Services and Workshops

Overcoming barriers and connecting with people is at the heart of what we do. Our programmes and workshops will introduce you to a set of proven tools and frameworks to help you understand and engage your audience, run outreach projects, work with communities, navigate contentious issues and collaborate across disciplines and sectors. In addition to our training workshops, we produce reports, publications, storytelling events and stage productions. We also speak at public events.

Here is a brief look at some of our current workshops and programmes:

Storytelling Workshops

with Elizabeth Connor

Storytelling has been hailed as the most effective, efficient and powerful communication tool that exists – our brain’s way of absorbing, storing and expressing information. In these workshops Elizabeth shares her most treasured storytelling tools and insights to help you and your team:

  • Rediscover your purpose, passion and inspiration
  • Build team culture
  • Uncover, craft and tell authentic science stories
  • Generate support for new ideas, research or initiatives
  • Interview scientists
  • Understand your audience
  • Apply for funding

Ideal capacity: 12 participants

Stakeholder Engagement Workshops

with Wendy Boyce and Elizabeth Connor

The intersection between science, policy and communities can be fraught with conflict and charged with emotion. But equipped with the right tools and approach, you can develop constructive and rewarding relationships with stakeholders, which is the key to finding solutions.

This workshop was developed in 2015 for regional council staff working in freshwater management. It is ideal for groups working with communities around contentious science-related issues.

Elizabeth teams up with Wendy Boyce, a community engagement specialist who has set up ground-breaking collaborative processes in freshwater management. Weaving their skills and stories together, they will help your team to:

  • Step into the shoes of your stakeholders and understand their needs and concerns
  • Diffuse conflict or outrage – for example in a public forum
  • Respond to difficult questions
  • Develop trusting relationships with key stakeholders
  • Communicate complex science clearly and simply
  • Develop a communication strategy and key messages

Ideal capacity: 12 participants

Team Training On The Job

with Elizabeth Connor

Do you have a communication project or challenge you need help with? For example a report, an outreach activity or a funding application. We can use that project to upskill your whole team in communication. Through workshops and individual coaching Elizabeth will help you:

  • Clarify your purpose and target audience
  • Develop and implement a communication strategy
  • Define your key messages
  • Develop a compelling and authentic story
  • Develop a compelling and authentic story
  • Communicate technical topics in simple, clear language
  • Build a culture of communication in your team

Not only will this help you with your current project, it will give you the skills and culture for effective communication for years to come.

We’ve had great success with this approach. In 2015 we helped Auckland Council scientists to write their State of the Environment Report. The resulting report was 100 pages shorter than the previous one, cheaper to write, and had glowing feedback from users. And most importantly, the scientists are now confidently engaging and communicating with the community about their work.

Ideal capacity: 12 participants

Who we’ve worked with