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Online Engagement: A guide to creating and running virtual meetings and events

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Uploaded by RRI Tools on 22 April 2020
Last modified on 23 April 2020

A crowd-sourced guide led by NCCPE with contributions from the public engagement sector

Main contributors: Angie Hart, Victoria Anker, Julie Reeves, Anthony Poveda, Olivia Joseph, Alexa Ruppertsberg, Shane McCracken, Sophia Collins, Jen Grove, Carla Brown, Suzanne McEndoo & Kirsty Ross Hutchison

The current health crisis has created a set of unprecedented challenges for those working in Public Engagement (PE). In a sector reliant on establishing connections between people, usually working face-to-face, the pandemic has forced professionals to adapt to solitary ways of working, and to conduct our engagement ‘virtually’ – whether online, or via the phone.

This guide focuses on designing and delivering online meetings and events. How can professionals transfer their PE skills to the digital medium; how can they hold an engaging, productive or enjoyable session in a virtual space, or maintain their reach and relationship with the audiences they engage?

The NCCPE asked members of its network to share their ideas, techniques and suggestions for creating and participating in online meetings and events. Participants were invited to submit their contributions through Twitter, or via an online document provided by the centre. With the help of our network’s experience and innovative thinking, we have compiled the following guide to facilitating meaningful engagement online.

Please do contact NCCPE if you have resources or advice you would like us to corporate into this guide, which they intend to update regularly: nccpe.enquiries@uwe.ac.uk 

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