The World Leisure International Innovation Prize seeks to recognize organisations that have implemented creative solutions that foster local, national or international leisure opportunities for the benefit and development of individuals and communities. Leisure is considered in its broadest sense including play, recreation, the arts and culture, sports, festivals and celebrations, health and fitness, or travel and tourism. It encompasses indoor or outdoor programs, services and amenities.
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What makes this prize unique?
The major feature that distinguishes the World Leisure International Innovation Prize from other awards is that it focuses on the social and cultural aspects of leisure as an aspect of the lived experience for individuals in a community and for visitors to the community. This Prize represents the use of leisure as a creative solution to enhancing collectively the social, cultural, environmental, and economic quality of life in an area.
The prize is presented biennially at the World Leisure Expo.
What is meant by Innovation?
Originality, creativity, and innovation should be demonstrated related to process (vision, management, and communications), resources (financial viability and human such as volunteers), partnerships and community involvement, outputs (program, events, and amenities) and outcomes. Further, the project should be “inspirational” or demonstrate a “feel good” factor. Innovation may mean a new idea or it may mean finding creative solutions through leisure to existing problems and issues. Innovations must demonstrate more than a quality program. In addition, applicants must demonstrate that their project does not exist elsewhere but it could be potentially adapted to other situations.
WL International Innovation Prize Winners and Highly Commended
2019 Highly Commended
North Carolina State University, Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management – Health Matters: A Multi-Level Approach to Prevent Obesity in Low Income Rural Counties (USA)
- Contact: Jason Bocarro, Professor at North Carolina State University (USA)
- Email: email@example.com
- Websites: www.ncsu.edu
2017 Highly Commended
El Sistema Sweden Dream Orchestra
- Programme Information Website: http://www.elsistema.se/sa-gor-vi/dream-orchestra/
- Programme Contact: Ron Davis Alvarez
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org