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? We kicked off this discussion project in the summer of 2015. Together we have explored many of the different roles that sports can play and many of the different decisions we might face about the future of sports and society. We will be wrapping up by bringing forward a group of broad policy possibilities that embrace different societal approaches to the future of sports.
Exploring Different Futures for Sports
When we think of sports and society, what might be some different possible futures that we might target? Imagine we stay on the same track that we’re on. 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? Who will have access to participation in sports–and how will this be decided? How will sports relate to our educational systems? How will we handle the economics of sports? What about concerns for health and safety? 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 process that engages our social imagination and enables us to see more possibilities than we might find on our own. We want to expand the possibilities for sports public policy.
Want to Connect?
This project is currently wrapping up in early 2017. We had two discussion teams, one of generalists, people who were simply interested in exploring the topic, and one of specialists, people who have some professional engagement with the topic of sports and society. We’ll be ready to go public with an IF discussion guide by and for citizens in the spring of 2017. It will include a set of divergent public policies for sports. Our goal is to expand discussions about the future of sports and society–not to sell people on a given policy idea or set of policy ideas. In the meantime, you can 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.