Got Risk? New Tools for Communicating about Water, Climate and the Future

BC Water & Waste Association presents a 'how to' workshop on tools and methods for communicating important messages about climate change.

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September 13, 2013

Registration for this event is now CLOSED. 

Why is it so hard to talk about climate change and how do you develop resilient climate action plans in your organization? This workshop is intended to help water utilities and others develop key messages that can be used to talk about the impacts, issues and risks associated with our changing climate on water infrastructure.
Communications experts, researchers and industry partners have come together to talk about the perceptions of climate change and the communication tools available to you! You will learn about:
  • Tried and true examples of how to communicate about our changing climate and the assessment of risk, as well as examples of what hasn't worked

  • Research findings important to communications on climate change

  • Message mapping and examples of utilities that successfully developed their own

You'll even have the opportunity to create your own message map that you can take with you!


Introduction & Opening Discussion




8:30- 9:00 Registration and Refreshments  
9:00 - 9:10 Opening Remarks Steve Conrad, SFU REM Water Research Group
9:10 - 9:50 Why aren't mountains of scientific proof enough?
James Hoggan, Hoggan and Associates
9:50 - 10:30 Why do we believe what we believe and why do we need communication tools?
Angus McAllister, McAllister Opinion Research
10:30 - 10:45 B R E A K  
10:45 - 11:30 Visualizing and communicating risk and climate change - examples of climate / risk communications that worked, and others that didn't
Panel includes:
Deborah Harford, SFU Adaptation to Climate Change Team
Nastenka Calle, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
David Flanders, UBC Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning
Nick Hedley, SFU Department of Geography
11:30 - 12:00 Facilitated discussion: Sharing experiences on communicating climate change and identification of specific utility climate issues that represent ‘critical’ climate conversations
12:00-  1:00 L U N C H  
Moving Beyond Research into Action
1:00 - 1:45 Feedback and experiences from communicating An Inconvenient Truth
Councillor Andrea Reimer, City of Vancouver
1:45 - 2:15 Message Maps - A technique for keeping out of the emotional abyss Bob and Karen Raucher, Stratus Consulting
2:15 - 2:45
Bottom line: what you need to know about climate change communication, to build messages that resonate.
Based on Findings from the Water Research Foundation Project - Effective communication about climate change to water utility stakeholders
Bob and Karen Raucher,Stratus Consulting
2:45 - 3:15  B R E A K  
3:15 - 4:15 Back to Building, Practicing and Testing Message Maps Bob and Karen Raucher, Stratus Consulting
4:15 - 4:30  Wrap up Steve ConradSFU REM Water Research Group

Visit our Got Risk? speaker profile page to learn more.

Date: September 13, 2013

Registration: $145 plus GST

Location: Rooms 1300-1500, Segal Graduate School of Business
Simon Fraser University
500 Granville St., Vancouver, BC
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