The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “community engagement

Twitter and Growing Out of Touch

Posted on October 29, 2015

SO, TWITTER HAS ENCOUNTERED SOME TURBULENCE, and not for the first time.  The company’s quarterly earnings report sent its stock price circling downwards. But it’s even worse than that, as former users in significant numbers abandon what had once been a popular platform for quick and incisive communication in favour of more pleasing options such as Snapchat and Instagram. Michelle Fleury, BBC business reporter, suggested yesterday that Twitter execs consider how Wall Street sees them. Twitter’s inability to add significant numbers of new users has got investors thinking that the company’s best days might have passed. Twitter let go 8% of its workforce in an effort to appease investors, but unless new users come aboard quickly, Twitter, once the darling of the social media…

For Libraries, It’s Their Time

Posted on April 21, 2015

  LOOKING BACK ON A LIFE THAT HAD FAR more twists and turns than most of us could endure, Lemony Snicket considered one aspect of his journey that provided him solace: “A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up reading them.” To that list could be added the extra dimensions of viewing, listening, dialogue, and social media. It’s likely we know this already, yet in some of the most significant happenings of modern life – many of them tragic in nature – libraries having taken on the roles of consolers, citizen guardians, event educators, and, in some senses, emergency agencies. Some examples. Consider how Ferguson, Missouri’s,…


Posted on September 11, 2013

Sometimes falling ill has its own rewards.  My medical complications a year ago meant that I mostly missed out on a relaxing summer and I was determined to make up for it this year.  I have been working hard to finish off a number of books I’ve been writing over the course of the last couple of years and I’m glad to say that they are all completed.  You’ll find a list of them below.  I’m occasionally asked where people can get copies of the books and the links below will help point in the right direction.   From Canada to Brazil, California to China, Catherine O’Hara takes on an odyssey that will change how she views the world of politics. As Minister for…

“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.  

“New Cards” – Community Engagement Podcast (36)

Posted on August 23, 2013

It is highly possible for citizens to discuss their way into solutions.  But that’s not how the political process works.  There you have an agenda and people must dialogue along those lines or they are excluded.  But what would happen if an agenda was worked out later in our discussions.  This is what happens in real life.  Sometimes the answers to our struggles are to be found in third or fourth options, not merely what we are presented by the political class.  Community is about conversation; the agenda comes later. Just click on the audio button below to listen to the five-minute podcast.

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