Anatomy of Change Part II
A good atlas is a treasure chest of information and a window to wonder. Crammed with maps, naturally, a good atlas goes well beyond simply duplicating the cartographers art. It explores relationships between those plotted land masses and the oceans that surround them, the tectonic forces creating them, the distribution of resources and energy fuelling them, the people inhabiting them and the more nebulous concepts of political geography.
But even the best atlas cant answer the simple question that often brings us to consult it in the first place: Where do I want to go?
For all its detailed information, neither can Whistler 2020, our highly-touted, widely-praised Official Community Sustainability Plan. While it might help us get wherever were going and even help us avoid some perils along the way, the Plan is mute on where exactly it is were headed.
Thats the job one of many of leadership.
If it seems at the moment were rather short on answers to the question of where were going, if it seems were lurching from issue to issue with no clear vision of which are important, which arent and why the difference, if it appears things keep sneaking up on us, you just might ask yourself whos steering the good ship Whistler and whether they really have any vision of where it is theyre taking us.
The good news is, theres change in the wind. Our current capn is standing down, trading the rough seas of politics for a tranquil Hawaiian paradise.
The bad news is, the new capn could be at least as sightless and maybe a whole lot worse.
One of the problems with politics, especially in a small town like Whistler, is that it rarely attracts the best and brightest. Thats partly because the remuneration is woefully inadequate. Consider the mayors salary if you will. Coming in at just around fifty-five thousand bucks, it isnt even mid-level management material at the MotherCorp, is about 25 per cent of what the former administrator made and is even a far cry from what our three assistant fire chiefs each pull down every year.
But elected office isnt necessarily supposed to be about money. Its about power, prestige, public service and statesmanship/personship. Its about making your mark and leaving your town a better place for you having been there.
Or at least it should be. Often though, it isnt. And thats not entirely the fault of the people running for office. Its the fault of the people electing the people running for office. Its the voters, stupid!