Social Impact

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

Calling for a Regenerative Business Events Industry

It’s now or never. That stark assessment comes from the scientists who authored the most recent update to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, released by the United

BY Barbara Palmer May 16, 2022

Conference Shares Prague Congress Centre With Ukraine Refugees

World Environmental Education Congress organizers had no time to plan a formal community service project for the Ukrainian refugees housed in the Prague Congress Centre during the time of their conference, but participants found ways to demonstrate their support. 

BY Michelle Russell May 13, 2022

Experience Columbus’ Return on (Diversity) Investment

Why a diversity apprenticeship program in Columbus, Ohio, is going all in on expanding access to management positions for people of color in the hospitality, travel, and events sectors.

BY Barbara Palmer May 9, 2022

Making CSR Part of the Event’s Fabric

The American Quilter’s Society’s QuiltWeek events make it possible for participants to give back to the local community in the best way they can.

BY Michelle Russell April 4, 2022

Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis: How the Events Industry is Helping

The number of events, travel, and hospitality industry groups that have condemned Russia’s attacks on Ukraine continues to grow — while more event venues in Europe convert their facilities to house the millions of Ukrainians escaping the ravages of war.

BY Curt Wagner March 11, 2022

Around the World, Associations Express Support for Ukraine Counterparts

The international library and book publishing communities have not shied away from issuing strong statements or advocating for the removal of Russian state-owned institutions at industry events.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst March 4, 2022

5 Ways to Make Obsession Work for Your Organization

At Convening Leaders 2022, strategy and design consultant Alain Sylvain outlined how organizations can put purpose statements into meaningful action.

BY Casey Gale January 31, 2022

Spreading the Word at Convening Leaders 2022

Hospitality Helping Hands volunteers sorted books to be delivered to children in low-income communities.

BY Convene Editors January 9, 2022

How Long Beach, CVB Came Together to Help Migrant Children

‘Honestly, They’re Kids,’ Said CEO of Long Beach Area’s CVB on why the community rallied to soften the experience for migrant children living in a temporary shelter. 

BY Barbara Palmer December 30, 2021

Promoting Equitable Access to Tech

A tech-donation drive at the Los Angeles Convention Center will give unwanted tech devices and accessories a new life, benefiting “communities left on the wrong side of the digital divide.”

BY Michelle Russell December 2, 2021

Celebrating a Day for Doing Good

For #GivingTuesday, we highlight four nonprofits that support event professionals.

BY Barbara Palmer November 29, 2021

A ‘Watershed Moment’ for Events — and the World

How the United Nations’ biggest climate conference — and a critical moment in human history — could change the event industry’s “business as usual” narrative on sustainability.

BY Barbara Palmer November 23, 2021