Ethics in engagement is vital. We need ethics to keep the process open, honest, inclusive, far-reaching, respectful, fair, collaborative, and informative. Without ethics, people lose faith in the engagement process, they don’t trust it, they feel used, marginalised, unheard and irrelevant.
There have been a few projects in the media of late where community groups have lamented a lack of consultation on projects prior to delivery. Many of these projects have centred on construction and development but a few have involved policy development in areas as diverse as energy, water supply and even the definition of marriage. However diverse the topics, one thing stood out as being in common.
The level of animosity in public discourse seems to be at an all-time high. So how can we ensure than we communicate effectively, yet steer away from inflammatory rhetoric?
Not everyone has a marketing budget the size of a small country’s GDP, but luckily for us it takes more than money to captivate people’s imagination and drive success.
I have noticed of late that there seems to be a trend in PR blogs to ask a lot of questions about who wins share of wallet out of PR: marketing or digital agencies?
According to media reports, The World Health Organization (WHO) recently issued a press release stating that the risk of processed meats such as bacon is as high as smoking when it comes to causing cancer.
I had an opportunity recently to talk to a client about managing an issue that threatened the company’s brand in the long term.
It seems to me that outrage, confected or otherwise is being seen as a completely legitimate tool in public discourse.
Here is a shocking revelation, are you ready? We all use jargon at work because it puts us in a position of power.
In IAP2 and community engagement land there is a great saying that goes along the lines of; if you’re not at the dinner table you might be on the menu.
He stands in a room full of people, nervously drumming his fingers, eyeing all corners of the room, looking for a familiar face. A stranger approaches from the corner of his eye, he reluctantly turns to see a stretched out hand and eyes piercing him with intent.
I have long harboured a passion for the performing arts, in particular the theatre. I have the great honour of being on the board for Playlab, a long standing Queensland based Playwright development organisation and publisher.
Just as our personal lives need decluttering, so too do our businesses. And it's not just decluttering our desks. Increasingly our internal and external communications are being bogged down in unnecessary systems and processes. Processes that are outdated but we that cling to out of misguided loyalty or organisational hoarding.