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Mission and Purpose
Straight Talk is a professional consultancy specialising in stakeholder and community engagement in the Australian state of New South Wales. They have extensive experience of working with citizens and stakeholders, designing deliberative processes and facilitation.
Straight Talk's website lists the organisation's values as:
Our company culture is about working closely with our partners and clients and we pride ourselves on being easy to work with. We are committed to a high degree of collaboration with our clients, sharing our experience, knowledge and enthusiasm openly and generously.
We are committed to continuously learning from our own work and from international best practice and are willing to take risks in exploring fresh new ways of engaging. We know that people are over butchers paper! We design robust approaches that hear from all the voices, not just the loud and the articulate.
We communicate directly with honesty, transparency and integrity. We are present in every conversation. We say it like it is – in how we present information, how we run our activities and events and how we report.
Straight Talk was established by Lucy Cole-Edelstein. Lucy has 20 years experience of working in the realm of engagement practices both in and outside of government.
Specializations and activities
Straight Talk specialises in:
- stakeholder and community engagement: ensuring that those affected by a decision are actively engaged, including marginalised groups.
- group facilitation: employing a range of techniques to make group deliberation inclusive, respectful and constructive.
- contentious issues: dealing with contested issues and facilitating conversation on them.
- engagement training: delivering training for International Association for Public Participation Australasia which teaches effective engagement strategies.