The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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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 18) – Words to Change the World

Posted on August 22, 2018

She woke to the smell of breakfast wafting through the house, bringing back precious memories of her childhood in Bombay, before it was renamed Mumbai.  Refreshed, the discussion of the previous evening still raced through her active mind.  She had much to do today … and to learn, Aakriti knew. Though only seven o’clock, the Overton family was busy preparing the establishment for the daily restaurant rush.  Sally motioned her to take a seat at a table the was full of bagels, scrambled eggs, fruit, grained cereals and plenty of coffee.  She dug in, participating in the small talk that accompanied the usual routine, but she was eager to pursue her conversation with Everton. She watched him now, moving in an out of various…

Follow the Food

Posted on May 31, 2018

There are many key components that keep a city functioning, but if you would want to check up on its overall health, it’s helpful to follow how it moves its food around.  Seriously, it’s one of the main ways you can judge just how integrated things are. If healthy local food from the region is largely bypassing a city on its journey to other markets, then you know there’s a problem.  Should there be numerous food deserts that leave significant holes for food resources in neighbourhoods, it has a serious impact on citizens, especially for those in low-income situations or who aren’t mobile. If there are successful urban gardens that experience difficulty in the distribution of their harvests to locations that require them because of…

Answers vs. Solutions

Posted on March 6, 2018

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom,” wrote Isaac Asimov in a moment of frustration.  Was he correct?  Of course he was.  The Information Age brings us new findings every minute of the day and our ability to assimilate that knowledge for the betterment of our communities doesn’t so much depend on our brain as our character. Everyone has answers these days, as our digital screens display relentless bits of information, research findings, and happenings across the globe.  People are finding answers for everything – how to fix an eavestrough, invest in stocks, tend a garden or hold a meeting.  Our days are daily journeys of discovery that assist with practical solutions or just…

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