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Global Association Hubs Newsletter – May 2020

This edition concentrates, unsurprisingly, on Covid-19 related issues: where you can access great factual information, in general and from our four partner cities, what associations are doing and thinking about their future direction, and speculative musings about the “new normal” we’re going to face after the initial crisis is past. I’d like to start with … Continued


Report: Association Laboratory Covid-19 Strategic & Economic Impact Study

Global Association Hubs research partner Association Laboratory has made freely available the complete report of their recent survey, with data and opinions from a wide range of associations, both US and international.  There are some very sobering results here, especially for those associations that either had low financial reserves before the crisis hit, or which … Continued


Boardroom article: Reinventing the association wheel

Another thought-provoking Boardroom article by Juanita Vorster, in which she challenges associations to re-think the value proposition of their collective expertise, especially when faced with increasing competition from fast-moving data-hoovering corporations.   Expert human input into AI processes is one fascinating opportunity, as is the ability of association communities to become trusted sources of crowdsourcing … Continued




Sirk Speculation article: In praise of promiscuous partnerships

Why self-sufficient attitudes endanger international associations Here are a few uncomfortable truths facing international associations: Historic roles as quasi-monopoly providers of specialist knowledge are being steamrollered by the Information Revolution. Competitive pressures are only heading in one direction – and it isn’t just your obvious rivals who are in play. If you aren’t in gold, … Continued


Conference papers: European Association Summit, Brussels; March 2020

EAS was possibly the last international association conference to take place before the world entered our Covid-19 intense lock-down phase, and it’s astounding to reflect back on our thought processes at that time!  With 20-20 hindsight, our simple “no handshakes, no social kissing” rules of engagement sound very naïve, but that was we all believed … Continued


IBTM Asia Pac postponed to 2021

19 February 2020 IBTM postpones IBTM Asia Pacific 2020 Reed Travel Exhibitions has announced that it has postponed the inaugural edition of IBTM Asia Pacific in Singapore to; 13-14 April 2021. The decision has been taken following the latest advice from our partners regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), and as a result of in-depth discussions with our … Continued


Selecting cities for sustainability: Washington, DC

Washington, DC has unparalleled accessibility to the outdoors with 250,000 acres of parkland across the greater Washington metropolitan area, 70 percent of which is controlled by the National Park Service. It also happens to be the #1 US city for public transport, according to SmartAsset and WalletHub in 2018. With the city’s vast number of … Continued


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