REAL TALK with Virginia Stone - August 20, 2021
An exclusive interview with Virginia Stone, an official candidate for Mayor of the City of Calgary 2021. A 'No BS' interview. The People's Mayor. Disrupt the Status Quo.
REAL TALK WITH VIRGINIA STONE
Virginia Stone for Mayor of Calgary
A ‘No BS’ Interview…Part I
Who inspires you?
I have a list of those I would most want to meet, unfortunately a lot of them are no longer alive, but what a great dinner party it would be! At the top of my list would be Albert Einstein, Tesla, Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela. At the top of my ‘still alive’ list would be Keanu Reeves, he is definitely an inspiration and one of the most compassionate and down-to-earth human beings I have come across. I have always been inspired by those who take the path less traveled, the visionaries, revolutionaries, leaders for change, innovators, creators, artists, and disruptors. Those who fight for truth and freedom, fearlessly with courage even when all the forces are against them. Always choosing what’s right and good before money, trends, acceptance, and fame. Your word is all you have, and your character is all you are.
What are your three greatest strengths and weaknesses?
That is a loaded question, and it really depends on the way you want to perceive it. Society has its own definition of strengths and weaknesses, but I do not buy into it. What might be a strength for you, may be a weakness for me since it is relevant to your own unique character and personality. I have always been told that my weaknesses are that I am an introvert and that I am not a morning person, I completely disagree with this statement. As a serial entrepreneur, being a night owl has greatly helped me. Silent dark nights are the best time for me to design, create and build. I have my best ideas and most enlightened moments at night. As for being an introvert, that is just who I am, but I still excel in social environments. I can be both when needed, but I absolutely need peace, privacy, and time in nature to refuel myself. I find nature and animals incredibly healing. The one weakness I have, that is a constant struggle for me is my need for perfection, which is unattainable. I can be very demanding and hard on myself, so it is a daily work-in-progress.
What’s the one major issue you plan to address?
There isn’t just one, unfortunately. There are many major issues within the City of Calgary. If I had to pick just one, it would be to ‘Stop the Bleeding’, by breaking down and rebuilding the budget with a new set of priorities. We must address taxes and substantially lower them as well.
What makes you stand out from other candidates?
I believe it is my ‘No BS’ honest and transparent approach. I will not politic, and I am definitely the ‘No Politics’ politician. I refused to work with a Government Relations team because I will not be someone’s puppet. I will not be told what to think, what to say (and how to say it) to manipulate the voters. I always speak my truth, and that can be hard to manage from a GR perspective. In my opinion, it is terrifying when someone needs an entire team to primp them to be likeable or trustworthy. I will run an honest campaign by showing Voters who I am, what I stand for, and what I will do for them. If I deserve their votes and they believe in me, then I will earn the position as the People’s Mayor.
I believe that the current (linear) political scale is dysfunctional, and it has created great polarization, pitting the left against the right. I am neither left nor right, or central for that matter. I am not on the scale at all and refuse to be placed on it. We need a new political structure that is circular, that includes and encompasses everything of importance and value. We must unify together if we want to build a brighter future. I represent the future of politics.
If there was one aspect of our government you could change, what would it be and why?
As discussed in the previous question, I would redesign and build a new political structure, removing the dysfunctional current scale. Previous councils have been dysfunctional and broken, and incapable of creating meaningful change and leadership. I cannot be bought, I will put a stop to back door deals, corrupt ‘legacy’ contracts, and red tape that creates a never-ending cycle of mediocrity, dishonesty, wasteful spending, and ego.
Do you think Calgary’s downtown is healthy and successful? If not, what would you do to change that?
Most definitely NOT. Our city is struggling and is at a critical point, and the people are suffering. I have an aggressive Social Impact Strategy that will ensure a vibrant, innovative, and sustainable future for Calgary and its downtown core. If the people vote for me to be their next Mayor, the Future of Calgary will be a modern smart city, focusing on strength in business, lower taxes, conscience innovation and renewable energy. I also have a ‘Waste to Energy’ initiative, ‘Grow Food, Save Alberta’ initiative, and a ‘Citizens without Residence’ initiative. I will support our Police and clean up this city. There is an enormous amount of work to be done, and we need a visionary to see us through. I will be releasing more on my initiatives over the next few weeks, leading up to the election.
How do you plan to involve residents of Calgary in the decision-making process?
We need transparency at City Council, and we need to give the citizens a platform to engage and let their voices be heard and incorporated into the final decision-making process. Previous city councils have ignored and smothered the voices of the citizens, instead choosing to follow their own agendas.
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Virginia, let me speak to your perceived weakness of perfectionism. A phrase I always liked is: “The work of the world does not need to be done by perfect people.” If the day is over and we moved one step in the right direction, great. If chosen the wrong direction, also not bad, if we have the humble wisdom to see the required correction. Clashing of opinions allows for result to emerge. Within that process, egos and emotions are obstacles best avoided.
We’re living in a world of corruption and deceit. It’s futile to waste energy on their hopeless repair. Fear and division are taking over, ‘misinformation’ and ‘fact-checkers’ add to the confusion. Journalism based on evidence is punished by an all powerful establishment.
We don’t need fear nor division, we need each other!
Let truth and justice provide a new light of attraction, to bring our ‘community to unity.’
Outstanding Virginia! I feel your passion and as importantly, how you will back it up.
Our world is in dire trouble unless more leaders – as you so well portray – embrace the needs of constituents, health, safety, and equality. I agree with your compassion, courage and dedication.
I see it as the model you can champion and all other leaders will have that higher bar to guide them.
- We all admire technology, yet our greater humanity realized and enabled, is indeed what matters.
- For many of us growing up in Brooklyn, NY, Diversity was a natural catalyst to trust and inclusion.
- The word ‘Leader’ has been long abused. I see self-managed teams appoint people to lead on their
strengths, and how they out perform all prior efforts as people truly enabled do.
- Like you, I dislike labels and applaud your definition of a circular government. At its center, integrity,
inclusive solutions, diversity, and greater recognition that it takes a team to get great things to happen.
- Finally, the path to success has changed for business, education, government, and all others. The
global trust crisis, and how we choose the No BS path to earned relevance, is a path you model so well.
I say this with great confidence: Your uncompromised originality, attention to others, purpose and attitude will shape Calgary as a community, more others will want to emulate.
The will and needs of the people, planet, safety, nature are all integrated and when that guides actions, business, government and our health will thrive as all will be inclusively compelling.
I look forward to hearing how your session goes today as it truly addresses needs with the right insights. If you record it, more will share it as that is earned gratitude.
We surely hope America’s government learns from your actions as our governments dysfunctionalities outweigh its purpose to serve the needs of our nation.
I see nature and animals as heavenly too. Best, Bill