title:Copenhagen Sustainable Meetings Protocol to launch on Earth Day

New standard for the meetings industry

"The Copenhagen Sustainable Meetings Protocol is a new advanced level guide for sustainable event management which uses the United Nations’ COP15 conference in Copenhagen as its case study. The protocol is designed to be used in conjunction with The COP15 Event Sustainability Report which provides in-depth details of the COP15 sustainability approach, initiatives and performance. The report follows GRI reporting guidelines and sets a new standard for the meetings industry.

title:new book - Evaluating Transnational NGOs: Legitimacy, Accountability, Representation

new book announcement

Evaluating Transnational NGOs: Legitimacy, Accountability, Representation
Edited by Jens Steffek and Kristina Hahn
Palgrave Macmillan

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have come to play a key role in global and European governance. With this new influence and visibility many have begun to worry about their legitimacy and accountability. Critics question the representativeness of NGOs, the democratic quality of their internal procedures, and their accountability to the wider public. This

title:supporting conference organization - Netherlands establishes Pre-financing and Guarantee Fund (VGF)

"Initiating and organising an international conference is like starting up a new enterprise, knowing beforehand that its life span is limited. Such an enterprise usually requires starting capital to pay the initial costs. Insurance to cover possible risks due to reduced attendance may also be needed.

The Pre-financing and Guarantee Fund (VGF) was set up by the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions (NBTC) and the Dutch Convention Industry Association VNC, in co-operation with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, to meet these needs.

title:2010 UIA Annual Meeting news & important date change

We are pleased to inform you of an important scheduling change to our regular annual meeting plans.
This year the UIA Associate Members Meeting will be combined with a special session in honor of the UIA's Centenary celebrations. This 2 day event will again feature a roundtable with association representatives. This year's theme for the Associate Members Meeting and the Roundtable will be an examination of the Conference/Climate Equation.

title:The Problem with the Data-Information-Knowledge-Wisdom Hierarchy - D Weinberger

The Problem with the Data-Information-Knowledge-Wisdom Hierarchy

David Weinberger

The data-information-knowledge-wisdom  hierarchy seemed like a really great idea when it was first proposed. But its rapid acceptance was in fact a sign of how worried we were about the real value of the information systems we had built at such great expense. What looks like a logical progression is actually a desperate cry for help.

title:TSEP's Handbook on Third Sector European Policy has been published

"Handbook on Third Sector European Policy: Multi-level Processes and OrganizedCivil Society" has now been published by Edward Elgar in the UK and most of the rest of the world. (It will be published in the US in February. 2010)

This volume is the culmination of seven years of research  by the Third Sector European Policy (TSEP)



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