The Communications Strategy Matrix evaluates various voter outreach methods and charts them on the basis of cost and effectiveness as determined by both quantitative and qualitative research.
By Saint Consulting Staff What can you do when some or many tactics of strategic opposition are staring you in the face? We can offer two suggestions: for starters, Mike Saint cited first steps from what some might consider an unlikely source – the writings of Prussian soldier Carl von Clausewitz – commit resources, get good info, build … Read More
These seven case studies come from a variety of projects managed by The Saint Consulting Group, where we identified latent support to champion a project, or created a counter-voice to balance opposition groups that had dominated the planning process. Some used video petitions and canvassing to generate community advocacy. All persuaded elected officials it was in their electoral interest to listen to wider voter sentiment, not just the vocal NIMBY minority.
The Pentagon is threatening to scuttle what promises to be the world’s largest wind farm, in eastern Oregon, arguing that the giant turbines could interfere with an Air Force radar system.
We often see that there has been no plan developed to communicate with significant stakeholders. Unfortunately for a developer experiencing this problem, it is often to late to do something once this happens.
Florida municipalities are seeking to overturn the Community Renewal Law, enacted this summer that relaxed development requirements and ended a regional planning process for major projects of regional impact. Their lawsuit accuses the state of imposing unfunded land use requirements on local communities.
By Owen Eagan, The Saint Consulting Group Just as communication is a core competence of managerial leaders, it is also a critical element of every company’s corporate culture. Corporate culture is best defined by Edgar Schein, an MIT professor and a leading scholar on this subject, as “the learned, shared, tacit assumptions on which people base their daily behavior.” He … Read More
By Owen Eagan, The Saint Consulting Group Communicating with customers is more than about providing exceptional service. According to Inge Thulin, VP of International Operations for 3M, “Innovation comes from interacting with customers” (Outlook magazine, February 6, 2010). That is, only through understanding and anticipating customer needs can you provide innovative solutions. In order to do that, you must provide … Read More
From NIMBY Wars: The Politics of Land Use By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO & Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Land use decisions are really political decisions and are subject to the same rules of play that control political campaigns for office, ballot questions, or passing a bill in the council, legislature, or parliament: plan a campaign, devise … Read More
From NIMBY Wars: The Politics of Land Use By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO & Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Land use politics is a new discipline in land use permitting that employs sophisticated political campaign strategies and tactics to help ordinary citizens influence public officials’ discretionary land use decisions. It is not lobbying, and its practitioners do … Read More