Archive for July, 2005
Loving my new job at the moment! I think I’?ve finally found one where my ideas and hard work actually makes a community better — or at least improve some of the stuff closer to the bottom of Maslow’?s hierarchy. Not that I wasn’t working on it before? ?it’s just that now I’m actually getting paid good money for it.
Not much time to blog. 7 delegates from 6 countries arrive in less than 8 hours and I have the BEST POST EVER brewing inside of my head just waiting to get out as soon as I find a digital camera and a sketchpad. Hopefully the “best post ever” will provide some perspective for this:
The third page of “TNS for Communities, How Cities and Towns can Change to Sustainable Practices” diagnosed my Weltschmerz.
“Many citizens and local officials still are not aware of the seriousness of what is happening at the global level or do not understand how this is directly related to the well-being of their own communities. Those who are aware often fell paralyzed and helpless in the face of seemingly overwhelming trends.”
We can talk about it more tonight, provided you’ll be at the games.
Saw Stars, Metric, Xavier Rudd and some of the Broken Social Scene sets over the weekend… I thought for certain that I’d be able to find some pictures of the event online that I could share with everyone. No such luck. For now I’ll just “borrow” this picture from Metric’s concert two weeks prior. Just pretend it’s in Ottawa.
I heard Jeremy Rifkin (an American) speaking at Toronto’s Economic Club and he made a good point: The United States of America must update “the American Dream“. The dream worked well 200 years ago to motivate the hard work it took toclear and settle the land, but many are still chasing that same dream… working long hours, climbing the corporate ladder, and doing whatever it takes to “make it”. Europeans, on the other hand, are more concerned with quality of life.
Rifkin spoke of how European values (The European Dream) have positioned Europe to be much more successful than the USA in the 21st Century. Which of the following values do YOU feel are important? Which values do you feel are more closely aligned with the “American Dream”?
– Global co-operation over the unilateral use of power
– Community relationships over individual autonomy
– Cultural diversity over assimilation
– Quality of life over the accumulation of wealth
– Human rights over property rights & individualism
Presently I am a *tad* jealous of my two friends who have signed up to see the Daily Show’s Samantha Bee and Stephen Colbert at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival. As for my news, I’ve spent the last 15 minutes looking through Newseum. Their “map view” section lets you browse today’s headlines from all over the world.