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Advice
A project is a journey. Usually long and arduous, but sometimes short and intense. We support you through every stage, from initial concept,...
Advice

A project is a journey. Usually long and arduous, but sometimes short and intense. We support you through every stage, from initial concept, but also at the times when you doubt, when there is opposition, until together we plant the flag. At the top.
We are a sounding board. Because, in socially important projects it is good to regularly exchange views. And to step back and look at all the aspects of a decision from a little distance. But we can also take over tasks from you, organize your communication and thus ease the burden. So you can concentrate on the main task: your project.
Stakeholders
Today we live in an age of stakeholders, and that has its consequences. Where once it used to be sufficient to get two or three stakeholders...
Stakeholders

Today we live in an age of stakeholders, and that has its consequences. Where once it used to be sufficient to get two or three stakeholders to agree, today we are faced with dozens if not hundreds of stakeholders. Just like each instrument in a huge symphonic orchestra, the challenge is to ensure that each one is heard and each one has its place. That sounds utopian, but it is not.
A proactive communication approach in intelligible words, with room for real participation and an empathetic attitude is a panacea. Stakeholder management requires an outsider’s insights, a permanent sparring partner. Connect not only makes the stakeholders visible, but also defines strategies, writes the messages and argumentations, makes connections and is even any intermediary in projects that have stalled.
Space
Space is scarce in this part of Europe. The demand is infinitely greater than the supply. We want to conduct business, live, breathe and mov...
Space

Space is scarce in this part of Europe. The demand is infinitely greater than the supply. We want to conduct business, live, breathe and move around: all in the same small space. So we want to organise that properly. With complex procedures that take a long time and where a lot of projects come to a dead end. It might be about a square, a road, a car park, tram line or windmills. Process management, advice and strategy are essential for guiding projects through the maze of procedures, rules and head shaking citizens.
Communication
With stones you build houses, with people you build public support. The classical means of communication are no longer sufficient. Therefore...
Communication

With stones you build houses, with people you build public support. The classical means of communication are no longer sufficient. Therefore, we look for new ways to make a lasting connection between your project and its environment. We believe in real participation. A newsletter, website, Twitter or a public hearing? Of course they have value. But real communication starts when something changes within a target group. An image, attitude or action. So the question is not what resources we deploy but what we want to change. And sometimes an informal conversation is more appropriate than a press conference.
Infrastructure
Whether it concerns the construction of tunnels, roads, tram lines or overpasses. These are projects that are the subject of contention, deb...
Infrastructure

Whether it concerns the construction of tunnels, roads, tram lines or overpasses. These are projects that are the subject of contention, debate and social disruption in the study, planning and realization process. That their construction and completion is technically perfect rarely results in outbursts of joy. What citizens, interest groups and political leaders care about is whether their interests are being taken into account, if there is sufficient dialogue and communication. This demands strategy, planning and management. And that's what Connect does.
Policy
However well you communicate, getting public support is difficult sometimes. Then you need to look at the project itself. At the process, th...
Policy

However well you communicate, getting public support is difficult sometimes. Then you need to look at the project itself. At the process, the choices we make and the content. How can we make a project stronger and thus give it more public support?
If we have to smooth off the rough edges with communication, the problem is in the project. Communication is at its weakest when you are trying to sell bad decisions as good ones. Therefore, we must focus on the quality of policy options and the process of getting there. That's what Connect does for you.
Sustainability
More than 20% of our carbon footprint is determined by mobility and 57% by energy. In the projects we support we want to make a positive con...
Sustainability

More than 20% of our carbon footprint is determined by mobility and 57% by energy. In the projects we support we want to make a positive contribution to a more sustainable model of society. Communication can turn projects into a driver for behaviour modification and mentality change. Connect thus consults on public transport projects, we assist companies in sustainability projects and we communicate about waste prevention. That is no coincidence. That is a deliberate choice.
Environment
What is the impact of your project on the environment? Local residents, merchants, pressure groups, political stakeholders and interest grou...
Environment

What is the impact of your project on the environment? Local residents, merchants, pressure groups, political stakeholders and interest groups demand consultation, participation and information. That ranges from the establishment of a new company, a wind farm, transmission towers, a power plant to a centre for asylum seekers. But also on issues in the broadest sense of the word, such as odour nuisance, mobility problems, safety hazards, dust and emissions, we organize the relationship management with the administrative and social environment.
Mobility
In municipal elections, mobility is the most important theme. Where can I park? Are there safe bicycle paths? Will my bus stop be scrapped? ...
Mobility

In municipal elections, mobility is the most important theme. Where can I park? Are there safe bicycle paths? Will my bus stop be scrapped? But as well as being a local issue, mobility is also a national challenge. How do we get people out of their cars into buses or onto the train? How do we get public support for road pricing? What do we do about our road safety? How do we stimulate sustainable modes of transport? These are the questions that are becoming ever more pertinent in the densely populated areas of Flanders, the Netherlands and Brussels. Communication, raising awareness and communication with all stakeholders in the domain of mobility are essential.
Participation
Whatever the size of the technical challenge in a project, it is mainly the human psychology that makes projects stumble. How people look at...
Participation

Whatever the size of the technical challenge in a project, it is mainly the human psychology that makes projects stumble. How people look at your project, what impression it makes on them and how it brings people together for a project. Connect therefore looks at your project through the eyes of an environmentalist, local resident, business owner, driver, journalist, trade unionist, politician, administrator and basically any stakeholder who comes into contact with your project. Connect creates lasting connections with each of your stakeholders, through a mix of instruments such as bilateral consultations, sounding board forums, interactive information sessions and the latest technologies.
Public support
The Eiffel Tower had no public support when the plans were announced in 1887. Except that in the Paris of the 19th century no-one cared much...
Public support

The Eiffel Tower had no public support when the plans were announced in 1887. Except that in the Paris of the 19th century no-one cared much. Society has changed. Even in Europe. Because anyone who sees the photos of nail houses in China in the middle of a construction site or highway knows that participation procedures, notifications or public inquiries do not take place everywhere. Public support is essential for both large and small projects. Without public support, administrations do not make decisions. And if there are no decisions there are no projects. Public support does not just happen. It has to be worked on every day. Listening to residents, talking with action committees and seeking solutions with interest groups. That's what Connect does.
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