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IF Releases New Discussion Guides on Childhood & Intellectual Property

We are pleased to share that our friends at The Interactivity Foundation recently released new Discussion Reports on two important public issues: the future of childhood and intellectual property. The Interactivity Foundation is an NCDD organizational member and we’re also proud to list them as one of the All-Star Sponsors of NCDD 2014.

IF creates these reports by distilling public policy possibilities and materials generated from introductory Project Discussions they have hosted on topics of social and political concern, and the reports then become starting points or guides for future Public Discussions which delve deeper into these possibilities. IF’s Discussion Reports can be downloaded for free and used to help facilitate conversations exploring public policy solutions to key issues.

The first new report, “What Might Childhood Look Like in the Future?,” focuses on the ways we can address the changing nature of the way our kids experience their childhoods.

IF-Childhood-BookWhitney Houston sings in The Greatest Love of All (1985) that “the children are our future.”  What, though, is the future of childhood?  What does it mean, in our society, to be a child– or to have a childhood?  And what might it mean in the future? …Perhaps we need to re-think what childhood might look like in the 21st Century. This project will ask some difficult questions and consider multiple, alternatives answers. For example:

  • How might we address broader social issues directly affecting childhood such as homelessness, abuse, neglect, crime, and violence—whether on the streets or in their homes and at the hand of a parent or caregiver?
  • How do we best raise children who will be competent enough to navigate the complexities of our modern world? What traits will they need?
  • Are there ways to build and develop our supporting villages that will be both more supportive and less threatening to parents and caregivers?
  • What other issues might affect children growing up 20, 30, or 40 years from now?

The PDF version of this report is available for download here.

The second newly released report, “Invention, Innovation, and Intellectual Property,” looks at the controversies and potential solutions to the complex world of intellectual property.

What does it mean to invent something? Why is innovation important to us as individuals, to our economy, and our society overall? How should our laws, regulations, and institutions be structured so as to best encourage, support, protect, and otherwise regulate invention and innovation? What should be the public policy framework for new or unique ideas and expressions of intellectual property? …These and many similarly thorny questions are raised by this topic and the discussion materials in this guidebook. To help launch your own discussion and exploration of these ideas, the materials in this guidebook include:

  1. A set of broad opening discussion questions (and possible alternative or contrasting answers), and
  2. Six different public policy responses or frameworks that respond to some of the issues raised by the opening questions and concerns.

The PDF version of this report is available for download here.

Each discussion guide is available in both digital and print format, and you can find more information on The Interactivity Foundation’s website, www.interactivityfoundation.org, and on the corresponding project pages.

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An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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