A Word from the President
Happy New Year to all and I trust you will have a successful 2014. Certainly Ifpra has a large agenda to energise Ifpra, deliver greater value to you and develop a new model world urban parks organisation or “New Ifpra” with our friends in other organisations.
Firstly you will have noticed the new-format monthly Ifpra e-Newsletter that integrates with Ifpra’s new website. Some of you will have checked out the website while under development and it is now live at Ifpra’s original address www.ifpra.org.
We are keen to know how you find the website and all ideas and comments are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org. For the first time it is possible to translate the website into 50 languages and although the quality of a computer translation can be poor, this should continue to improve and make the website more internationally accessible.
Later stages will include a member’s area and on-line membership fee and event payments. The e-Newsletter displays quickly in the body of your email without attachments or need to open PDFs, and links to the website to see the full article or to read it in a different language. We are also exploring options for free iPhone and tablet-friendly applications, such as Flipboard.
Now I must tell you that your Executive has had to make the hard decision to cease the production of Ifpra World for the time being, primarily for financial reasons. Currently as a 250 member organisation we do not generate sufficient income to maintain a printed magazine that costs more than half our income, and we have other services and priorities to consider during a significant development phase.
Indeed there are associations with 1,500 members that prefer frequent, flexible and interactive internet-based communications to a printed periodical magazine, and this too is why we have been developing our internet communications.
However Ifpra World has been an important part of Ifpra and a flagship communication over the last decades so I have asked Alan Smith, as the long-serving editor of Ifpra World to do a Special Issue for March to celebrate and salute Ifpra World’s contribution through a retrospective selection of the best of Ifpra World over the years.
I’m also proud to announce that the Ifpra Academy website has gone live at www.ifpra-academy.org. This has been a significant achievement by the Ifpra Academy Board of Regents in partnership with Indiana University’s Eppley Institute for Parks and Lands.