The reaction from friends and colleagues when I mentioned an upcoming trip to a conference in California speaks volumes about the gap between meeting professionals’ experience onsite and the way it’s perceived back home.
Monthly Archive: March 2009
On March 10, The Huffington Post published my blog item on the meetings industry crisis and the Kerry bill now before the U.S. Congress.
The central argument, drawing on data from MPI Foundation Canada’s study of the economic impact of meetings and events, was that the attack on meetings in the U.S. could touch a couple of million jobs…and that the incentive programs in the eye of the storm only represent a tiny fraction of the industry’s economic activity.
Last Thursday night, we bought about one-thirtieth of a school.
That’s an astonishing statement for anyone who’s ever put in the hundreds of volunteer hours that it takes to get a new school built or an older one renovated—or to prevent a perfectly good school from being closed—in North America. The last time I checked, a few years ago now, an elementary school in Ottawa cost C$10-12 million, and the meter didn’t start until most of the political hurdles had been cleared.
Participants at the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) conference in Pittsburgh last week adopted a big, audacious challenge.
The gathering of 150 or so meeting professionals called for a million tons of trash (or a million metric tonnes, outside the United States) to be diverted or recycled from the meetings and events that take place in 2009.