AmericaSpeaks’ Stakeholder Summits utilize the 21st Century Town Meeting process and technology to help agency heads, non-profit leaders, and business executives come together to address complex issues that often cross jurisdictional boundaries. Tap into the collective wisdom of your constituents and stakeholders to identify shared priorities and develop recommendations on essential policies and plans. Engage large numbers of members, employees or stakeholders – 50 to 5,000 at a single meeting – in a strategic, outcomes-oriented discussion.
AmericaSpeaks works with you to tailor a meeting or session to your organization – focusing on the most critical questions and opportunities you face – using methods such as:
- Small-group facilitated discussions
- Capturing participant ideas using networked computers
- Immediate synthesis of conversation themes
- Individual voting to prioritize recommendations & solutions
- Streamlined Q&A for participants to interact with leaders or expert panelists
The Mid Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean convened an AmericaSpeaks Stakeholder Summit to address the mid- Atlantic ecosystem. Non-profits, health care providers, and parents of adults living with autism gathered in 16 sites all connected by webcast, to address the lack of services for this group of adults.
Annual Meetings and Conferences
AmericaSpeaks methods can turn plenary sessions at Annual Meetings and Conferences into forums for exploring key strategic issues within an organization or network. Our facilitators guide meeting participants through an interactive, engaging, and productive discussion that can strengthen the relationship between individual participants and the sponsoring organization.
Many businesses and organizations have used our model for their annual conferences. The Council on Foundations used their plenary session to offer a rare opportunity for philanthropy’s leaders from across the world to discuss future goals and to take part in a focused discussion on the lasting impacts of greater collaboration. During the summer of 2008, 1500 attendees came together for the National Performing Arts Convention. They spent 3 days folding our interactive technology into a series of discussions that helped define and select the issues that could be pursued collectively to advance the performing arts community.
Leadership and Stakeholder Dialogues
Bring together key players to dialogue and deliberate about core strategic issues and build support for new initiatives. AmericaSpeaks will help you engage elected officials, business and non-profit leaders to uncover new possibilities for action and lay a foundation for implementation. We will also work with you to identify the people and organizations whose interests are affected by your project, and engage them in focused and productive conversations.