The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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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…

For Millennials: Talk Meaning, Not Just Money

Posted on November 18, 2014

  AUTHOR ROBERT PUTNAM NOTICED SOMETHING INTERESTING back in 1993. He discovered that between 1980 and 1993, the total number of bowlers in America increased by 10%, while those participating in league bowling declined by 40%. Putnam used that illustration as something of a symbol for the transformation that was taking place in the United States and turned it into a book titled, Bowling Alone: America’s Declining Social Capital. For two decades now research has shown that on both sides of the 49th Parallel we are becoming more individualistic and less institutional. There are pros and cons to such a development, leaving some social commentators to conclude younger generations remain more focused on their own concerns than those of society at large. The Millennials…

Taking Back the City

Posted on January 30, 2014

THINGS ARE HEATING UP.  WITH CIVIC elections coming in the fall, subtle energies are presently brewing that are destined to come to a head in time for some pivotal elections. In London, Ontario, a number of candidates have already announced they are running.  Most are from the younger generation, inspired by numerous initiatives such as Women and Politics and Pints and Politics.  They are finding energy in their own demographic and they mean business about their intentions.  The pressing consciousness of how our community has suffered under a harsh and dysfunctional City Council has caused many of these grassroots efforts to take wing months in advance of the big date.  I was at City Hall yesterday to accept a donation to the London Food…

“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.

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