Legado's Radical Approach
Our Goal Is Thriving Futures
Legado is not a conservation organization. Nor is it a development organization. We are a Thriving Futures organization and do not limit our focus to single sectors such as environment health, sustainable livelihoods, or education. Instead, we work with local people to prioritize what their community and environment need to thrive together now and into the future – an ultimate goal we call Thriving Futures.
This type of holistic approach is essential because environmental health and human well-being are wholly interdependent, particularly in the world's last wild places. It's time to understand them as forever linked.
WE ACTIVATE THE POWER OF LEGACY FOR SUSTAINED IMPACT
Legado means legacy in Portuguese and Spanish, and the concept of legacy is key to our approach.
The cumulative impact of individual actions sets the trajectory for our collective future. When people think of their lives as having a legacy, they are emboldened to conceive and drive their own vision for a Thriving Future. Legacy is not just something we leave behind, but something we create every day.
Legado helps community members to develop their own visions for a Thriving Future and integrate these with their broader communities and other partners to arrive at collaborative visions and action plans. Having a legacy-based mindset drives both immediate and long-term, sustained impact for people and the environment.
Read about the power of legacy here.
WE HAVE A RELENTLESS COMMITMENT TO LEARNING
We Tackle the Last Mile
WE GET BEHIND LOCAL ALLIES
Long term success requires sustained and effective allies working alongside local people to realize their legacy-based visions. Legado strengthens local allies in three ways:
- Legado identifies a local Ally organization to serve as a backbone to coordinate and promote execution of collaborative plans, including helping to assemble the necessary partnerships and resources for success.
- Legado accompanies and strengthens the Ally’s effectiveness during a three-year partnership to ensure they can drive the collaboration forward over the long term.
- The Ally joins a global network of Legado Allies for continued learning and peer and technical support.
THE LEGADO MODEL: ON THE GROUND
Year 1-3 and Beyond
IMPLEMENT, ASSESS, ADAPT
Legado supports the Ally in-person and remotely for three years with capacity building and technical support as they accompany communities and implement projects to address community-identified priorities.
Legado and the Ally work together to monitor and evaluate progress and help communities adaptively manage their efforts and measure and understand impact. Beyond Year 3, Legado remotely monitors outcomes, impacts, and learnings to strengthen the Model and support the Ally, as needed, to troubleshoot and refresh their knowledge.
The Ally also joins Legado’s global Ally Network to learn and share with other organizations using this approach. Ideally, the Ally continues to expand its application of the Legado Model across its programs.