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A Crisis of Power

Posted on April 29, 2013

It’s a voice increasingly coming from the economic periphery and gaining more traction the longer it takes for global economies to get up off the mat.  While not exactly the voice of doom, as in apocalyptic, it nevertheless speaks of a coming world where limited choices will lead to a reprioritization of how we spend and how governments will behave in a time of diminishing returns. Gwynn Dyer, for example, in a syndicated article in the London Free Press this past weekend, speaks of the “lethal consequences for a large part of the human race,” if we don’t reign in our fossil fuel consumption. There’s no predetermined path out there, no clock-like scheme, hovering over us and leading to an increasingly risky future, merely…

The Creative Cliff

Posted on April 27, 2013

Canada’s communities run the real danger of enduring the erosion of the creative class – that group that provides the thinking, innovation, and strategies for the jobs and economy of the future.  If we don’t start paying attention to how we might resource them, encourage them, and include them in our city plans then a steep precipice is ahead.  Follow the link below to read my new London Free Press article on this challenge. goo.gl/YuDR1 

Bring On the Lunatics

Posted on April 25, 2013

Today we start a new series concerning the end of growth and how to learn to live with the new normal.  Really it’s about stasis – ancient Greek term meaning “to stand still”.  Most of us have been sensing this for some time as our communities, economy, citizenship, environmental sustainability and democracy appear mired in inadequacy in a fashion we haven’t seen in our lifetimes.  None of our present institutions has come forward with sufficient solutions to lift all of these dimensions from their doldrums. It’s time we started telling the truth to one another, especially as it refers to how we plan our economies.  A raft of new books and studies have appeared in recent years that point to our ineffectiveness – the…

Will Canadian Politics Have A Breakthrough?

Posted on April 23, 2013

Does politics really matter anymore?  The greatest challenges facing our generation are getting short shrift from the major parties as they continue to tinker around the edges and continually seek out that “sweet spot” that will hopefully launch them into power.  The rise of Justin Trudeau to the Liberal leadership has caused a stir, in part because he is viewed as a new leader for a new era.  Trouble is, we still have old problems, and should the new Liberal leader propose incremental policies on files such as climate change or poverty, then he will have wasted his opportunity to take our country in a new direction.  People always say we require bold policies if we are to embrace change, but we yet await…

Who Knew?

Posted on April 22, 2013

They were violently wrenched apart at only four months of age.  Too young to understand what happened, they likely were terrified by the sound of gunshots and their mother covered in blood.  One was immediately ushered away while the other lay in a tangle of bodies, nestling in the arms of her dead mother. For years they both lived separate lives, aware that the other had once existed, but believing that death had taken the other.  They were informed they had once had an identical twin but that life and war had conspired to separate them forever.  The one lived and thrived in Canada, aware of her loneliness but surrounded by everything wonderful.  The other fought for life in Darfur, also aware of loneliness…

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