How the CAN Communication Centre Works

The Downtown Eastside Community Arts Network collaborates around community arts projects and creates community by actively engaging people in the arts and the creative expression of the people and cultures of the Downtown Eastside.

The CAN Communication Centre provides the Community Arts Network and the Downtown Eastside community with a ability to create connections, inform, and excite interest in community arts events and cultural development initiatives that contribute to creating community.

The CAN Communication Centre and the Downtown Eastside Community Arts Network
are initiatives supported by the
Community Arts Council of Vancouver.

How it works

Q: Is this really a launch of the CAN Communication Centre?
A: No. It is the launch of an idea to create a Communication Centre using some content to illustrate how the Centre might work. It is intended to begin a conversation among the members and contributors to the Community Arts Network. The launch date announced was the date of the inaugural meeting of the communication cluster, which was really the launch of the conversation.

Q: What is it?
A: A place where people can find what they would like to know about in their community, – events, people, news, opportunities, connections, activities, services, and information,and engage the community in conversation around ideas and enterprises of common interest.

Q: Does the CAN Communication Centre represent the interests of the Downtown Eastside Community Arts Network?
A: No. It is intended to serve the interests of the the Community Arts Network and to give those who are part of and who contribute to the Network the opportunity and ability to express their interests, tell their stories, and contribute their ideas.

Q: The Downtown Eastside Community Arts Network operates with the idea of creating clusters of activity for people to gather around interests, ideas, and initiatives that contribute to the interests of the community. How does this relate to the idea of the CAN Communication Centre?
A: The CAN Communication Centre is offered as an idea and opportunity to invite the grass roots of the community to join a cluster and become engaged in a conversation about creating a Communication Centre that works to connect, inform, and excite interest in creating community through the arts.


Q: Who is invited to participate in the conversation?
A: Any one who has observations, questions, and ideas that contribute positively to the conversation.

Q:How does the Centre work?
A: In whatever way our interests and creative ideas take it.

Q:How could the Centre work?
A: It could engage the community in telling our stories through creative expression and creating community through appreciation.

Q:How would we like the Centre to work?
A: In whatever way our interests and creative ideas take it.

Q:What happens if the idea for the CAN Communication Centre doesn’t work?
A: If community is created by connections and relationships, the interests, ideas and points of view expressed in the conversation will contribute to creating ideas that will work.


Q: Is the CAN Communication Centre nonprofit?
A: It is a
cooperative community enterprise.

Q: Where does the money go?
A:
Excess revenues after expenses are reinvested in the CAN Communication Centre and directed to the Community Arts Trust.

Q: Does the Communication Centre have an editorial agenda?
A:
No. The CAN Communication Centre has editorial interests that serve the interests of contributors and audiences.

Q: Is the CAN Communication Centre an advocate?
A: No.
The CAN Communication Centre gives people the opportunity to contribute their points of view and express their opinions, but takes no position, expresses no opinion, and makes no judgments except in the context of the editorial interests of the enterprise.

Q: Who owns the domain name?
A: The name was purchased in trust for the Downtown Eastside Comunity Arts Network. Ownership of the domain name might logically be held by the Community Arts Trust on behalf of the community.

Q: How are decisions made?
A:

Q: Who can participate?
A: Any one who provides information, ideas, opportunities, or resources that contribute to creating community through the arts.

Q: How do conversation forums work?
A:

Q: Wh…
A:
This isn’t rocket science. It is common sense and creative ideas.


Q: How many employees does the Centre have and where are they located?
A: The Centre has no employees. It has contributors and audiences, – everywhere.

Q:
How does the CAN Communication Centre support its operations?
A: By providing profit-making enterprises with opportunities to contribute and connect with audiences through the arts.

Q: Who will operate the CAN Communication Centre?
A: Roger Chilton has offered to act in the beginning as the custodian of the interests of the Centre and the interests of those engaged in, served by, and contributing to the Centre as it develops. Contributors and audiences will act as custodians of the interests of the Centre with their observations and ideas. Editorial interests and style, and ideas and opportunities contributed by participants and audiences will be considered by an Editorial Forum of people creating the Downtown Eastside Community Arts Network and who represent the interests of contributors and community groups served by the CAN Communication Centre.

Q: What happens as the Centre develops?
A: It is important for the ongoing success and survival of any enterprise to not be dependant on any individual or group
and to be economically self-sufficient. A cooperative enterprise, open for everyone to contribute and learn from, creates respectul and trusting commnications and is transparent to everyone involved. Trust is created by respect and appreciation.

Q: What are the interests of the Centre?
A: To create connections, keep people informed, and excite interest in the arts, cultures, and community of the Downtown Eastside.

Q: How does the Centre contribute to these interests?
A:

Q: Are we allowed to go out of the lines?
A: It is not going to be easy to manage a community, especially a community as diverse as the Downtown Eastside, and going outside the lines is art. Does it create connections, excite interest in the arts, cultures, and community of the Downtown Eastside, and contribute to our interests as a community.

Q: If the intention of art and the idea of art and our expression of art is to create and contribute, how does the Centre create and contribute?
A:
It allows people to create together

Q: What can we learn from artists about the art of creating?
A:
The art of creating
Q: What are the interests of the Quantumideas?
A: To contribute ideas that could serve the interests of the Downtown Eastside Community Arts Network. The idea of the CAN Communication Centre is to engage people interested in the Downtown Eastside Community Arts Network in a communication cluster conversation about what we could do and how we could create a utility system to connect, inform, and excite interest in the arts, cultures, and community of the Downtown Eastside. The idea is to involve as many of the diverse interests, cultures, and people who are part of the community in the conversation. Quantumideas has no interest in the ownership of the idea for the Centre or the ideas created by the conversation.

Q: Is approval needed to create a cluster, – or take an initiative, – or offer an idea?
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Q: Is this an idea that precludes other ideas, works with other ideas, or works for other ideas?
A: It is a
cooperative contribution making enterprise.

 

Q: What is a cooperative community enterprise.
A: It contributes revenue to every one involved as we contribute to one another’s interests in
pursuit of our common interests.

Editorial Interests

 

 

Editorial Style

The words Downtown Eastside are not abbreviated. People do not say they live, and work, and create, and contribute to the cultural development of the DTES.

 

 

The Art of Story Telling