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EDITOR’S LETTER The Authority on Meetings & Incentives Shift Happens here were some great speakers at the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) annual meeting last month in Dallas, but then PCMA always does a terrific job when it comes to putting together great educational programs. And I’m not talking about the keynoters, though it is hard to go wrong with speakers like Nancy Brinker, the founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the worldwide organization supporting breast cancer research, and Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers: The Story of Success. But many of the session speakers were well worth the trip as well. My favorite was futurist David Houle, who spoke at the end of the first day. It was an unfortunate time slot as the room was less than one-quarter full, but those of us who were fortunate enough to have chosen the session were the beneficiaries of a fascinating discussion of the “shift age,” which Houle defines as the era we are now moving into as we leave the information age. I can’t do justice to the topic in this short space, but in brief, the three forces of the shift age are: The flow of economic, cultural, and political issues from a national to a global focus; the declining influence of institutions and the increasing impact of individuals; and the acceleration of connectedness through electronic media. That’s the bare bones of it. For a meatier version, visit He has a great message that can help any businessperson struggling to get a handle on all the change we’re inundated with to more clearly understand what direction to go in next. And while we’re on the subject of connectedness, Successful Meetings and MeetingNews, along with sister publication Business Travel News, have started a social networking site called Planners Connect. The site will offer meeting planners the opportunity to attend webinars, network, gather and disseminate news pertinent to the planning of meetings, find or become a mentor, post links to whitepapers and research, and form special interest groups. It’s one of the many shifts happening right now, which none of us can afford to ignore. Membership is free. To join, visit T P U B L I S H E R : NE L L A V E L D R A N vice president and group publisher, travel group (646) 654-7325, VINCENT ALONZO editor-in-chief, KINLEY LEVACK managing editor, ANDREA DOYLE senior editor, LEO JAKOBSON senior editor, WILLIAM NG contributing editor, JENNIFER RUF art director, PRODUCTION (646) 654-7293, Grace Casey, production manager CUSTOM PUBLISHING ALISON GOLUB, executive editor, KAREN GINES, executive editor (performance), SARAH VEIT, associate editor, JONATHAN CHAN, associate art director, TESSA SESTINA, associate art director, INFORMATION MARKETING (646) 654-7258 Shelly Patton, manager, audience marketing, CUSTOMER, SUBSCRIBER SERVICES (800) 697-8859; (847) 559-7533 MARKETING (646) 654-7263 Catherine Marchese, marketing manager, travel group (646) 654-5131, ADVERTISING (646) 654-7327, New York office REPRINTS The YGS Group, Diana Sholl, (800) 501-9571, For one-time use of our content: Dana Parra, (646) 654-4696, LIST RENTAL Nikki Miller, (646) 654-7261 Editorial Offices: 770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 (646) 654-7361; Fax (646) 654-7365; President: Greg Farrar Seni or Vice President, Human Resources: Michael Alicea Senio r Vice President, Brand Media: Andrew Bilbao Se nior Vi ce President, Media & Entertainment: Gerry Byrne S en ior Vice President, Finance: Sloane Googin Se ni or Vice President, Retail: David Loechner S eni or Vice President, Building & Design: Joe Randall S en i or Vice President, Central Ser vices: Mary Kay Sustek Chief Operating Officer, Entertainment: Howard Appelbaum V ice President, M a n u fac t uri ng & D i stri b uti on: Jennifer Grego V ice President, Licensing: Andrew Min V ice President, Client Marketing: Sue Tremblay V ice President, Aud ie n c e Ma r k e t i ng : Joanne Wheatley cyc le This M a ga ns er t s&S amples B r efo I SM I February 2010 I eR ec y cling Vincent Alonzo, Editor-in-Chief Plea se Re zin eI ov Re m

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