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On the receiving end of the Social Simulator

23 October 2017 by Tim Lloyd

I’ve just finished helping to deliver social media simulation as part of a large incident response exercise. We’re pretty focussed on finding things that the press, public affairs and incident management team did well online, and where they need to get better. Handing out constructive criticism and recommendations in the…

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5 tips for attention-grabbing exercise scenarios

29 August 2017 by Tim Lloyd

We spend a lot of time designing, researching and creating scenarios for crisis response exercises. We have a wide range of tried and tested scenarios to use as a starting point, but our clients are always best placed to outline something that meets their needs. However, this requires organisations to…

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Grenfell community voices reporting from the scene

8 August 2017 by Tim Lloyd

It’s hard to justify any analysis of the online response to the Grenfell disaster. Who said what and where, using what channels, doesn’t really feel important in the context of the lives lost and destroyed. There are however, 3 sources of information that I’ve found compelling viewing, because they’re raw…

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22/03/2017: Where’s the chronology?

24 March 2017 by Kate Rawlins

It was my colleague who first broke the news to me. “Apparently there’s been shots fired outside parliament,” he said. As much as I live and breathe social media, a few tweets reporting loud noises wasn’t enough for me. The ex-reporter in me believes in verification. Then the BBC notification…

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How should Government Ministers determine a media crisis?

9 January 2017 by Tim Lloyd

The UK Institute for Government have published a series of interviews with former Ministers, reflecting on the crises they faced during their time in office. It’s an interesting read, because most interviewees are no longer shackled by a need to protect their future career. Nonetheless, in their time they were accountable during some serious events. These include…

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It’s not a sprint, but it is a race

16 November 2016 by Kate Rawlins

There is something about a breaking crisis that’s thrilling. Perhaps it’s the mystery of the unknown which keeps us intrigued, thirsty for more details. Or maybe the initial state of shock keeps us hungry for answers and information. Whatever it is, when an issue breaks it’s consuming for everyone –…

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What’s a crisis exercise really like?

1 November 2016 by Tim Lloyd

We can’t always say much about the crisis simulations that we run for clients. Understandably, companies don’t want to reveal the problems they face and how they plan to deal with them. What we can say with confidence, is that more and more organisations are including online engagement when they…

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