Most readers of this blog will know I am working with Glenn Taylor in his effort to win the privilege to be the leader of the Alberta Party.
Glenn is blogging and sharing his sense of why and why him as a preferred choice for leader of a new party and a rebirth of effective engaged and informed citizenship in Alberta. More progressives in Alberta become aware they can't just sit back and rest assured that Alberta will be the kind of accepting, tolerant, prosperous and progressive place they presume it will be. We are no longer assured that the political culture and direction of the power brokers will deliver on its vast potential socially, environmentally and economically other than in search of self interest.. That kind of politics-as-usual is no longer acceptable. But what are the alternatives?
We have to build on the strengths of the past but we can't look only to the past as the road to the future. The world is now globalized and changed fundamentally. Power has shifted to the passions of persons and not cynically centralized in the isolated edicts of institutions. We are getting better and better, worse and worse, faster and faster. Old ways of top down structured regimented thinking driven by power elites who are not committed nor capable of designing a greater good model are not just obsolete - they are dangerous.
The Alberta Party is not about being on the left or the right of the political spectrum no more than it is about the left or the right brain. It is about a whole new mindset, politically, economically, socially, culturally and environmentally. It is about integrating the best of both ends of the governing philosophies and adding some new consciousness not dogma. Is is about a new focused awareness, not political spin. It is about attending to the real problems we face not the superficial horse race analysis of politics angst that fills the media these days. It is about allowing for imagination and creativity to be the new normal and making meaningful change with people - not for them or to them.
Servant leaders who are dedicated to the design, development and deployment of government and governing that is about the greater good is what we need. This is not theory - it is a necessity. Those who are still dedicated to change from within the existing political parties deserve our respect and encouragement. I just don't think it will happen with so much entrenched self interest embedded in the conventional party structures. We need a fresh approach and a different mindset for Albertans and community leaders that is about making Alberta the best place for the world not just the superficial consumptive and competitive goal of the best in the world.
Join this exciting citizen's movement that has become the Alberta Party. Visit Glenn Taylor's website www.glenntaylor.org to learn more about him and his approach to changing the political culture of Alberta.
It has lots of room for all kinds of progressive people from all kinds of backgrounds and from all over the province. If you want to support and encourage Glenn's leadership email me email@example.com and I can get you a membership.