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Process and toolkit

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Copenhagen Legacy Lab offers a carefully designed process, which aims to inspire associations or corporations and local stakeholders to develop and commit to activities that leave a lasting, positive and sustainable impact on both the association or corporation and destination.

The process

The process follows primarily four main steps. Copenhagen Legacy Lab uses additional steps for planning our legacy engagement. Read more about the 7-Steps and selected legacy case studies.



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Initial dialogue with decisionmakers including international associations and corporations, exploring their purpose and ambitions, leading to a vision statement on legacy.

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Based on the desired positive outcome and legacy, we work closely with the international associations and the local organizing committee and corporations to map and engage with the most relevant stakeholders.

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The cornerstone of the Copenhagen Legacy Lab process is an ideation workshop, where prioritized stakeholders engage in cocreation of outreach activities to support the creation of the desired positive outcome and potential legacy. Hallmark for the workshop is: Inspiration, ideation and commitment.

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Following the co-creation workshop, Copenhagen Legacy Lab staff will follow-up with stakeholders that have committed to lead outreach activities and support the desired positive outcome and potential legacy.


To ensure success we expect full commitment and active participation from all parties involved and will enter partnership with associations on the following criteria:

The association must have either a strong legacy purpose, or a clear desire to develop one. Ideally, this is reflected in the congress RFP.

Legacy development is a strategic choice and the process must be embedded at management level of the congress association.

Ideally, our partnership commences in the bidding phase. For a congress that has already been decided to Copenhagen the process needs to be initiated at the latest two years prior to the event taking place.

Everyone involved is expected to contribute with resources to the process in terms of time, dedication and know-how. Time for the strategic alignment of legacy goals and time to participate in the ideation workshop. Time to develop and implement the activities lie only with the working groups that have initiated them. Financial and in-kind contributions are at your discretion but not a requirement.

To ensure a strong stakeholder group, the theme of the congress ideally falls under one of Copenhagen’s main sectors: Life Science, Cleantech, Energy, ICT & Tech, Food, Sustainability or Architecture & Design. Other sectors may be considered if they rep-resent a developing stronghold.

Local stakeholders contribute with much of the resources for the development and implementation of legacy activities. Their commitment is crucial for the success of the project and must be verified before a process can be commenced.

The process is only offered to congresses held in Copenhagen. We do however strongly encourage that a continuation of legacy creation is carried on to the next destination too. 

Any questions?

Senior Manager of Copenhagen Legacy Lab

Mobile:+45 30 46 42 08

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