Reconnecting in Person After the Pandemic: It’s Complicated

Convene spoke with Sara Ross, a neuroscience-trained leadership strategist, about the conflicting emotions people may feel as they return to in-person events. Good news from a Virginia Tech neuroscientist: It should be temporary.

BY Barbara Palmer July 6, 2021

DMO Launches Comic Series Via Streaming Services

‘Life’s Rewards,’ an eight-episode comedy program co-produced by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater DMO, gives the destination major screen time — and provides a case-study example of a new CVB business model spurred by the pandemic.

BY Curt Wagner June 28, 2021

Death of the Buffet and Other Environmental Silver Linings Brought to Us by COVID-19

On the eve of Earth Day, we checked in with two leaders at the organization steering the business events industry towards a new benchmark of sustainability. We asked: Are we more or less focused on sustainable event design a result of the pandemic?

BY Jennifer N. Dienst April 21, 2021

Draw a Tree That Will Grow in the Real World

To celebrate Earth Day, digital platform Piccles will plant a tree for every tree submitted on its collaborative drawing platform. It could be the start of a new way of creating digital experiences to do good in the world.

BY Barbara Palmer April 21, 2021

Stressed? Mindfulness Can Help You Work With Your Emotions

Mindful meditation is not meant to cushion us from our emotions, according to mindfulness teacher and expert, Leah Weiss, but to give us tools to work with them.

BY Barbara Palmer February 2, 2021

Two 2021 Predictions That Bode Well for F2F Events

Brian Sullivan, senior national correspondent for CNBC, has come out with five predictions for 2021 — and the first two hold promise for the business of in-person events. Bonus: Another one of his five predictions offers insights and opportunities for savvy business event organizers.

BY Michelle Russell December 23, 2020

How to Reinvent the Office Holiday Party This Year

Spoiler alert: the ugly Christmas sweater is here to stay.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst December 17, 2020

What This Year’s Most Popular Animated Images Tell Us

The most-viewed GIFs of 2020 reflect the year we’ve experienced and what matters to us most.

BY Casey Gale December 10, 2020

In Praise of the Emoji

In an increasingly virtual world, emoji make communicating feel more human.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst December 3, 2020

Pandemic Pastimes: How Hobbies Help Us Deal with Stress

Many have turned to hobbies as a way to cope with quarantining. And that, neuroscientists and mental health professionals tell us, provides many lasting benefits beyond serving as a distraction during the crisis.

BY Curt Wagner September 2, 2020

Will the Pandemic Change How We Look at Mental Health?

As more studies show that Americans are experiencing feelings of anxiety, stress, and depression caused by the COVID-19 crisis, some hope it will bring mental health issues into the spotlight.

BY Casey Gale September 1, 2020

Change Is Hard, But Is It Easier During the Pandemic?

Wharton professor and author Jonah Berger on why you should feel more comfortable making big changes now, and others may be more receptive to new ideas.

BY Michelle Russell August 13, 2020