News & Articles - accessibility

  • How to Make the Events Industry More Inclusive and Diverse

    Inclusion and diversity have been major topics of discussion in recent months. The senseless death of George Floyd at the hands of police that was captured on camera and broadcast around the world has forced leaders, business owners and industry to face an ugly truth — we live in a society that is plagued with injustice and inequality. This ‘new’ learning (for some) has prompted many figureheads to take a verbal stance, displaying their allyship to black and minority communities.…

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  • BCIT Centre for Ecocities Internationally Recognized for Impact of 2019 Event

    Ecocity Builders and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Ecocity Centre are the recipients of the 2020 Incredible Impacts Award in recognition of an event they hosted that excelled in areas such as sustainability, accessibility and ecology. The announcement was made Sept. 24, by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and the BestCities Global Alliance. “There’s never been a more important time to showcase the major milestones our industry can overcome, and we hope this year’s winners provide…

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  • Black in Events Marks Launch with Worldwide Virtual Event

    A new global network for black professionals working in the events industry is set to make its official debut at its first-ever virtual event. On Aug. 19, from 12:00-1:45 p.m. EST, Black in Events will host ‘Accelerating Change in the Business of Events.’ The group’s mission is to bring awareness and opportunities to a growing and underrepresented group in the billion-dollar sector. “Black people are consistently marginalized in events industry roles and it’s not because we’re not here; rather, we’re…

    Industry Profiles, People & Profiles

  • Call for Nominations Opens for Expanded Industry Recognition Program

    The Events Industry Council (EIC) has expanded its 2020 Hall of Leaders recognition program to include global awards for social impact, adaptation and innovation. “Honouring individuals and organizations that have offered a lasting impact on our industry is essential,” says EIC board member, Cathy Breden, who chairs the Hall of Leaders task force. “Recognizing their contributions provides inspiration for all of us and creates a pathway for emerging leaders and future contributions.” The Hall of Leaders is a lifetime achievement…

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  • Inclusive by design: Creating the perfect environment for all event attendees

    By Mariela McIlwraith As event planners and designers, we create the environment in which our participants live, learn, share and innovate. In creating these environments, we have an opportunity to design them to be welcoming, inclusive and accessible in a way that encourages full and dignified participation for all. It’s not only the right thing to do — it’s also good business sense to expand your audience, improve the quality of your events, and strengthen your reputation. Here are some easy…

    Accessibility, Event Operations

  • Trend Watch – Association Meetings in 2018

    Over the next few months, the team at Redstone will be taking the time to look at what we can change or improve on in our association meeting planning in 2018 – particularly those that will require increasing a budget line or two – in order to be able to bring the organizations we work with into the future. Here are two important areas where our team will be learning, training and increasing our budgets in order to better serve…

    Event Branding & Marketing, Event Budgeting, Event Operations, Meeting Community, The Business of Meetings

  • Planning accessible events for every body

    Chances are that if you are an event planner, you are able to move around quickly, you are agile and you are used to literally being on the run! It is a physically demanding job. This also means that because you are able-bodied, it might not occur to you to plan for people who are not as mobile. If this is not the case and you are always proactively planning for different abilities at your events, I congratulate you. This,…

    Event Operations, Meeting Venue Overview, Site Selection

  • 17 ideas to add now for more memorable events

    Mobile device charging stations – the new water cooler of your events. Make it comfortable. Add water and maybe even a list of questions people can think about relevant to your industry as conversation starters – ideal for the power-hungry introvert. Mobile app. Keep it simple, or add some bells and whistles aka participant feedback mechanisms. Every single person shows up with a device, and most of them don’t need more paper to recycle later. Enough said. Water stations, with…

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