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Breaking Convention

By Michelle Russell, Editor in Chief
For meeting and exhibit space, flexibility no longer begins and ends with airwalls. Today, convention centers are rethinking how groups might utilize their every nook and cranny - and even how their facilities might be repurposed for entirely different audiences. Including the Olympics.

CMP Series: Olympian Effort

By Nancy Mann Jackson
History was made in London this summer - and not just by star athletes like Gabby Douglas and Michael Phelps. The 2012 Olympic Games were the most sustainable Summer Olympics ever, setting a new bar for sustainable event management and inspiring a new international standard.

PCMA Convening Leaders Preview: Morten T. Hansen

By Michelle Russell, Editor in Chief
PCMA 2013 Convening Leaders' Opening General Session speaker Morten T. Hansen on how planners should 'fire bullets, then cannon balls' when innovating.
Executive Action at the OCCC It’s no secret that while the meetings industry is made up predominantly of women, leadership positions are disproportionately filled by men. Which is what makes recent developments in the C-suite at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando so noteworthy.

Innovative Meetings: It Takes a Village Sage Summit attendees told conference organizers they wanted more ways to connect - and not just more opportunities to network in the same old fashion. Convene was there this year for the debut of ‘Sage City.’
Forward Thinking: Is Your Conference Marketing So Last Year? The minute your conference is finished, you have to start working on how to get your audience to return next year. Here are some ways to inspire people to come back.
Meeting Management: Sponsorship: An App-titude for Revenue As the use of mobile apps grows, so do opportunities for sponsorship. Here’s how the SATELLITE Conference upped its own signal.
Meeting Management: Medical: Clean Break Corporate funding of CME programs is down across the board. One simple alternative: offering CME without sponsorship of any kind.
Online: Broadcast News Google+ Hangouts on Air allows anybody with a computer and a Gmail account to broadcast an interactive conversation with the world- for free.
Giving Back: More Than Words At Our Voices on the Air - a first-time conference for indigenous-radio programming - representatives of 30 endangered languages connected to preserve and revitalize their native cultures.
Working Smarter: Understanding Wi-Fi The perceptions, the reality, and the right questions to ask about providing fast, reliable wireless Internet access for your attendees.

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