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The Interactivity Foundation presents–What IF…? Online Community Conversations: The Future of Sports and Fitness. A Four-Part Exploratory Conversation Series

Imagine a future without sports and fitness activities. What would the world be like—what would we be missing? A lot of us have been facing up to this during the pandemic, whether it’s sporting activities we can no longer do or sporting activities we can no longer watch. In this series we’ll meet for small-group facilitated conversations to explore what sporting and fitness activities mean to us as a society and as individuals. We’ll think about “sports” broadly, whether recreational activities or hardcore competitions.

Please register for each of the dates separately. Each discussion is independent; if you haven’t attended one, you can still attend subsequent talks. You will be sent a Zoom link the morning of the program. Please register 24 hours before the program is to begin.

September 10, 2020: Sports and fitness—what do they mean for us?

  1. What would the world be like without sports and fitness activities—and what have we learned about them during the pandemic?
  2. What are sports and fitness activities all about, for us as individuals and as a society?
  3. Why are sports a matter of public interest?
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October 8, 2020: Sports and fitness for life?

  1. What if we embraced the idea of “sports and fitness for life”—what could that mean for us as individuals and as communities?
  2. What’s the significance of sports and fitness for our development as healthy and flourishing individuals—or as healthy and flourishing communities?
  3. What questions or concerns would come to mind if we were to pursue an approach of “sports and fitness for life”?
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November 12, 2020: Sports and fitness—and a just society?

  1. What role could, or should, sports and fitness have in making us a more just society or for improving our civil society?
  2. What economic concerns might surround sports and fitness—and what might be different ways to address those concerns?
  3. What questions or concerns about fairness, justice, and equality do you think we might have to address about sports and fitness?
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December 10, 2020: Sports and fitness—what future do we want?

  1. If we stay on our current path, where do you think we’ll wind up in the future with sports and fitness activities?
  2. Ideally, what do you think the future of sports and fitness should look like?
  3. What could we build on now to get to a more ideal situation for sports and fitness?
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    Generous and Collaborative ConversationsThe Interactivity Foundation (IF) is dedicated to fostering generous conversations where we help each other to consider diverse perspectives, to think broadly and deeply about the issues, and to imagine alternative possibilities for the future. In this series we’ll break into facilitated small-group discussions to explore different perspectives, values, and concerns surrounding sports and fitness. We’ll help each other develop our ideas of what a better future might be. Come join us to talk about it.

    Photo by Arisa Chattasa on Unsplash

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