The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “innovation

History’s Trick

Posted on October 18, 2013

There were many good responses to these last few blog posts on the future of work – some very worth exploring. But largely our leaders of politics and economics just return our questions with a deafening silence.  At the moment, there is no inclination to deal with the problem of the slow disappearance of work. Political theorist, Judith Shklar, used to maintain that work is more crucial to the core values of democracy than anything else, including family or even government.  Shklar died some 20 years ago, just at the onset of burgeoning unemployment. What would she think of her theory today, now that work has been demeaned, or worse, done away with altogether?  Even if she were partially correct, then the loss of…

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.

Smart and Caring

Posted on February 7, 2013

This week the Conference Board of Canada published a significant report relating Canada’s standing on things like child poverty, inequality and gender equity. Sadly, our “social score” has been sliding down in recent years, leaving us 7th out of 17 developed countries. For those fighting poverty it is hard to argue with the conclusions drawn up in the report, such as: “Our middle-of-the-pack ranking means we are not living up to our reputation or potential.” It’s true and we’ve felt it for years. By continuing to compare ourselves with other nations in such issues we lull ourselves into a false sense of security. The key for any nation is to compare itself with itself – past promises, commitments, aspirations, investments, its own history. Judged…

Citizen Gifts – Innovation

Posted on December 19, 2012

Difficult economic times have a tendency to get communities to pull into themselves. No light appears at the end of the tunnel, no dawn on the horizon. The longer we remain in such circumstances the easier it becomes to just go along to get along. Citizens pass by and acknowledge one another, but no sparks are kindled, no dreams established. Citizenship, even democracy, often succumbs and “goes dark” for a time. But there are those who refuse to adopt the spirit of such an age and work relentlessly to bring new measures of hope and adaptability to society, ruminating in their minds about how best they can aid humanity. Famed Canadian author, Robertson Davies, wrote stories about such people, saying, “Extraordinary people survive under…

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