How to keep your association running if coronavirus worsens

March 19, 2020    
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How to keep your association running if coronavirus worsensShare on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Associations Now
If you ever wondered why you should develop a business continuity plan, coronavirus has supplied an answer. As fears about the spread of the virus rise, associations are determining how they will cope if a severe outbreak hits. Business continuity plans cover many emergencies — including infectious disease — so make sure yours is up to date.  READ MORE

Do associations still matter?Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Association Success
For generations, associations have been a valuable resource for people and have helped to set standards for various industries and interest groups. They’ve long provided a rich breeding ground for new ideas, education and innovation. In a world where technology continuously evolves and communication boundaries appear to blur on a global scale, we may find ourselves wondering if associations still matter in the modern age.  READ MORE

Staying healthy at meetings: Best practicesShare on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If there is a positive legacy from the coronavirus crisis, it may be that standard health-related practices at meetings will be improved. Medical professionals and veteran planners see this as an opportunity to develop strategies that help keep any kind of infectious outbreak in check.  READ MORE

Producing a virtual event? Keep these 3 things in mindShare on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you do cancel an event, there are many options to take it online. The challenge in doing so isn't the technology available but rather that very few people really understand what it takes to pull off a virtual event. It's certainly not as easy as pressing a button on Facebook Live, but if you keep these three things in mind you'll have the foundation for an amazing online event.  READ MORE


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African Development Bank and Association for the Development of Education in Africa urge partners to tackle skills mismatchShare on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The African Development Bank and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) have called for stronger links between technical and vocational education and training and industry to equip young people with the skills they need to boost technological advancement, trade and growth in Africa.  READ MORE

Kenya bans all international conferences amid coronavirus concernsShare on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Daily Nation
Kenya has banned international gatherings in the country for 30 days amid coronavirus outbreak. At least two international meetings that were scheduled to be held in Nairobi have been postponed due to coronavirus concerns. Organisers of the third edition of Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Global Gathering, the largest science and innovation gathering in Africa, have put the gathering on hold over health concerns of attendees.  READ MORE

ICLR 2020 cancelled over coronavirus; virtual conference arrangedShare on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The COVID-19 outbreak and associated travel restrictions have forced the cancellation of the “physical conference” of the Eighth International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR 2020). A fully virtual conference is being arranged, which will still take place from April 26 to 30. ICLR 2020 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was supposed to be a celebration of AI globalization — the first major machine learning conference to be held in Africa.  READ MORE


News from down under: Associations do matterShare on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Business Mirror
In this essay, Octavio Peralta writes, “As president of the Asia-Pacific Federation of Association Organizations (Apfao), I regularly receive news and updates on the programs and activities of its members. This time I wish to share with you one from the Queensland-based Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE), the premier professional association for chief executive officers (CEOs) and other senior staff working in the nonprofit sector of Australia and New Zealand.  READ MORE


CONEXPO-CON/AGG delivers largest show ever, despite health and travel concernsShare on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Trade Show News Network
The overall largest trade show in the United States and North America’s largest construction trade show, the triennial CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE, set a new square footage record March 10-13 at the Las Vegas Convention Center amid COVID-19 concerns and travel restrictions.  READ MORE


Know your ABCs: Associations benefit from committeesShare on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Association Adviser
Committees are the lifeblood of associations. They are the vehicles by which organizations meet objectives and accomplish goals – but they can mean so much more to your association. By looking at committees with a fresh set of eyes, you can better appreciate their value and identify steps you can take to better realize that value.  READ MORE

When the board wants helpShare on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
By Robert C. Harris
Not all board members have knowledge of governance. Some have the benefit of serving on prior boards. Others are novices. Seldom does a board say, "We need help." In theory, the directors all attended board orientation. It may be difficult to recognize if a board feels apprehensive about skills. Therefore, you can conduct a board evaluation to identify insecurities about governance. The board is used to evaluating the budget, and possibly the executive director, but what about their own performance?  READ MORE

How to collect member feedback the right wayShare on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wild Apricot
A regular feedback process ensures that “complainers” and those naturally outspoken aren’t the only ones who ever give you an opinion. By soliciting feedback from your entire membership, you give everyone a chance to be heard. Collecting member feedback isn’t difficult, but there are some best practices to follow to get the best results and most responses.  READ MORE

Why members don't volunteer: 8 questions and concerns members have about volunteeringShare on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you look at the activities of members who renew year after year, you’d probably see a correlation between volunteering and retention. Members who volunteer are more likely to achieve their membership goals, such as connecting with others, finding their community, and learning new skills. But what about everyone else? When you know why members don’t volunteer, you can help them overcome the obstacles in their way. Let’s get into the head of a member and imagine the questions and thoughts they have about volunteering.  READ MORE
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