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Professional Convention Management Association

CMP Series: In The Know

By Barbara Palmer, Senior Editor
As the knowledge-based global economy expands, meeting planners are looking for destinations with brains as well as beauty. And cities are stepping up to share their intellectual bounty.

Don't Run From Randomness

By Michelle Russell, Editor in Chief
In his international bestselling book The Medici Effect, Frans Johansson showed us how diversity drives innovation. With The Click Moment, he makes the case that success has as much to do with serendipity as hard work - and that there are ways that you can make randomness work in your favor.

The User-Centered Center

By Barbara Palmer, Senior Editor
A fresh approach to designing meeting space connects the experience of everyone who will use it - attendees, planners, and support staff - into a seamless whole.

Fast Track The leading global event for high-speed rail comes to the United States just as the industry is gaining steam - and possibly federal and state funding.
One On One: Robert B. Tucker The author of seven books on innovation, he’s a frequent speaker on the global conference circuit — which has given him the opportunity to observe firsthand the ‘transformative changes’ the meetings industry is experiencing.
Totally Radical The World Domination Summit and Awesomeness Fest have two things in common: oddly compelling names and a commitment to helping attendees live a purposeful life.
Plugged In Our latest epanel survey indicates that we’ve reached a tipping point: More than half of meeting planners have already added or are planning to add a hybrid extension to their in-person events.
PCMA Convening Leaders Preview: Politics & People Taking the stage at Convening Leaders 2013: New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, on how That Used to Be Us, and Yum! Brands CEO David Novak, on the importance of Taking People With You .
Meetings and Travel Industry Weathers the Superstorm For the U.S. meetings and travel industry specifically, no hurricane in the past seven years has resulted in more canceled flights than Sandy

Online: Having It Both Ways By launching hybrid events, the American Public Works Association and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering increased both in-person and online attendee engagement.
Innovative Meetings: Right on the Money The National Association of Broadcasters was looking for a way to engage attendees and drive business for exhibitors - and came up with a ‘social-currency’ program for its live auction.
Working Smarter: 'You Own Your Email' A business coach offers four tips for taking control of your email inbox once and for all.
Meeting Management: Medical - Cadavers, Lasers, and Paperwork Medical convention planners face unique challenges, ranging from the management of potential biohazards to dealing with a raft of regulations. Here is how a few get it done.
Giving Back: The Cowgirl Way To help ease female veterans back into life after deployment, Shannon Morse opened up her horse ranch to them for a warrior-worthy retreat.
Forward Thinking: What's Your Tech Mindset More conferences are placing a high priority on using tech that not only improves the experience, extends its reach, and streamlines processes, but also fits into their overall digital strategy.
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