The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “emerging leaders

Top, Bottom, Inside, Outside

Posted on February 26, 2014

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”  So said perhaps the pivotal voice on cities, Jane Jacobs, in her, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. I rather prefer Italo Calvino’s observation that, “You take delight not in a city’s seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.” At present, millions of us entertain questions about the places in which we live.  They can be as great as, “Will our city continue to prosper?” to, “When will they plow my street?”  Cities, overall, represent a vast array of intersections between individual and collective designs and pursuits.  Cities are great, but they are remarkably complex…

Moving On, Not Out

Posted on November 7, 2011

As the days of the Occupy London protest continue, its future remains in a state of flux. The official letter delivered from the City of London last week has served notice that bylaws for Victoria Park will be enforced at some point. There are valid points of argument on both sides, but for the protesters a majority will get to decide how they will handle the veiled ultimatum. However it plays out, here is some friendly advice from someone who has supported the movement from the beginning and wishes it to keep its relevance. Here are some things that could be undertaken to keep the issues alive for which they are protesting. First, show up in solid numbers for the Cenotaph memorial on Remembrance Day.…


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