This Project Discussion is representative of IF’s ongoing developmental approach to our discussion processes. This project is different from our other Project Discussions in a few key respects: there were 2 facilitators instead of one—each facilitating a separate panel; it was an “internal” project in that we used fellows and staff members on our panels; and it was our first Project Discussion to be conducted in West Virginia.
This Project Discussion focuses on the changing nature and role of the family in American life and the implications for our long-term public policies. The panelists explored different possible futures, or visions, of what it means to be a family, how are families changing, and what kinds of concerns might emerge from those different visions and changes? A number of themes and interrelated issues affecting family emerged from the panel discussions, including different models of family organization, and factors relating to culture, gender, morality, privacy, property, health, technology, and the role of the state—among others.
This Project began its panel discussions in the late summer and early fall of 2009. Discussions were completed in late 2010, and a final Discussion Report was published in the fall of 2013. You can download a pdf copy from the link in the sidebar to the right or request a printed copy from our office through the request form on this website.