Berlin

Engaging Civil Society - NGO Expert Exchange Workshop

One day workshop for NGO staff actively engaged with civil society on nature protection, grids and energy infrastructure projects to exchange experiences on effective communication.

While there is a great consensus in society that infrastructure development is necessary for making the energy system of the future a reality, single infrastructure projects often face local opposition. To gain support from the public, we need transparent, participatory and fair processes which include civil society (citizens, activists and the interested public) from the very beginning.

The workshop Engaging Civil Society on Thursday, 10 October serves as an opportunity for NGO staff actively working with civil society on nature protection, grids and energy infrastructure projects to exchange experiences on effective communication. We want you to bring our own stories and upcoming projects, to share experiences and to obtain feedback on your plans from your peers.

The day will be organised using 'participatory leadership' methodologies. This means that as a side benefit you will take home some inspiration on usage of such methodologies in your work.

Finally, we aim to establish a network of continuous exchange for participants beyond such physical workshop meetings. A proposition on how to do this will be presented during the workshop.

Agenda

9.30 – 10.00

Coffee and Registration

10.00 – 10.30

Welcome

Cristina Simioli, Renewables Grid Initiative

10:30 – 11:30

Best practice presentations - What has worked well?

Inputs from selected stakeholder engagement projects followed by Q&A

11:30 – 11:45

Coffee break

11:45 – 13:00

Defining the principles – What is an effective stakeholder dialogue?

Moderated group exercise

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch

14:00 – 15:45

Bring your own project – How can we improve my work?

Participants bring their own projects to get feedback from peers on how to better design stakeholder dialogues

15:45 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 16:45

Tools for Participation – Which methods have we used today?

Input and discussion on participatory methods led by RGI

16:45 – 17:15

Moving on – How can we keep exchange going?

Discussion and feedback round

17:15

End of workshop and joint dinner