2017 Creative Conversation


A beginning

The new marketplace

word of mouth
creating stories that create connections
It is the context stupid

MaRS Discovery District


Science Culture: Where Canada Stands

International Council for Science

Why Science and Ideas

Craft Link

Imagine Native

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

Creative Canada

Launch of Brandtrade Peru

Centre for Canadian Innovation
Shipibo Native Roots

Evolution of the Story

Centre for Social Responsibility – Community

Canada Cares – Story

Canadian Credit Union Association

Connecting our communities

West End Community Network – The beginning

Creative British Columbia

Creating an environment for our future

Frequently Asked Questions


The story begins


A new time

Relationships are the new media

Blueprint for the future

Centre for Learning

Science and Ideas – This Will Make You Smarter

Roger Chilton – This Will Make You Smarter

Our overarching common interest

Creating Opportunities for Youth – Story

Creating Opportunities for Youth


Connecting our communities

Vancouver Economic Development Strategy

The Fusion Symposium 2008

International Council for Science

A Beginning

http://www.rogerchilton.com/a-beginning/theatre-in-the-new-world/ (?)

Why Theatre

Vancouverism from Organizing Complexity

Creative Leadership and Deliberative Democracy

Creative Leadership and Creative Community Enterprise

Community Journalism and Creative Community Enterprise


Centre for Community Journalism

Canada Cares

My debut with Mamet

Science and Ideas

My interests

Our collective brain

Quantum Behaviour

The Web Changes Everything

Increasing our contribution

Canada Cares – Story

Canada Cares

The News and Democratic Politics

Centre for Social Responsibility – Story

The News and Democratic Politics

Writers and Ideas – Ideas

Creative Music Community – Story

Canada’s Performing Arts Alliance

Centre for Learning

Our overarching common interest

CSR Canada

Ready for the stage

Creative installation for exciting creative conversation for the network
Leap manifesto from RGC – Taking the Leap
Beyond Integrity and Tides in Resources
Centre for Social Responsibility
City Studio in April to Think Vancouver
Think Tanks and the Fraser Institute to Centre for Learning
Slocan Valley and Culture Days Point of View
Arts BC
Think Vancouver
Exploring the Business Case

Standing Rock – Fidel
STV – Are you ready
6 degrees and Are you home – Canada cares
Home for Good
Shortly after Kates
York Theatre
Post Office – Vancouver Heritage Community
Mining Industry Conference

From March Page 1
Creative Music Centre
World City of Literature and Vancouver Arts Forum
Centre for Canadian Film – Reel Canada – Tantoo Cardinal – Canada Screen Awards

January – Canadian Native Roots
Mongolian Native Roots Story from the trip to Mongolia + Matthew Coon Come

Roger Chilton – Mongolian Experience

Mongolian Native Roots

Vision for Centres of Knowledge – An Idea Eh!
Centres of Knowledge and a Vision for SFU
February 2017 – Think Tanks and Why Community Media
The Competitive Edge
Connecting the Dots
Connect Forum
Salish Sea
Find CCIC from June 2016 plus In Common PDF
Are You Home
Organizing Complexity – Check Focus
Creative Vancouver Community
2017 July Conversation Published
From Business plan to creative story
Health Community and Community Psychology and Gini
Search for Think Vancouver
2017 Media Contributions
2017 June
2017 May
2016 May

BC Heritage Experiences

Yale Historic Site

Yarrow Pioneers and Settlers

Theatre of the New World

Twitter pledges to update public policies after Trump threatens North Korea


Black Code

The internet began with the spirit of “hope springs eternal.” Today, sadly, we live in a time of cyber phobia. Cyber espionage and warfare, the growing menaces of cybercrime and data breaches, and the rise of new social movements like WikiLeaks and Anonymous have vaulted cyber security to the top of the international political agenda, at untold cost. Almost every day a new headline screams about a serious problem in cyberspace that demand immediate attention. There is a palpable emergency to act, – to do something, anything.

As ominous as the dark side of cyberspace may be, our collective reaction may become the darkest driving force of all. Fear is becoming the dominant factor behind a movement to shape, control, and possibly subvert cyberspace, and “What becomes fear usually ends in folly” as English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote.

We stand at a precipice where the great leap in human communication and ingenuity that gave us global cyberspace could continue to bind us together or deteriorate into something malign. Only by fully uncovering the battle for the future of cyberspace can we understand what is at stake, and take steps to ensure that this degradation of one of humanity’s greatest innovations does not happen.

The more important matter is that if these issues are out there, reported on in the mainstream press, why are so few people paying attention.

Ronald J. Deibart
from Black Code
Inside the Battle for Cyberspace
Director, The Citizen Lab
Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

The Citizen Lab

Canada’s new national security bill: one step forward, two steps back?

Theatre of the new world

Creating experiences

I used to describe parenting as creating memories. What I really meant was creating experiences. Parenting is more than creating memories. It is creating love and appreciation and caring. It is creating confidence and optimism. It is creating understanding and knowledge and connectedness. It is creating learning opportunities and experiences. It is creating interest and excitement for the experience of life.

It is contributing to our interest and ability in creating our experience, in contributing to creating experiences for others, and in creating possibilities we imagine for our own experience of our world, and for the experiences we create with one another and for one another. It is creating understanding and appreciation of life as a creative experience, – and of our ability to learn how to create with our experience.


Increasing our knowledge, understanding, and appreciation
Contextualizing media around our interests and around ideas and opportunities to explore, to experience, to learn, to contribute, to connect, and to create

Rewrite Desk
Organizing Complexity
2017 Conversation
Why Creative Community

Creative Conversation

The creative exploration of information, observations, connections, ideas, and opportunities which contribute to our creative community enterprise

A quantum enterprise to change the way we see and think and feel and do things to improve our ability to create a new world that contributes to our common human interests to create a better future for our world as a community.

The creative interests of our quantum enterprise create the context for our creative conversation. What contributes to and what could contribute to our creative interests? What demonstrated evidence of probability and what demonstrated evidence of creative possibilities can be observed and explored?

This is a creative conversation with the creative community with the contributions of the creative community.

Creative conversation
Connecting the dots, – what contributions and ideas can we build on?

What works
Creating a system that works for everyone in our creative community
Because what we want to do is create a world that works for everyone, – our overarching interest.

Does this make sense?
Is this common sense, – do we agree upon this as an idea?
Does this make good sense to do this?
From I to we.

Creating with our experience
Do we want to create with the best obtainable version of the truth?

What I am doing
If I put the idea I see out there, I might make a connection and excite a creative connection that could change the way we see and think and feel about things and excite new insights, new ideas, new imagination, new inspiration, new interest, new initiatives, and new investment in opportunities for creative conversation and creative community enterprise.

The customer development model of the future is where communities are created around an idea and an interest and a story, – a creative story, – a story to create. I am connecting the dots I am creating the story with. I am creating the installation. I am creating the conversation. I am creating the story we can create.

I am contextualizing and connecting digital media from my point of view and our common human interests as I see and think and feel about our world, with what I have learned from my experience, and as I experience the world. We create with our experience. Life is a creative experience. Appreciation for my experience of life lies in my appreciation for the opportunities to create and my appreciation of the creative experience.

I am leading the conversation by publishing contributions for the creative conversation and exploring where we can go and what we can do and who could be interested in contributing to the conversation and the possibilities of creative community enterprise.

If you want to join me on the stage I am holding auditions. What part could you be interested in playing? What part would you like to create for yourself?

This isn’t about me. This is about the idea.

Contributions will all go through the rewrite desk at the community media centre. Is the media coming from a trusted source? How do we increase the contribution of the media? How do we create connections with the media? How do we create an experience with the media which excites creative connections?

My interests are to create connections for ideas, stories, and contributions, contribute to increasing our knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of our world, exciting creative connections, exciting creative exploration, creative conversation, creative contribution, and creative enterprise.

My interests are to create connections with and for the community of people and enterprises that are contributing to our creative community interests, – the community that cares about our experience of life as a community, – and interested in increasing our knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of our world, – becoming more informed, – increasing our connectedness around our creative interests as a community, – increasing our ability to contribute to our creative interests and creative enterprise and creative contribution, – increasing the contribution of our creative resources to our creative interests, – and increasing the contribution of our creative enterprise.

Breaking the fourth wall, – the wall we create by positioning ourselves as more or less.

Creative Community Enterprises Contributing to our Creative Interests
Who are contributing to the conversation and who might like to be part of the conversation exploring what we can do and how we can do things and how we can create possibilities together as a community

Demonstrated behaviour and the science of probabilities
Exploring our nature
Creating with our nature

Why the creative community
Highest value community
Most valued community
Most influential word of mouth community
Most creative resources
Most appreciative community
Most caring community


Caring is what drives us forward, what drives our creative exploration and creative ideas, our creative expression, our creative enterprise, , – caring about our experience of life, – caring to increase our appreciation for our experience, – caring to contribute to creating appreciation for others.

Why the creative story

A story we care to create. A story we can create. A story we can contribute to creating.

The Art of Reconciliation
Creative exploration to creating community

The quantum idea

The idea that we create our experience, that our experience creates us, and that we create with our experience. It doesn’t matter whether the idea is true. Does the idea of creating our experience, creating our life, and creating our story work?

Ideas that contribute to our ability to create our experience

Appreciation for our experience
Appreciation for our creative experience
Appreciation for the creative connections that excite new insights, new ideas, new imagination, new interests, new enterprise, and new experiences, – that contribute to our understanding and appreciation of our experience of our world, – that create new ways of seeing, thinking, and feeling about our world, – new ways of experiencing our world, – and new caring about our experience and new investment in creating our experience and creating with our experience

Ideas that militate against our ability to create our experience
Fear that our choices about what we do and how we choose to do things will have an adverse affect on the real or imagined interests and expectations of others we are concerned about or care about.

Opportunities to contribute or create

In the idea of creating theatre for a new world is there a contribution you want make? Is there a place you would like to create for your enterprise that would contribute to your creative interests? Is there a part you want to play? Is there a part you want to create?

Theatre in the New World

Creating the Story

We can create our own story or we can have our story created for ourselves.
We can create our story with the contributions of the communities we are part of or would like to be part of and would like to contribute to creating.
What part would you like to create for yourself?
What do you want to do?
What do you care about?
What do you want to create?
What story would you like to contribute to?
What story would you like to create?

Creating the Story with our experience

Exploring our community

What observable behaviour is demonstrated evidence of interest?
What observable enterprise is demonstrated evidence of contribution?
What interests and ideas driving enterprises are demonstrated evidence of contribution to our community interests, – the interests we have in common as contributors to our community and our common interests as a community?

Creating Our Experience

The experience I am interested in creating is the experience of appreciation and joy.

Creating Joy

Joy is appreciation for our experience and appreciation for contributing to creating the experience of joy for others.

Community Trade Centre

Fairtrade and the Sustainability

Centre for Social Responsibility

Theatre of the New World

Facebook, you’re like a bad boyfriend and it’s about time we break up

Community Media Centre

Facebook as Community Media
Community Newspapers – Guelph Mercury
Community Journalism – Journalism matters more than ever
Keystone Media
Community Media
Creative Community
Why the creative community?

Creative Community Interests
Creative Community Enterprise

Theatre of the New World

Google, Facebook to unveil campaigns against ‘fake news’


Facebook, you’re like a bad boyfriend and it’s about time we break up
Elizabeth Renzetti
I hate to have to tell you this, Facebook, but you’re turning into quite the creepy boyfriend.
At first, I thought you just wanted me to be happy, showing me joyful pictures of friends’ new books and babies. You let me reach out to people who were grieving far away. I thought you liked me because I once posted a picture of a pea that looked like George Burns. I thought we had shared goals. I was wrong.
The first hint of something suspicious came when I tried to post a photo from my new phone, and you told me that I would have to give you access to all the photos on my phone. Um, no. I’m not letting you read my diary, either. Then you wanted me to “wave” to strangers, and to buy ads to attract visitors to the ghost town that is my author’s page. Next thing I know, you’re going to be asking my colleagues where I went after work.
I began to suspect that, like Morris Townsend in the novel Washington Square, you did not love me for me, but for my father’s fortune. Since my father didn’t have a fortune, what you wanted, obviously, was my eyes, which fuel my desires, which control my wallet.
When the ads appearing on my page reflected my search history with terrifying accuracy – Erase those dark circles! Buy these Chelsea boots! – I realized I may have let a stalker into the house. And when you would never introduce me to the mysterious algorithms you liked so much, I started to worry. I started to worry about all the other people you were dating, and what you were telling them.
This week, for instance, I understood from the website ProPublica that those algorithms actually allowed advertisers to target anti-Semites with their ads. Until ProPublica brought it to light, “the world’s largest social network enabled advertisers to direct their pitches to the news feeds of almost 2,300 people who expressed interest in the topics of “Jew hater,” “How to burn jews,” or, “History of ‘why jews ruin the world.'” Yeah, that’s profoundly troubling. It’s not something you mentioned when we started dating.
You also didn’t mention the Russian troll farms buying advertising during the U.S. presidential election. Don’t play innocent – you know which troll farms! You told congressional investigators about the $100,000 that Kremlin-affiliated Russians spent buying ads targeted at specific demographics, in violation of your own policies.
I didn’t listen to the people who criticized you. They didn’t understand our love. I didn’t follow the lead of my Facebook-shunning siblings, or the people who worried about privacy or the dissemination of counterfeit news. I believed you when you said you were in the business of connecting people. I gave away the milk for free. Until, that is, the warnings became too loud and pervasive to ignore.
When everyone was sharing John Lanchester’s essay about you in the London Review of Books, I clicked on the link. He wrote, “Facebook, in fact, is the biggest surveillance-based enterprise in the history of mankind. It knows far, far more about you than the most intrusive government has ever known about its citizens. It’s amazing that people haven’t really understood this about the company. …
“What Facebook does is watch you, and then use what it knows about you and your behaviour to sell ads. I’m not sure there has ever been a more complete disconnect between what a company says it does – ‘connect’, ‘build communities’ – and the commercial reality.”
And then I read Tim Wu’s book The Attention Merchants, in which he compares Facebook users to “renters willingly making extensive improvements to their landlord’s property, even as they were made to look at advertisements.” He says you’re in the business of “attention arbitrage.” I’m slowly beginning to understand what this means, and it was not in your dating profile.
Can it all be true? It can’t be true. I thought you just wanted to see pictures of our kids on their first day of school. I thought the “like” button was a friendly diversion, not a heat-seeking missile aimed at my money and my vote.
At least that’s what I would have said a couple of years ago, before the Brexit referendum and the U.S. election. Now everyone’s talking about how you and your micro-targeted ads and selective news feeds are actually driving people further apart, socially and politically. The Information Commissioner in Britain is investigating whether politicians and advocacy groups might have broken British laws in their mining of voters’ data from you and other social media platforms.
It’s not easy for me to tell you these things. And no, it’s not over forever. Maybe you’ll become slightly less creepy, and our relationship won’t resemble one of those movies released around Halloween. Besides, you’ve got a dating pool of two billion people, so you and your algorithms won’t be lonely.
I’m sure I’ll be back one day, when my kids do something funny or I’ve got a book to flog. That’s just human nature. In the meantime, though, I think I should see other platforms.
Community Newspapers
Guelph’s post-Mercury blues: How an Ontario city is coping without its local newspaper
The Globe and Mail
A year and a half after its daily paper stopped printing, Guelph has become a living laboratory for the loss of traditional local media – a rising risk in communities across Canada. Simon Houpt explores what Guelphites have lost, and who’s trying to fill the void.
Guelph’s post-Mercury blues: How an Ontario city is coping without its local newspaper
It must have seemed auspicious rather than ironic, back in July of 1867, in a town full of promise and a country not yet two weeks old, to name a newspaper after the Roman god of financial gain. And so Mercury (who was also, of course, the god of communication) became the namesake of the new daily newspaper of Guelph, Ont.
The publication lived an important and, sure enough, financially gainful existence for most of its life, until a more contemporary god – a monstrous hydra with ever-more-sprouting heads named Craigslist and Google and Facebook and whatever the Latin word is for Internet – decreed that information wanted to be free. Or, at least, that people thought it should be, so they largely stopped paying for it.
Which left the Guelph Mercury in retrograde. And on Jan. 29, 2016, its parents at Metroland Media Group Ltd., a division of Torstar Corporation, euthanized the paper about five months shy of its 149th birthday.
If that was likely the first time most Canadians ever thought of the Mercury (or the 141-year-old Nanaimo Daily News, shuttered the same day, by Victoria-based Black Press), it certainly was the last. Amid the tweeted farewells, loyal readers and local politicians turned out for speeches on the front stoop of the newspaper’s office, as fat snowflakes fell from the sky and mingled with their tears. And then the 26 newly unemployed staff, including eight in editorial, turned out the lights in the newsroom on Macdonell Street one last time, and the rest of the country flicked to the next story in their social-media feeds.
But that’s precisely when one of the most important stories in Guelph’s recent history began, the tale of what happens when a large and growing city is left without the connective tissue of a daily newspaper. And the story is much larger than Guelph: The city of 132,000, about an hour’s drive west of Toronto, has now become something of a living laboratory for dozens of other places across the country – large metropolises and small bedroom communities alike – which may be in danger of a similar fate if Canada’s two largest newspaper chains can’t find a way out of a devastating economic malaise.
The Mercury’s death was not the end of local news in Guelph. Over the past 18 months, outlets sniffing opportunity have opened new operations or expanded coverage: Metroland’s own Tribune, a twice-weekly tabloid published since 1986 and distributed free to most homes in the city, has bulked up its reporting ranks. It also rechristened itself the Mercury Tribune and took possession of the Mercury’s website. But in conversations with dozens of Guelphites over the past month, The Globe and Mail has found high anxiety at the overall drop in news, despair over a growing sense that city politics are becoming nastier and more polarized without the moderating influence of a daily, and a creeping dread that fact-free U.S.-style politics – enhanced by the canny use of social media by those in power – could be spreading north.
“I honestly believe we have an emergency in this city,” says Tony Leighton, a local freelance writer.
As media dies, not everyone cares
Before we continue, an acknowledgment. Odds are you don’t think this is a big deal. In a survey conducted last month by Abacus Data Inc., 32 per cent of respondents said they already live in communities with no daily newspaper, 44 per cent have one daily and 24 per cent have more than one. But a whopping 86 per cent of respondents across the country said that if their local daily (or dailies) went out of business, they would still be able to get the news they feel they need.
We are, after all, drowning in news, a sea of information just a click or two away. And even as the industry cries poor, events over the past year have financially rejuvenated a handful of outlets, especially in the United States. The New York Times and The Washington Post, especially, have benefited from a so-called Trump Bump as readers, prompted by a chaotic presidency and concern over the explosion of fake news, rushed to buy new subscriptions to publications that proved their worth during the election campaign.
But most of the gains are going to a select few brands able to aggregate large audiences around stories of global importance (or at least bigly drama). Local outlets simply don’t have the same economies of scale. And newsrooms continue to hemorrhage: According to research released last month by the Washington-based Pew Research Center, total ad revenue for the U.S. newspaper industry (including digital) dropped more than 63 per cent in 10 years, from $49-billion (U.S.) in 2006 to an estimated $18-billion last year.
In Canada, there appears to be no end in sight for the financial losses at Postmedia Network Inc. The country’s largest chain by circulation, it publishes the National Post as well as 44 local dailies in 38 cities and towns, including all the paid daily newspapers in the 10 largest English-language markets besides Toronto and Winnipeg. It also publishes dozens of free community newspapers – many of which are the main source of local news – and their related websites.

Meanwhile, operating revenue at Torstar Corporation, the country’s second-largest chain by circulation, which publishes the Toronto Star, the Hamilton Spectator and the Waterloo Region Record as well as more than 100 community papers, dropped more than 55 per cent from 2011 to 2016. Shareholder equity fell from $706-million to $326-million in the same period. This week, the stock price hit a historic low.
In the 2015 book Local Journalism: The Decline of Newspapers and the Rise of Digital Media, Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, the director of research at the University of Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, argued that local dailies serve the vital if little understood role of “keystone media.” Even in straitened circumstances, that is, they operate the largest newsrooms in their local markets, digging for and grinding out original stories that are then picked up by radio and TV stations and other media. Chris Clark, who retired as editor of the Guelph Tribune two years ago, said that he used to wake up to the local oldies radio station CJOY. “The only reason I listened to it was for the news,” he says with a chuckle, “because I wanted to know what was in the Mercury that day.”

Reuters – Local Journalism

Keystone Media

Local Newspapers as Keystone Media: The Increased Importance of Diminished Newspapers for Local Political Information Environments

Local Newspapers as Keystone Media
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen
University of Oxford – Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism


On the basis of a mixed-method study combining survey data, content analysis, and semi-structured interviews done in a strategically chosen case community in Denmark, this paper shows that the local daily newspaper, despite its diminished audience reach and editorial resources, has become an increasingly important node in the circulation of independent and professionally produced news about local affairs as other news organizations have pulled out of the locality and no new providers have emerged. Citizens in the community studied have access to more and more media, but less and less news, most of it originating with a single news organization — the local daily newspaper. The study suggests that local newspapers — reporting across platforms but still sustained by their eroding print business — despite the well-known challenges they face in a changing and increasingly digital media environment, despite their dwindling editorial resources, and despite their diminished reach, may thus ironically become more important for local journalism as our media environment change, because they increasingly are the only organizations doing ongoing on-the-ground reporting on local public affairs. They are not so much mainstream media — for the majority does not rely directly on them for information, and most of what they produce is disseminated no farther than to their own readers — as keystone media in a local information environment, playing a critical role in the production and circulation of information with ecological consequences well beyond their own audience.

Local media hold governments and leaders accountable, provide a forum for people to learn about and chew over issues and help them stay plugged in to the life of their communities.
They also serve as an early-warning system, unearthing problems brewing under the surface that might later sweep across the country. When Donald Trump squeaked out his win last November, U.S. media were ridiculed for having failed to grasp the disenchantment among certain voting blocs, especially in the Midwest. But with local media lacking resources to dig deeply into stories, national outlets may have been slower to pick up on the social and economic convulsions in the heartland. All politics may be local, but if the only place for local voices to be heard is at the ballot box, politicians – and national media – are going to find themselves surprised a lot more often.
If you drop in on the old Mercury newsroom on Macdonell Street nowadays, you’ll find a cheery staff manning something called the Guelph-Wellington Business Enterprise Centre, a government-sponsored knowledge hub where you can get help writing a business plan that is presumably more promising than the Merc’s. From there, you might saunter down the street to Breezy Corners Family Restaurant, a friendly diner with gingham curtains and orange accented walls, where a couple of dozen concerned residents gather over bacon and eggs every Thursday morning to hash out issues dogging the city. The coffee klatches – dubbed “Breezy Brothers Breakfasts” – are the brainchild of city councillors Phil Allt and James Gordon, who, after the Mercury’s closure, sought to replicate the vigorous debates from its letters-to-the-editor pages.
The other week, it being the start of summer, the agenda was a little loose: grousing about Canada geese and their propensity for pooping downtown (a never-ending issue to which the Mercury Tribune recently gave page-one treatment), affordable housing and development, Guelphites’ alleged resistance to properly sorting their garbage and complaints over parking. (plans for a large downtown parkade, which has been years in development, continue to lurch and morph).
And then, because a reporter from the big city had popped by, talk turned to the state of Guelph’s media. Someone pointed out that Rogers TV had recently closed its local studio (although it is still producing shows about Guelph from Kitchener, 30 minutes down the road). One fellow said he had felt “well served” by local media until the Tribune’s long-time city-hall reporter, Doug Hallett, retired recently. Mr. Hallett’s replacement had gone to high school in Fergus, just up the road, but he’d been away for years, working in Yellowknife and Oshawa, Ont., and the consensus among the Breezy breakfasters was that it would take him some time to get up to speed on local issues and personalities.
At the far end of the table, one woman stood up uncertainly. “The deaths are coming to me far too late,” she announced, briefly leaving her tablemates flummoxed. “I know there was a fantastic funeral on Monday, and I missed it. I wanted to be there, but I didn’t know about it, because the Tribune comes out on Tuesday.”
Mr. Allt, the councillor, clocked what she was saying, and nodded. “That’s interesting, because that mundane issue is not one that I ever thought of. The truth is, I’m relying more on social media for [obituaries].” A few people nodded.
Mike Salisbury, another councillor, acknowledged that social media has become an indispensable source of news, but he believes it has also sickened the city’s politics. “It’s become very abrasive and confrontational,” he said. “If something doesn’t go someone’s way, they say really mean, nasty, poisonous things on social media, and you just go, ‘Really? Does it have to be like that?’ It’s a very toxic environment.”
The Mercury used to have a moderating effect, he said: “If you said something really significant online, the press would have picked it up and checked it out.”
As breakfast wound down, a few folks grumbled about the social-media savvy of the city’s mayor, Cam Guthrie, who maintains a playful Instagram account, an upbeat blog and a busy Twitter feed with more than 11,000 followers. “He’s fantastic at it,” Mr. Salisbury offered. “He’s also going to be a major benefactor from this environment.”
Guelph, a city of 132,000 about an hour’s drive west of Toronto, is now something of a living laboratory for similar communities across Canada that are in danger of losing their local newspapers.
Guelph, a city of 132,000 about an hour’s drive west of Toronto, is now something of a living laboratory for similar communities across Canada that are in danger of losing their local newspapers.
A couple of weeks earlier, Mr. Guthrie’s predecessor, Karen Farbridge, explained over the phone that – perhaps counterintuitively – she valued aggressive media coverage of city hall, especially if it peered into dark corners she could not reach. “You might think you have the capacity, as an elected official, to have information about everything, or that you’re aligned or in agreement with everything the administration does. That’s not how it works. The fact that a reporter might report on something that caused me or another elected official [to have] challenges, or the administration challenges – that’s part of it.”
Over the course of her time in office, which stretched from 2000 to 2014 (with one three-year interruption, during which Kate Quarrie served as mayor), Ms. Farbridge says the number of local reporters assigned to beats covering large institutions such as the school board and the courts shrivelled up. “So, press releases from those organizations drove the coverage, as opposed to having reporters embedded.” “The joke,” says Mr. Clark, the former Tribune editor, “is that, when the police department’s PR officer is away, there’s no crime in Guelph.”
“In more recent years as mayor, sometimes I would be the only person interviewed on a story, because there was simply no time for the reporter to speak to other sources,” Ms. Farbridge says. “While you might think it’s great to be the only one, it’s not. You didn’t get the investigative reporting, which – to me, that’s part of a really healthy democracy.”
Even non-investigative stories can take a while to appear. Reporter May Warren, who won three Ontario Newspaper Awards during the 10 months she worked at the Mercury between late 2014 to summer, 2015, recalled spending a long day in court waiting for a specific case to be administered. While there, she observed a judge hand down sentences in two other cases – one of sexual assault, another of drunk driving – that didn’t include jail time, since the guilty men required medical attention and the judge was concerned they would be sent to solitary confinement because the prison infirmary wasn’t open.
“If I hadn’t have been there that day, that never would have gotten out,” she notes. “That’s the kind of thing people just don’t know about now, because there’s not enough resources.”
Guelph Today

Filling the Mercury’s shoes
No one hangs around the courts any more, it’s true, but the stories didn’t stop after the Mercury shut down. Less than two weeks after Metroland pulled the plug, Village Media, a network of online community-news operations based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., launched GuelphToday.com with two of the Mercury’s former reporters. The newsroom, a three-minute walk from their old office, consists of a jumble of desks in a disused jewellery store on Wyndham Street.
In addition to national and international wire stories, GuelphToday.com serves up about half a dozen quick, local news hits a day about events in town, city-council decisions and crime stories, along with a handful of regular freelance columns. It also publishes news releases from the Ontario Provincial Police and the City of Guelph, which are given the same editorial treatment as regular stories – grabby headline and informative subhead – and frequently played at the top of the site.
“We’re essentially trying to be the source for someone who wants to know what’s going on today,” explains Mike Purvis, Village Media’s managing editor, who oversees a stable of similar sites in Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay, Barrie and Timmins.

“I think we’re also trying to be that place where they’re having those conversations around what’s important to Guelph. It’s a cool city, a lot of history there, it’s a university town, full of academics and people who are not afraid to push boundaries and talk about what’s going on. It’s also a place that’s really growing, so there are those pressures, development’s always happening, not everybody’s happy with that all the time. Those people need a place to talk about those issues, those conflicts.”
Traffic at GuelphToday.com is increasing at a steady clip, according to Mr. Purvis, with 1.2-million page views in May, up 25 per cent since January. The site currently counts about 12,000 weekly unique desktop users, 25,000 mobile users (it’s best experienced on your phone) and about 6,000 tablet users.
In an e-mail conversation, Village Media’s chief executive Jeff Elgie said that annual costs for Guelph Today run about $300,000, and it is currently taking in a little more than $200,000 a year in advertising. He added that the company’s Soo and North Bay sites are profitable, and he expected Guelph’s to be as well: Each of the three cities has a strong sense of community, and few other media outlets chasing local dollars and audiences. (He says Barrie has not been profitable, which he chalks up to stiff competition from other media outlets and the fact that the city, about an hour’s drive north of Toronto, “acts more like a commuter community/part of the GTA.”)
Village Media wasn’t the only company that saw promise in Guelph. Metroland Media’s Tribune (or, rather, the newly renamed Mercury Tribune) also picked up another former Merc staffer, increasing its reporting ranks from two to three. (It also has a sports editor who writes regularly.) The paper was “inundated with requests for coverage,” editor-in-chief Doug Coxson says over the phone. “The community was expecting us to pick up where the Mercury left off.” Mr. Coxson says the paper is trying to do more investigative work. Still, community-news staples dominate: council decisions, announcements about new developments, crime briefs, feel-good stories about local heroes.
Village Media

Another of the outlets that benefited from the Mercury’s disappearance is Guelph Speaks, a tart politics blog. Edited by a former newspaperman by the name of Gerry Barker, the blog seems to be the only outlet that regularly shows interest in digging deeply into the numbers on a handful of money-losing ventures overseen by the city. But Mr. Barker is also written off by many as an irritant, because he has a habit of slinging accusations of corruption at politicians and other media, sometimes without fully providing sufficient evidence. Last fall, a city executive filed a $500,000 defamation lawsuit against Mr. Barker. (Mr. Barker has filed a statement of defence and, in an e-mail to The Globe, denied he had defamed the executive.)
Adam Donaldson, the one-man staff of Guelph Politico, covers a police news conference and demonstration at the University of Guelph. He has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Patreon to support his work on the blog full-time.
Mr. Barker has a mild-mannered counterpart in Adam Donaldson, an earnest fellow who aspires to provide Guelph’s most comprehensive coverage of local politics. After the Mercury closed, he revived a dormant blog of his, Guelph Politico, where he offers impressively detailed explanations of council meetings (which he also live-tweets) as well as podcasts of Open Sources Guelph, a weekly politics show he co-hosts on CFRU, the University of Guelph’s radio station.
Mr. Donaldson launched a campaign through the crowdfunding site Patreon to support his work full-time. It may be a quixotic quest: His evenhanded coverage seems unlikely to incite anger and therefore sharing on social media, which would help bring in sponsors. As of this week, he was only $185 toward his $1,000 monthly goal.
Still, Mr. Donaldson and Mr. Barker play by established rules. Some other communities struggling with thin coverage have had to grapple with outlets run by anonymous operators who have unknown agendas. During a conference last month on the state of local news, sponsored by the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre (RJRC) in Toronto, Brian Lambie, the president of PR firm Redbrick Communications, noted that, after Sun Media closed the Georgian Bay-area Midland Free Press in June, 2013, a number of new sites cropped up offering local coverage to the community of 16,000. But it can be surprisingly difficult to determine who operates them: Mr. Lambie told the conference there are suspicions that one blog is being run out of the local police station.
Rob O’Flanagan is a case study of the changes roiling both the news industry in general and Guelph in particular. At 57, he has 23 years in the business, including a long stint at the Sudbury Star and nine years at the Mercury. With a laptop, digital camera, iPhone and voice recorder, he can crank out stories from anywhere. (And often does: Sometimes, it’s just too hot to work in the office, so he escapes to a café.) If the technological adjustments have come easily, the psychological ones are tougher.
“When you work for a daily newspaper in a community, that’s a prestigious thing to do, because there is that deep-rooted history,” he notes, sitting in the spartan GuelphToday.com office. (His fellow reporter, Tony Saxon, was on vacation.) “You feel that inherently. But when the Mercury closed, that evaporated. Now, it’s basically a startup, online daily news service that is new, that people aren’t familiar with. And you feel like a kid in a lot of ways, just starting out. And people have been just a touch more reticent to open up and to take it seriously.”
Still, he adds, “Over the past year or so that we’ve worked on this, people have warmed up to us. There’s a lot more name recognition. People for the most part seem to appreciate what we do, and that has won their trust.”
Mr. O’Flanagan says he’s usually working by 7 a.m., scanning social media and e-mail to see what might be worth covering. He’s obligated to crank out two to three stories a day. “The problem is, I’m used to being a daily news reporter, so I’m used to having more than two sources, and I’m used to writing kind of long. And I still want to do that. I don’t want to bang off three paragraphs and a photo. So I put a lot of pressure on myself.”

Are there stories he’d like to do, but simply can’t find the time?
“Oh yeah, absolutely,” he says quietly. “We have a big drug problem in the city. Particularly in the downtown. It’s really grown. Fentanyl, all the opiates, crack is still a big problem. It really seems to have changed the downtown culture in recent years. There are a lot more people panhandling in the streets. In this location, we hear a lot of street confrontations happening right outside the door.
“All of that would make just an exceptional story. But it would take two or three days to find people to talk to, to get the cops involved, the social agencies that deal with these kinds of things.”
Is he really saying that he’s so busy feeding the beast that he literally can’t report on something happening right outside his door? “Yeah, that’s a good way to characterize it,” he says softly, then pauses. “I feel I would not be able to produce the content that I need to produce on a daily basis if I focused on that kind of story.” He looks up. “It’s actually very discouraging.”
Mr. O’Flanagan isn’t the only one seeing stories that won’t get written. Phil Andrews, the Mercury’s last managing editor, left journalism after the paper closed and now works as a spokesman for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “I think our local media are doing a good job of saying, ‘What’s that smoke in the sky and where’s it coming from?’ Where we’re lacking is, I haven’t seen an example of an FOI [freedom-of-information] request done by a local media organization that’s begotten local reporting.”
Mr. Andrews’s smoke-in-the-sky reference wasn’t just a metaphor. “One thing that has been playing out for months now is a crime story. We have a firebug that’s at play in Guelph and Wellington County. The number [of fires] is approaching about 20 over the last 18 months.” (Another blaze two weeks ago in Aberfoyle, southeast of Guelph, destroyed two homes and left two more damaged.)
The reporting, Mr. Andrews says, has been variations on, “‘Here’s the latest one, and Crime Stoppers is looking for tips.'” A daily newspaper, he says, “would grapple with it in a way that other media outlets haven’t had the bandwidth or the focus or the resources to say, ‘Hold on here, this is probably a national story.'” He adds: “This is probably a public-safety problem that isn’t being described as such.”
Those are the days he wishes he still commanded the resources of a newsroom. “You reach for the holster and there’s nothing there,” he says.

Sitting now in the Guelph Today office on Wyndham Street, Mr. O’Flanagan is turning reflective. He explains that the upheaval of the past couple of years has him questioning the goal of journalism itself.
“What is its place? What is it supposed to be doing? Who does it serve?” he asks. “In the environment that exists now, with the death of papers, the loss of staff and resources for journalism, I can’t help wondering: Where is it going and what is its purpose, and do people value it? I feel that personally, I feel that in the work that I do and the grind that I’m a part of.
“Is it valuable? Do people appreciate it? What purpose does it serve? That’s a general philosophical question, I think. And I really don’t know the answer. Does the fact that a story that I do gets shared 400 times on Facebook, does that give it value? I don’t know. Do you know?”

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Community Journalism
Journalism matters more than ever

Bob Cox, Jerry Dias and Edward Greenspon
The Globe and Mail

Bob Cox is chairman of News Media Canada and publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press; Jerry Dias is national president of Unifor; Edward Greenspon is president of the Public Policy Forum.

NMC – News Media Canada – About Us

Unifor – About Canada’s largest private sector union

The Public Policy Forum

Films for Action


Salish Sea

Pacific salmon star in new Hinterland Who’s Who videos

Food Systems

Nature’s Path – The Cereal Bowl

How Organic Farming Protects and Conserves Clean Water


Derek Sivers’ TED Talk: “How to Start a Movement’

Leadership From A Dancing Guy


Canada can be a leader in clean energy

Innovation Canada

Innovate Now, Canada!

Investing in research is the best way to create an innovative economy


Land, Loss and Rebirth in Standing Rock

Reconciliation Art Project


The Case Against Civilization Did our hunter-gatherer ancestors have it better?

Creative Canada

Fighting poverty by cultivating business: Recommendations for Canada’s Development Finance Institution

Salish Sea Gulf Islands

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Go Direct media

The Youth Digital Media Ecologies Project

Creative Vancouver

ArcPost Online Space for Artist-Run Culture


Vancouver company Corvus Energy has created electric ships poised to combat global warming

The Canada Organic Trade Association

About Reel to Real


The education of Alanis Obomsawin

Theatre Wire


Ban ‘neonic’ pesticides. Our food supplies are at risk

Scientists say no longer any doubt about impact of pesticides on bees

2017 September 25

Why Creative Conversation
Michael Sandell – The Current
We have to create public spaces for discourse on big questions that matter. We can’t expect politicians to do the job. We have to find forms of media that promote and support public discourse. We need to take the risk of testing our beliefs. It demands a collective presence
6 degrees – Toronto

The Alchemy of Astonishment
North by Northwest

Why theatre
We can connect up all the dots we see in our theatre of the new world to create theatre for a new world and theatre of a new world to create a new world that contributes to creating better possibilities for the future of our world. We can move from a world of ideas and a way of doing things that move us from creating a world of “us and them” to creating a world of “we” around our common human interests, – the interests we have in common as individuals, as communities, and as a community, – as a creative community, – as a community contributing to creating possibilities for ourselves as creative communities, – and around the possibility of creating we as a community around our common human interests as individuals, as communities, and as humanity.

Social movement
Is this the idea of creating our society, – our community, – or the idea of creating as a community, – or the idea of creating community? If this is the idea of creating our community, what we can do is explore what contributes to creating community, what can improve our ability to create as a community, and how we can create a culture of community and a society that contributes to creating our community and our common enterprise around our common human interests.

My point of view
This is the way I see, think, and feel about my experience of our world from my point of view and this is what I think we can do with our different experiences, our different points of view, our different cultures, our different ideas, our different abilities, and our different interests and enterprise

What I feel is that the majority of humanity, – our species, – has a caring appreciation of our world, – a caring for ourselves, – and a caring for others who contribute to our interests and our experience community, – of mutual caring.

What I see is that the majority of humanity, – our species, – has a caring appreciation of our world, – a caring for ourselves, – and a caring for our community with others.

What I think is that we can create community around the idea of creating community so we can care better for one another, be better cared for, and care better for the future of our world.

What I am doing is contributing my observations, my ideas, my stories, and my experience of life for creative conversation.

What I am imagining is what we can do, and how we can create, and what we can create to make creative conversation, deliberative democracy, and creative community enterprise possible around our overarching interest, – increasing our knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of our world and our creative experience.

Creating our story
Creating our experience
Creating with our experience
The pause, – to stop evaluating the experience to observe on and appreciate the experience
Cutting ourselves loose from our attachments

Telling our stories
Telling our stories contributes to our understanding and appreciation of life and to the understanding and appreciation of those we tell our stories to
Telling our stories as enterprises creates context and focus for our exploration of what we are doing and what we can do to make the best use of our creative resources and increase our contribution

My interests
My interest and enterprise is to maximize my experience of life and my appreciation for my experience

Trusting the wind

If we only have our ability to create with our experience, what we can do is improve our ability to explore our experience for creative connections.
Courage and confidence allow us to trust the wind, – to allow our experience to enter our consciousness

Our creative journey
Everything begins with where we are now

Salish Sea Community
Gulf Island School of Performing Arts

Creating Our Government Systems
Political systems are the foundation of our democratic government systems.

Why now
We are living in a terrifying time. We need to pay close attention.

Creating our culture
People learn to hate and if they can learn to hate, – they can be taught to love.
Nelson Mandela
We learn to hate and if we can learn how to hate, we can learn how to appreciate and care about and care for our experience of life, for one another, and for our future as a community.

Creating with our experience
Contextualizing the experience improves our ability to creating the experience

Life as a creative experience
Every moment is a moment to create with. Are we conscious of the moment? Are we conscious of the experience? Are we conscious of the experience we are creating? Are we conscious of the opportunity to create with our experience?

We can have our circumstances create our feelings or we can have our feelings create our circumstances. Find the feelings we want o experience and create our experience with our feelings, – if they are contributing to the experience we want to create.

Complexity is what fascinates us, what terrifies us, what attracts us, and what demands our attention.

Creating the Story
The people and enterprises that have contributed to the story I am creating, the story I am imagining we can create, and the story we are creating.

Community Children

The kids on the street, nothing to do, needing a connection, out at 19. Bevel Up as an online experience to explore in Community Children

Learning Institutions
Fairleigh Dickenson
As world citizens, as a global institute, we have an obligation to extend our reach, to go beyond he ordinary to achieve the extraordinary

Contextualizing the live experience of museums, – media for creating connections and exciting creative connections

Think Tanks and Media Literacy
Is the interest of the think tank to support or create a point of view, – or to explore for ideas and opportunities to solve a problem or contribute to a common interest?

Watching our whales
Increasing the contribution of the whale to our knowledge, understanding, and appreciation, and our caring, and our interest
The iconic image of the Salish Sea
The whales experience of the world and what we can learn from what our whales are learning
The whales are iconic for our future, drawing attention to our keystone resources, – salmon and clean oceans.
The whales and the whale community and the community that appreciates, understands, and knows what our whales are experiencing
Watching our kelp

Universal concerns
Global Warming
Environmental Degradation
The erosion of culture, tradition and language and its impact on the construction of identity

Creative Community Centres
What do we agree upon that makes us a community of common interest? Why we care.
What do we agree upon that makes us a community of common enterprise? Why we are doing.
Centre for Creative Storytelling
Creating connections with stories

Important if true
Information that might be true, – supported by demonstrated evidence, – but may not be believed.

Pender Island – Kathryn Chapman
Increasing our contribution
Leveraging our enterprise
Creating context to create connections – to improve our creative exploration for conclusions about what works, what makes common sense, what makes good sense

The value of art lies in the contextualization

Creating our economic systems
A creative economy
An experience economy
A knowledge economy
A creative community
A learning community
A sustainable community

Bloomberg Connects: The Timeline of Modern Art

Helping Museums Reach Broader Audiences and Increase Access

Bloomberg Connects
Helping Museums Reach Broader Audiences
Cultural institutions have world-class resources which technology can make accessible to more people around the world. That’s why Bloomberg Philanthropies is supporting the development of state-of-the-art technology, from mobile applications to immersive galleries and other dynamic tools, designed to transform the visitor experience, encouraging interaction and exploration of cultural institutions on and offsite.
Through Bloomberg Connects, formerly known as the Digital Engagement Initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies has helped museums stay current with the latest trends in technology, with audio guides starting in 1999, to support for mobile apps starting in 2013, and now expanding to support innovative immersive galleries, location-aware navigational tools, and customized experiences that allow visitors to connect with experts, become designers and engage with the arts in a whole new way.
Bloomberg Philanthropies has committed to support the development of technology that transforms the visitor experience at 16 cultural institutions around the world including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Jewish Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, London’s Tate Modern, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Botanical Garden, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Science Museum of London, Serpentine Galleries, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Report on WE day

We Day Featured Report

Critical thinking can be taught

Global Media Initiative helps students sort junk from journalism

Theatre of the New World
Centre for Media Literacy
Global Learning Centre

Global Learning Centre takes We organization to new heights

New headquarters for We organization will empower generations

Creative Partnerships

Top five tips for creating work with purpose

Social Responsibility

Creating our energy systems

Howard Jang

Banff School

SFU’s Howard Jang joining Banff Centre as VP of arts and leadership


2017 Observations

Creating the Story
We change our world, our world changes us.
Our environment, our experience, our story
We can change the story
We can change the conversation
We can elevate the conversation
What do we want to create for our experience of our world?

From me to we

How close does my imagination fit my reality and where did I get my imagination?

How close does our imagination fit our reality and where did we get our imagination?
Our relationship between our imagination and our reality is our creative experience of life and how we create our experience.

My imagination is that my experience of life and my imagination of my experience is the reality of my experience and our human nature, – and what we have in common. We all have different imaginations and realities and we can only imagine what our different experiences are.

We create our relationships around our imaginations and the realities of our experience, – the demonstrated observable evidence of what we see, what we think, and how we feel about our experience and our imagination of the experience and the realities of each other.
Life is a creative experience. Life is the experience we create. We create with ur experience.

Why care
Caring is a verb
Contribution is a demonstration of caring

Being creative
Within the constraints of the circumstance

Organizing complexity

Our creative story

Why care
What we know and what is happening and where we are and how we see things from our point of view, – context for our creative interests, – the nearest obtainable truth

Our storyline
Why, what, and how, – why we do, what we do, and what we contribute
Our overarching creative interest, creative enterprise and creative contribution

Why we are doing, what we are doing, what we are creating, why we are creating

The Rewrite Desk

The Monologue
The role of the monologue in creating theatre is to set the stage, to excite interest and imagination about the story we are creating, to introduce the players, the contributors to creating the story, to the parts they play, to what they care about.
We are all playing parts in our theatre of the new world. We are all contributing to creating the story. We are all creating our story. What parts we choose to play and how we choose to play our part begins with our imagination, our .
are contributing to everyone’s ability to play our parts, and improve our performance, and create our parts, and increase our contribution to the story, and
we all contribute to our understanding of what the story is about
to our imagination of what the story could be about
to what we could create.
We can excite people in our community to contribute their monologue, their point of view, their ideas, their experiences, so we can explore what interests and ideas we have in common and explore opportunities for creating connections with ideas and the opportunities they create.
We can move from monologue to creative conversation, and from us and them to we, and from ideas to enterprise. Exploring the interests and ideas and experiences we have in common, and creating connections for one another with how we see, think, and feel about things, contributes to our common understanding and appreciation of our common interests and to our ability to create community around ideas and opportunities to create possibilities for ourselves, for our communities of common interest and common enterprise, and for our common human interests.
I am taking a place on the stage of our theatre of the new world and contributing information, ideas, and observations from my point of view, to excite our imagination in what we can do, to excite interest in ideas and opportunities for creative community enterprise, and to excite creative connections, – connections that contribute to creating new insights, new ideas, new imagination, new inspiration, new initiative, and new investment in creating our story as individuals, as communities, and as a community, and contribute to creating community around our creative and common human interests,
I am not creating theatre for a new world. I am just imagining how we could.



2017 Questions for creative exploration.

Focusing on the top line
Does this make sense?

Focusing our attention, our creative energy, our creative communities, and our creative resources on questions of common interest and creative community enterprise in creating a future for our world, our community, and our humanity

Creative Community Enterprise

What is creative community enterprise?

The enterprise of creative communities contributing to creating our experience of community and to creating healthy communities for our experience

A way of seeing and doing things that excites creative leadership, creative entrepreneurship, creative contribution, and creative connections around our creative interests as a community

Centre for Creative Storytelling

Is telling the story of our enterprise as a creative story a good investment?

A creative story is a hypothesis of creative possibilities in the context of what an enterprise is doing, why it is doing what it is doing, and how what the enterprise is doing is contributing.

Creative Canada

Can the creative communities of Canada demonstrate how we can change the way we do things – to create the possibilities we imagine for our future, – or to imagine possibilities we can create for our future?

Creating with our experience

Does taking responsibility for our response to our experience improve our ability to create with our experience?

Do we have the ability to take responsibility for how we respond to our experience?

What can we do to improve our ability to make conscious choices in response to our experience?

Do we have any ability to control how we feel in response to our experience? Do we have any ability to take responsibility for how we feel? Do we want to hold others responsible for how we feel and what we do in response to our feelings?

Can populism lead us into the future? What can populism do? What can we do with populism? What is populism? What can we learn from the appeal?

Creating our Government Systems
Centre for Democracy
Centre for Media Literacy
Centre for Community Journalism
Creative Community Centre
Community Media Centre
Creating a New World
Creating with Our Experience
Creating with Our Nature
Creating Community with Stories

The Rewrite Desk
Does this make sense?

Does this idea have a larger audience?
Would a larger audience benefit from this idea?
Could the idea contribute to creating community?
Does the idea excite creative enterprise?
Does the idea create opportunities to explore, experience, learn, create, and contribute?

Community Health Centre
Creating the experience of connectedness
Is this how we create healthy communities?
Communities of place, culture, and world as seen from a common point of view, a common experience,

Creating our economic systems
Is it this simple?
Cut taxes
Create trade barriers

What is a stakeholder?
How do we give people and enterprises who are contributing, who are interested in contributing, or who are involved, affected, or could benefit from contributing an idea, an initiative, a way of doing things a voice, – an opportunity to contribute?

Canadian Films
What makes a film Canadian?
What makes Canadian films different?

Canadian Heritage

How do we come to terms with how we evolved as a country? How do we come to terms with what happened and how we behaved? How can we come to an acceptance and appreciation for what happened? How do we deal with the consequences of what happened? What can we learn from our heritage to improve our ability to care for our community and create caring healthy communities for our future? How do we make sure the whole narrative is revealed so we can learn from our experience as a community known as Canada and a culture known as Canadian?