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Effective Community Engagement and Adaptation Communication
A training for coastal managers, planners, and those who support them.
February 9th 2016
Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina

Training rationale: Climate change adaptation – to be politically feasible and socially acceptable – will not happen without broad public support. To date, however, the public is barely engaged on finding timely and effective solutions to the challenges posed by climate disruption in their communities. Municipal and other local-level government staff, as well as community organizations that have taken the lead on climate preparedness and resilience planning, view building political and public support as one of the greatest barriers they face. Rarely if ever are local leaders, planners and managers taught the requisite communication and engagement skills. This training aims to fill that gap!

Training overview: This half-day training will offer an opportunity to learn and practice – in the safe company of people like yourself – how togenerate greater interest among community members in being part of local climate solutions, create meaningful engagement opportunities, deal with climate contrarians and navigate the emotionally charged territory of people's responses to climate disruption.

Key training objectives are:

  • To help climate leaders build support within their agencies/organizations for action
  • To increase capacity to frame climate disruption for a range of audiences including those most vulnerable to climate change
  • To learn how to address emotional responses, build realistic hope and motivate involvement
  • To share best practices in climate engagement and leverage outreach strategies
  • To learn tools to manage difficult conversations, build meaningful relationships, and scale up the impact of our engagement efforts

Trainers: Communication and engagement experts Susanne Moser, Ph.D. (Susanne Moser Research & Consulting) and Cara Pike (Climate Access) have teamed up to bring you a hands-on, fun, and skill-building focused opportunity to learn how to better communicate with and engage members of your community in coastal adaptation planning.

Cara Pike is Executive Director of Climate Access and has authored some of the most widely used climate and environmental communication resources for practitioners. She regularly leads trainings in effective framing and public engagement, and helps nonprofits and government agencies develop impactful outreach programs.

Susi Moser is an internationally renowned expert in climate change communication, adaptation, and effective science-public-policy interactions, a leading expert on dealing with emotional responses to climate change and has trained government, advocacy and academic leaders in communicating climate change. Cara and Susi are leading experts in translating research findings on communication and engagement into learnable skills.

Training cost: $150/person before January 8; $200/person after January 8, 2016.

Note: The training is limited to 60 participants to allow for ample practice and Q&A time (first come, first serve); a minimum of 40 participants is required, so bring your colleagues!
This training is co-sponsored by NOAA and FEMA. 

Register here


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