Blog edco: “Changing the game”

Blog edco: “Changing the game”

Blockpost on by Ruud Janssen:

Rinse, wash, repeat. The stale formula of most events.

Well not for this one!

“We’re not here to play the game, we’re here to change it!”

Here is what you missed if you were not one of the 300 participants to the Game Changing European Meetings & Events Conference in Den Haag (The Hague) in the Netherlands from 9-12 February 2019:

Great Event Design paired with the power of volunteerism and determination to deliver the event narrative with a slice of Dutch ingenuity has led to an event that sets a new milestone. See a glimpse of this in action in the #EMEC19 live blog .

Off course, the airport pickup was arranged so MPI Netherlands members personally drove their participants to the first venue. After the escape room opening event at the legendary Louwman Museum on Saturday evening , the Sunday morning started in a relaxed manner.  Beach jog, Yoga, City stroll and then, pick and choose from one of the 7 Experience Learning Journey. Out of the 7 options (including options for Ape Management, A Scenario Based Risk Simulation, being part of a Symphonic orchestra or exploring your bespoke DNA health & lunch) our team was enroute to Monster (literally).

We practiced what we preach and so the team at the Event Design Collective hosted Learning Journey #7 at Koppert Cressand here is a quick look at that 5 hour experience in 159 Seconds:

Next at the Fokker Terminal, we explored Design thinking through the lens of the epic Daan Roosegaarde  and subsequently got Sherlocked into the venue with 30 minutes to escape through a deeply immersive extraordinary collective experience where only through an massive collaborative effort we could obtain the special QR code to open the locked hangar doors to get to the buses.

Well and that was just the beginning of a series of experiences that just sucked you into the story of what needs to be done to change the game.

How did they do that?

The team that designed and subsequently created the event took the liberty to tell you how they did that in a session recorded just for you.

It’s recapped in a post by the team here and photos of the event.

PS: Did you know how the European Meetings & Events Conference #EMEC19 was designed for Meeting Professionals International by a dedicated team of volunteers in the Netherlands using the #EventCanvasRoel Frissen facilitated the Event Design sessions, see them in action here:

+ the next edition #EMEC20 Event Design is already getting underway. Onsite at #EMEC19, team Event Design Collective has mapped out the timeline of past editions of #EMEC (the European Meetings & Events Conference) and as it used to be called PEC (Professional Education Conference) in a series of Event Design Sprints using the #EventCanvas.

Keep a lookout for the 2020 edition at #EMEC20 in Sevilla Spain.

Were you there? Or do you have questions about this Event Design using the #EventCanvas? Leave us your observation, comments or questions below this article. We’re keen to hear from you.

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Happy collective greetings!

Happy collective greetings!

The Event Design Collective, EDCo for short, is growing somewhere in BETWEEN steady and exponentially…;). This year we have successfully partnered with 3 new licensees who head up their countries as regional directors! Holland, Italy and France now all have great new champions to help us spread the word about great Event Design through a methodical teamwork.

During the holidays when you have some time…Check out our new website on:

Happy holidays and a collective greeting to everyone!

“Step back to speed up!”

“Step back to speed up!”

In order to move beyond the mediocre state of affairs we see at most conferences today, the event industry needs to learn one simple principle… “Step back to speed up!”

The go go go mentality of the event game is good for getting things done. In fact it has made the industry what it is today. Bigger and better venues, with better food and lighting… the strength of events lies in organizing them.
But what if getting things done is not good enough anymore? What if the attendance of big events drop, simply because we’ve done them, seen them and have 200 t-shirts and lanyards to show for it. What can you do to re-imagine and innovate the concept of events by spending a little bit more time to think about what they actually are intended for.

This is what the Event Design handbook puts at the center of its own promise. How do you systematically innovate your event? What steps do you take to ask they right questions to the right people? And how can you learn from looking back, forward, in the present and across the border of your own doing. That is the challenge.

We get the right people together to collaborate on innovative concepts and teach them how to translate these new concepts to amazing new experiences!

for more:

buy book at BIS

check out a great end to end blog about the MPI WEC18 conference

Designing events that matter

This September I have been fortunate enough to be able to say I finally published a book… well 2 actually, but more about the other one later. The big takeaway for anyone who has a book to write is : GET A DEADLINE!!! And of course Do NOT do it alone!
The road that lead to the creation of “The Event Design handbook”, has been a long one, stretching over two years! What I can say is that the experience that I had with Ruud Janssen and Roel Frissen has primed me for more! The premise of this book is to understand the relevance of events that matter and explain to the people who are dealing with this challenge every day a Tool called the EVENT CANVAS .
The cool thing about the model in this book is that it helps you articulate exactly what it is you want to CHANGE by organizing an event. The Change in behaviour is the most valuable result you are designing and generally we do not take the time to step back and have a discussion about Value. This book helps you to do just that. And by having that discussion we hope to challenge anyone in the world concerned with events to up their game and look at what your doing with a fresh perspective.
Having said that… my personal interest in this project lies way beyond events. It is about Change. And that makes me a happy Visual Change Master…;).  For now please go to BIS PUBLISHERS to get the book! It will be available soon on all global platforms!