IF discussions change those who participate in them. But some who do want to know what larger impact the discussions will have. I’ve asked myself the same question more times than I can count. The answer that keeps me going is that IF-style exploratory discussions have the potential to catch on so widely that they become the norm in our society rather than the exception. That answer implies yet another question, of course: How best to realize that potential? But that’s a question for another day. And the vision of a society interlaced with exploratory policy discussions is compelling enough to keep me going when day-to-day rewards aren’t enough. It helps me keep the faith.
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