The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “generation x

Time For a Millennial Moment

Posted on December 4, 2014

IT’S NOT DIFFICULT TO OBSERVE THAT POLITICS, as an occupation, has entered a dark era – been in it for some time, in fact. We continue to ask ourselves how it is that good people running for office can get so disconnected from those they are supposed to represent. The chief reason is that the political system itself, predicated on a debilitating kind of partisanship, where politicians live in a bubble-like culture. Unless that system itself can be transformed, politicians themselves are doomed to ineffectiveness. A lengthy tenure in politics definitely brings experience and know-how, the ability to communicate and glad-hand, to read a room and give the impression that people matter. But if the latter point was true the system itself would change. Experience…

“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.

“The Unlit Torch” – Community Engagement Podcast (18)

Posted on July 25, 2013

In a time of diminishing returns, nothing seems sure anymore.  Where older generations took less for themselves in order to pass on more opportunities to their children, the Baby Boomers thought the could have it all.  It didn’t work out.  They watch as their kids come to terms with a future that is no longer theirs.  Somehow we forgot to invest in those public institutions that would provide security for the next generation.  Boomers now refuse to invest in the very public infrastructure that had paved the way for their prosperity.  In handing the torch to their kids, they forgot to light it. Just click on the audio button below to listen to the five-minute podcast.

Generations (16)

Posted on July 23, 2013

If the future of our cities is in our youth, then what is the future of youth?  It’s a simple question that carries profound implications for our communities if we don’t get that answer right.  Some communities in North America have been working hard at creating diverse and welcoming initiatives designed to attract and retain those creative classes of young people who could spell the solution to the invigoration of the places we live. Just click the audio button below to listen to the five-minute podcast.

“Long in the Tooth” – Community Engagement Podcast (14)

Posted on July 19, 2013

It sounds counterintuitive, but our governments are banking on decline.  Running low on resources, they inwardly know the future will be something less than what Canadians would have hoped for.  The Baby Boomers, flush with the policy privileges supported and financed by their parents following World War Two, now want to maintain those same benefits while at the same time sapping the resources of government.  The gig is up, as Boomers now are coming to terms with the reality that their kids and grandkids will likely never enjoy the benefits they possessed. Just click on the audio player below to listen to the five-minute podcast.

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