It has been almost three years since anything was posted on this site. It was designed to be a hub for the progressive Albertans to exchange ideas and share concerns about the future of democracy in Alberta.
Citizen engagement was an underlying goal but an informed critical thinking citizen, not just a blind-faith follower.
Reboot Alberta was an organic grassroots movement that had three gatherings designed to enable authentic conversation about progressive Albertans and how to get that energy focused on having a positive impact on public policy, elections and institutional change to a more centrist progressive approach to governance and government.
The participants self organized into four distinct but complementary progressive initiatives. Some wanted to influence the existing political parties and institutions to adopt a more progressive policy agenda. Some, like in the not-for-profit sector (now being called the Social Profit sector) wanted to have a great voice and influence on public policy. Others wanted to start a new progressive political party, The Alberta Party was the result of that Reboot Alberta motivation. Still others just wanted to be better informed, more active and effective citizens dedicated to a progressive policy agenda.
There was a fundamental issue about what it was to be a “progressive” in the Alberta context. Hundreds of people came to Reboot Alberta gatherings from all over Alberta. They paid their own way, used their own time and gathered together for their own reasons.
Progressives managed to elect Naheed Nenshi as Mayor of Calgary. They coalesced at the ballot box to elect Premier Redford. There are other electoral examples around Alberta of progressives showing up to make a difference at the ballot box.
But is that enough? Are we seeing public policy at all levels of government become more progressive as a result of being there at the ballot box but not otherwise?
Lots of people are coming to me again, as in 2009, to say progressives need to do something to impact lasting positive change in the quality of life in Alberta – for all Albertans.
So in response, I have taken the step to dust off this blog and to put it out there to see if anyone is prepared to revive the Reboot Alberta movement. Was it a spark in a place and time but that place and time has passed? It is an unfulfilled possibility that needs to be revived? Is it that progressives in Alberta have to rethink what it means to be an informed, active, engaged and effective citizen and to start doing something about it?
So let me know what you think? Comment on this blog post and share your thoughts. Tweet using #rebootab to engage. You can connect confidentially with me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish.
Looking forward to see if there is still a need for a focused conversation about Alberta becoming and being progressive in a 21st century context.
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