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Bar Code Generation (22)

Posted on July 31, 2013

We are living in age where we neglect public duties in favour of private delights.  It comes commensurate with the great shift of our generation from citizen to consumer.  We continue to talk about citizen engagement as though it solely takes place between the citizen and their political representatives.  Yet ultimately it is how we talk among ourselves as citizens – how we converse, debate, and share things together.  It’s a lost art and until we rediscover its energy, politics will remain ineffective for us. Just click the audio button below to listen to the five-minute podcast.

“Old Before Their Time” – Community Engagement Podcast (21)

Posted on July 30, 2013

About 85% of the world’s youth live in developing nations – and they are growing restless, frustrated at the lack of opportunity afforded them.  In Canada, a greying nation, our younger generations are expressing their own disenchantment over the lack of access to opportunities their parents once enjoyed.  We are slowly witnessing the decline of public policy, public investments and the public good.  In permitting this to happen, we are watching our young generation grow old before their time, worn down by their own lack of opportunities.  It’s time to change that. Just click on the audio button below to listen to the five-minute podcast.

“Young At Heart Again” – Community Engagement Podcast (20)

Posted on July 29, 2013

1967 was not just our 100th birthday as a nation; it was the year Canada came out on the world stage looking young and vibrant. The government of the day placed its emphasis on the future and the young (today’s Baby Boomers) rose to that challenge. Today’s politics looks nothing like that, and as a result our productivity is in decline, just as poverty, climate change, homelessness, debts and deficits, and the gap between the rich and poor are on the rise. Canada requires a political party that will stake its future on the children and grandchildren of the Baby Boomers. We just require some party that will take the risk. Just click on the audio button below to listen to the five-minute podcast.

“Boomer Redux” – Community Engagement Podcast (19)

Posted on July 26, 2013

Call it the “grey tsunami”. It’s about ready to wash over our communities, as within the next decade a quarter of our population will have reached retirement age. That generation, after working hard and providing for their kids, will naturally want to maintain the lifestyles they presently enjoy. The problem is that we are slowly stripping away of solid public policies that once helped the Baby Boomers thrive. How, then, will the next generation rise to success in the framework required for their progress is no longer soundly in place? Just click the audio button below to listen to the five-minute podcast.

“The Unlit Torch” – Community Engagement Podcast (18)

Posted on July 25, 2013

In a time of diminishing returns, nothing seems sure anymore.  Where older generations took less for themselves in order to pass on more opportunities to their children, the Baby Boomers thought the could have it all.  It didn’t work out.  They watch as their kids come to terms with a future that is no longer theirs.  Somehow we forgot to invest in those public institutions that would provide security for the next generation.  Boomers now refuse to invest in the very public infrastructure that had paved the way for their prosperity.  In handing the torch to their kids, they forgot to light it. Just click on the audio button below to listen to the five-minute podcast.

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