The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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“Start Living” – Final Community Engagement Podcast (41)

Posted on August 30, 2013

This is the final podcast on citizen engagement – 41 episodes taking us from the initial moments when each citizen lays out their terms, through exercises of better understanding, and through to an enhanced ability to listen and compromise.  And then it all comes down to this: action.  Participatory democracy is about the world we want, not the one we must accept because we can’t reach agreement.  For this kind of engagement to work, politicians must act upon what citizens have agreed upon, and citizens must be willing to act out those decisions responsibly.   Just click the audio button below to listen to the five-minute podcast.  

“Reconfiguring Our Future” – Community Engagement Podcast (40)

Posted on August 29, 2013

It doesn’t have to always be a choice between sprawl and intensification.  Between the elderly and the young.  Between sustainability and development.  Between public transit and the car.  There are other options, often found in the middle.  Other communities around the world are experimenting with such options, in the process remaking those places where they live into the communities of tomorrow.  We can’t rely on the past, nor can we just import the future.  The best communities are those that develop homegrown talent, resources, compassion and a sense of togetherness. Just click on the audio button below to listen to the five-minute podcast.

“The Art of Connecting” – Community Engagement Podcast (39)

Posted on August 28, 2013

Strangers become neighbours through empathy.  Words become action by cooperation and not condemnation.  Communities are built through process and not power.  We need to give one another the permission to be human, to connect on emotional and not just academic levels.  Above all we require time together, working on the kind of communities we want and the kind of citizens we want to be.  In many way, voting is the least human thing we do in the democratic process.  The good stuff is in the dialogue. Just click the audio button below to listen to the five-minute podcast.

Dialogue of Silence – Community Engagement Podcast (38)

Posted on August 27, 2013

Most people don’t listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.  Citizen engagement exercises often fail because people are just so impatient to talk and give an opinion.  But sometimes words diminish their true meaning.  The language of politics used to belong to the political elites, but they have squandered and hollowed out those terms.  The real language of democracy is the language of community, but for that to occur we have to listen and understand before speaking. Just click the audio button below to listen to the five-minute podcast.

“Humanizing Our Words” – Community Engagement Podcast (37)

Posted on August 26, 2013

We now move into the final week (five podcasts) on community engagement.  All of these talks have been progressive in nature – moving from the first stumbling attempts at getting our point across and then reaching that place where we can lay blinded opinions aside as we search for common ground.  The words we use are important, but if they remain ideological or overly partisan then our communities will suffer.  We all have to get beyond the words to working on solutions together. Just click the audio button below to listen to the five-minute podcast.

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