There are obvious environmental advantages in remote-working and appropriate use of new technologies. We have always encouraged our clients to change both their administrative and event cultures: while email/web distribution has long been the norm and online meetings have become more accepted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, there is always more one can do. Conferences are often unnecessarily consumptive, and we suggest ways to change that. From carbon-footprint analyses, to nearly-carbon-neutral (NCN) panels, we stay abreast of the latest ideas. We aim to minimise travel in our work, and use public transport wherever possible.
Who we work with and what they wish to achieve is important to us. We have to like our clients and sympathise/agree with what they do; we want to work in a spirit of cooperation, understanding and trust; we wish our knowledge and experience to be respected. The overall 'end' as well as the 'means' of what we do should be of benefit, and not cause harm. That is why we tend to work with not-for-profit clients, preferably those working towards human development.
We encourage clients to adopt financial approaches which are founded on a ‘pay according to your means’ principle, recognising the diversity of their members/community, the strong element of precarity within academia, and the high overall participation costs of academic conferences. In our communication with members we aim to be caring, empathetic and supportive; and in our advice to association executives, we try to remind them of the more marginal (potential) members/delegates and to take steps to improve accessibility and increase diversity. NomadIT has always used ethical banking and encourages clients to do likewise.