Culture @ the Olympics re-launch

February 2, 2010 by

We have now launched our new website where the Critical Olympiad blog is integrated.

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Art Exhibition

November 12, 2009 by

Artist: Tim Vyner

Exhibition: World Games: An Exhibition of Painting from Beijing 2008 — London 2012

When: 25-29 November, 2009


Bankside Gallery

48 Hopton Street London SE1 9JH

Phone 020 7928 7521


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Third International Sport Business Symposium – Vancouver

October 28, 2009 by

Call for Abstracts

Deadline: November 25, 2009

Requirements: abstract (600 words max) and one page Curriculum Vitae to be submitted via e-mail by to Dr. Holger Preuss, E-mail:

This call for abstracts is directed to researchers of all disciplines. The Third International Sport Business Symposium calls for research directly related to the business of the Olympic Games; the upcoming 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, as well as prior and future Olympic, Youth, and Paralympic Games. Papers about Olympic media, legacy, tourism, consumers, organizations, finance, economics, environment, Paralympics and others are welcome. The official language for abstracts and the Symposium is English.

There will be a double blind review process of the abstracts. Acceptance will be announced by December 15, 2010. Abstracts or any full papers sent via electronic mail by January 15, 2010 will appear in the Symposium Proceedings.

More details below:

Intellectual Muscle

October 15, 2009 by

great lecture series by Vancouver 2010

Intellectual Muscle

Intellectual Muscle is an eclectic series of talks by prominent and up-and-coming Canadian intellectuals on topics related to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Public lectures will be delivered at universities across Canada and made available online in podcast form. The online program will include polls, discussion forums and other interactive features, providing Canadians with a unique opportunity to participate in a series of national dialogues.

Intellectual Muscle, developed by Vancouver 2010 and the University of British Columbia, in collaboration with universities across Canada and The Globe and Mail, will run from September 2009 until the end of the Games in March 2010.

Podcast schedule:

Date University Speaker Podcast Title
October 8, 2009 University of Toronto Bruce Kidd What Do the Olympics Contribute To Society?
October 10, 2009 University of Saskatchewan Vera Pezer Sport, What Inspires Us and What We’re Missing: Are There Better Ways to Define Success?
October 13, 2009 University of Calgary Simon Hudson The $6 Billion Question: Is it Worth it?
October 15, 2009 University of Victoria Dennis Pilon The Politics of the Olympics
October 20, 2009 The University of British Columbia Judy Illes In Perilous Pursuit of Perfection: The Ethics of Neuroscience in Sport
October 22, 2009 McGill University Margaret Somerville LAUGHING, DREAMING AND SWEATING
The Olympics as a Global “Shared Ethics” Forum
October 27, 2009 Dalhousie University Steven Mannell, Director Making Change Happen:
University Leadership for a Sustainable Future
October 29, 2009 The University of Western Ontario Kevin Wamsley Vancouver: The 6th North American Winter Games: What Does History Tell Us about Hosting the Olympics?
November 3, 2009 To Be Determined To Be Determined To Be Determined
November 5, 2009 To Be Determined To Be Determined To Be Determined
November 10, 2009 University of Northern British Columbia Kathy Lewis A Green Economy and the Value of Rural Places
November 12, 2009 University of New Brunswick Shawn Dalton Environment and Sustainable Development
November 17, 2009 University of Alberta Janice Forsyth The Illusion of Inclusion
November 19, 2009 Wilfrid Laurier University Stephen Wenn Key Issues for a Future Game Plan for the Olympic Movement
November 24, 2009 University of Guelph Matthew Hayday “They Like Us, They Really Like Us!”: Defining Canada through International Accomplishments
November 26, 2009 Simon Fraser University Neil Boyd The Olympic Movement and the Road Ahead: Status Quo or Will the IOC Tackle the Big Issues?
November 30, 2009 Université d’Ottawa Milena Parent Préparer et gérer les Jeux olympiques et paralympiques : le comité organisateur, son leadership et ses parties prenantes
December 1, 2009 Memorial University of Newfoundland LeAnne Petherick A Cultural Celebration of Inclusion? Gender Parody and Athletic Excellence on the Olympic Stage
December 3, 2009 Queen’s University Mary Louise Adams Why Don’t More Men Figure Skate? The Persistence of Gender Stereotypes in Sport
December 7, 2009 Université de Montréal Benoit Melancon French Literature and Language
December 7, 2009 Université du Québec à Montréal Sylvain Lefebvre Les Jeux olympiques d’hiver de Vancouver : Gestion des héritages et durabilité
December 8, 2009 University of Waterloo Whitney Lackenbauer The History of Canada’s Exercise of Sovereignty in the Arctic
December 10, 2009 University of Manitoba David Barber On Thin Ice: Prophetic Ramblings of an Arctic Climate Scientist
December 14, 2009 Université de Montréal Olivier Bauer Le Canadien de Montréal : une religion?
December 14, 2009 Université McGill Antonia Maioni Study of Canada
December 15, 2009 University of Prince Edward Island Joe Velaidum Attaining Spiritual Heights: The Meaning of Life and the Quest for Transparence
January 11, 2009 Université de Montréal Lise Gauvin La marche à pied : Bon pour la santé et la planète!
January 12, 2009 To Be Determined To Be Determined To Be Determined
January 18, 2009 To Be Determined To Be Determined To Be Determined
January 19, 2009 Carleton University James Meadowcroft Political Science
January 25, 2009 To Be Determined To Be Determined To Be Determined
January 26, 2009 University of Waterloo P. Whitney Lackenbauer History
February 1, 2009 Université de Montréal Paul Lewis Management
February 2, 2009 To Be Determined To Be Determined To Be Determined

Our Twitter Feed summary (2009.10.02-13)

October 13, 2009 by
  1. RT @kristenharvey: RT @2010Tweets – Free 2010 Aboriginal Art Exhibit Oct. 17-18, Convention Ctr…17 minutes ago from TweetDeck
  2. re-engaging with press coverage from Beijing2008 #olympics – historic, #080808, firewalls, protest, pollution, clean, Tibet, media freedom1:03 PM Oct 9th from TweetDeck
  3. rugby sevens is now an olympic sport12:43 PM Oct 9th from TweetDeck
  4. golf is now an olympic sport12:42 PM Oct 9th from TweetDeck
  5. IOC 121st session UK’s Sir Craig Reedie elected to Executive Board of IOC @London2012team8:33 AM Oct 9th from TweetDeck
  6. will Golf and Rugby be voted into the Olympic Games as sports? IOC 121st session today will decide. #olympics8:17 AM Oct 9th from TweetDeck
  7. IOC Sends cease and desist notice to AWIA Committee Member Over Olympic Photos on Flickr #olympics11:55 AM Oct 8th from TweetDeck
  8. IOC 121st session – Beijing2008 – IOC says was the right choice to give Games to China11:00 AM Oct 8th from TweetDeck
  9. IOC 121st Session 2009 – Beijing2008 – London2012 and Rio2016 should not aim to match – many aspects should remain unmatched10:58 AM Oct 8th from TweetDeck
  10. IOC – Beijing2008 – 6 Olympic cultural festivals every year before – 3395 performances, 1747 from overseas, 31 cultural sqs, 32 exhib venues10:07 AM Oct 8th from TweetDeck
  11. IOC Congress – Sochi 2014 – International Olympic University planned for legacy9:38 AM Oct 8th from TweetDeck
  12. IOC Congress – @London2012team Lord Coe – Cultural Olympiad – 900 events over Open Weekend 2009, double previous year – UNLIMITED launch2:09 PM Oct 7th from TweetDeck
  13. London2012 report at the IOC 121st session starts in 5 minutes PM Oct 7th from TweetDeck
  14. RT @ana_adi: Verbruggen: the best path to promote cultural dialogue was to give the games to Beijing2008 #olympics #IOC11:22 AM Oct 7th from TweetDeck
  15. RT @ana_adi: over 2000 media from around the world have registered to cover Vancouver2010’s Torch Relay #olympics #IOC #Vancouver201011:19 AM Oct 7th from TweetDeck
  16. Olympic Truce – hope to inspire a peace initiative in Canada and bring sports to remote communities #olympics #IOC #Vancouver201011:13 AM Oct 7th from TweetDeck
  17. Cultural Olympiad – Canada’s way of telling its story; each day of the games dedicated to a region/territory #olympics #IOC #Vancouver201011:12 AM Oct 7th from TweetDeck
  18. Vancouver2010: broadcasters and media will enjoy all the comfort in the venues prepared for them #olympics #IOC #Vancouver201011:09 AM Oct 7th from TweetDeck
  19. Voncouver2010 key words: temporary structures and legacy #olympics #IOC #Vancouver201011:05 AM Oct 7th from TweetDeck
  20. IOC Congress 2009 #olympics – ‘The Olympic Movement should strengthen its partnership with thecomputer game industry’9:33 AM Oct 7th from TweetDeck
  21. IOC Congress 2009, Rogge – tv rights 2002-204 $2.2b, 2006-8 $2.6, 2010-2012 – $3.8b , 2014-2016 – $928m so far8:23 AM Oct 7th from TweetDeck
  22. IOC Congress 2009, Rogge – TOP6 2005-2008 $806m, TOP7 2009-2012 $833m, Top8 -13-15 $533m so far8:22 AM Oct 7th from TweetDeck
  23. IOC Congress, Rogge – cultural and education component of Youth Olympic Games ‘very important’8:19 AM Oct 7th from TweetDeck
  24. IOC Congress, Rogge – work of IOC not limited to Games or elite sport – Games tool to promote Olympic values – 20% to budget, 25% of staff8:17 AM Oct 7th from TweetDeck
  25. IOC President Dr Jacques Rogge delivers his Congress report, reflecting on Beijing 2008 #olympics AM Oct 7th from TweetDeck
  26. IOC Congress 2009 #olympics – no mention yet of citizen journalism as a challenge to Olympic rights holders and accreditation9:15 AM Oct 5th from TweetDeck
  27. IOC Congress 2009 #olympics – how could digital be used at Olympics? – digital signage – daily info of Games schedule, navigate city to seat9:07 AM Oct 5th from TweetDeck
  28. IOC Congress 2009 – BOCOG website 6million unique visitors during Olympic Games; 2nd Oct 2009 – 1.3million unique on IOC website9:00 AM Oct 5th from TweetDeck
  29. IOC Congress 2009 #olympics – @London2012team – first Mobile Olympics?8:59 AM Oct 5th from TweetDeck
  30. IOC Congress 2009 #olympics – Vancouver2010 perfect set up to maximize digital audiences8:58 AM Oct 5th from TweetDeck
  31. IOC COngress – Digital Revolution – 46% advertising recall when internet and tv vs 30% recall when just TV #olympics8:57 AM Oct 5th from TweetDeck
  32. IOC COngress – Digital Revolution – 46% advertising recall when internet and tv vs 30% recall when just internet #olympics8:52 AM Oct 5th from TweetDeck
  33. IOC congress – Athens2004 proved broadband worked, Beijing2008 proved it could be monetized #olympics8:47 AM Oct 5th from TweetDeck
  34. IOC Congress – Digital Revolution – 20,000 views per day 1 year after Olympic Games – Richard Carrion8:46 AM Oct 5th from TweetDeck
  35. awesome virtual/real interaction in Tour de France – chalk text messages on route #olympics IOC Congress8:39 AM Oct 5th from TweetDeck
  36. Beijing2008 – first Digital Olympics – athlete blog – 100 athletes 25 countries 1500 posts, 800,000 comments #olympics8:29 AM Oct 5th from TweetDeck
  37. IOC congress digital revolution – ‘from controlling rights to leveraging assets’ ‘learn from Pop Idol’ #olympics8:28 AM Oct 5th from TweetDeck
  38. IOC congress 2009 Monday 5th Oct, 7am GMT ‘The Digital Revolution’ PM Oct 4th from TweetDeck
  39. RT @andymiah: Prof Emilio Fernández Peña – On the Rio 2016 verdict PM Oct 3rd from TweetDeck
  40. #2016 #olympics WINNER IS RIO DE JANEIRO5:50 PM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  41. #2016 #olympics outcome of the race between the final contenders Rio and Madrid in 5 minutes5:23 PM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  42. #2016 it’s between Madrid2016 and Rio20164:29 PM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  43. #2016 Tokyo is out4:29 PM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  44. #2016 1st round Chicago is out!4:25 PM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  45. #2016 here we go!!4:22 PM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  46. RT @Olympics: Election 2016: The vote is now live #olympics4:14 PM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  47. #2016 Madrid2016 claims the highest % of popular support, but the rotation politics might make too difficult for IOC to award Games there3:15 PM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  48. if the decision was based on the volume of BBC News 24 tv coverage, there’s no doubt that Chicago2016 would win in the first round.3:09 PM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  49. RT @insidethegames: – Duncan mackay interviews seb coe #2016 #olympics3:05 PM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  50. @gustavobechtold I think Rio had the strongest presentation ie. t one that’s most likely to appeal to IOC members – human, emotion, historic2:55 PM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck in reply to gustavobechtold
  51. Madrid2016 ‘cultural legacy’ – first bid city to mention this!2:46 PM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  52. #2016 for all bids, Arne Ljungqvist asks about police compliance with anti-doping aspirations.2:41 PM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  53. Madrid2016 #2016 King of Spain: world will be a better place to live following Madrid 2016 – film presents Madrid 20172:36 PM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  54. Madrid2016 Samaranch: I’m 89 years old, please consider granting the Games to my country. #2016 #olympic.s2:33 PM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  55. Madrid2016, Samaranch: King of Spain and Jacques Rogge competed at same Olympic Games, Munich 1972.2:32 PM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  56. Madrid2016 Samaranch takes the stage. a nice moment., presents the King of Spain.2:31 PM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  57. the creative media content of an Olympic bid is central to success. The Games is not just a Sporting Event. creative professionals tune in2:16 PM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  58. Madrid2016 #2016 #olympics Zapatero begins by rememberin the Indonesian catastrophe and giving respect to @London2012team and 2014Sochi.2:11 PM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  59. Madrid2016 Samaranch is on the bid committee table. i don’t think he was there for Madrid’s 2012 bid. could it make the difference?1:56 PM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  60. Madrid2016 85% of venues already built.1:55 PM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  61. Rio2016 most important LEGACY is – for self-esteem of all South Americans (answered in Portugues – ‘answer with my soul’) #olympics #201612:08 PM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  62. #2016 #olympics so far, no mention of Culture or New Media – but Prince Albert asks Rio about most important legacy for them, so maybe…12:00 PM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  63. Rio2016 #2016 The Games greatest when open a new chapter in history – new destinations – Coubertin ‘force for unity and transformation’11:54 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  64. RT @ana_adi: RT @prblog: A review of Olympic city applicant logos AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  65. #2016olympics #2016 Rio2016 looks like the most emotional bid thus far. first South American city to host an Olympic Games might clinch it11:51 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  66. RT @ana_adi: Rio2016 – is it just me or the translator sounds more passionate than president lula looks #2016 #olympics11:49 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  67. FF @2010Tweets @2016olympicbid @code2010 @AroundTheRings @2010Tweets @Olympics @PlayTheGame2009 @insidethegames11:48 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  68. Rio2016′ of the top 10 economies of the world, Brazil is the only country to have not hosted the Games’ #olympics #201611:44 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  69. Rio2016 film very strong. windy city vs remarkably beautiful coastal city? hmmm. the graphical tour is very appealing.11:37 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  70. RT @ana_adi: Rio2016 more key words: legacy; legendary; youth #2016 #olympics11:35 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  71. Rio2016 #2016 presentation spoken in English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish. all bases covered, more or less.11:31 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  72. BBC News 24 cuts away from the Rio2016 presentation to a story on Israeli captured soldier11:24 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  73. Rio2016 emphasizes economic stability.11:21 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  74. Rio2016 – come on, it’s about time South America gets the Games. (They’re right)11:16 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  75. BBC fails to work out its interpretation for the Rio2016 presentation, but the IOC live feed online has translator. go figure! internet wins11:13 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  76. RT @Olympics: Elections 2016 – Rio de Janeiro now live – #olympics11:05 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  77. even after Tokyo2016 presentation, BBC News24 15min headline loop visuals still focus on Obamas exclusively10:46 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  78. RT @ana_adi: @andymiah chicago2016’s facebook group grew to almost 150K members in the past weeks #2016 #olympics10:20 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  79. Prince Albert of Monaco always asks questions, says @beatriz_garcia – this time it’s on services and noise disruption at athletes’ village10:17 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  80. which city has the most twitter followers? @vivasuapaixao = 2642, @chi2016 = 5394, Madrid @madri2016 = 174, Tokyo = 134 (not all official)10:15 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  81. Tokyo2016 talks about their new Sports Institute – lots of educational aspirations. #201610:11 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  82. Tokyo2016 film conveys a VERY high-tech Olympic experience, but starting to wonder if the same company makes all the bid films10:04 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  83. 8km radius of the Tokyo2016 venue map – and lots of karaoke offered to IOC members, no kidding. #20169:53 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  84. our friends at the IOC Congress: Norbert Mueller, Dikaia Chatziefstathiou, Emilio Fernández Peña9:51 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  85. RT @andymiah: Tokyo2016 $4billion reserve fund for their Games9:49 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  86. Tokyo2016 Prime Minister of Japan emphasizes environment and sustainability ‘new olympism…doctrine bw man and nature’9:39 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  87. Tokyo2016 quotes the Olympic Charter – role of the Olympic movement as a broad social aspiration9:35 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  88. BBC News 24 coverage of IOC congress and Chicago bid is all about the Obamas. No other member of the presentation team gets any air time9:20 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  89. IOC launches new website design, today i think AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  90. RT @2016olympicbid: Chicago 2016’s so-called “compact venue plan” being challenged by the IOC since venues extend over 2.5 hours away9:11 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  91. RT @AroundTheRings: On the Scene in Copenhagen: Barack Obama says to IOC members in Chicago presentation “we can walk this path together”9:10 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  92. RT @Olympics: 2016 Elections: next presentation Tokyo 10:25 – 11:35 GMT + 2 #olympics9:09 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck
  93. Play the Game at IOC Congresss. tune in PM Oct 1st from TweetDeck
  94. the IOC is also on twitter, but they only follow you if you’re also Olympic family and even then, not so much PM Oct 1st from TweetDeck
  95. the IOC is on flickr but they’ve not got any friends PM Oct 1st from TweetDeck
  96. published 1 Oct 2009 – Designs of Olympic Proportions, pp.8-12 by Andy Miah PM Oct 1st from TweetDeck
  97. RT @andymiah: 2016 Olympic Games – The Obama effect already proving influential PM Oct 1st from TweetDeck
  98. Should Obama campaign for the Olympics? 48% say no and 52% yes on PollDaddy PM Sep 30th from TweetDeck
  99. Vancouver2010 Mayors Speak: How the Olympic Games Changed Calgary and Turin (October 23, 2009, 5:00pm) PM Sep 30th from TweetDeck

IOC Congress 2 October 2009

October 2, 2009 by

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here’s the schedule for the day…

Time Meetings/Events Place
09:00 – 09:15
President’s opening remarks and opening of the
121st IOC Session – followed by the presentations
of the 2016 Candidate Cities
Hall A, Bella Center
09:15 – 10:25 Presentation by Chicago, USA Hall A, Bella Center
10:25 – 10:40 Break
10:35 Press conference by Chicago, USA
Media Briefing Room
Bella Center
10:40 – 11:50 Presentation by Tokyo, Japan Hall A, Bella Center
11:50 – 12:05 Break
12:00 Press conference by Tokyo, Japan
Media Briefing Room
Bella Center
12:05 – 13:15 Presentation by Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Hall A, Bella Center
13:15 – 14:45 Lunch
13:25 Press conference by Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Media Briefing Room
Bella Center
14:45 – 15:55 Presentation by Madrid, Spain Hall A, Bella Center
15:55 – 16:10 Break (Observers leave the Session Hall)
16:05 Press conference by Madrid, Spain
Media Briefing Room
Bella Center
16:10 – 17:40
Election of the host city for the Games of the
XXXI Olympiad in 2016
Hall A, Bella Center
18:30 – 19:00
Announcement ceremony of the host city of the
Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016
Auditorium, Bella
19:00 – 21:00
Reception hosted by the IOC President on the
occasion of the election of the host city of the
Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016
Bella Center
19:30 – 20:45
Signature of the Host City Contract. IOC press
conference with the host city of the Games of the
XXXI Olympiad in 2016
Media Briefing Room
Bella Center

Sport, Tourism and the Olympic Games

July 4, 2009 by

Call for Papers

Journal of Sport & Tourism

Special issue:  Sport, Tourism and the Olympic Games

Deadline for submission:  8 January 2010

Purpose of the special issue:

Every four years the gaze of the public around the world turns towards the Olympic Games and the level of media interest generated by the event provides opportunities for the host city to raise its profile as a tourist destination. This moment in the sun can be contrasted with ongoing investment associated with the bidding process, Games planning and legacy management. The complexity of economic, social, environmental and political dimensions has produced analyses and reports of research in journals across a number of disciplines and the relationship between tourism and the Olympic Games is gaining wider recognition.  The status of the Birds Nest stadium in Beijing as an important domestic tourist attraction and the detailed plans to monitor the tourism impact of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics are noteworthy but it is also timely to place these recent developments in a broader context.

This special issue seeks high quality papers that address any issue concerning the relationship between tourism and the Olympic Games. Papers can be conceptual or empirical and indicative topics include:
•    The Olympics and tourism demand
•    Adaptive practices of transportation systems and hospitality organisations during the Games
•    Leverage practices to influence the spatial and temporal impacts of the Games on tourism

Requests for further information and expressions of interest should be directed to the Guest Editor for this special issue, Professor Graham Brown.

Manuscripts should be sent electronically as an eMail attachment directly to .  All submissions will be subject to JS&T’s standard double-blind peer review process.  Authors should prepare manuscripts according to JS&T’s instructions for authors available on the journal webpages: http://www.tandf/journals/titles/14775085.asp

Special Issue Contact Details:

Graham Brown
School of Management,
University of South Australia

Olympic Reform: A Ten-Year Review

March 18, 2009 by

Olympic Reform: A Ten-Year Review

The University of Toronto is proud to host a conference on Olympic Reform: A Ten-Year Review from May 18-20, 2009.  Information about the conference and online registration can be found on our website,

Early registration rates are good until April 19.

Accommodations information for our conference, including a  special  $32/person/night rate at the University of Toronto’s New College, can be found online.  The conference has also reserved a limited number of  rooms at the nearby Holiday Inn Toronto Midtown which will be held  until April 18.

Keynote speakers and panelists include

  • Jean-Loup Chappelet, Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration,  University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Giovanni Di Cola, International Labour Organization
  • Andrew Jennings, author of The Great Olympic Swindle, The New Lords of the Rings and Foul! The Secret World of FIFA
  • John MacAloon, University of Chicago
  • Ann Peel, Athletes’ CAN
  • Richard W. Pound, International Olympic Committee
  • Sam Ramsamy, International Olympic Committee

Questions regarding the conference can be directed to Heather Dichter at

OLYMPIC METTLE: Selected Resources on the Beijing Games from the Carnegie Council

June 5, 2008 by

Selected Resources on the Beijing Games from the Carnegie Council

With the start of the Summer Olympics drawing near, an expert panel met recently at the Carnegie Council to discuss “Olympic Mettle: Business, Civil Society, and Politics During the Beijing Games.”

The event featured scholar and journalist Ian Buruma; General Electric’s vice president of corporate citizenship Bob Corcoran; Qi Qianjin of the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the UN; and Minky Worden of Human Rights Watch and editor of China’s Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges. Journalist Thomas Crampton joined the group via video from Hong Kong, and Devin Stewart, director of the Council’s Global Policy Innovations program, moderated.

The very fact that the Chinese government permitted one of their officials to take part in a public discussion like this shows how much China has opened up in the last 30 years. Topics included the challenges corporations face in operating ethically and yet staying competitive, and a debate on whether durable good government and the exercise of human rights are possible in systems where officials are not democratically elected.

This event was part of the Carnegie Council’s Workshops for Ethics in Business series, which brings together top corporations and NGOs to share best practices in addressing ethical problems that organizations face. It was sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton’s strategy+business magazine, with additional support from Eli Lilly and New York University’s Center for Global Affairs.

To see a video of the Olympic Mettle event, click here

To listen to it, click here

To read an event summary with video clips, click here

To read the entire transcript, click here

To see Thomas Crampton’s video in its entirety, click here


Be sure to check out the Policy Innovations “Fairer Globalization” blog for frequent posts about the Games and other China issues.

Please see these additional resources on the Games (in chronological order):

One World, Many Slogans
Christina L. Madden, Carnegie Council
Just as China is using the Olympic Games to improve its image, some companies are using the Games to improve their corporate responsibility profiles. (Policy Innovations, April 4, 2008)

A Wolf in Monk’s Clothing?
Matthew Hennessey, Carnegie Council
He has reverent followers around the world, but inside China the Dalai Lama is not universally loved. Hennessy sat down with a number of young Chinese-American students to investigate these attitudes. (Policy Innovations, April 3, 2008)

Beijing Serves Up Sports Etiquette
Abigail Paris, Carnegie Council
China is training its spectators in cheering, clapping, and how to handle the occasional volleyball that flies into the stands. Mannered reactions are the goal—China is gunning for a perfect ten in Olympic hosting. (Policy Innovations, April 2, 2008)

Moral Medals: The Summer Games Will be Won Off the Field
Sacha Tessier-Stall, Nin-Hai Tseng, Carnegie Council
With violence in Darfur and Tibet, competition at the Olympics this summer will be political as well as athletic. (Policy Innovations, April 1, 2008)

Will China “Lose” the 2008 Olympics?
Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group
The Chinese Communist Party hoped to use the Games to showcase the country’s emergence as a dynamic, modern nation. But as China’s leaders begin final preparations for next August, they may be wondering if hosting the event was such a good idea after all. (Policy Innovations, November 29, 2007)

Next Year In Beijing?
Madeleine Lynn, Carnegie Council
When will China publicly acknowledge what really happened on June 4, 1989? Just as in Taiwan, change in China must surely come from within. But the rest of the world has a role to play also, and the Beijing Games provide an opportunity to do so. (Carnegie Ethics Online, June 4, 2007)


The Carnegie Council’s programs, together with our free podcasts, audios, and videos, are made possible through the generous donations of supporters like you. For more information, click here.
We appreciate your support.

The International Olympic Committee and the Olympic System (2008, May)

May 14, 2008 by

The International Olympic Committee and the Olympic System
The governance of world sport
Series: Global Institutions
Jean-Loup Chappelet, Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration, Lausanne, Switzerland
This book provides, in a clear and readable form, an informative and fascinating account of the institutional history of the Olympics: its history, its organization and its actors.
Part of the popular Global Institutions series, this book is based on a forty year observation of the Olmpic Movement and contains information on the International Olympic Committee that has never been published before.
May 2008: 216×138: 224pp
Hb: 978-0-415-43167-5: £65.00
Pb: 978-0-415-43168-2: £14.99