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Going for ‘Bold’ … – Does consultation tend to reinforce a cautious, safe view of alternatives?

Just imagine. A major sporting event! One team, winning for much of the match, finds itself behind with only two minutes to go. It wins a penalty. Converting a penalty secures an honourable draw. The bolder option is to kick for position and the chance of outright victory if a subsequent score comes about. The crowd is deafening. You have 10-20 seconds to take a decision. Captaincy can be a tough task!


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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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