Harvard Law Professor Charles Nesson asks in his JuryX course in HarvardX / edX about Boston hosting the summer Olympics in 2024:
CHARLES NESSON: Boston is in a remarkable position with respect
to issues of big sport.
Boston has on the table the prospect of bidding
for the summer Olympics in 2024.
This is a proposal, a plan, that has been hatched by business interests
in and around Boston, and advanced in a very structured, well
planned out campaign-- political campaign, media campaign.
And it comes to the point where the question
is on the table-- do the people of Boston
actually want to make an Olympic bid?
And how is that to be determined?
Are we to arrive at a point where we bid but in fact,
the process is one that's vulnerable to being impeached as having
been imposed from the top down?
Or have we got at some approach that actually leaves Boston,
if we bid, with the feeling that we really wanted to do this?
And we means we the people of Boston really wanted to do this.
Well, how do we accomplish that result?
That's a question I'm eager for us to explore.
Exactly how we explore it will depend a little bit more on you.
There are two possible perspectives on this question.
One can look at the question from the point of view of the people of Boston.
But one can also look at the question from the point of view
of the people of the globe other than the people of Boston--
the audience for Boston, the people who are affected by Boston's decision
Here's my response in the discussion in JuryX, and vis-a-vis World University and School:
Develop a conversation between the interested peoples/stakeholders - and consider doing this even via a Wiki - to reach a sense of unity in a f/Friendly manner.
It seems there are two Olympiad "we the peoples" here - the greater Boston area Olympics-hosting "we the people" and the whole world's Olympics-watching "we the people," both on television and related "one-to-many" media, and on the web and in social interactive real time media, in 200+ nation states, which I see as a) a specific identity and b) a globalized internet Olympic public. How best and in what ways to bring these "peoples" into conversation with each other? The way the questions are asked, leading to this conversation between these "peoples," seems significant here. And Prof. Nesson, as a Bostonian and Harvard Law Professor, seems - even especially in the context of this JuryX course with its international student body as a kind of way of airing the issues - most capable of asking these publics, and also especially of synthesizing a sense of agreement/understanding of these Olympiad "we the peoples" peoples (even as a kind of clerk of a big worldwide unprogrammed Quaker/Friends' Meeting). In what ways via the Internet, I would further ask, can Professor Nesson, or even this JuryX course's module on "Big Sport," bring these two "we the peoples" further into conversation with one another, and in specific communicative ways?
(In a related edifying vein, and perhaps as a collaborative partner, World University and School - http://worlduniversityandschool.org - which is like Wikipedia with best STEM-centric OpenCourseWare (eg CC MIT OCW in 7 languages and CC Yale OYC), would like to engage a worldwide audience for online Creative Commons' licensed free university degrees - bachelor, Ph.D., Law, MD, and IB degrees - accrediting in all countries and in their main languages, while developing as open wiki schools in all 8,000 languages; Wikipedia is in 288 languages, by way of comparison. In a parallel way to the questions we in JuryX are asking about "Big Sport" and Boston hosting the Olympics vis-a-vis the Olympics' publics, how can WUaS reach out to both "the people" in existing great Universities (with parallels to Boston), and reach out to "the people" in all 200+ some countries, and 8000+ languages, who might be extraordinarily interested in universal highest quality accrediting online education, to reach a sense of unity about this? That Wikipedia is in 288 languages - and we the people have generated millions of articles in these - and is growing as a wiki (editable web pages) is a great example for both these "Big Sport" questions, as well as WUaS, as a conversation generator).
And in terms too even of generating a way perhaps of developing a conversation between the greater Boston area Olympics-hosting "we the people" and the whole world's Olympics-watching "we the people," it seems like Wiki might be a way forward. Perhaps Professor Nesson has already begun this Wikification conversation process for these Olympics' 2024 "Big Sport" questions.