Monday 4th October 2021, from 5.30pm, The White House by Tap Social, Oxford.
We’re back with the latest PUBlic Relations event for Oxford’s thriving PR community. This one is dedicated to some of the thorniest issues our organisations face, and how we can go about tackling them.
Cause-related issues have come to the fore in recent years, bringing about both real change – and real headaches for communicators.
For many, movements such as #BLM, Extinction Rebellion and #MeToo have provided belated and very necessary opportunity for validation, reparation and recognition.
However, they have also forced organisations into some tricky situations.
Employees and customers expect more than ever – pressuring organisations to take a position on societal issues and make a stand on cultural disputes.
But doing so has led to some getting caught up in the ‘culture wars’ – being accused of ‘cancel culture’; and being villainised by sections of the media, and wider society.
What role do we have, as communicators, to help our organisations navigate the right path?
We will always be asked to deal with the fallout when things go wrong. But should we also have a responsibility for challenging our organisations to examine their culture and identity, and ‘do the right thing’?
Join our panel of speakers to discuss our role in some of the thorniest issues our organisations face, and how we can go about tackling them:
- Susannah Wintersgill, Director of Communications, Strategy & Insight, Oxfordshire County Council
- Nicky Smith, Director, Twelve PR
- Zoe Cokeliss Barsley, Director of Sustainability, Oxford University Press
This is our first in-person event since before the pandemic; and we’re pleased to be hosting it in a new venue for us: the White House by Tap Social, 38 Abingdon Road, OX1 4PD.
As we know that some of you will still have COVID-related concerns, we’ve decided to host this one outside in the marquee at the back of the building. It’s a lovely venue, and it’s all under cover, so we’ll be there whatever the weather.
So bring a blanket, and join our thriving public relations community as we take this opportunity to learn more about this essential topic. Not to mention the opportunity to reconnect and meet others in the industry in real life!
Proudly sponsored by Venn Group. Free drink on arrival to the first 40 people, courtesy of Venn.
PUBlic Relations events are run in association with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) as part of the Thames and Chiltern Region. CIPR members attending can gain 5 CIPR CPD points.
Doors will open at 5.30pm, and the panel session will start at 6pm.
We look forward to seeing you there.