community, explore and determine our interests and our course of action, and excite community behaviour, with our common interest in operating beyond integrity in one another’s interests and and exciting creating leadership around our community interests.
Exploring the big idea
The higher we aim the more likely we are to create the possibilities we imagine and the more likely we will be able to connect with one another and explore creative experiences and creative interests we have in common.
Centre for Media Literacy
Creating Our Communications Systems
Exploring our nature – Trump
The Creative installation
For some time I have been creating the story I am about to tell beginning with where I am now, and how I got here, and how I see things from here. I am telling the story as a creative installation, exploring the idea of the creative hypothesis, – a creative story, – a creative manifesto, – as the way to excite creative community enterprise by connecting ideas and digital media around creative interests and creative opportunities for creative communities.
A creative story, – a story that excites creative connections, – new insights, new ideas, new imagination, new inspiration, new initiative, – connections that change the way we see, think, and feel, and what we choose to do and how we choose to be. And as we create the story, excited by our imagination and our interests, our story creates us as we respond to the ideas and opportunities excited by our creative connections with our experience, – our serendipity, – as we explore our experience, consciously and appreciatively, for ideas to think, and consider, and make choices with, – and how things are, and how things work, and what we know, and what we care about, and what we can do to create our story, and our enterprise, and our experience of life.
And if we imagine a creative story as a community, – as a possibility we can create, – and care to create, – we can enjoy the experience of creative community enterprise.
Creative Canada 150
Wonderbra changed fashion foundation
Of all the Canadian inventions and innovations, there are two single items that changed the foundations of this country in the most intimate of ways. To this day, whether buried in a lingerie drawer or shoved into a hockey bag, one thing is nakedly apparent: The world would not be the same without the Wonderbra and the hard-shell jockstrap.
“It was an important innovation that came from Canada, from Montreal,” says Larry Nadler, whose father, Moses “Moe” Nadler started Wonderbra in Canada, and changed the silhouette of the underwear industry around the world. “It showed that Canada can be as important as other countries in innovation and fashion and making a superior product.”
Great Canadian Innovations
A series about people, products and discoveries that changed the world
Jana G. Pruden
The Globe and Mail, 2017.01.22
Sun Life Global Investments
Sun Life Financial
The Power of the Bright Side
Tips for a healthy mind and portfolio
This story started with a story.
This story started with a story. It might sound unusual but many good stories appear to be that way. Creative artists have often said they sense something come through them to create. It has been referred to as being in ‘flow’, or some have even compared it to a feeling of a visitor that arrives fast and unpronounced, demanding immediate action of ink to paper to capture it before it’s gone. What if creativity is conscious and, like a trusted friend or mentor, it gives us energy, gently imprinting us with ideas and the necessary inspiration to act upon them. The ‘ideas’ are all around and accessible to all, like the air we breathe, and whoever welcomes it in will express it in their own unique way.
I’ve had the honour and privilege of such an experience on many occasions, but it was a particular evening in 2005 that changed my life. The words flowed out with simplicity, and energy. I was not ‘thinking’ or ‘doing ‘ anything but allowing it to express. I was energized and worked all night without feeling tired.
Little Star has a Big Dream. The idea: a children’s book that would inspire imagination, ignite intuitive passion and expression of creativity. It was a story about possibilities, if we have the courage to believe in them.
But the story was never published or even shared with anyone other than a few close friends. It wasn’t so much the story itself, but what the story inspired.
Months later I still worked, fuelled by inspiration, to make connections in the community. The idea: to help youth discover their passion or source for creative expression, trust their intuition, and be empowered to contribute to others while doing what they loved. I told person after person what I was trying to do, asking if they wanted to be involved or if they knew who else I could talk to that could help.
Months passed; the idea evolved, as everything does. The project name changed from ‘joining generations’ and became ‘fusion symposiums’. From being a community project, it became a community event. I had never been a part of coordinating an event like this and despite fear or nervousness, we kept going forward.
A date was set. Creative artists and community leaders were invited. Youth groups were going to arrive on busses. My uncle was going to come in from Vancouver to talk to the youth about creative contribution and Quantum Ideas. It was all so positive. There were times I noticed that it was hard for me to imagine the end result and things did not seem to flow but I wanted to stay focused on the positive. After much planning and investing money, time, heart and soul into the preparation, the event date arrived. And it was a crushing disappointment. The result was not what I had wanted and it didn’t meet my expectations. If there was a rock, I wanted to hide under it. That was my perception at the time.
Three years later I was re-telling the story about what had happened at that event. The conversation was about insight and stories, and my uncle was talking specifically about how stories create possibilities. I recalled how I wanted Fusion to inspire young people to pursue their passion, contribute to others and prosper from doing so. I then felt the memory of the disappointment and realized how much I didn’t like telling that story.
Then my uncle asked, “So did Fusion have the result you wanted?” It was a simple question but it had a powerful and unexpected result. I was speechless, then I laughed as the insight sparked within me. Yes, it did have the result I wanted – not in the way I envisioned, but it did in other ways! One of the entrepreneurs got his company up and running because of it. Others grew their new businesses from the networking and connections that were made. Youth were inspired.
Not only that, suddenly I felt the story create a new possibility. It felt like I could tell it without the feeling of disappointment attached to it. It occurred that the story had created new possibilities for others as well. For all those months, talking to all those people and telling the story of what I was up to, the more I heard people come back with stories about how they had pursued a passion again or even made a major life change, like switching jobs to go into a field they were always interested in.
When re-telling the stories of these people who were following their dreams, something seemed to ignite imagination in others as they became excited to pursue their own passions. What has happened to them now, I don’t know – anything is possible.
So although this story started with a story, it’s not that unusual at all because stories create stories.
Stories create Possibilities.
Stories excite Potential.
Pursuing possibilities excites Confidence, not only in your potential but also in the Idea.
Pursuing passion excites creative contribution
Creative contribution excites Imagination and greater Possibilities.
Clarity of Imagination is Creative Power that contributes to Flow. The more clarity we have, the better things flow.
Remembering back to that inability to visualize the outcome, sometimes when something is not ‘flowing’ it’s not blatant, but a subtle feeling of tension or forcing something. I am learning to ‘let go’ when I identify this sensation. There is no point in forcing something when there is more power in the ability to ‘do’ nothing except hold a clear image with enthusiasm and gratitude and let it unfold however it will.
Sometimes, there’s just no way to hold back the river’
Being resistant to growth because we are fearful of change doesn’t stop change – or growth – from unfolding. Whether we realize it or not, we contribute to conscious creation. The creative energy is a part of all of us and it flows through us all. If we choose, we can be open to it and all the possibilities for joy, freedom, peace and unconditional love. This is how it contributes to us and how we contribute to each other. We end up being changed by it, growing from it, and our stories continue to evolve.
Hearing the stories and seeing what my uncle and others had accomplished throughout their lives gave fuel to my imagination.
Seeing potential outcomes beyond what I had believed to be possible created hope or despair – depending on my point of view. Point of View changes the experience of life.
If I was resistant to change I felt sadness for what I perceived to lack in possibility; if I was open to create, I felt inspired by how I perceived life to expand in possibility.
Emily Dickinson, “I dwell in possibility” (#657)
I dwell in Possibility–
A fairer House than Prose–
More numerous of Windows–
Of Chambers as the Cedars–
Impregnable of Eye–
And for an Everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky–
Of Visitors–the fairest–
The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise—
Double Oh Double Seven celebrated his double lucky birthday and the creative game is on, negotiating the turbulence that arises in the flow and feeling better and more confident after the uncertainty of the rapids. But I find the rapids always seem to propel me forward despite my apprehensions or doubts about my choice of my course of action. I am confident about what I am doing, or at the very least, why I am doing. And I am confident I am going to have an experience I have never imagined. This is a live experience of creating with our experience and creating with our media. My stage fright is natural but this is something to feel, not to think about.
This is a creative and learning experience for me, – to explore how we can create our stories with our experience and our media, – and how we can excite interest, imagination, and creative connections with audiences in our theatre of the new world as a creative community enterprise, – with community profit partnerships financing and investing in increasing the size and contribution of the communities of common enterprise contributing to our creative interests as communities, and as a world. So my focus is on figuring out how to do this with a real live exploration of how we do this. If we are lucky we can make all our experience of life a working holiday.
Creative Canada 2017
2017 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
I am tempted to tell you we are back again, with our perennial offerings: same time, same place, similar roster of shows. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Consider this year’s Festival. It attests to art as an act of resistance and provocation, as parser of unease and discomfort, as unraveller of taboo. Art as a sleepless testament to what daren’t be spoken of in polite society.
We live in a place that is at once culturally, socially, politically, economically, and environmentally thousands of years old and only a brief few hundred or so. Here, in Vancouver we stand upon the ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. We reside on unceded territories. We live in contested times.
PuSh stands for many things. Not the least, it has to be current, – relevant, in and of the times, contemporary in its true sense. 2017 is Canada’s sesquicentennial. A uear of celebration. A year of remembrance and markings. Lest we forget, it’s also a time of reconciliation; a time to honor the claims, – forefront the past injustices and current inequities, – of the Indigenous peoples of Canada. In some sense this is progress. Though perhaps tempered by the fact that no “conciliation” occurred in the first place.
Art opens up a realm of debate, of affirmation, of refuge, of honour, of beauty and shame, of fact, of reclamation, of tenderness, of indignation and revolt. Only art can speak yo the highest and lowest extremes of human existence and action. Artists are society’s leaders, showing us the way forward, while illuminating the past, interrogating the present. They are at the centre of the conversation here and now. I invite you to join them
Living in BC
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Mongolia – Chamber Choir
Canadian Native Roots
Canada’s Multicultural First Peoples
Today Canada is the most multi-cultural country in the world, and the home of immigrants of every ethnic and religious group from every country in the world.
But less than 500 years ago, the only people living in Canada were the Aboriginal people of Canada. “Aboriginal” means the original inhabitants, the people who were here first. The words “Native” or “Indigenous” are also used, and mean the same thing.
Today they all collectively refer to themselves as the First Nations or First Peoples of Canada. However, there are many different cultural groups.
Canada’s first people used at least 53 different languages. Each group referred to themselves by a specific name in their own language.
From Canada’s First Peoples
Where did Canada’s First Peoples come from
Scientists do not agree on where First Nations people came from, or how they got to North America, but they do know that First Nations people are genetically related to people in parts of Asia.
For a long time, scientists believed that the ancestors of all North American First Nations people crossed over on foot to North America from Asia at the end of the last ice age, about 12,000 years ago.
At that time Asia and North America were joined, and what is now the bottom of the Bering Sea between Russia and Alaska was dry land, – a “land bridge” – because sea levels were much lower than they are now. The earliest man-made artifacts, – tools or ornaments that archaeologists have found, – date from that time.
Canada’s First Peoples Production Team
Under the auspices of Joan Goldi and John Goldi, independent filmmakers who have created numerous international award-winning safety and educational programs , the “Canada’s First Peoples” team is proud to have these highly talented young University graduates who have worked hard to collect and present relevant historical information for this project. They are very excited to be involved in a project that will help preserve some of Canada’s history.
Jawaharlal Nehru Museum
Forty years hence, when we look back to pinpoint the locus of the golden era of creativity in the early twenty-first century, we will not be looking towards Madison Avenue but towards Silicon Valley. In this altered landscape advertising agencies and their clients are relearning how to manage their communications. And they find themselves in the unfamiliar position of no longer being the most creative guys in the room. Like the Obama campaign, they will have to find ways to leverage the creative output of others while building their brands.
They will also need to survive in a democratized world of communications, where the consumer is no longer just the passive receiver of marketing messages but also the broadcaster of their own messages. It is a world where ordinary consumers can shape and influence brand perceptions just as much as the marketers themselves. Social media is not, as many marketers seem to believe, just another medium for disseminating messages. It marks instead a revolutionary change in the balance of power between marketer and consumer. Consumers have traditionally had the last word, speaking with their wallets, but they have not had the loudest voice. For much of the mass marketing era they have been the mute recipients of marketing messages. That’s no longer the case. They have found their voices and they have demonstrated a pent-up eagerness to use them. Going forward, brand communication will be a shared responsibility.
As consumers move from a centralized mass-media environment to a distributed digital media environment, the accepted methods will need to be re-examined. Marketers ahev become accustomed to travelling along the broad and comfortable highway that was mass media, where all the traffic flowed in one direction and got to its destination with remarkable efficiency. That highway has now been joined by millions of arterial roadways with off-ramps and on-ramps and with traffic streaming in all directions at once. Navigating these congested pathways will require a new kind of vehicle and a new set of skills.
How politics has the power to turn marketing on its head
Gringos in the Garbage
Looks like the port has been approved to expand later this year and in 2018
Several large areas of concern regarding this proposed development:
It would reduce the water area of the Vancouver harbor by 8.2 hectares or 20.26 acres – this at a time when they also want to increase the oil tanker movement through this busy harbor area of sea bus crossings, grain ships, container ships and so forth – they want to increase the frequency of tanker movements from 1 every 7 days, to 1 every day!!!
Who is behind this application? Although Centerm is supposed to be the operator, the principal behind this is DP World Vancouver. Sounds local right? Dead wrong – it’s a Dubai based company. Do we really want this situation?
The Alzheimer Society Music Project
The Alzheimer Society Music Project was created in response to overwhelming evidence showing the beneficial effects of music and stimulation on people living with dementia.
Through the Music Project, personalized playlists are provided to support a person living with dementia and improve their quality of life at no cost to eligible families.
Project Participants Receive: One iPod & charging accessory, One set of over-the-ear headphones and free music setup.
Art and Decolonization: ‘This Is My Activism’
Four bold exhibitions create a new narrative around Indigenous experiences.
Heather Ramsay Today
From TheTyee 2017.01.30
Heather Ramsay is based in the Fraser Valley. Her writing has appeared in The Tyee, Maisonneuve, Vancouver Review, Room, the Globe and Mail and Canada’s History magazine.
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