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You know there is a better way to do what you want done. Are you open to work with someone who profoundly understands such a way and can help you make it happen? Are you open for your project to be successful in a way that is also fundamentally good for the local community and sustainable development?

Do you want this to bridge the gaps between the technical, business and community worlds?

We call this Smart Engagement.

What is Smart Engagement?

Smart Engagement is an engagement process co-designed with stakeholders.

It allows you to remove barriers, and create and sustain constructive dialogue with your key stakeholders to achieve an optimum project.

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Why Integrate Smart Engagement?

 Why Integrate Smart Engagement?

Smart Engagement is your passport to success in today’s complex world.

It is a sure way to that successful outcome – to a permit for a project that enables the vision of all impacted parties.

Besides, if you’re in it for the long run, there are few alternatives that avoid building in business risks to projects having a community impact.

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This gives context for how Smart Engagement could help your project, your team or your mission. If you need more specific information or an assessment of solutions for your needs, let us know.

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How we can help you


We use Smart Engagement to help you create your roadmap to success and work with you to ensure it happens.

We assess the current situation against your desired goals

Map out where you are in your project and what you want to achieve, get to know where you are scoring own goals, where your stakeholder risks lie and where you stand from a Smart Engagement perspective.

We train, coach and build capacity for engagement

Build a focused team (from senior management down to implementation teams), Smart Engagement strategy & plan, processes and skills to implement Smart Projects – ones that are wanted by you and by your projects’ neighbours. All training is bespoke for your needs. All coaching is designed to empower you and your team, so you can make great projects happen, time and time again.

We help you implement

We make sure that the Smart Engagement plan we create with you for your project is rolled out. We do this in partnership with your team and other key stakeholders, and with as much hands-on input from us as is required to get the job done.

What you achieve through Smart Engagement

Smart Engagement creates focused teams

Your team understands clearly the root problems to your challenges. They are empowered and fully skilled to embark upon their road to a successful project.

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Smart Engagement creates focused teams
Smart Engagement creates trust

Smart Engagement creates trust

You will know how to get to the partnerships you need to achieve a project wanted by you and all your stakeholders.

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Smart Engagement builds and nurtures relationships

Your project team will be extended to include your project’s key stakeholders. They are empowered to set common goals and find solutions to get there.

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Smart Engagement creates relationships
Smart Engagement results in the right design

Smart Engagement results in the best possible project design

You innovate. Your empowered team designs the best possible project and all the stakeholders win.

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Smart Engagement leads to projects everyone wants

Your project is underway. You need the right information on the right desk, at the right time and in the right format. Concerns, fears, needs, expectations and opportunities are acknowledged and addressed in an inclusive, responsive and efficient way.

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Smart Engagement leads to projects supported by all concerned

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The Smart Engagement blog

Project development is somewhat like an iceberg. The information we don’t have at the outset is very much the bit under the water. And the bit in sight can often be unstable. A foundation, which includes a Social Licence, needs to be built. Project developers tend to rely on finding the information required to build this by contracting the right professionals. Yet, nowadays, when multiple stakeholders are potentially impacted, this is no longer sufficient. This article outlines the need (and a path to the how) for a win-win mindset at the top levels.
05.02.2019 - 09:45
I have had a lecture in trust recently. From a group of near neighbours to an energy project. They knew I believed in both the project and the need to earn a Social Licence to Operate. The project needed to be designed as a win-win for both the developer and the local community. We had built a decent level of trust together. But after a period away, the term ‘trust’ was being used in a very different context. Download this article that shows that strong governance and stakeholder engagement standards and competences are crucial to build a Social Licence to Operate.
18.04.2019 - 17:26


"Clare Local Development Company (CLDC) have worked with, and funded projects through communities delivered expertly by AstonECO. AstonECO professionally demonstrates the community-led development ethos that underpins the LEADER Rural Development Programme delivered by CLDC. Tourism, community development and energy projects delivered through capacity building, training and community engagement are core strengths of AstonECO, and while some projects were challenging, AstonECO always sought for the highest standards of delivery, best practice and the greatest benefit for the community."

Gloria Callinan, LEADER programme coordinator, Clare Local Development Company

"We were struggling to find the best way to get and keep our local community on board with our energy projects. AstonECO provided the solutions for us. We received their training and were surprised to discover how much our mindset had to change. Not only did AstonECO change our thinking, they also provided us with the tools, support and advice we needed. The contribution of AstonECO is essential nationally if we are to have a smooth energy transition between now and 2050."

Dara Ó Maoildhia, Aran Islands Energy Co-op

“These solutions should be incorporated by every company before investing and maintained throughout the process.”

Vassillios Carellas, CEO Ortac Resources, UK

“astoneco is one of the most experienced and qualified professional teams in the sustainability field I have worked with. I trust their ability to deliver high quality results in sustainable business development, capacity building and conflict prevention and resolution to name a few.”

Mircea Mocanu, Head of Socio-Economic Section, UNDP Romania

“The astoneco team excels at empowering both companies and communities to address pressing business sustainability challenges through effective stakeholder engagement. This is essential to ensure a common-sense approach to managing social risk and opportunity.”

Hugh Attwater, Head of Social Performance, Petrofac Services Limited, UK

“Stakeholder Engagement and Community Relations are of specific importance for our business’s social license to operate. Through this programme with astoneco, we gave our people the tools to develop successful projects, which support our business and which support also our stakeholders.”

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Sonja Böhme, Head of Corporate Sustainability, OMV, Austria

“We have worked with astoneco to help us identify, assess and manage our stakeholder-related risks for one of our sustainable production projects (Urlați). This enabled us to economically meet or exceed our company standards and project timelines.”

Ramona Brad, Director External Affairs, Procter and Gamble Romania and Balkans