|As most of our voting members know, the IFI SPC made an independent and stand alone presentation during the recent and IFI’s 50th anniversary General Assembly held at the beginning of May in Kuala Lumpur.
Also, as you know, while this GA was relocated at the last minute due to the demise of the IDA, with the generous and big support of our Malaysian members, MIID, this most successful of our GA’s, was planned and organized within a 6 month period. We mention this because despite the last minute changes, we were proud to count the largest number of voting members present (not to be confused with the largest quantity of people) at any GA in IFI’s history, which in of itself is a testament to the increased membership and the worldwide cohesion of IFI’s global community.
With their research and consideration of appropriate structures and governance models possible for IFI, the IFI SPC presented their suggestions that were focused on helping to develop, elevate and globally coalesce the Interior Architecture/Design discipline. Following a detailed IFI SPC presentation, members of the GA engaged members of the IFI SPC in a healthy and robust discussion. This resulted in a unanimous (100% vote) approval of the regional – or world areas – structure of the IFI. Again, with careful listening, and help of the members, we diligently recorded the following motion, jointly crafted by all present, and unanimously voted on by the membership in attendance.
“We move to give the new board the authority to present a new model based on the world regional structure, to be presented for approval and implementation at the 2015 General Assembly”
Since the General Assembly, with this mandate firmly in place, the current IFI board has been hard at work to deliver a new model for IFI that will be sustainable – in both it’s vision and financial structure- for the next generations.
At the most recent meeting of the current board, energetic discussion took place which led to a much broader conversation that goes back to the origins of IFI and its most apt description as “the UN of Interiors”. With a vision re-iterating this and past discussions of a unified desire for the interior profession to have a stronger alignment with the “quality of life” and “well being” focused values of the UN, board members, have initiated a short and targeted “Blue Sky” taskforce, who, in parallel with the financial modeling team, will develop a stronger rationale related to IFI’s core purpose and vision. As this work begins to bear fruit, we will, as always, we sure to share all necessary information with you in the coming weeks.
The membership’s valuable input and opinion has helped to deepen our understanding and we are determined to continue the dedicated work of past administrations to present a proposal before the next general assembly that will be an inspiration to us all.