With community in mind, the Downtown Vancouver Association (DVA) wants to canvass people from a variety of perspectives in order to ‘connect the dots’ on key urban issues. Our goal is to envision and enact a better working MetroCore for Vancouver. We are excited to present our annual “MetroCore Quilting” initiative as a way to advance the discussion.
Each year, the DVA selects a topic that has a profound impact on the long-term success of Vancouver’s MetroCore. Recently, we focused on Transportation and actively engaged in the regional transportation referendum. This year, with the announcement of the intention by St. Paul’s Hospital to relocate from its Burrard Street site to a new Campus of Care in the False Creek Flats, we are reaching out to our members and friends to join us in thinking deeply about Health & Wellbeing as it relates to living, working, recreating and running a business in Vancouver’s MetroCore.
In the fall of 2015, the DVA will be hosting a series of roundtables as part of our annual ‘MetroCore Quilting’ initiative. Roundtables are the first step in the quilting process. They will be facilitated sessions, usually 60-90 minutes in length, that explore the overall topic from a strategic perspective. Each roundtable will be by invitation only and include six to ten thought leaders looking at the issue from a different perspective.
At the end of the process, we create a ‘quilt’ of ten to twenty thoughtful images or photos that are ‘stitched’ together on our website to form a more complete ‘picture’ of a complex subject. Our immediate aim is to identify a broadly shared vision to productively shape debate and then action on city building and community health infrastructure in Vancouver’s Metrocore.