Meetings No 03
Editorial
There is no plan(et) B
Which is why we are in progress of becoming more sustainable.
Cover Story
Yvon Chouinard
Nothing is sustainable.
Psychological Meetings
On the necessity to kill one’s father
or: On the art of meeting the new one.
The COP15 Summit
Jan-Christoph Napierski
The COP15 summit is the start of a long process.
Almedalen Week
Karin Lindvall
on Sweden’s largest political meeting place and democratic forum.
Become Extraordinary
Robin Sharma
Learn something new every day.
Johan Johansson
The Perfect Meeting
An Illusion.
Green Thinking
Amy Spatrisano
Create more courageous environmental work.
Lighting Design
Vesa Honkonen
He paints with light.
Intuition
Paola Navone
Keep intuition alive.
MPI
A vision for an industry
or for a group of enthusiasts?
Brain Check
Tord Pååg
A look says so much.
Roger Kellerman
Incentives such as CSR
Things are definitely going in a positive direction.
classifieds
news
Business Intelligence
NSW gets a ‘Machine Learning’
2,500 professionals met to discuss.
business intelligence
ibtm events announces merger
to create ibtm americas.
business intelligence
The Nordic MICE Summit
8-10 March in Malmö 2018.
Award
Reykjavík
named best MICE destination in Europe.

BCCK Shines at Malaysia Best Employer Brand Awards,
World Harvest Festival Culinary Competition 2017.
Business Intelligence
Madrid
new member of BestCities.
Business Intelligence
The Philippines
will host the 6th UNWTO Conference on Tourism Statistics.
the convention industry
Paris back as number one
in the city rankings for international congresses.
Africa Meetings
Africa Rising
in the ICCA statistic 2016.
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Incentives such as CSR

Things are definitely going in a positive direction, although that may be difficult to believe with all the negative events that dominate the media coverage. We were part of an international jury for the EIBTM expo’s event competition and have been jury members for some time. It is easier to see how patterns change with a longer time period to compare to.

Ten years ago the incentive category was often an orgy of gormandising where the winners won a trip to some exotic place, stay at a luxury hotel, drink champagne all night long, eat luxury food and be driven around in a limousine. This still takes place in a few incentive programmes in the EIBTM competition as well, but something else took a hold several years ago and most now offer: The chance to help eradicate world poverty as a thank you for doing a good job back at your company. Surely it is more gratifying to give away something meaningful? Do three lobsters taste any better than one? How much more fun is it to spray champagne on each other than to see children get a water well and an entire village being able to quench their thirst knowing that you helped?

In the incentive competition we are seeing more examples of world-leading companies giving their most successful workers a chance to share their success with others. To build schools, dig wells, lay a football pitch, design a village where hundreds of people get a more tolerable life thanks to your efforts. Or to build a wind generator in a place lacking electrical power. To set up a village school together, equip it with material like pens, paper a computer perhaps and a football to kick instead of tin cans.

We have a fine Swedish example in Bokningsbolaget, who we awarded our unofficial Swedish Meetings Industry’s Honorary Award for the best CSR initiative of 2008. Highest points for style and an applaud to the company which for ten years has donated more than €550, 000 to Amnesty, Save the Children, the Red Cross and WWF. Bokningsbolaget is a torchbearer and a good example to all. Perhaps it is time to create a new CSR award for companies/organisations in the global meetings and events sector in order to put the spotlight on the positive initiatives taking place? Corporate Social Responsibility must not become a green washing model that allows good things to be said while continuing to throw money at those who already have enough gadgets to last a lifetime. Send us some example of CSR projects around the world worth putting in the spotlight. Because they do exist, and in many places.