Gary Diedrichs

Gary Diedrichs

Senior Content Editor at Smart Meetings
Gary Diedrichs is senior content editor at Smart Meetings. He has degrees in history from Princeton and New York University. His journalism career has spanned staff positions in radio, newspapers, magazines and websites. Other writing includes a novel set in Sausalito, California, in the 1950s. In his spare time, he publishes an award-winning website devoted to eco-friendly travel.
Gary Diedrichs

The Buzz on BeesFood & Beverage

The survival of the food chain depends, directly or indirectly, on those busy little pollinators. Did you know the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates one mouthful in three in our diet depends on them? Yet the vitality of hives continues to be threatened by the phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder, which causes bee populations to plummet.

Moving is the New Magic BulletHealth & Wellness

 You’ve probably heard it before. Sitting is the new smoking. That provocative assertion is credited to Mayo Clinic’s Dr. James Levine, whose research led him to famously state, “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”

Teaming for SuccessMeeting Planning

Of all the tools in a meeting planner’s toolbox, team building may be the most treasured. That is because it’s been around forever, but is still used constantly. Yet, that doesn’t mean it always works flawlessly or does the job it was intended for. Among planners and within the business (and not-for-profit) world, there is difference of opinion about how it should be used—and even what can legitimately be called team building and what can’t.

Hawaii: A Quartet of IslandsDestinations

One of the comforts of meeting in Hawaii is that while much seems exotic, more is familiar. It’s easy to do business there—same currency, same performance standards, same language—yet oddly challenging as well. Metropolitan bling of Honolulu’s Waikiki, or slow-paced and pastoral Kauai?

The Well-Being WarsHealth & WellnessMeeting Planning

There I was, on the battle’s front line. My coordinates: room 1664, Parc 55 Hotel, San Francisco. Outside, all seemed calm. In fact, the view was lovely. But inside, I shuddered involuntarily and began to check my gear. Medicine balls, 4 to 6 pounds. Sandbells, 8 to 20 pounds. TRX suspension system. Bosu ball. Powerbands. Yoga mat. More stuff I couldn’t readily identify. And there, dominating and powerful-looking, was the mighty Wattbike, a stationary bicycle used by Olympic athletes.