Meetings No 24
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.
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.
IBTM World 2019: The Importance of Mentoring In the Events Industry
Always be generous with your knowledge.
Why We Refuse to See the Bright Side, Even Though We Should
Steven Pinker on the subject of irrational pessimism.
White Blossom on Repeat
Flowering melancholy from Sweden.
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 Goal Is 300 Destinations by 2022
GDS-Index shares their audacious goal.
Fear Is a Liar
We all need to fortify our hope.
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.
IBTM World Should Include Not Exclude
Don’t be sorry. Change the rules!
Press stop!
ACTE, Corporate Travel Executives
has ceased operations and will file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
Re-opening time
Dubai hotel operators,
cautiously optimistic, as tourists begin to trickle in.
one step at the time
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
gets the green light to reopen.
330 million jobs worldwide
European Cities Marketing
call for an open and permanent dialogue between European institutions and local destinations.
More than 300 people
ICC Sydney
launches industry leading hybrid event solutions.

RAI Amsterdam
one of first European venues to reopen without visitor number restrictions.
Emirates airline refunds over $500m to passengers
Still over 500,000 refund requests.

Cologne ready for business events
trade fairs are indispensable as central business meeting points.
safety & Security
Ras Al Khaimah
becomes the first city in the world to be certified as safe by Bureau Veritas.
strong program
UFI, has announced that ICC Sydney is the winner
of the UFI Sustainable Development Award 2020.
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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.