Social Impact

See how event organizers and others are using meetings and events to make a difference.

Student Competition at ATSSA Brings New Generation of Ideas

The American Traffic Safety Services Association wanted to encourage innovation among future leaders in transportation engineering as well as find solutions to pressing safety issues. It found the answer to both in a student competition, which awards winners during its annual convention.

BY Jasmine Zhu April 24, 2019

‘A Really Crazy, Big Idea’ — Taking on Plastics in the Events Industry

The Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau joins forces with a nonprofit to launch a global movement to reduce the use of plastics at meetings and events.

BY Barbara Palmer April 22, 2019

Convicts, Addicts, Attendees Run with a Purpose

A recycling industry convention in Los Angeles united attendees with an unlikely group of guests for a morning run that went far in making meaningful connections.

BY David McMillin April 19, 2019

Arne Sorenson’s Approach to Corporate Social Responsibility

From aiming to eliminate plastic straws this year to combatting human trafficking, Marriott International’s CSR initiatives run the gamut. The hotel giant’s CEO shared the thinking behind its philosophy at a Chicago event.

BY David McMillin April 9, 2019

Leaving a Legacy

Sibos wanted to make an impact at its 2018 event in Sydney. With CSR initiatives, and growth in Asian attendee numbers, that goal was achieved.

BY Rémi Dévé March 25, 2019

How to Apply HBO’s Bloody SXSW Activation to Events

As anticipation builds for a bloody final season of “Game of Thrones,” HBO and the American Red Cross put that gore to good use with a memorable activation in Austin.

BY David McMillin March 12, 2019

The Case for Leaving a Positive Legacy

Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress has an ambitious environmental program. Here’s what the event does, and how it makes a difference.

March 9, 2019

2 Programs Refine Recipe to Reduce Homelessness

Community culinary education programs help participants secure jobs and housing — and offer event organizers ways to support their efforts.

BY Barbara Palmer March 1, 2019

CHEFS Training Program Goes Beyond Knife Skills

Culinary program for the unsheltered teaches students kitchen — and life — skills.

BY Barbara Palmer February 26, 2019

‘Profound’ Impact at AIME

Dialogue in the Dark pop-up at AIME let attendees experience blindness. It ‘was problem solving, team building, and personal development at its finest.’

BY Lane Nieset February 25, 2019

Leaving a Positive Footprint

When ESSKA met in Glasgow last year, the event contributed £5 million in direct benefits to the city. That alone can be considered a worthy legacy. But ESSKA wanted to do more. Here’s a look at what steps it took.

BY Rémi Dévé February 22, 2019

Events Executive Becomes Change Agent in Cleveland

How one Convening Leaders attendee took what he heard on stage in Pittsburgh to heart.

BY Curt Wagner February 4, 2019