A cultural platform that combines the traditional with the innovative and returns its revenue to the local people and community.
Enterprise/business philosophy and objectives of the founder
Following the influx of construction companies to the new Taipei University Special District, The Can’s founder Jeffrey Lin observed that a great gap in residents’ knowledge, economic status and other aspects had been created in Sanxia District, resulting in the emergence of both a new and old city district. In addition, he also noticed that Sanxia District had the highest rate of youth substance abuse in New Taipei City, with many children living on the margins of society and in need of the community’s helping hand. As a result, Jeffrey Lin hoped to establish a platform that would bring mutual benefit to local culture and nature, and positive development to the community and society at large.
History of development/business model
Jeffrey Lin initially returned home to rescue his grandfather’s soap factory. When he had earned some money, he renovated a century-old house in Sanxia, creating the combined space of The Can. Its diverse undertakings include: a restaurant, an independent publication (The Can Magazine), management of an arts space, artist training and a youth companion program. It has two special features in its management: its training and support of local artists, and its companion program starting from primary school, which has a positive influence on children’s development.
Creating social value/mitigating social problems
Through its revitalisation of an old house, The Can provides a platform that gives many Taiwanese artists a space to develop their work. Through its independent publication and arts space, many Taiwanese local artists have been cultivated, and emotional links have been formed among local members of the community. Regular courses offer opportunities for children from disadvantaged families, and invite young people to clean beaches and maintain the environment. Through its devotion to companion programs for disadvantaged school children, social education, community building, environmental protection and other social work, The Can continues to spread the local stories of Sanxia District, so that the real cultural heritage of Sanxia can be passed down.