Background: It has always been a struggle to fill our World Conferences to capacity. Full conferences such as those in Washington, D.C. in 2010, New Orleans in 2013, and Vancouver in 2015 are the exception. Most years we have as many as 100 spaces left available to sell, which amounts to lost revenue for FFI, not just in terms of conference fees, but also the cost involved with planning the conference. These empty seats also mean lost opportunities to share with, educate, and learn from our attendees.
Does having the World Conference every year spread us (and our attendees) too thin financially and dilute the conference’s appeal? At FFI we’ve been asking this question for a few years now, and we’ve toyed with the idea of having it in alternate years. Now, as we approach our 40th anniversary year, the time seems right for this change.
Having the FFI World Conference every other year should allow us to:
- build anticipation with a longer break between conferences
- provide more calendar room for members to participate in regional conferences and events
- plan a bigger and different kind of conference with more to offer
- attract more attendees
- reduce planning costs
- have time to implement changes based on feedback from the previous conference
- organize a smaller, different event in non-conference years
As we institute this change, we want to hear from you! What would you like to see at future World Conferences? What events might you like to see in the non-conference years?
Feel free to submit your comment below!