Social Impact

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

Avoiding Climate Doomism

Atmospheric scientist Michael Mann has written a new book on climate change, and it’s cause for some optimism — if we can pair agency with urgency, and individual with collective action.

BY Michelle Russell April 20, 2021

Hospitality Helping Hands Has Far Reach

A small group of Convening Leaders participants made a positive impact on a tiny village in Uganda while flexing their creative muscles on screen.

BY David McMillin January 13, 2021

Our Picks for the Business Event Trends of 2021

The editors of Convene looked back over 2020, asking this question: What’s one meeting and event trend on my radar in 2021?

BY Convene Editors December 21, 2020

Using Swag to Bring a ‘Physical Dimension’ to Virtual Events

During the pandemic, swag is playing a bigger role in the events space, helping organizers create tangible connections with virtual audiences — and provide ‘a bit of joy.’

BY Casey Gale Curt Wagner October 7, 2020

Three ‘Incredible Impacts’ Honored for Legacy Programs

ICCA and BestCities Global Alliance awarded three associations for events they held in 2018 and 2019 that left a lasting impact on sustainability, accessibility, ecology — and people in their host destinations.

BY Curt Wagner September 23, 2020

Convention Centers Continue to Serve Communities

During the pandemic — and now hurricane season — convention centers are providing their spaces and meals to local populations in need.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst September 2, 2020

How Will Our Future, Post-Pandemic Cities Take Shape?

Some initiatives are pointing the way to greener, healthier, more resilient — and more equitable — cities.

BY Michelle Russell August 19, 2020

Go LIVE Together Reaches Fundraising Milestone and Creates Toolkit

The coalition advocating for the protection of the events industry announced it has raised more than $500,000 and has drawn up a letter for industry members to sign to demonstrate support.

BY Convene Editors July 9, 2020

Inaugural Black Birders Week Sparks Additional Initiatives

A weeklong digital event created in response to a racist encounter has led to more efforts to expand opportunities for people of color in the conservation field.

BY Michelle Russell June 26, 2020

Virtual Pride Events Will Focus on Black Lives Matter

Organizers of Pride virtual events this month say the social unrest and protests over the deaths of George Floyd and other Black people by the police will be an important part of their message and programs.

BY Michelle Russell June 16, 2020

National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals Chairman: ‘Our Nation Is at Odds’

Jason Dunn used the current historic moment of social unrest to spotlight how the economic fallout from COVID-19 has pushed off to the side the industry’s diversity efforts.

BY Michelle Russell June 2, 2020

COVID-19 Response: Getting Food to the People Who Need It

How the events industry is providing nourishment to those who are helping others during the COVID-19 pandemic and to those who are hurting because of it.

BY Convene Editors April 13, 2020