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Community engagement – being on the ball! – Why we need to understand and support community initiatives from the sporting and commercial sectors

For years we have all tended to accept that strong, confident communities are important for society. They provide a solid foundation for individuals, families and businesses to fulfil their potential; they foster greater cohesion and build resilience – critical at times of change and useful at times of challenge. Academics call it social capital

So who takes the initiative? Where do we expect to find that spark of idealism, and the commitment to do things?  Clearly not from Central Government! Whatever hopes there may have been for this administration’s Big Society, experienced people in the community and voluntary sector always argued that the best community action was always inspired from the ground up, not from the top down.


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Rhion Jones is considered a leading authority on Public Engagement and Consultation. A founding Director of the Consultation Institute, he is co-author of “The Art of Consultation” (2009) and “The Politics of Consultation” (2018). He has delivered over 500 training courses and Masterclasses and is a prolific writer on the subject, having written over 350 different Topic papers and over 50 full Briefing Papers for the Institute. Since 2003 over 15,000 person-days of training based on courses he invented have been delivered. Rhion is in demand as an entertaining Keynote Speaker and Special Adviser, particularly on the Law of Consultation, and its implications for Government and other Public Bodies. In 2017, he was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.

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