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Glen Pearson

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Rolling the Dice

Posted on May 15, 2018

My city of London, Ontario is in the midst of a gambling debate, with some feeling our collective future could be at risk should a larger casino be built near the centre of town.  That’s likely a little dramatic since a slots casino has been with us for years. But the world itself has changed and key to it all is the difference in attitudes towards gambling inter-generationally.  Regardless of whether the casino is approved, attitudes regarding its presence in our midst are already going through a substantial shift. New research is telling us something important about how gambling is being perceived.  Here’s just a sample of what’s been discovered: While gambling remains popular with older generations, Millennials (1980-2000) take a far dimmer view…

The Future Is No Longer A Gift

Posted on March 14, 2016

Note:  This post is also available to view on National Newswatch here. BARACK OBAMA WAS ELECTED ON A GENERATIONAL SEA CHANGE in politics and government. Justin Trudeau, on the other hand, is riding its crest. The American president’s agenda eventually came up against an angry partisan opposition, remaining somewhat unfulfilled. The new Canadian prime minister’s policies have yet to sail through choppy waters. When the two leaders summited in Washington D.C. last week, there was the unmistakable sense that something new was brewing and that the brief moment in the sun between Obama’s retirement and Trudeau’s arrival was a kind of passing of the torch. But behind each of these men emerged a new social and political force that will make our tomorrow, for better…

“Smashing Time” – Community Engagement Podcast (23)

Posted on August 6, 2013

Political policies in the modern era have turned pitting the different generations – Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y – against one another.  At the community level this can have devastating effects, as many cities watch their younger creative classes exiting for opportunities better acquired elsewhere.  It’s time to obliterate the generational barriers that limit our abilities, split our families, and ultimately keep our communities under-performing.  I work in sectors where the generations cooperate together to make significant differences. Just click on 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.

“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.

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