|Discovery Green in Houston, Project for Public Spaces|
If your meeting is in a destination with ready access to a park or beach, that may seem like a nice frill. (Maybe even too nice of a frill, depending on your industry.)
But there’s more to it: Research from the University of Michigan shows that a walk in nature can actually boost cognition by 20 percent.
|White River State Park, Visit Indy|
In the future, convention centers and other meeting venues could be asked to add another metric — green space — to their stat sheets. Houston, for example, would position the 12-acre Discovery Green Park, across the street from the George R. Brown Convention Center, not as an attraction, but as a necessary resource for meeting planners and attendees.
All of this is contingent, of course, on planners scheduling meetings that actually give attendees the time to take a restorative break. And on attendees using the time to reconnect with themselves, not with their laptops.