November 2017

Cover illustration by Diego Patino

digital edition

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

Columbus: Smart, Inclusive, and Full of Surprises

From interactive sculptures to historic public markets, Columbus’ warmth and inclusivity makes it easy to relax and have a good time.

BY Barbara Palmer November 3, 2017

Chris Trimmer on Building Relationships

‘The relationships that you have built are the thing that will get you out of trouble.’

BY Christopher Durso November 3, 2017

Bridging the Future

We took a more far-out view for this issue’s Meetings Industry Forecast. Here’s why.

BY Michelle Russell November 1, 2017

The Future of Business Events

It’s all about balancing technology with the power of human touch.

BY Deborah Sexton November 1, 2017

Thirty-Six Strategies for Negotiation

Strategy #30: Turn yourself into a host from being a guest.

BY Convene Editors November 1, 2017

A Guide To Doing Business in China

As event organizers look to capitalize on opportunities in China, successful business negotiations there — and elsewhere in the world — rely on understanding a set of 36 strategies from more than 2,000 years ago.

BY David McMillin November 1, 2017

Do You Have an Attendee Succession-Plan Strategy?

Will Millennials be joiners and conveners? Will your organization accumulate comparable lifetime customer value from next-generation members as it did from loyal Boomers?

November 1, 2017

How CONEXPO-CON/AGG Used Technology to Build an Unforgettable Experience

What will tomorrow bring for the construction industry? The Association of Equipment Manufacturers isn’t waiting around to find out.

BY Michelle R. Davis November 1, 2017

What You Need to Know About GDPR

A European Union–based privacy attorney outlines how event organizers can prepare for the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation, which goes into effect in May 2018.

BY Convene Editors November 1, 2017

How to Create a Company Culture That Matters to Millennials

“Millennials don’t just want a job and a paycheck,” according to entrepreneur Piyush Patel.

BY Casey Gale November 1, 2017

Not Hotel Art — Art in Hotels.

The Thompson Chicago partnered with a local art museum to offer guests a unique cultural experience.

BY Convene Editors November 1, 2017

What’s the Value of Volunteering?

Are your corporate social responsibility efforts worthwhile? Marc Morial, the National Urban League’s president and CEO, offers advice.

November 1, 2017

How the National Urban League Provides Minority Entrepreneurs With New Opportunities

A “Shark Tank”-style pitch fest is just one way the National Urban League uses a one-day summit to help minority-owned small businesses overcome obstacles.

November 1, 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

Swoogo’s Leonora Valvo on Standarizing Data, and Why Meeting Planners Should Pay Attention

‘Cleaning up data is the worst part of data analytics.’

BY Casey Gale October 26, 2017

What’s Next for Event Technology?

Augmented reality and artificial intelligence are two key technologies to keep an eye on now, according to Marco Giberti, founder and CEO of Vesuvio Ventures.

BY Convene Editors October 24, 2017

Mastery Is Magic: Vinh Giang

‘We live in a world where it’s becoming harder and harder to rise above the noise.’

BY Barbara Palmer October 20, 2017

What Will the Future of Exhibitions Look Like?

Selling exhibit space is no longer just a transaction — it’s a partnership, according to Cathy Breden, CMP, Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research.

BY Convene Editors October 19, 2017

What Will the Future of Lodging Look Like?

Redefining luxury travel and increasing emotional connections with guests are trends to look out for, according to A.J. Singh, Ph.D., professor at Michigan State University’s School of Hospitality Business.

BY Convene Editors October 17, 2017

Travel Trends for 2018 — and Beyond

Traveler safety and security; growth in travel for employee recruitment; and localizing programs to specific regions are on American Express Meetings & Events SVP Issa Jouaneh’s mind.

BY Convene Editors October 10, 2017