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Here's a question to ponder over your cornflakes: would your association refuse to meet in a city where
transgender people were only allowed to use p...
For those of us in the northern hemisphere, January is never a good time to make resolutions. It’s cold and dark and the respite of Spring is still se...
In a year many people would like to forget, spare a thought
A country whose geographical ambiguity has become a metaphor for what mig...
The Lamb, in Lamb’s Conduit Street, is a beautifully preserved theatre pub in London’s West End, whose walls are decorated with faded pictures of
International associations are, almost by definition, apolitical
organisations. Any executive director
who made a habit of expressing his or her own...
If I were a teacher marking the performance of international
associations, I would sharpen my proverbial pencil and write ‘could do
better’ on my en...
Having studied literary theory at university I like to think I can spot a fraud when I read one. Anyone (un)lucky enough to have delved into the...
The British chef Heston Blumenthal once admitted that he
thought customer service might be more important
than food when judging the overall experie...
After fifteen years it seems the emerging economies, with
the exception of China, are still emergent.
The sun had barely risen on the new millenni...
A couple of weeks ago a press release from Glasgow City
Marketing Bureau arrived in my inbox.
Unlike all the other press releases that I opened t...
Given the infinite and highly labyrinth nature of the
internet, I am in two minds about the personalisation strategies deployed by
those commercial ...
With a motto - Citius,
Altius, Fortius – that venerates the human body, a torch relay dreamt up in
1930s’ Berlin, and an official salute that would ...
I have been buzzed by a drone.
The incident happened about a week ago in my local park. I
was just ambling along, when this thing – a metal s...
Shortly before the UK’s historic EU Referendum vote, AMI Magazine carried out a survey of
international associations to gather their opinions of the ...
It would take a brave person indeed to deliberately incorporate
elements of boredom into a congress programme. I say deliberately: most meetings last...
The advent of digital networking has put a strain on traditional
membership models, forcing international associations to radically rethink
To borrow from Jane Austen, it is a truth universally
acknowledged that a destination in
possession of good meetings facilities must be in want of a...
While the rest of Europe and the world looks on with a growing
sense of alarm, or just weary bemusement, the United Kingdom has been busily testing t...
A woman takes her baby to a breakfast seminar, takes a cute picture, posts it on Linkedin, and is
left reeling after receiving a barrage of criticism...
I recently heard associations described as ‘sector agnostic’
and, unlike most of the soundbites you hear at congress, which turn out to be