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The association community is a peculiar political animal. Most of us who work in this arena have relatively well-honed political sensibilities because of the lobbying and advocacy most of our organizations engage in. Irrespective of what political perspective we embrace, most association professionals I have met over the years strongly believe in our overall system
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Interesting news out of Japan for any associations who are currently represent insurance claims adjusters, brokers, etc. According to this new post by the World Economic Forum a Japanese insurance company, Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance, plans to use IBM’s Watson to replace 34 jobs in their insurance claims division beginning in the first quarter of
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Welcome to 2017. We are beginning a new journey this year together as association professionals. In the spirit of the New Year, I wanted to share a few things that have been on my mind over the past few weeks while reflecting on 2016 and considering what this year may hold for us all. I
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The association community needs to begin to pay very close attention to issues related to the exercise of First Amendment rights in the United States. We don’t often stop to think about how associations got started in the first place. Associations formed due to the innovative mash-up between the imported organizational ideas and structures developed
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Every association that deals with transportation, delivery or the support services built around meeting the needs of human drivers should be on pins and needles right now. A few months ago, I was the closing keynote at the Mid-Atlantic Society of Association Executives (MASAE) 2016 Association Disrupt Symposium. One of the topics I discussed
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Well, there is a good reason we saw our beloved Greg Melia, CAE move to ITN Productions. The future of video is almost here and it couldn’t be cooler. If I had one area I would encourage associations to seriously look at to amp up their game it would be the use of video. One
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“Tectonic changes are reshaping U.S. workplaces as the economy moves deeper into the knowledge-focused age. These changes are affecting the very nature of jobs by rewarding social, communications and analytical skills. They are prodding many workers to think about lifetime commitments to retraining and upgrading their skills. And they may be prompting a society-wide reckoning
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(In the spirit of community at the Association Forecast we accept guest posts from respected colleagues on issues they feel are important. This post is by Rick Rutherford, Association Evangelist and all around cool guy. I have to apologize for not getting this up until this morning, but I think the message is appropriate for
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There are some significant changes on the horizon for association communication specialists in light of new advancements in artificial intelligence. AI generated news stories have been around for a number of years. In fact, you have read news articles you thought were written by a human that weren’t. However, they are becoming more well known
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Associations have a brand new toy they need to begin to play with – and based on my interpretation of this article from Fast Company – maybe even watch out for. Since the advent of Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana there have been some remarkable advancements in natural language recognition virtual assistants. Obviously there have been some
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