Executive Education Training
Planning and running a successful deliberative workshop
with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)
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Deliberation is where people come together to learn, discuss and work out solutions together. It is often useful where the issue is complex or would benefit from bringing together different ideas and points of view. It provides opportunities to see something from another perspective or to develop a consensus or collective standpoint.
Businesses, including SMEs, face many different challenges. Some of these challenges (for example, dealing with energy costs or developing more sustainable supply chains) will be easier to solve if SMEs collaborate together, rather than trying to work alone. Not everything is going to suit a deliberative approach, but if collaboration is likely to help, then this is one way of approaching that collaboration.