Social Impact

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

How Organizations Build Ties Through Community Service

Jennifer Bond, a finalist in the Community Advocate category at Visionary Awards, shares how the PCMA Capital Chapter builds community ties in Washington, D.C.

BY Casey Gale June 19, 2019

State of the Cities report: What’s on America’s Mayors’ Minds

The National League of Cities just released its State of the Cities report at its conference last week. Here’s how the business events industry intersects with the top issues U.S. mayors are addressing.

BY Michelle Russell May 24, 2019

PCMA EduCon 2019: Can the Meetings Industry Hack Homelessness?

Hackathon participants at the PCMA Education Conference will take on the challenge with empathy and using innovative thinking.

BY Barbara Palmer May 24, 2019

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