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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 for Turkey. 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 Vic...
  • 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 their va...
  • 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 all sound...

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