The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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Sometimes Leaders Have to Follow

Posted on September 21, 2018

It’s never an easy or simple thing for a politician to cut across the grain of public opinion for the sake of building an even stronger community. And yet that’s what San Antonio, Texas, Mayor Ron Nirenberg did, in a decision that garnered international attention. When the great behemoth that is Amazon announced it was searching for a second headquarters location, it started a bidding frenzy that saw more than 500 cities bend themselves out of shape in their bid for the prize. San Antonio appeared to be one of the favourites, since it was situated in Silicon Valley and had enjoyed a successful business partnership with Amazon for more than a decade. Nirenberg, who knows Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos personally, rocked the…

The Third Place (Chapter 22) – Epilogue

Posted on August 26, 2018

When the story of the Third Place is fully told, it will be what happened in the first twelve months with the Sky Reach collaboration that will be best remembered. The success of the effort was strong enough as to be almost overwhelming.  The community took to the initiative as though they had been waiting for it for years, which I suppose in many ways they had.  The past decade of lost opportunity and sense of hopelessness were quickly being replaced by a firm hope that our city was on its way back. It was shortly after the deal had been struck with Sky Reach that Mrs. Dawson, Finn’s grandmother, died.  It was a sad time for us all.  Though her visits had become increasingly…

The Third Place (Chapter 21) – Putting It All Together

Posted on August 25, 2018

The next few months were a frantic and exciting blur.  While Finn and I worked out the timing for announcing our engagement in two months’ time, Mom and Daisy kept the Third Place running efficiently while Dad worked with community leaders to lay the groundwork for Sky Reach’s investment for vertical farming. This is where Dad was at his best, beginning the entire process by hosting an event at the restaurant for political, economic and civil society leaders. He introduced Aakriti and the team to the group who set about to explain the plan and how it would all serve as a pilot project for what later would become a North American initiative that would likely develop into a global industry. Due to the reputation…

The Third Place (Chapter 20) – Days of Defiance

Posted on August 24, 2018

When they descended the stairs in the morning, Dad and Mom were shocked to spot us seated at the same table Dad had left us at the night before.  We hadn’t slept, and other than an hour-long walk, arrived back at the same table and had come to a number of decisions. Mom poured coffee for the two of them and seated herself with a look of inquisitiveness written across her entire countenance.  She looked at Dad, back at us, and finally confessed, “I have no idea what’s going on here.  You two look like you could use some sleep.” We were surprised to learn that Dad hadn’t spoken to Mom of our talk only a few hours previous. “She was asleep by the…

The Third Place (Chapter 19) – Interlude

Posted on August 23, 2018

Signs that something momentous was happening took time to develop.  Aakriti Chandra stayed for the rest of that day with us before flying back to San Diego.  She was different in those last few hours, we could tell, yet had little more to say, other than the odd question for Dad and Mom about the Third Place’s operations.  A portion of her inquisitiveness in that regard was reserved for Finn.  It had become clear to her that he had grasped all aspects of the business and that his knowledge of technology and obvious connection with the younger generations provided him with vital insights into the future.  And that was something she was determined to be part of. Things with Finn and I were at…

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