Saying “No” to All-Male Panels: Why it Matters

Saying “No” to All-Male Panels: Why it Matters

Think about the last conference you attended and try to recall: was there an all-male panel? And what about the conference before that? In fact, have the majority of panel discussions you’ve attended, organised or – if like me, you identify as male – participated in been all-male? Sadly, for most the answer is “yes” […]

Reflection on 2016 & Sustainability

Reflection on 2016 & Sustainability

2016. An interesting year in a multitude of ways, many will look back on a tumultuous political landscape, from the shock of Brexit in Europe through to a hard fought US election and a shifting growingly insular outlook in many more countries. Fear not, a whole generation of humankind such as ours has never had […]

How Can Benchmarking Make Destinations More Sustainable?

How Can Benchmarking Make Destinations More Sustainable?

In response to an increasing focus on responsible and sustainable practices in the events industry, leading MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Conference and Event) destinations are working to make their locations more competitive and attractive to event planners and stakeholders. An integral part of what cities and venues are doing to improve the desirability of their destinations […]

How to build your sustainable brand story: When people come together, magic happens

How to build your sustainable brand story: When people come together, magic happens

Great achievements are rarely the result of a single action of an individual, but rather the outcome of communities coming together to debate, discuss and grow. However, does living in a digital age mean face-to-face meetings are a thing of the past – an inefficient way of bringing people together? Well, the short answer is […]

5 Mistakes Planners Make when Creating Sustainable Events

5 Mistakes Planners Make when Creating Sustainable Events

For Earth Day and for #csrshareday I wanted to share the 5 frequent mistakes planners make when creating sustainable events. Sustainability is unidimensional It isn’t only about protecting the environment, saving resources or about having a CSR project during your event. Winning sustainability is about creating an integrate strategy for all the economic, environmental and social issues, […]

Fed up with excuses

Fed up with excuses

I’m sorry to admit it – but I am getting rather fed up with all the excuses. Too often I hear event venues, hotels, agencies, and clients rattle off “justifications” for not implementing sustainability into their events and services.  “It’s too difficult; it’s too expensive; it takes too much time. My clients are not interested!” […]

A Beginners Guide to Sustainable Events

A Beginners Guide to Sustainable Events

Earlier this week MCI’s very own experts on sustainable events, Guy Bigwood and Roger Simons, were invited to speak about Sustainability and it’s role as a driver of innovation in the events world during the Malaysia Business Events Week (MBEW) 2015 – an annual gathering of Malaysia’s business events industry and its stakeholders to learn, debate, explore business opportunities,  and innovate. My own opinion (though slightly […]

To Bee, Or Not To Be

To Bee, Or Not To Be

You may not think it, but the future of the human race depends almost as much on bees for their pollination as it does on our forests for its oxygen. After all, one in every three bites of food consumed worldwide comes from plants which depend on these little pollinators for a successful harvest. To […]

Top 10 Sustainable Event Trends for 2020

Top 10 Sustainable Event Trends for 2020

It’s the start of the year, and as seems to be in fashion, it’s time for us to share some thoughts about what’s coming up in the sustainable events world in the next few years. As such the following ten key sustainability trends are what we are predicting to happen in the event industry by 2020. […]

Don’t be bananas – cut the waste

Don’t be bananas – cut the waste

It is world food day and so I decided to make a little post about something that I really love and something I really hate. I love food and hate waste. Approximately one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. In the events industry we have calculated that over 50% is […]