Meetings No 24
Intro
Define Purpose
Long live the ‘both/and’ world in which purpose reigns.
Cover Story
Your Future is Now
Kevin Cottam on ancient wisdom meeting modern leadership.
Radar
2031 Vision, Brisbane
Encouraging visitors to stay longer and spend more.
Paths of Progress
The Biggest Challenge Is a Lack of Awareness About Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan embarks on its journey into the business events sector.
Psychological Meetings
Cognitive Dysfunction (Brain Fog)
Hans Gordon about when we humans allow a lot to go wrong.
Radar
IBTM World 2019: The Importance of Mentoring In the Events Industry
Always be generous with your knowledge.
Progress
Why We Refuse to See the Bright Side, Even Though We Should
Steven Pinker on the subject of irrational pessimism.
Intermission
White Blossom on Repeat
Flowering melancholy from Sweden.
Radar
Network to Share Its Expertise: Learn How Your City Can Become Future-Proof
The European Green Capital Network has launched its Future-proof Toolkit.
Sustainability
The Goal Is 300 Destinations by 2022
GDS-Index shares their audacious goal.
Sharma
Fear Is a Liar
We all need to fortify our hope.
Radar
Dublin Has the World’s First Carbon-­Neutral Convention Centre
One of Europe’s most environmentally friendly venues.
Artificial Intelligence
Human Compatible AI and the Problem of Control
Success would be the biggest event in human history, and perhaps the last event.
Kellerman
IBTM World Should Include Not Exclude
Don’t be sorry. Change the rules!
classifieds
news
business intelligence
Dubai to benefit
from one million+ hotel room nights amid major business event wins.
expanding
Suntec Singapore
becomes an Incon preferred supplier.
new job
CWT appoints Nick Vournakis
to head-up newly expanded Global Customer Group.
With new mantra
BestCities enter 20th Anniversary
as Madrid takes Global Forum baton.
new job
CWT Names Richard Thompson
as Vice President, Global Internal Communication & Culture.
Sustainability
Hogberga Gard is aiming for zero food waste
with a state of the art composting machine that makes everyone a winner.
business Intelligence
Cologne Convention Bureau
team realigned.
sustainability
The IMEX Group announces new Talking Point – NATURE
powered by single largest research sponsorship to date from Marriott International.
business intelligence
AIM Group International
manages 3.000 event experiences in 2019.
business Intelligence
Seoul Enlarges the Hospitality Satisfaction
with the Second-tier Destinations.
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Define Purpose

“Is the world falling apart? Do religious and authoritarian movements risk weakening democracy and global cooperation?”

The Canadian-American cognitive psychologist, linguist, and author Steven Pinker shows in his book Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, that health, prosperity, peace, knowledge and happiness is increasing throughout the world. Not as a result of any cosmic power, but thanks to the ideal of enlightenment: reason and science. Here are the arguments we need to face the world’s problems and to continue humanity’s development.

As a magazine, we are purpose-oriented. That is why we are working on our Business Intelligence Reports. We are trying to discern, understand and link the patterns of ’who’ and ’what’ is shaping and creating current and future business events.

The most basic definition of purpose is the question of ’why’. Why someone is working on a task, why a task matters to a job, why a job matters to an organisation. With a solid sense of ’why’ people feel as though the task, the job, the organisation is meaningful. Purpose helps keep you grounded in the sense of gratitude and meaning in a way that financial metrics or quarterly targets don’t.

Here at Meetings International, two of our keywords are reason and science. We need new knowledge about what is happening within our field, and to apply this knowledge to create new and improved conditions for a better world. And we need it soon.

Simply alleviating symptoms does not solve the underlying problems. We have to get to the bottom of issues, and under the skin. We have to find our way into that which creates the best conditions for developing the world in a continued positive spirit.

Purpose-centred people and organisations that create what they feel they were born to create is the only antidote to a world without meaning, where artificial intelligence will replace millions of jobs, biotechnology will create super-charged people, and climate change will affect billions.

We want to help foster the developing of visions, ways of thinking, business models and roadmaps leading to a sustained positive flow, and leave a lasting legacy for the future. The global meeting industry has a lot of developing to do. The old world of ’either/or’ is dead. Long live the world of ’both/and’ in which purpose reigns.

According to Gallup Inc.’s latest State of The Global Workplace Survey, only fifteen per cent of employees globally are engaged in their work. That figure drops to ten per cent in Europe and six per cent in East Asia. Employees are disengaged for many different reasons, but the underlying cause is always the same. They feel disconnected from their work because they don’t feel a sense of ownership over it, and that has far-reaching knock-on effects way outside of the affected organisations. When you contribute and create value for your organisation your work is going to have more purpose.

This is our 24th global Meetings International and we have created six global Business Intelligence Reports along with additional reports focusing specifically on the Netherlands, the Faroe Islands, and Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. We have also produced no less than three reports on Dubai and are currently finalising an upcoming one on Australia.

The purpose of these reports is simple: to increase knowledge about ’who’ is successfully developing ’what’ kinds of business events around the world. And you will most likely find the same keywords repeated there: reason and science.