Managing Activism Workshops

    London, Nov/Dec 2018

    NGOs can reduce your profits, increase your costs and damage your reputation. Learn to understand and even work with them, and you can turn these risks into opportunities. 

    Our new series of concentrated half-day workshops will speedily bring you up to date on the latest thinking and techniques in dealing with campaigning groups. Venue is in Covent Garden, central London. Morning workshops run 9:30 to 12:45, followed by an optional discussion and Q&A over a light lunch. Afternoon workshops run 13:45 to 17:00.

    Your trainer
    Robert is one of Europe's leading experts on NGOs and activism. He has contributed numerous articles and papers to management and academic publications on the impact on activist groups on business and policy development, and has been interviewed widely, from the Financial Times and BBC Television News to Reuters Television and Swiss National Radio. He is a visiting lecturer to undergraduate and postgraduate courses at several UK universities and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Communications Management. 


    How activists use science (Nov 23, 2018 - Morning)

    Learn from how NGOs construct and defeat scientific arguments to be a more effective science communicator.

    Topics include: The activist scientist as courtroom litigator; How NGOs can win a war even if they lose the argument; How NGOs use context to counter opposing scientific evidence and make their own, more credible.

    Ideal for: issues and communications professionals, especially from science-led organisations.


    Working with NGOs (Nov 23, 2018 - Afternoon)
    Proven strategies and techniques for engaging constructively with activist groups.

    Topics include: Connecting with NGOs through the Engagement Ladder; Strategies for improving relationships; Identifying the optimum NGO partner; Effective techniques for getting NGOs to take you seriously.

    Ideal for: stakeholder engagement professionals.


    NGOs and the financial sector (Dec 14, 2018)
    How NGOs target financial institutions to drive investment policies and impact corporate reputation.

    Topics include: How NGOs use financial institutions to target corporates; Strategies used by NGOs to influence financial institutions; Protecting the reputation and investment potential of a corporation in the face of unwarranted attack.

    Ideal for: finance and industry communications and policy professionals.


    Feedback from previous workshops given by Robert Blood
    “Perfect balance between theory and practical implications.”

    “Inspiring… Feedback from within the team was very positive.”

    “Already making use of some of the insights.”


    Price per workshop: GBP490+VAT per delegate including light lunch, discounted 10% for current SIGWATCH subscribers and 20% for two or more bookings. 

    We reserve the right to refuse participants at our discretion. 

    We are often asked to give talks to industry associations and in-house groups on aspects of contemporary NGOs and activism.

    Subjects have ranged from the global dominance of European NGOs, and comparisons of leading US and European campaign groups, to the psychology of activism, and how corporates become activist targets.

    Of increasing importance is the topic of engaging with NGOs. More and more businesses and governments recognise the importance and expertise of NGOs and want to build mutually advantageous partnerships. Much of our time nowadays is spent on NGO Engagement Planning - preparing management for working with NGOs and providing supporting training and research.

    We also offer specialist training to CSR and financial services professionals.

    Contact Opens window for sending emailrobert.blood(@) to discuss your training needs.

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