Dialogue in the Dark “pops up” at AIME


Last week we were thrilled to participate in the Asia Pacific Incentives Meeting Event (AIME) at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. AIME is a highly prestigious trade event for the meetings and event industry in the Asia Pacific region. The conference runs a Knowledge Program inviting 350 industry professionals to attend different breakout sessions. On Monday, we hosted four ‘pop up’ workshops as a part of the Knowledge Program, in complete darkness. This was an exciting step for us, as it’s the first time we have taken these workshops on the road like this. The sessions were booked out completely with 96 delegates participating.

The workshops were incredibly well received and we had some fantastic feedback from the participants.  One consultant, Deanna Varga, of Mayvin Global, described her experience as “extraordinary”, explaining that the workshop taught her about trust, leadership and learning, and how she can use those key learnings to take the next step.

Another participant, Kathryn Lee, the Principal of Lumino Events, spoke to us about the importance of human interaction in the event industry, saying that she couldn’t think of a better way to break down barriers, and instantly give people something to talk about, build rapport and relate to than a Dialogue in the Dark session. “It made us laugh, it made us think, it built camaraderie, and identified unlikely leaders.” she said

By Tuesday, it was clear our workshops were the talk of the conference with many delegates berating the fact that they had missed out on the sessions.

The partnership resulted from a collaboration of two great minds. CEO of Guide Dogs Victoria, Karen Hayes, joining Karen Bolinger, CEO of the Melbourne Convention Bureau and champion of inclusion in the community. They took to the stage to present at an industry media press conference on the Tuesday, with more than 30 media outlets attending to find out more about our unique program.

“We do find that through partnerships like we have with AIME, we are able to open up meaningful dialogue to extend awareness of our cause and to bring new employment opportunities for people with low vision and blindness into the conversation”, explained Karen Hayes. “This partnership has been an amazing opportunity to showcase Dialogue in the Dark and hopefully bring it to more events and venues like this in the future.”

At the end of the day, we aspire to create social change and greater inclusiveness in the Melbourne community – Awareness is the first step.

Of course, you don’t need to attend a trade event to experience Dialogue in the Dark for yourself. We offer two Public Workshops each month, or we can tailor workshops especially for your group.

Contact us on 0420 763 434 or visit our website to find out more.


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