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Overview Report - Think Tank 2: Sport Mega-Event Impacts, Leveraging, and Legacies Centre for Sport and Sustainability


On November 11-12, 2011 the UBC Centre for Sport and Sustainability held its second think tank on the topic of Sport Mega-Event Impacts, Leveraging, and Legacies. This invitational event brought together twenty leading researchers from across the globe for an intensive two-day session. The event was also preceded by a one-day graduate student symposium. Sport mega-events have taken on an increasingly visible and prominent role in cities and countries around the world. Commanding a massive expenditure of valuable resources, these events have been linked and debated in regards to their positive and negative economic, social, and environmental benefits. Today a burgeoning consensus exists; one that argues for conceptions of planned legacies as the outgrowth of ongoing impact evaluation, strategic leveraging, and broad-based consultation. This Think Tank has been designed to advance the field of planned legacies by providing the kinds of detail and conceptual analysis to reconcile gaps in impact evaluation, legacy definition, and leveraging strategies while remaining mindful of locally meaningful contexts.

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