(From Paul Janssen)
Sorry, folks, my computer was a bit wonkified, so I'm restarting.
As to the process itself, it's difficult to get at, and may be difficult to rid ourselves of.
It's a conversation. I may find myself saying that a thousand times today. No, this is NOT a debate. We are NOT a deliberative or delegated body. We are NOT even "grass roots," imho. We are a company of the motivated who could afford to come (or who couldn't, really, and made significant personal sacrifice to come). I've walked through the process once now. It is helpful as a mutually educative tool. And it will feed into the discussions that the GSC will have about whether to have another 10 year goal, and if so, what shape that goal might have. It is just a conversation--to which people come with all sorts of expectations. Those who expect it to have legislative status may be disappointed if it turns out to be just 'guidance.' Those who want it to just be informative may be disappointed if it turns out to be informally 'binding' in some way. That said, it may be bound to divide, rather than unite. I hope that won't happen, but it may.