Project Manager: Jeff Prudhomme, PhD
Imagine a future without sports. What would our world be like? What would we be missing? What does this tell us about the role sports can play in our society? How might it inform our public policies for sports? Check out this version of the Future of Sports and Society discussion guide to see how a group of your fellow citizens grappled with these questions and more as they explored the future of sports and society. In the discussion guide you’ll find seven broad policy possibilities that embrace different societal approaches to the future of sports.
Exploring Different Futures for Sports
When you think of sports and society, what direction do you think we’re heading? Imagine we stay on the same track, where might we end up? What will sports look like in our society in another 20-30 years? What if we make some policy changes now? How could our future be different? What questions might we have to answer along the way?
Big Questions about the Future of Sports
What will be the goals or priorities that shape our public policies about sports? Do we want to maximize participation? Achieve greater public health? How will sports relate to our educational systems? How will we handle the economics of sports? What about concerns for athletes’ safety or their civil rights? In this project we dive into the big questions about the future of sports and try to uncover diverse perspectives on these core concerns.
Different Possibilities for Sports in our Society?
Sports are a major focus of a popular attention. But rarely do we step back and think about what sports mean to us as a society. Rarely do we think about how we could chart paths to different destinations for the future of sports in our society. This IF discussion project provides such an opportunity. Working as two small discussion teams of citizens, we collaboratively sketched out some different policy ideas that present alternative destinations for the future of sports in our society–and different ways to reach those destinations. Our goal has been not to answer every question or find the one ideal solution. Our goal is to start a conversation that engages our social imagination and enables us to see more possibilities than we might find on our own.
Seven Policy Possibilities (with links)
You can read a current version of the Future of Sports and Society discussion guide. The link will take you to the introduction, and from there you can follow links to each of the seven policy ideas that were developed by the participants:
Want to Engage with the Project?
This is intended to be a citizen discussion guide: a guide developed by and for citizens. Our goal is to expand discussions about the future of sports and society and not to sell people on a given policy idea or set of policy ideas. We’d love to learn your thoughts about the ideas presented in the guide and to learn about any alternative ideas you have about the future of sports and society. You can also contribute ideas and links in a public Facebook group The Future of Sports and Society. For more information, you can contact Jeff Prudhomme, the Project Manager, via email at prudhomme[at]interactivityfoundation.org. Tweet your ideas about the future of sports to @PrudhommeJeff.