Two courses by Dialogue Matters: Natural Connections and Stakeholder Participation

CEC member Diana Pound is offering a training workshop 'Good Practices in Stakeholder Participation' from November 1-3 and organizing the conference 'Natural Connections' on February 2, 2012 in London.


Natural Connections 2011, run by Diana Pound and dialogue matters, was a great success. People were inspired, motivated and wanted another conference in 2012 ….so here it is! Coming soon on February 2, 2010 in London. See the first flier and book online >> 

Stand out messages in 2011 were that to create connected, multi-benefit and multi-functional, landscapes we need: effective partnerships, good communication, participation, and pooled resources. To respond to these priorities we are aiming to include speakers on the following:

All change – progress on new policies and initiatives

  • The Environment White Paper - a year on. Defra
  • Cracking the code: ERZ, NIA, LGA, LNPs – what are they and what do they mean in practice. Natural England

Partnerships Work

  • Inspirational success stories from unexpected partnerships (for example conservation and police, the Olympics and new landscapes, art and nature, water and people).

Plain Speaking

  • Effective communication
  • Effective participation


  • Local people making a difference.

We are looking for inspirational speakers and success stories particularly for the ‘Partnerships Work’ and ‘DIY slots’. Please send any ideas for projects and speakers to


This 3-day training course, run by Diana Pound, helps participants develop good practice skills in stakeholder participation with a focus on the better management of the natural environment. Arrive evening of 31st October, training 1st – 3rd November 2011.

The management of sustainable environments and ecosystems requires complex and integrated thinking. This can only be achieved through genuine dialogue between responsible organisations, stakeholders, relevant experts and other interested people.

This course is based on stakeholder dialogue, a good practice approach to participation, and it will help participants:
• Explore the benefits and challenges of involving stakeholder in decisions about the environment
• Understand the principles and concepts of stakeholder participation
• Understand the different levels of participation and when each is best
• Learn practical facilitation skills, techniques, and how to design a participation process.

Lead trainer: Diana Pound BSc MSc MIEEM CEnv, set up dialogue matters in 2000 to design and facilitate stakeholder participation in environmental and ecological management and provide training.

Courses dates: Arrive evening of 31st October, training 1st – 3rd November 2011

For more info: e-mail: and request a leaflet or download it here.  Also see our website for other training opportunities.

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