Meetings No 26
Intro
Unlock Your Superpower
Atti Soenarso: If knowledge is power, learning is a superpower
Cover Story
Strong Networks and Even Stronger Relationships Are Critical to Success
Chantal Sturk-Nadeau on one of the world’s largest strategies in scale and scope.
Psychological Meetings
Lies
Hans Gordon on when social lubricants become dangerous weapons.
Radar
The Evolution of Faroese Music
The next step is to develop connections between artists and the international music market.
Intermission
Position Yourself
Go a little bit out of your depth.
Industry Identity
Reflect, Reset and Redefine
Elizabeth Rich is a keen observer of an industry which remains close to her heart.
Ancient Knowledge
Forum Unites Ancient Societies with Global Investors on a Futuristic Platform
The world’s indigenous communities are owners of highly innovative businesses.
White Paper
New Study Spotlights How Socio-Political Changes in Europe Impact Events
Current trends influencing Europe as a meetings destination.
Strategy
Copenhagen CB Strengthens Its Business Model for Congresses
Copenhagen Convention Bureau shares their insight and knowledge.
Technology Pivot
How the Pandemic Will Change Business Events for the Better
One thing is clear: technology will play an even more significant role moving forward.
Radar
Brain Research Shows Added Value in Live Events
Video cannot replace an event, but it does extend the lifespan of an event.
Intermission
Solsbury Hill
Walking right out of the machinery.
Demand Networking
Don’t Accept Webinars as Good Enough
We need to sit down and evaluate what we are doing. Are we rolling towards the abyss?
Radar
IBTM World Virtual 2020 Goes Live
Over 10,000 meetings due to take place over the three days of the event.
Radar
IBTM World Virtual 2020
The latest keynote speakers at IBTM World Virtual presented.
Sharma
×5 Your Positivity and Productivity During the Pandemic
Getting you into the rare-air that very few know.
Adding Value
Here East: An Intellectual Ecosystem
Innovation campus in the heart of the Olympic Village on the eastern fringes of central London.
Kellerman
A Political Perspective
Roger Kellerman wants us to learn what fragile states means for business.
classifieds
news
next-gen platform
mci group
opens a creative technology studio in Brazil.
23,000 participants
Eighteen International Conferences
Selected Seoul to be the Destination.
over 300 programmes
Helsingborg, southern Sweden
invites the world to a 35-day innovation fest with H22 City Expo.
hotel news
Scandic to open
climate-neutral hotel in Sundsvall, Sweden, in 2024.
airline news
China blocks some flights from the U.S. as Covid precautions rise
United canceled flights from San Francisco to Shanghai on six days in late January.
could be 8,000 delegates
The World’s Largest Congress on Allergy
Heads to Prague, Czech Republic.
hotel news
Germany’s first Radisson Collection hotel
opens in the heart of Berlin.
business & meetings
Beijing North Star Convention and Exhibition
and GainingEdge Enter into Strategic Partnership.
flight industry
New “boarding tax” in Belgium
to make tickets up to 10 euros more expensive.
new job
Destinations International
Announces Director of European Engagement.
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Unlock Your Superpower

If knowledge is power, learning is a superpower. Learning is the oxygen of knowledge. We found that out when economies around the world ground to halt. In parallel, we have spent the last number of months investing in research to support our education strategy.

If you could have any superpower, which one would you choose? How about learning everything you want right away, with photographic memory and crystal clear, while being rationally razor-sharp?

Also, learning is the oxygen of meetings. How do we keep learning alive as a superpower? What do we want learning and knowledge to look like? How do we write a new future for the meetings and event industry and make it a good one together?

Many of us spend years educating ourselves and learning. Knowledge is held high. The reason is celebrated. Logical intelligence is refined. And, of course, it’s still like this: Anything is possible. It will be fine. Only we dare to continue to believe that everything is still possible.

At the same time, we live in an era where a new set of questions changes the classic routine matrix we have lived with for many years and generates new lenses that may enable a versatile perspective on complexity. What do you choose then?

Unfortunately, the perspectives we are facing right now have not coincided into a broader standard, more integrated theory of how and why relationships work the way they do. We see intense contradictions in many countries, we see economies begin to kneel, and completely new map sheets emerge, and ecosystems become more and never more straightforward, only more complex.

The digital experiments we are currently undergoing with more and more webinars of very varying quality mean that we have forgotten that there have also been face-to-face meetings in the past that have not given us new perspectives or new knowledge at all. Bad, ignorant, ill-prepared lecturers do not get better because the meeting with them is digitised.

The way forward is already here. It’s just a matter of daring to see what happens and we have to go out into deeper water and look in more places to find the pearls that are out there after all.

During 2020, our world of learning has expanded. We have discovered many new possibilities to learn more thanks to a couple of well facilitated and produced webinars with thought-provoking content. We have developed our networks, strengthen already strong relationships, and we have entered new collaborations with people we, so far, only have seen in Zoom meetings.

The way forward is not so different the way we just walked. It contains only ten times as much analysis of the world around us. And more books to read, such as Humankind – A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman. There is lots of new knowledge to absorb on the path where new learning strengthens our superpower.