ICE Talks Present ‘It Takes a Pair of Shoes'

11.12.2019 11:40

ICE Talks, the educational arm of the ICE (In-house corporate event) corporate event organiser community, presented a seminar and panel discussion this week at EventLab, that kicked of a new initiative the organisation is calling ‘It Takes a Pair of Shoes’. 

The objective of the session was to compile an industry wide list of the little things event professionals can do to help delegates have a more positive impact on climate change. The inspiration behind it came from a talk delivered by Katherine McCartney, one of the leaders behind the TED conference phenomenon, at ICE Talks in July, who commented that; “If a plane load (737) of delegates were all to take one less pair of shoes in their luggage it would be the equivalent of taking 10,500 cars of the road per year.” 

ICE was keen to explore how many other small actions could have potentially far reaching results as a result of the reach and power of the events industry. As part of this, ICE bought together a panel of industry leaders including; Tony Banks, Head of Events, Stroke Association, Kathleen Warden, Director of Conferences, SEC, Jordanna Virdee, Event Manager, Barclays, Matt Thomas, Managing Director, Searcys and Anita Howard, Strategy Director, ICE.

“We had a really interesting discussion and there were some brilliant initiatives from both the panel and the audience of small actions that go a very long way,” commented Anita. “The list we’ll bring together is incredibly powerful and we’ve already seen Katherine’s ‘A pair of shoes’ advice be passed around to delegates throughout the ICE community. It shows that when we act, we have amazing power.”

The discussion covered a number of different initiatives from food waste to delegate transport, and included feedback from the packed audience, who also came armed with ideas. ICE is continuing the conversation through social media and will share a completed list later this month.