Interviews with major players in the Maclean's 1991 "People's
Note: These interviews are one facet of the Maclean's initiative
further detailed here.
One weekend in June, 1991, a dozen extremely diverse Canadians
were convened at a resort north of Toronto under the auspices of
leading newsweekly. Their mission: to generate a consensus vision
for Canada. This thoughtful and intensely emotional event and its
remarkable results were reported in Maclean's July 1, 1991
issue under the heading "The People's Verdict".
PDFs of the 40 pages of coverage in that print issue, videos of the accompanying Canadian TV public affairs program,
and some further commentary and research are all archived here.
In June 1999 the Co-Intelligence Institute - curious about how
the event came about, how it was handled, and what happened afterwards
- hired investigative reporter Larry Shook to interview some key
players in that initiative. Those interviews are posted here (in
both mp3 and PDF form) for the information of those who wish to
investigate this effort at greater depth. The interviews provide
considerable insight into the workings of the process and its impact
on participants, observers, and Canadian society at large.
The mp3s are electronic versions of the original interview tapes.
The PDFs are 2014 transcripts by Tom Atlee (with help from Joyce
Olmsted), lightly edited by Atlee for readability.
- Interview with Maclean's editor Bruce Wallace.
After reviewing all the Canadian TV video footage of the two-and-a-half
day event, Wallace wrote "A Weekend
of Candor", the extensive blow-by-blow account of what
happened. ... mp3 (29
minutes) ... pdf
- Interview with Robert Marshall, assistant managing
editor of Maclean's at the time of "The People's
Verdict" initiative. He wrote the
introductory overview at the beginning of the issue and worked
extensively with the polling firm choosing the participants. ...
minutes) ... pdf
- Interview with Bob Lewis, Maclean's
managing editor at the time of "The People's Verdict"
initiative, who oversaw the whole operation. ... mp3
(16 minutes) ... pdf
- Interview with Roger Fisher, Harvard negotiation
expert and co-author of Getting
to Yes, who led the team facilitating the proceedings.
... mp3 (56
... (Note: The original tape of this interview has a break in the
middle and some content has been lost.)
- Summary Report: Larry Shook's report on the
Wallace, Marshall, and Fisher interviews and Tom Atlee's report
on the Bob Lewis interview. ... pdf
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