09 Oct 2018
REFERENCE : 091018

Social Licence: What it is, why you need it and how to get it.

Delivering infrastructure projects is never easy.  Obtaining funding, drafting the business case, gaining planning permission and running the procurement take time and effort.  Achieving these ends is not, however, sufficient to ensure a successful outcome to time and budget. 

Recent experience on projects such as the A5, Arc21 and Casement Park has shown that public opposition can increase costs, extend schedules and perhaps threaten the viability of the entire project.  Is it possible to avoid such opposition?  And if so, how? 

Using the concept of ‘social licence’, this presentation from the Strategic Investment Board will use case studies to examine modern approaches to relevant and meaningful engagement to gain ongoing acceptance, approval and support.  It will demonstrate the importance of using a strategic narrative throughout the programme life cycle to trigger action, generate positive contributions from stakeholders and help counterbalance dissenting views.

It will be of interest to investment decision makers, SROs, project managers and communications specialists.