September 20, 2011
Spirit of Competition: We Need Your Help

You can help us shape some of our content for our upcoming theme, Spirit of Competition, by providing input on some of our program elements.

Here’s one way: As part of Spirit of Competition, we will be creating Chew on This conversation card decks, which will be used by schools, families, teams, retirement homes, etc. These cards serve as great ice breakers, connections for multiple generations and diverse audiences, and critical and creative thinking.

Here’s where you can help: We have a draft of several questions, and we need your help deciding which questions make it into the final deck. So, try them out with your friends, colleagues and strangers over dinner, at work or while waiting in line at a concert. Ask multiple generations the same question.

Here are some draft questions. Provide your feedback on these questions below, and suggest some of your own:

Civility
• How do we champion civility in a culture that values “swagger”?
• Is our political discourse more or less civil than in previous generations?

Rivalry
• How do our rivals define us?
• What’s the greatest rivalry you can think of? What makes it so great?

Innovation
• What breeds innovation: necessity or competition?
• Sports equipment: Bring on the high tech or bring back the low tech?

Passion
• When does passion for something move from healthy to harmful?
• Is passion integral to competition? Why or why not?

Failure
• Should there always be winners and losers?
• Can you think of a failure you find inspirational?

Competition
• Can you describe a situation in which having to compete for something made you stronger?
• What are the best lessons to be learned from competition?

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