Founded in 1952, World Leisure Organization is a world-wide, non-governmental association of persons and organizations dedicated to discovering and fostering those conditions best permitting leisure experience as a force for human development and well-being.
Access to meaningful leisure experience requires adequate shelter, education, employment and fundamental health care as preconditions. Yet, more is required for improving quality of life and the realization of human potential. This happens through the joint efforts of policy makers, leisure professionals, leisure scholars and researchers, and our public and private sector program providers.
The overall direction of World Leisure and the policies needed to pursue it are determined by an international Board of Directors of up to 20 members drawn from diverse backgrounds and geographical regions. Officers include the President, Secretary General, Vice-President, and Secretary Treasurer.
The main affairs and projects of the Organization are managed by the World Leisure Secretariat, administered by the Secretary General (currently located in Bilbao, Spain). Program management is decentralized, and under the direction of the several program heads, including those in charge of World Leisure Commissions, Special Interest Groups, World Leisure Centers of Excellence, World Leisure Games, Honors and Awards, World Leisure Academy and the World Leisure Journal.
WLO members come from all parts of the world, whether as members of other institutions and organizations or as individuals. They include leisure professionals from public, private and voluntary sectors; leisure researchers and scholars; managers and policy makers, leisure educators, and concerned members of the community. They come with diverse interests, such as tourism, parks and recreation services, arts and culture, sport and exercise, theme and entertainment centres, government policy and service management, and private enterprise.
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We foster Inquiry
Through research and scholarship to discover the personal and social potentialities of leisure experience and the factors facilitating and constraining it.
We share what we know
Via formal and informal dissemination of knowledge and information
We engage in informed advocacy
By advocating for conditions optimizing leisure experience through legislation, infrastructure development, leadership, and programming