Discovering the needs and benefits of collaboration with stakeholders can be a complex experience for companies as well as governments and NGO’s.
There are several reasons for organisations to engage stakeholders in the process of a project:
- Compliancy: to meet the requirements that are set. For example creating transparency and public participation for the residents.
- Risk control management: To minimalize potential barriers in an early stage.
For example the construction of the high-rise buildings in the Leiden Station area needsthe support of the residents in order to prevent delay in the process.
- Innovation: a variety of stakeholders creates new perspectives and innovative projects .
How to engage?
In the practical management of the SPONGE 2020 project we realised several pilot projects and we developed a 5 step approach together. This is not the only way to work with stakeholders but it’s a good start.