Practice examples

Presentation

A Presentation slide deck is a set of slides which usually presents information in a synthetic way, and may include text (usually in short bullet points), images, graphics and other elements.

Presentation slides can serve as a basis for an oral Presentation of different contents related to a grid development project, in which they are often supplemented with additional oral information or commentary, or can act as standalone and self-sufficient content bearers that can be viewed by audiences, for example in paper hand-outs or online.

Infographic

Infographics (short for “information graphics”) are visualisations of data or ideas that try to convey complex information in a manner that can be quickly received and easily understood. They are also referred to as “explanation graphics” as they merge different content elements, e.g. geographic and technical information.

Compensation measures

Compensation measures are benefits or mitigation measures which can help compensate for the direct or indirect impacts of the project. Compensation measures can be negotiated early on in the project, and can provide an opportunity to introduce a positive element to a grid project to the local stakeholders potentially raising acceptance.

In general, a differentiation can be made between two categories of Compensation measures:

World Café

The World Café is an interactive and participatory event for collaborative dialogue and knowledge sharing to create a living network of ideas, conversation and action. A World Café generally works as follows: In a literal “café” ambiance, participants discuss an issue in small groups of four to ten people while sitting around the small café tables. At regular and pre-defined intervals the participants move to a new table to discuss another issue or challenge other participants with their opinions.

Town hall meeting

A Town hall meeting is a single public event at which participants meet in a public space, typically indoors, such as a town hall or a community centre to learn about and discuss a given topic such as a grid project. It can take different formats, ranging from expert panel discussions with a Q&A session, to “fish bowl discussions” with representatives from the participants’ side, to the division of the participants into working groups. 

Social media

Social media is a communication channel that is widely and easily accessible to all potential stakeholders. Therefore, a very large audience can be reached at once and continuously throughout the duration of the project. Social media is particularly useful to publish updates and information in real-time. It can be used by the project developers and also Permitting authorities and other public authorities, Regulators and even NGOs to inform about and discuss certain grid development projects as well as grid development in general.

Local citizens' initatives

In general, Local citizens’ initiatives (LCIs) or local action groups are special interest groups emerging from civil society because of a concrete issue in their immediate political, social or ecological environment that causes the group to organise for self-help. They typically aim to exert influence on public opinion, political decision-makers and other societal groups.

Environmental NGOs

Environmental Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are key stakeholders to consider and engage throughout various stages of a grid development project. These organisations are mainly concerned about minimising various negative environmental impacts, and usually have different specific areas of focus, as well as different scopes of activity (e.g. local versus national). 

Local elected officials

Local elected officials comprise politicians in office at the municipal level, such as mayors, county commissioners or heads of district authorities. In the context of power grid projects they are important stakeholders because they democratically represent their constituencies, i.e. local communities that are affected by a transmission line, and because they head municipal administrations that play a key part in permitting and licensing processes. 

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