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Understanding why people say ‘No’ – The current debate about Wind Farms makes us think seriously about NIMBYism

Last week’s Key Issue Workshop was about Wind Farms!

But it could equally have been about a range of other infrastructure developments which local residents would, in the ideal world, prefer to reject. The issues go to the heart of the contemporary consultation dilemma. How to convince the public that their views will be genuinely taken into account, whilst obtaining sufficient agreement to go ahead with essential projects for the benefit of communities as whole?


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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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