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Gabino Carballo CMLI
Barcelona
Interests: Landscape Architecture, Project Management, Corporate Ethics
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I find this article to be a fairly candid account of vital experience. Compared with the trash that one has to read in tabloids, it feels flawed precisely because it feels human, and as such, it is uncomfortable. Relatives and friends will be appalled by this and Philip too by its consequences, probably. But he has gained credibility by behaving like a true journalist and not some PR act. Facts are often uncomfortable. Just because something affects us personally we cannot expect free speech to be suspended on the grounds of "bad taste".
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What internet is doing right now is bringing up unprecedented access to information and free exchange of views. For relatively small and influential industries this is a real way to capitalize on intellectual and social assets that would otherwise be confined to a few select circles or lost in the background. Internet threatens the pecking order and the abuse of power derived from privileged access to information and social networks. One cannot longer claim to hold "some special knowledge" or pretend that some issues are "too complicated" to be discussed openly. Moreover, there is no reason why people should spend hundreds of pounds a year for services and information that may be provided for free or virtually at no cost, and this includes onerous expenses allowances for those who claim to hold institutional positions "selflessly" or expensive consultancy fees to justify strange managerial decisions that could have been consulted in real time with those affected by it.
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I am with Philip in that anonymity is generally undesirable when denouncing any form of wrongdoing. One must have both good reasons and fairly solid arguments before going public on something that looks less than wholesome. However, I am with Gavin in that the number of serious injustices coming to light will diminish considerably without it. Petty issues confined to small business and organisations do not even merit mass media attention, unless murder is involved. Individuals running large corporations and institutions, which are the natural prey for journalists, have at their fingertips considerable resources to damage the career and reputation of those involved in whistleblowing an injustice. Moreover, those closely associated with the whistleblower will be heavily penalised too. We have allowed Western society to become smarmy, self-serving and hypocritical. We wipe ourselves freely with rights and duties that we have inherited from those who suffered to attain them, and then we go around preaching about democracy and freedom. Enough to see what some former Prime Ministers and Presidents get up to these days, after vandalising society and the world at large. It is about time we recover some values and put some procedures in place to allow people a safe outlet for their concerns, in a way that will be taken seriously.
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The sad fact is that Members have been misinformed in every aspect in these months running up to election times. Those responsible for our state of affairs have decided to remain in positions of control and authority above any other consideration. It is a very grave mistake that will be severely judged in the future.
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WE HAVE 20! 20 requisitioners is the minimum required for the LI to have to call an egm! There will be more coming in I have no doubt!
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I would encourage those at the helm of the Landscape Institute to join the debate. I favour exchange of ideas backed up by facts and figures, even if they prove my point of view wrong. The Landscape Institute Executive Committee must learn to accept Member's right to criticise them and scrutinize their actions. They must also learn to exercise care with regards to Members right to free speech.
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Please notice the request for a new EGM from Members of the Landscape Institute, requesting that several Trustees resign with inmediate effect and that new Council election rules designed to limit Memebers ability to decide who runs the LI be scrapped.
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Criticism of a green equals being banned? This sounds ridiculous. I am sure that the right to express one's views without fear of unfair punishment or harsh retibution used to be a well know British trait.
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Again, one missed opportunity for the Landscape Institute administrators, I guess!
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