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Hi Nigel, Thanks for your comment. Yes, it is indeed written on the name (itself) "Local Organising Committee" that there has to be the local (government particles) stakeholders included, means more emphases on local hires at as man functions as possible. However, if that base (local talent pool) is not experienced, it becomes tough & tedious for an experienced manager(if they do have) to direct them & train them for the specific jobs. Sadly, at some of the event I have worked for, this never happened for some or the other reasons. Result: everything went unorganized type. Event happened, but the level was not what it could have. I haven't have worked for Olympic games yet (which I aspire to be working for, like thousands of other sports management professional), but then there is this Local Hires thing which will keep me in check till the Olympics get their host city in India or some favorable country. Yes, all the events are different, and making them planned like one model is definitely not going to make it well planned, rather if we take Olympic Games as base for planning of a local event, it surely will unnecessarily go well over the budget. And vice versa is also true that if we need to plan an event of Olympics level and we plan it basing our plans on local events, the mega event will get to its lowest in terms of planning standards. Hope these things stay according to what these should be, but more or less it depends on the willpower of management of these events which is more or less formed with government particles, again. Best Regards
Last replied by Ritesh Ranjan on Sunday, 10 May 2015
I cannot help reading this without thinking of MyFootballClub.co.uk and its ill-fated ownership of Ebbsfleet United. That wasn't crowdfunding as it is accepted now, but many of the principles were the same and when the call came for more cash, most people walked away. People liked the responsibility, but not when it hit them in the wallet. For one-off projects with a social or personal interest crowdfunding might be of use, but for ongoing commercial events I'm far from convinced and I say that as an investor myself. We are yet to hear of the first high-profile story of 'an old lady losing her life savings', but I believe it is only time. There is a requirement for huge levels of trust in crowdfunding and you must be prepared to lose your money. If you think of crowdfunding as the internet age's equivalent to the 3Fs - friends, family and fools, you can't go far wrong.
Last replied by Derek King on Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Even before staffing, etc the most important on-site feature is that the accreditation centre is well sign-posted and thus easy to find. The A/C at the Champions League Final was within the stadium complex, was not sign-posted and indeed, some stewards insisted journalists needed to have accreditation even to reach it. A major time-wasting frustration. Can do better!
Last replied by Keir Radnedge on Monday, 02 June 2014
Lots of questions that touch upon many aspects of quite a complex reality. Maybe the Games should be simpler and smaller, maybe not... I don't mind the way they are, although much can be said about the preparation and what cities, countries and therefore governments decide to put in, simply bacause their Games must be in a way better than previous ones. To Nigel's point, I surely agree that consultants and so called experts available on the market in major events are way more than expected, and I wonder how this multitude can so easily and always be involved to some extent, sometimes also adding on confusion and even creating issues rather than helping out. I am afraid one of the reasons is the lack of events experience in some organizers at top management level; a better balance between ability to run a company and knowledge of events would probably help: understanding real needs, setting serious priorities, and putting everything into the right context, would also help reduce the staffing level? I think it would.
Last replied by Sandro Volpato on Tuesday, 22 April 2014
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