The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “listening

A Life More Important Than Words – Citizen Engagement Podcast (33)

Posted on August 20, 2013

The genius of democracy is not how right, or even how smart we are.  It is how open we are to find compromise that will permit us to move ahead as a citizenry.  Our present democratic state is mired in rigidity, in policies that won’t budge, and in characters than think having a strong opinion is the same as possessing strong truth.  No leader can deliver us from this and no government can legislate an open mind.  There’s work to do and humility is the one great essential if we are to succeed. Just click the audio button below to listen to the five-minute podcast.

We Are What We Affect – Community Engagement Podcast (29)

Posted on August 14, 2013

How we respond to developments is often predicated by how we were heard.  Children learn early and instinctively that if they express an emotion that gets a quick and positive response for their caregivers then they are appreciated.  Tone deaf parents often leave a legacy of children feeling frustrated and victimized.  Citizens experience similar emotions.  A community engagement exercise that doesn’t actually listen and respond to what is being expressed is a recipe for ultimate failure.  Proper listening, however, might lead to a new and dynamic future. Just click on the audio button below to listen to the five-minute podcast.

Dialogue of Silence

Posted on June 25, 2012

The most recent edition of National Geographic presents us with some troubling news. Around the globe, one language dies every 14 days. In the next century nearly half of the world’s languages will have disappeared. That’s startling – made even more pronounced by the fact we aren’t even aware of it. When you lose some history from memory that’s bad; lose a language and it’s over. My time in Ottawa enforced for me again and again that the language of democracy is closing in on extinction – at least in the political order. Everything seems to be about brinksmanship, bludgeoning, obscuring the real issues, and a rancid partisanship. Citizens grow sickened by it; certain political elites, here and south of the border, relish it.…


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