The reason we have become a non-learning city is because we have been using social causes to develop job-creation industries, rather than going the extra mile and unleashing social capital that discovers new rationales for industries and develops new markets that create new jobs.
The reasons we cannot go the extra mile is because we have become a non-learning city.
We use the resulting halo-effect from the illusion of our job-creation industries to bask in its glory and refine strategies to fine-tune already well-rounded careers in protected industries accessibly only to the initiated.
Well-mannered consensus building and calls to collaborate by asking 'what you can do for your city' have always been effective tools since antiquity for perpetuating self-empowerment illusions that deflect our inability to re-invent our city into a Learning City.
Making affordable housing, poverty reduction, immigration, process streamlining or the mother of all illusions - jobs prosperity itself - are nothing but sophisticated ways of developing more job-creation industries.
Our social registry has not changed in a hundred years. The illusions only serve to develop a demand for its waiting list.
Crafting platforms for elections from any of these illusions is a sure way to political failure in the coming 2010 Hamilton elections. The ground rules have changed since the last election.
The glue that binds collaborative forces has turned dry and brittle. We have not created new industries that are capable of creating the new glue needed to bind all our illusions for the next four years.
Attempting to build social conscience is pretty much the only way left out for a society that has painted itself into a corner.
Has anybody been able to build social conscience ever in the political history of our world?
Platform making in 2010 is no longer about the science or art of demand forecasting. It has become about alchemy. For it is no longer about illusions; it is about the fight for the very soul of a city whose potential has been smothered for far too long.
What will the political platforms look like in the coming election? Some will offer illusions; some will offer better processes for social-conscience to emerge.
The ones that will stand a chance will be those that don't offer tired old discover processes in new Stubbies, but those that are able, from day one, to bring: the ability to create new industries; bring foreign-direct investments to jump start local markets across the city and suburbs; unleash the education and real-estate genie in the core; and inspire the bureaucracy to reinvent itself.
This will offer ample room for the uninitiated and the networked generation to create their own social registries, from which will spring open networks that will put our city onto the path of becoming a true Learning City.
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