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Strategic Frames and Messaging Demystified
The Amp training room
Vancouver, BC
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Strategic Frames and Messaging Demystified
Instructor: James Boothroyd

What will I learn?

No matter how important or incendiary, if your issue is communicated poorly it won't make it onto the public agenda. And, as legions of communications experts have learned, at least since George Lakoff popularized the topic, your artful words and images will be wasted if they fall outside appropriate conceptual frames  the mental templates we humans use to make sense of the barrage of information coming at us every day.

Led by a consultant with international experience in environmental and public-health communications, this master class will help campaign and communications managers understand how strategic frames and messaging work, and how to craft frames and messages to reach target audiences  and key media -- and advance social change (without spending a million on market research).

Participants will also have time to workshop their own frames and messages and get feedback from James Boothroyd and fellow attendees.

Who's it for?

Activists, campaigners, communications managers, and anyone who needs to craft a message for the public.

What should I bring?

Notebook and pen for taking notes.

Who is James?

James is best known for his communications and engagement expertise at the busy intersection of public health and environmental issues.

As Director of Communications, he led the largest department of the David Suzuki Foundation (20102012) in spearheading a shift away from conventional advocacy (publishing reports, penning opeds, meeting with deputy ministers) toward public engagement (listening to and agreeing on solutions with thousands of Canadians, including many who may not consider themselves "environmentalists").

His consulting clients now include a coalition of 12 of Canada's leading environmental organizations, the Canadian HIV Trials Network, World Health Organization and the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

He is also the author of Project Green Bloc, sponsored by the Vancouver Foundation and Evergreen, which tests novel approaches (household ecological footprint surveys, dialogues, collective action) for mobilizing neighbourhoods to address hyper-consumption and climate change.


The Amp training room (View)
425 Carrall Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 6E3



Minimum Age: 19
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: The Tyee
On BPT Since: Aug 27, 2012
Jeanette Ageson

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