An event of political significance is taking place this weekend, about half-way in between Alberta’s two largest urban centres — and I’m not talking about Blackfalds. This Friday will mark the first ever “Reboot Alberta” meeting in Red Deer. Friend of the Unknown Studio Daveberta has the scoop:
Organized by Don Sherman, Michael Brechtel, former Cabinet Minister David King, and increasingly disengaged PC member Ken Chapman, the weekend event is billed as an opportunity for progressive-minded Albertans to work together to develop a vision for our province, and start to explore how to bring that vision to life.
When we had Dave (and Duncan Wojtaszek!) on the Unknown Studio, we talked a lot about hope for the future of politics in our province and country. Grassroots events (though I loathe the over-use of the word “grassroots”) like this are the harbingers of hope, I think. It means that regular citizens — the same ones who are forced by our political structure to vote based upon the antiquated notions of parties — are getting fed up with the way things are and taking matters into their own hands.
A lot of this is possible now because of the fantastic communication bridge social media provides.
We were asked to cover this for the Unknown Studio, but by the time I learned about it, it was too late. Fortunately, there’s a whole community of Albertans out there who are eager to be part of Reboot Alberta.
Take Edmonton citizen Michael Janz, for example:
I’m going to Reboot Alberta because I’m concerned that the current leadership is not prepared nor capable of tackling the big problems that my generation will be inheriting. We need to stop our myopic decision-making based solely on how things are today and think about how things will be in ten years, and how they should be in twenty.
Alex Abboud, a political hack in the best way, thinks the province needs more than just a little reboot:
Without getting into semantics too much, I don’t believe Alberta needs a reboot; it needs an upgrade. A reboot implies that problems exist, but the current system will suffice to handle them. I respectfully disagree. I believe the system, and most importantly, the paradigm around which we’ve based it, need to evolve. The world is changing, and what worked for us in the past is no guarantee for future success.
Ken Chapman, one of the organizers of the Reboot Alberta event, frames the concept behind this movement nicely and simply:
There is a growing sense amongst progressive thought leaders that Alberta is not living up to its potential economically, its responsibilities environmentally and it duty socially.
If you care about the future of this province, you should be in Red Deer this weekend.