Have you considered diversity at your events?
12th March 2021
Our aim for this video is to raise awareness of the ongoing issues that occur at business events with an emphasis on conferences, with the acknowledgement from trusted sources to promote possible solutions within the industry. As events are constantly evolving to become more inclusive, the recognition of problems is required to enable change and growth to transpire.
The video focuses on:
- Hidden disabilities and individual needs that would require a broader understanding prior to the event.
- The evolving demographic of the population and the changes this will make to the event attendee group profile.
- The thought process of each aspect of the event to cover the attention to detail required to make the event inclusive for all.
Here are our recommendations for moving forward and enabling diverse events to take place.
Can everyone take away the same experience from your events no matter their background and any hidden impairments?
To summarise the video, all of the problems that arose enabled a possible solution, encouraging changes to the ways around problematic situations that occur regularly for attendees and the business events industry.
After speaking to one of the co-founders of the Women’s Utilities Network, it gave us an insight into what it is organisations are doing to make events feel more inclusive. They highlighted the importance of creating a safe environment and frequently communicating with attendees, to find out what it is they would like from the event.
Have you got a code of conduct for attendees to follow at your event?
What have you done to make women feel safe in a traditionally male dominated environment?
We’d also like to address that business events aren’t the only types of event that have inclusivity issues and that there are multiple steps to be taken to achieve diversity at events. However, we have produced this video to encourage and remind people some of the simple steps they could start to take and to share their thoughts and ideas in the discussion below.
Have you considered the individual needs of your attendees?
What do you do to encourage a variety of speakers from different backgrounds to speak at your events?
“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization”.Mahatma Gandhi
Thank you to the following authors and organisations for the statistical material enclosed in the video: Womens Utilities Network; Eventbrite; PCMA; Financial Times; Tech Republic; Darcy, S. (2012) Event Management, 16(3), pp. 259-265.