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
the winner
The Convention Centre Dublin did it again
won the award for World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre
development
Singapore chosen as host city for the inaugural
IBTM Asia Pacific in 2020.

Convene challenges technology events
to set up In Baltic Region.
Town Square Park
Dubai mega project
to hit major milestone today Friday.
FIFA WORLD CUP 2022
Hamad International Airport
unveils expansion plan.
19-21 november
IBTM World 2019
announces brand new speaker showcase and final keynote double bill.
UNiversities means meetings
Abu Dhabi
launches worlds first university of artificial intelligence.
Hotel News
Scandic
to open central Helsinki’s largest conference hotel.
flight news
Flybe
to become Virgin Connect.
sustainability
Lapland Airports
receive international climate certification.
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Network to Share Its Expertise: Learn How Your City Can Become Future-Proof

The European Green Capital Network has launched its Future-proof Toolkit. The kit includes case studies, guidance and insider tips on how cities can become more resilient towards climate change. It is the first in a series of five toolkits on different themes that guide cities to become more sustainable.

The European Green Capital Network is a network of all the former European Green Capital Award winners and finalists. It’s an initiative of the European Commission to promote and reward the efforts of cities that have shown commitment to improving the urban environment.

Through the Network, the members continue to serve as role model cities, encouraging other European cities also to go green. Last November, experts from member cities of Barcelona, Bristol, Essen, Hamburg, Lahti, Lisbon, Nijmegen, Oslo, Reykjavik, Stockholm, Umeå, Vitoria-Gasteiz and ’s-Hertogenbosch gathered in Nijmegen in the Netherlands, to provide content for this Future-proof Toolkit.

The case studies covered in the Toolkit showcase Oslo’s storm-water management strategy, Nijmegen’s citizen-led approach to reducing flood risk, Hamburg’s plans to build 100 hectares of green roofs, and Lisbon’s green infrastructure programme.

Not only do the case studies highlight the ideas, approaches taken and achievements, but they also present the challenges faced. They are also open about the fact that even the green capitals of Europe face obstacles and are still learning, and that by working together and sharing insights, cities can move forward.

In addition to the case studies, the Toolkit provides links to useful tools, videos, information sources and also advice on broader topics such as inequality and uncertainty. Key themes throughout include the potential of nature-based solutions, embracing the expertise of local citizens, and recognising that green transformation is not only about making cities resilient towards climate change, but it is also about the social and about working together with locals to provide access to nature that all communities can enjoy.

As noted in the Toolkit, “acting as a community to build a resilient city makes the community more resilient in turn.” As an example, the aim of Lisbon’s green corridors and planting its 80,000 new trees was not only to reduce air pollution and vulnerability towards heat waves. It was also about becoming more socially inclusive by improving public access to nature, enabling more people to cycle to work and involving citizens via initiatives such as Lisbon’s tree-planting Saturdays.

“With green infrastructure, there is a wide range of challenges you can address through the same solution,” says Duarte Mata of the City of Lisbon.

The Network’s message for other cities is clear; through green and inclusive infrastructure, all European cities have the potential to become future-proof.