Heraclitus said “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.” meaning that there is nothing standing still but everything is flowing. This applies to numberless incidents in daily life. Because of being frustrated by the rush of our lives, we cannot realize how fast everything is changing; technology, culture, lifestyles, places and the most importantly people. This evolution also affects the Model United Nations conferences. Veteran MUNers will also agree that there is a huge gap between today’s conferences and the ones were being organized a decade ago. In my opinion, there are two major factors causing the change in the skeletons of MUN conferences.
The first one is, doubtlessly, the spread out of social media to all over the world. Old MUN conferences had barely a website with a simple –but also a bit classy- design and it was nearly their one and only channel to reach people far away from the institution that the conference is connected to. However, today announcing a conference and reaching to thousands is not taking more than half an hour. For a professional looking website, it is better to be in collaboration with a graphic designer but until then you can use many templates provided by different website building pages. After then, We know how easy it is to create a Facebook page and register for Instagram and Twitter accounts. Even some conferences are active on Snapchat, Tumblr and Pinterest. The world has a system of fast production and faster consumption. Being aware of there are many more conferences, you have to form a reasonable advertising strategy and pick the best candidates before it is too late.
From Local to International
Nowadays, students are braver when it comes to take a risk. Conferences have enterprising organizers who are willing to try some things new and may bring out their conference out of the conference congestion. At this point, organizers have gained a habit as enlarging the conference size and making the conference international. There used to be many local or regional conferences but their percentage has decreased dramatically today. We cannot classify which category is predominates the other one but the important point to keep in mind is that whether it is local or international, whether there 100 participants or 1500 participants, commitment for the work you are on is the golden key for success.