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Insightful Ideas, Compelling Stories

Ideas are the currency of the 21st century. We are a communications agency that provides insightful ideas and compelling stories to win your audiences’ hearts and minds. We believe in direct outreach and participative action to make positive change happen.

We are mainly active in the fields of development, conflict transformation, cross-cultural dialogue, media freedom, women’s empowerment and arts.

Services

We set up and implement tailor-made communications strategies, campaigns and action plans. We provide innovative and impactful communications tools and help distribute those through the most effective channels.

We break down complex policies into compelling story material. We can help draft, edit and proof-read any type of on- and off-line content.

We offer the following editorial services:

  • Web content
  • Leaflets and brochures
  • Audio-visual clips and video messages
  • Social media moderation
  • Photo stories

We assist you in identifying potential donors and help you formulate and present your project in such a compelling way that they will not let you walk away.

We set up media relations strategies and provide day-to-day media work and advice. We support you with the identification of key media representatives in your area of activity and help you establish, maintain and enhance relations with those media representitaves who matter in your field.

We help you promote events, exhibitions and other happenings. Thanks to our excellent networking skills we will help you ensure that your event gets the the prominence it deserves and the attention of those people who matter in your field.

We assist you in writing, editing and proof-reading your on- or off-line activity reports, annual reports or any other reporting material in English or French.

We assess your team’s capacity with regard to communications. Based on a detailed training needs assessment, we provide tailor-made training sessions and on-the-job mentoring.

Our training modules cover the following areas, to mention only a few:

  • Strategic communications
  • Campaigning
  • Media relations
  • Stakeholder relations
  • Social media
  • Editorial skills (including writing for the web)
  • Public speaking

We identify key stakeholders in your domain of activity and can help you set up, maintain and enhance your relations with stakeholders who matter.

We organize focus groups, one-on-one interviews and surveys in order to identify stakeholders’ perceptions and needs.

We also organize worskhops in order to help find common ground with key stakeholders who matter, optimise policy coordination and pave the way for successful partnerships.

We help you monitor and evaluate the outcome of your communications  projects and programmes through the organization of ex-post and ex-ante focus groups, one-on-one interviews and surveys.

Who

Ann portraitVaessen has been working in the field of communications, media and conflict transformation since 2002, times working with EU institutions, times with leading international communications agencies.

Ann has designed and managed several international campaigns, such as a campaign aiming at challenging public perception towards countries of the Western Balkans, winner of a Cannes Corporate Media & TV Award and the campaign on Croatia’s accession to the European Union, which was nominated for an EMEA Sabre Award. She has also helped organize a conference on media freedom in the Western Balkans and Turkey which was attended by approximately 500 stakeholders.

Upon her arrival in New York City, where she studied journalism, Ann witnessed the 11th September attacks. This experience brought her to the realization of the importance of conflict-sensitive reporting and inter-cultural dialogue to prevent and overcome conflict.  Having later worked for two post-conflict assistance missions, respectively as a web editor and producer in Bosnia & Herzegovina and as a spokesperson in Georgia, she has acquired solid experience in the field of confidence building and conflict transformation.  Read More

 

Clients

Tblisi, Georgia

Tbilisi Photo Festival

Web

Brussels, Belgium

Audiovisual Services, Council of the European Union

Web

Tbilisi, Georgia

Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management

Web

Tbilisi, Georgia

UN Women

Web

Tblisi, Georgia

European Union Monitoring Mission

Web

Testimonials

Ann Vaessen

ann.vaessen@gmail.com

+995 599 98 65 53 (Tbilisi)

+32 472 944 749 (Brussels)

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