The Elusive Nature of “Convening Power”

Across every niche in the spectrum of the events industry, the tenet of our business model is to bring people together. Event professionals may...

Iconic Venues: Central Park and the Reinvention of “Upper” Manhattan

We did an exploration earlier where we uncovered the fact that Central Park was an invention by man. Today, let’s take a closer look...

Differing Notions of a “Corporate Event”

I was Youtubing a session of the CNBC Delivering Alpha conference where they interviewed hedge fund manager John Paulson. I’ve seen lots of videos...

The Players: Sheldon Adelson

Ever since I began studying the events industry in college, my friends in more conventional fields like finance, tech, and real estate would tell...

Iconic Venues: Comedy Cellar

We discovered in one of our past explorations that there often exist some surprisingly blurred lines between the concept of event companies and the...

The Pursuit of Conversations

Human conversation has always been one of the most fascinating subjects to me. It is the original means and medium for mankind to think,...

Is Collaboration the New Paradigm of Work?

We’ve done a number of explorations in the past about workspaces: their designs, their evolutions, their relevance to lives and cultures. We’ve looked at...

The Economic Club of Washington DC: Explorations on the Essence of a Successful Gathering

There are some very interesting commonalities between the concept of “events” and the concept of “clubs”. Many successful events -- recurring brands that have...

Dr. Klaus Schwab: The World’s Most Powerful Conference Producer

It's always interesting to me to look at the variety of backgrounds people have before they got into conference production. Conference producers come from...

The New York Fashion Week: The Event Brand That Brought American Fashion To The...

As we enter into February, one of the largest production events in New York City that happens around this time of year is the...

The Forbes Summit Group: The Synergy of Events and Media

Following our previous exploration on CNBC producing the Delivering Alpha conference, I’d like to extend the theme and explore the Forbes Summit Group. CNBC...

SMG: An Unrivaled Portfolio of Event Venues

Property management is a distinct discipline in the real estate industry. These are third party companies hired by property owners to manage the operations...

Of Noise and Influence

There are certainly more media celebrities and "digital influencers" today than at any point in history. Platforms like Youtube, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, and others...

The World Economic Forum: Beyond the Annual Meeting

As an event brand scales and gains prominence and traction, it becomes inevitable that the brand extends itself beyond the original product. In this...

Events in the World of Art

Exhibitions is a genre of events that we have explored at some length in the past, but there is an interesting distinction within this...

Industry Literature: Reflections of a Successful Wallflower by Andrea Michaels

If anybody in the events industry to date deserves to have a memoir published, it justifiably would indeed be Andrea Michaels. In terms of...

Thought Leadership Events in the World of Academia

This notion of "thought leadership" is one of the most often touted reasons for attending, speaking, sponsoring, and otherwise getting involved in industry conferences....

Manufacturing Genuine Conversations

I have this theory, that the entire reason why moderators exist so ubiquitously in the world of conferencing, is because for some reason no...

The Aspen Institute: Thinking of Think Tanks

Think tanks have a special place in Corporate America. They are an almost exact middle ground between the public and private sectors, with funding...

Industry Literature: Invisibles, by David Zweig

I wanted to read this book because I think, the subject phenomenon it covers describes exactly the state of affairs that event professionals are...