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The Perfect Blend – Session 7: The past, present and future of digital

In last month’s members exclusive coffee morning, we heard from Institute members of different sectors on the topic of community development; how it cannot be effectively approached with a ‘one size fits all’ outlook, and the importance of equipping communities with appropriate resources and information to give them equal opportunities to empower their communities. We also discussed the varying challenges of community development, including the difficulties faced by various sectors in engaging seldom heard groups in discussions and community activities.

Session 7: The past, present and future of digital

Date: Tuesday 5th April, 10am

Digital methods are here to stay.The pandemic made digital acceleration a necessity, but it might also be the future for how communities engage.

There are a number of benefits to a digital-first approach; It can make better use of resources – people, time and funding – but the reality is also that it does require upfront investment in digital technologies and it can alter the dynamic of conversations and interactivity. It’s important not to stifle the ability to participate offline, providing an inclusive and blended experience.

Have you noticed an increase in engagement from particular demographics since the switch to digital consultation and engagement? How has this influenced your approach to future projects and programmes?

We’ll be sharing the latest thinking on the concept as well as what constitutes good practice. Members are encouraged to share their approaches, actions, techniques and methods they typically deploy.

Register here to join us.

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