News & Trends

What’s happening — or coming up next — in the meetings and events world and beyond.

Convening Leaders Preview: Bill Strickland

The president and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation offers after-school arts programs and job training for ‘people who have been given up for dead.’

BY Christopher Durso December 1, 2017

Wired Editor in Chief Nicholas Thompson

Wired’s editor in chief on making technology work for the good of society.

BY Barbara Palmer December 1, 2017

Convening Leaders Preview: Neri Oxman

The architect and designer breaks disciplinary boundaries connecting science, engineering, and art.

BY Barbara Palmer December 1, 2017

Convening Leaders Preview: Christopher Nassetta

Hilton’s chief executive is credited with helping create the second-largest hotel company in the world. And his people skills rival his business skills.

BY Michelle Russell December 1, 2017

What’s the ROI of F2F?

Hotel nights, direct spending, tax revenue — these numbers capture just a fraction of what face-to-face gatherings mean. As the
events industry aims to articulate its true value to lawmakers and the general public, the narrative needs to include both dollars and difference-making efforts.

BY David McMillin December 1, 2017

A Highway of Broken Dishes

An initiative at Germany’s Maritim hotels turns broken dishes into asphalt — and that’s just the beginning.

BY Jasmine Zhu November 29, 2017

Sustainability, Innovation and More at The European Ecovillage Conference

At this year’s European Ecovillage Conference, attendees explored workshops on redesigning social systems, made DIY tech tools, and learned more about getting involved in the ecovillage community.

BY Jasmine Zhu November 7, 2017

How Do Sci-Fi Authors Imagine the Future of Meetings?

We’re beaming in some ringers for this year’s Meetings Industry Forecast: professional science-fiction authors whose job is to figure out how the world — not to mention the universe — might change.

BY Christopher Durso October 31, 2017

What’s the Meetings Industry’s Biggest Challenge?

We asked, you answered. Respondents to our annual Meetings Market Survey told us what they considered to be the most pressing challenges.

BY Convene Editors October 30, 2017

How Meeting Professionals Can Strike a Better Work-Life Balance

Is your job killing you? Here we give you the tools you need to manage overwork and avoid burnout.

BY Christopher Durso October 26, 2017

What You Told Us About Your Biggest Challenge Surprised Us

Last year’s Meetings Market Survey respondents told us what makes their job difficult. Do you see yourself on this list?

BY Michelle Russell October 24, 2017

Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun

The Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival unites DIY haunted-house builders, entertainment-world horror pros, and ghost-story enthusiasts in Long Beach for some late-summer spooking. Who said October had to have all the fun?

BY Barbara Palmer October 23, 2017