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30 Jul 2020 / 2 min read

Reinventing Meetings

Image: UNSPLASH/Lucrezia Carnelos.

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Aude Bicquelet-Lock, Deputy Head of Policy and Research, Royal Town Planning Institute

Elizabeth Bieniek, Director of Innovation, Cisco Collaboration

Laïla von Alvensleben, Head of Culture and Collaboration, MURAL


Ana Yang, Acting Executive Director, Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy, Chatham House

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyday working life has been radically disrupted and digital platforms have soared in popularity as individuals and workplaces alike seek to find new ways of meeting and collaborating. In early March, business apps were downloaded 62 million times worldwide, while travel restrictions saw estimated global airline emissions drop by a third.

As the coronavirus crisis eases, could demand for more interactive meeting platforms and collaboration tools spur increased innovation, reshaping the post-COVID-19 world of work? How might new working practices reshape our towns and cities and allow for lower carbon business operations? What are the challenges to new working and meeting practices?

At this event, a dynamic panel highlighted original ideas, technologies and scalable solutions that could disrupt current patterns of meeting and working. Interacting with the panellists, participants were invited to assess different ideas and explore how best to speed up and scale up their uptake.