I was not entirely serious about developing a Nobel Prize-level award for meetings professionals, but now that I've gotten several inquiries via e-mail, I say, let's do it!
Send me your nominations:
Name, job title, company name
Short description of why this person deserves recognition in that area
Let's give this a November 1 deadline. I can't wait to see who you think is Nobel-worthy, meeting planning style! E-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org today, or drop a note in the comments section below.
Here are the categories again:
Physics: For designing meeting space that optimizes the use of heat, light, sound, electricity, furniture—all meetings-related matter—to produce the right sort of energy attendees need for that event’s specific purpose.
Medicine: For producing events that tickle attendees’ brains in a learning way—meeting planning may not be brain surgery, but a little neuroscience is definitely involved.
Literature: For defining and expressing a compelling story of the meeting, and all its many characters, in a way that enriches the experience.
Peace: For calmly resolving issues large and small with everyone from suppliers to attendees to VIPs. I know we have some world-class negotiators!
Economics: For actually being able to do more with less—and being able to prove it—while still producing a meaningful experience for participants.