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Embracing Mistakes

By Molly Brennan, Contributing Editor
Some fields — such as tech startups — have gotten so comfortable sharing their missteps and flops that conferences entirely devoted to them have sprung up. What can organizers of events across all industries learn from what goes wrong?

CMP Series: An Invitation to Engage

By Barbara Palmer, Senior Editor
There is no one-size-fits-all set of guidelines to follow to engage attendees — and trying to force interaction can backfire. But, as three industry experts tell us, there are plenty of ways you can set the stage for connection and collaboration at your meetings.

Destination Relations

By Jennifer N. Dienst, Contributing Editor
For years, second-tier cities have started — and dissolved — partnerships. But one alliance between three cities has found a formula that works. And it's based largely on friendship.

Bookings: Three Things to Remember In Smart Thinking, Art Markman, Ph.D., shows how we can learn more effectively by understanding the way our minds and memories function. Convene asked Markman to train his thoughts on how participants can get the most out of — i.e., recall and implement what they learn at — conferences. It turns out that the number three plays a key role.
Gun Shows After Newtown To the surprise of no one, the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings that killed 26 people — including 20 young children — in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14 have led to renewed debates over gun ownership and regulation. And it took no time for the shockwaves from Newtown to reverberate through the world of gun shows.
Online: Don't Just Do It Social media can transform the experience and influence of your trade show. So leap in, one expert says — but not before you have a strategy.
Innovative Meetings: Knowing Your Customer An award-winning marketing campaign for the Food Marketing Institute's FMI2012 was based on an iconic shopping image — and on the customer as the common denominator.
Giving Back: Down(town) on the Farm The New Orleans Convention Center is partnering with local food organizations to develop an urban-farming epicenter — on convention-center grounds.
Forward Thinking: That '70s Show Paneling was all the rage in basement remodeling when I was growing up in the ‘70s. It was affordable, easy to install, and a sure sign of homeowner coolness. Today, paneling is a major turnoff for homebuyers.
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