On the last day of IMEX in Frankfurt, GainingEdge organised an early meeting on the premises aiming to educate its attendees further on the important topic of ‘Legacy’. In this framework, three speakers were invited to present their views and stories around the issue at hand. We, at Boardroom, hold Legacy in our heart, it’s a topic we deal with on a regular base with a special section on our website and once a year in print; so we were also there to hear all the experts had to say.
Representing Rehabilitation International World Congress, Venus Ilagan emphasised the need for the empowerment and inclusion of people with disabilities, which was also the congress’s main theme. Held in Edinburgh in 2016, the challenge was to prepare the city for the hundreds of attendees with disabilities. RI’s vision is to ensure that when it holds its world congresses, it should leave a legacy behind; this time, in close collaboration with Convention Edinburgh, it went far beyond having an economic impact and a global prestige for the city, it fundamentally changed Edinburgh’s and Scotland’s approach to accessibility and inclusion and in shaping a better future for all. As a legacy from the RI World Congress, there has been a destination-wide working group that was created, focusing on accessible and inclusive tourism, called Everyone’s Edinburgh.
The second story shared in the room came from Colombia and Linda Garzón, who explained how the vision of leaving a legacy should start already from the bidding process. In Bogotá’s case, bidding for One Young World Summit (OYW) engaged young citizens to participate in different movements around the world; they are now measuring the impact of the projects regarding their contribution to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In the same way, the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates raised the level of dialogue around peace and contributed to the peace building process of the country by live streaming the event in seven countries and involving the vulnerable population affected by conflicts. You can read all about Bogotá and its legacy on our website.
Finally, Genevieve Leclerc, founder of Caravelle Strategies, described how convention bureaux can add value to their association clients and emphasized the difference between legacy versus impact. She explained how legacy is something left or handed down by a predecessor; a notion hard to measure, it implies changing the lives of the attendees and the community, but it might not be what an association set out to do in the first place. On the other hand, impact makes a significant change by addressing an existing challenge, social, economic or other type. It is durable and deliberate.
Written by Boardroom’s digital editor Vicky Koffa