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At the outset, we asked delegates not to use the meeting to advocate for their preferred view of what sport is or what it should try to achieve. Instead, we asked them to look on one another as a resource, and to see themselves as part of a team of experts whose collective experience was needed to catalogue different views, goals, issues and options around sport; to identify how these things are connected with each other, if at all; and to test the limits of the tensions and opportunities they create. It effect, we asked the participants to use the workshop to explore and describe the policy space rather than to advance their particular interests."

"The task of “mapping” the policy space thus replaces debate with dialogue, competition with collaboration. It recognizes that the interests, goals and approaches of the stakeholders can and do vary greatly, and, as a result, that a search for the one right path—or even the best path—is almost certain to fail. Nevertheless, mapping does not abandon the idea that a new policy can help organize the community around a set of goals. The point is rather that such a policy will not prescribe a single path to alignment because the community does not agree on a single, well-defined view of the key goals and the core business.
Rescuing Policy: The Case for Public Engagement by Don Lenihan on Public Policy Forum

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