The Arctic is changing so quickly that it’s become one of the many early warning systems for global climate change. Each year brings new reports of ice sheets breaking off into the sea, along with a mad scramble to plan shipping routes and resource development projects that would have been difficult or impossible a generation ago.
Monthly Archive: August 2008
There’s an interesting discussion brewing over at Sound Connections, the online home of The Conference Publishers’ intrepid podcast consultant Mark Blevis.
Wherever you come down in the debate between evidence-based reporting and the power of large, unmoderated groups to moderate their own content, it’s an important dialogue. And it’s fascinating that it’s happening.
Vermont will always be one of my favourite places in the world.
The three summers I spent at summer camp near Salisbury, VT as a child were not 100% happy, but I fell in love with the state and its terrain. I’ve been back a couple of times as an adult, and the gentle hills and small towns still speak to my heart. (Vermont is also the home of US Senator Patrick Leahy, who tried heroically to cajole the Clinton White House into signing the global landmine treaty in 1997.)
TORONTO—When more than 70 million participants attend 671,000 meetings in one year, your first reaction might be that everybody needs to get out a little more.
But when it turns out that those meetings generated $32.2 billion in spending and 235,500 full-year jobs across Canada in 2006, representing an economic sector that was just a bit bigger than motor vehicle manufacturing … you might conclude that MPI Canada had just released the findings of its 19-month study of the economic impact of the meetings industry.
Last week’s Meeting Professionals International (MPI) World Education Congress in Las Vegas was filled with great experiences, intriguing conversations, and engaging sessions. None was better than the panel presentation entitled “What if the next generation had planned this conference?” led by Kansas State University professor Dr. Michael Wesch.
FROM THE MPI CONFERENCE IN LAS VEGAS—Our first set of news capsules from MPI’s World Education Congress is now online, and I can’t seem to stop grinning.
It’s been a very long time since I was a journalist. When I left Canada’s Parliamentary Press Gallery in 1984, I was well aware that I was “going over the wall” from reporting to communications, and that there would almost certainly be no turning back.
In the meetings industry, there is considerable—and justifiable—concern that skyrocketing fuel prices may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. That people will say “enough” and refuse to pay higher and higher airfares, and that many will stop going to conferences and meetings altogether.
AT THE MPI CONFERENCE IN LAS VEGAS—A meeting planner friend used to tell the story of the moment her former boss began to take her seriously.
For years, he’d fallen into the habit of scheduling half-hour meetings to talk about the logistics for an upcoming conference, starting the meeting 10 minutes late, then interrupting 10 minutes later to take a phone call. Until the day she set aside the to-do list and asked him the fateful question:
Last February our professional association, Meeting Professionals International (MPI), attached the title MeetDifferent to its annual North American Professional Education Conference.
The intent was to bring together ideas and strategies that would suggest smart new ways of organizing and supplying conferences. For me, one of the highlights was a long conversation with the “serious game” designers at Champlain College in upstate New York.
Higher air fares, fewer flights, and rising supply costs are the new reality for conferences around the world.
Live meetings will survive the crunch because there is still no more effective way for people to share ideas, knowledge, and solutions. But the future could hold