There was something strikingly different about MIPIM this year. Not so much that there were fewer people, though that was true.
Our willingness to get back out there has been swift – this is property after all – but Cannes wasn’t rebuilt in a year.
Nor was it that this was a more balanced event, both in terms of gender and of sector. The halls, platforms and cafes were less capital markets-dominated than previous years; and the two are almost certainly linked.
No, what was most striking was how the agenda has changed, and how quickly. In the last five years ESG has moved from incidental to important.
In the last two MIPIM-less years it has gone from important to integral: the lens through which all real estate decisions now have to be seen.