Gatherings in the era of physical distancing: What can we learn?

A Future of Good Special Report

Gatherings are, in many ways, the lifeblood of the social impact world. 

According to Eventbrite’s 2020 Event Trends Report, 83 percent of Canadian event planners host non-profit, community, or educational events, and 52 percent of Canadian event planners said that facility rental is a top event cost. Before the pandemic, organizations used physical gatherings to deliver services, raise funds, conduct research, host AGMs, discuss advocacy, explore public policy, welcome newcomers and new citizens, train and upskill professionals, consult citizens, and much more. 

Even with many parts of the country slowly re-opening, in-person gatherings could be out of the question until at least 2021. Thousands of in-person gatherings across Canada have been postponed to 2021, cancelled altogether, or moved online. Some gatherings may never come back to being in-person. Non-essential business travel is now seen as risky, time-consuming, and costly. 

The world of gatherings is transforming in significant ways — from the experiences of events themselves to the jobs and skills involved in putting them together. It’s time to take a closer look at the changes and where we go from here.

How is research work affected and what are the workarounds getting traction? Are online fundraisers actually working? How is the job of an event planner or AV technician or facilitator changing? Do we learn and engage better online than in-person? What web accessibility measures do we need to become familiar with? Which social impact organizations have successfully transitioned to online gatherings and what have they learned?  

Featuring data stories, analysis, commentary, and interviews, this special report takes an in-depth look at the changing nature of gatherings in the social impact world at a time of physical distancing. It shines a light on job changes, accessibility, and what we can learn from promising practices so far. 

Part one of this member-exclusive special report releases later this month. Click here to start a free 14-day membership trial so you don’t miss out.