Thursday Buzz: Use Nature to Bring Life to Events

Learn why greenery can make meetings more productive. Plus: How engineers are looking to change tech in the workplace.

Finding the perfect venue for an event can be daunting. There needs to be enough space, easy access, and good acoustics. And now you may want to consider adding greenery to the list.

In a post for Event Manager Blog, event-design expert Shawna McKinley says that adding elements of nature to event spaces—a practice called biophilic design—is aesthetically pleasing and “can help relax, restore and stimulate attendees.”

This doesn’t mean organizations should start setting up folding chairs in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, but planners should consider incorporating more practical features into their events.

McKinley suggests small steps, such as providing a Zen room with recorded sounds of nature, or having a separate space with windows and some potted plants.

“Naturally-designed spaces can also provide a sense of place, connecting event participants to the host destination in a more physical way, reminding them of the unique location they are in,” McKinley writes.

For more of her suggestions, read the full post.

Tweet of the Day

As of August 2nd, there are over 10,000,000 accounts on Periscope! Thanks to every single one of you! ❤️

— Periscope (@periscopeco) August 12, 2015

Periscope, Twitter’s video-sharing app, hit 10 million users on August 2. The dramatic rise in screen time provides more proof that video is an increasingly important part of the content landscape.

Other Good Reads

Airplane food isn’t the only thing air travelers are unhappy with. USA Today reports that airline complaints have risen 20 percent in 2015 so far, largely due to cancellations and delays.

Technology helps make our jobs easier, but does it make work more enjoyable? In an article for the Pacific Standard, Katherine Isbister, a professor of computational media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, explains how using technology to make daily office routines less of a chore can lead to more productive employees.

How can organizations use video apps to engage and grow their audience? With Snapchat on the rise, Hootsuite’s Dara Fontein explores how social video content has affected three industries.

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Eli Zimmerman

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