Amongst a flurry of collaborations announced at IMEX, the
meetings industry trade show, one stood out as pertinent to association leaders
and event planners.
The Global Association Hubs Partnership (GAHP) has inked a ‘partnership
agreement’ with ASSOCIATIONWORLD to produce a series of online events they hope
will tackle, ‘the big issues facing associations’.
For the uninitiated, GAHP is a partnership between the
convention bureaux in Brussels, Dubai, Singapore and Washington, DC aimed at advancing
each city’s status as a ‘regional hub for international associations’. ASSOCIATIONWORLD
organisers a series of events throughout Europe and North America aimed squarely
at association professionals, but not specifically those tasked with organizing
events. Together they are pledging to create ‘a series of...perspective-changing online events, designed to help associations navigate the
ever-more challenging, hyper-competitive and fast accelerating business
environment we are all experiencing’.
ASSOCIATIONWORLD president, Kai Troll, said: "ASSOCIATIONWORLD’s
almost 15,000 community members are not only interested in practical issues of
association management they also want to understand how the world in which they
operate is changing, and to share their ideas and aspirations as well as their
experiences and know-how. We are sure that the events we are creating through
this partnership will help influence the future agenda of association leaders
around the world.”
GAHP international advisor, Martin Sirk, said: “The big issues
facing associations (and of course their members, too!) are increasingly
global, so I’m delighted that ASSOCIATIONWORLD is partnering with us, so that
we can help bring together thought leaders from all regions around the world to
discuss some truly existential issues. The future will be what we jointly
create, not simply what happens to us!"
Future online events and provisional dates for your diaries: 22 June - AI for Associations:
the big opportunities & challenges beyond ChatGPT; 12 September - Intercultural issues &
communications; 26 October -
AI for Associations - what’s been
implemented & what’s coming down the tracks;
23 November - International association events reinvented & reimagined.