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President’s Message – Leah Jaramillo

Greetings from Austin!

I am writing to you from the AUX tarmac after nearly a week of training and fun at the IAP2 USA Board face to face meeting. Following the 2018 Skills Symposium, your board of directors welcomed two new members – Traci Etheridge and Gwen Happ – and buckled down to address priorities for 2018. Among them are: maintaining our existing member services; ensuring our services, costs and fees align; focusing on chapter support and planning for the future. It was a whirlwind of work, but we are excited to be here and ready to get down to the details. On a personal note, I was honored to be confirmed to my third term as board President and appreciate the support of each of our directors and staff in helping to move the organization forward. 

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Meet your 2018-2020 Board Candidates

Members, we have some incredible candidates for you to choose from and we hope that you will take the time to get to know them a little bit better before you vote. The following is a quick snapshot of the 2018-2020 Board candidates – please click on their information links to learn more. Deadline for member voting is Monday, December 4th via Election Buddy.

We want to apologize for any confusion with the Election Buddy invitation you received yesterday– unfortunately, this was sent out with a draft ballot. We have now closed the Wednesday election process – none of those votes will count. Today we sent you a new invite. Please use the new ballot to vote for your preferred candidates. If you have any further questions please contact Anneliese at info@iap2usa.org.

Meet your board candidates…

5 Good Reasons to attend the Skills Symposium

Need to convince anyone that you should go to the 2019 Skills Symposium?

The 2019 IAP2 USA Skills Symposium is coming up – February 25 – March 1 in Austin, Texas. It’s the annual time to learn, stay and connect, to bolster your P2 know-how, surrounded by P2 colleagues.

You know the value, but what if it means a week away from your job? How do you explain the return on investment?

Here are 5 REALLY GOOD REASONS:

  1. Good P2 means Good Decisions. Your organization benefits when you’re as good as you can be at your job.
  2. Good P2 is Good PR. Your organization looks better when it listens better.
  3. Good P2 is efficient. With more people standing up and demanding to be counted in decisions that affect them, doing P2 right the first time means sustainable outcomes and no procedural delays.
  4. Good P2 is always changing. The Symposium features highly-experienced, internationally-respected trainers, who will train you in how to plan and implement successful P2 processes. This is a rare opportunity to take advantage of so many different courses in one place!
  5. Good P2 is about sharing. You’ll get to network with other practitioners: think what you can learn and what you can bring back to your organization; no need to reinvent the wheel!

Take a look at all of the courses on offer and register today.

And a really good reason to let you have the time off NOW: the early-bird discount ends December 14. So don’t delay! Pick the courses you want and book your room at our host hotel, the Lone Star Court and make a date to join us, deep in the heart of Texas!

Need more information – check out the website.

REMINDER – Nominations for IAP2 USA Board – One Week Left!

Are you passionate about P2? Of course you are, or you wouldn’t be reading this!

Do you want to help promote civil public discourse across America?

Are you skilled in areas such as finances, communications and strategic marketing, fundraising and governance (among others)?

Then YOU have a place on the IAP2 USA Board!

The deadline is approaching — November 7 — to nominate yourself. There are six spaces to fill, and if we get more than six applicants, there will be an election.

So don’t delay! Find out more and download the nomination package and the application form today!

All the best,

Webinar Rewind – Public Transportation and Public Participation

In Minnesota, a new transit route was being planned, running through the suburbs north and north-east of Minneapolis — involving many lower-income communities and communities of colour. It was discovered quickly that equity was a major issue that had to be addressed. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, TransLink — the regional transportation authority — set out to revise its fare structure, which hadn’t been updated in over 30 years. Over a two-year process, TransLink brought together people from all over the region to discuss, learn and have input on the complexities in developing the fare system. And in Atlanta, where funding at MARTA — the regional transit authority — leaves little for customer service considerations, a group of customers banded together and went from being activists to being actionists, and thus was born the MARTA Army. IAP2 USA members can watch the video of this webinar here.

September 28, 2018   Posted in Webinars

2018 Greater Good and Greater Good Emerging Leader

Barbara Lewis

With twenty-five years of experience in facilitating community engagement, Barbara Lewis is best known for her creativity in engaging communities in local/regional decision-making and particularly her use of the Appreciative Inquiry approach.

Barbara’s involvement with IAP2 has been extensive over the years. In 1994, Barbara helped found the Colorado Chapter of IAP2 and was most recently the chapter’s president. In 2002, she was a key member of the team that developed the Techniques for Effective Public Participation course, now part of IAP2’s gold standard Foundations Program. In 2017, she was the “boots on the ground” Co-Chair of the 2017 IAP2 North American Conference in Denver. In short, Barbara’s entire career has been built around the implementation of IAP2’s Core Values.

Certification Task Force

This dedicated group of P2 practitioners and IAP2 leaders have spent the last 6 years developing a professional certification program from the ground up.

From using international practitioner responses to help determine the essential capabilities a P2 professional should have to effectively design, implement, and evaluate public participation programs and develop an assessment program to test and verify that applicants have these core competencies, please join me in recognizing the 

Certification Task Force Members:

  •    Debra Duerr
  •    Tina Geiselbrecht
  •    Cassandra Hemphill
  •    Wendy Lowe
  •    Brenda Pichette
  •    Ken Smith

Additionally – the task force has asked that an honorary award be granted to IAP2 USA and Canada Executive Manager Amelia Shaw for her significant support and stewardship of this process and of the Task Force.

Francesca Patricolo

A tireless champion of good communications and community engagement, in little more than 8 years, Francesca Patricolo has established a P2 student chapter at the University of Oregon, participated on the Cascade Chapter executive committee, established her own P2 consultancy, served on the IAP2 USA Board of Directors, served as USA representative to the IAP2 Federation and now serves as President of the Cascade Chapter. Francesca has also been passionate about helping young people become involved in the practice of P2 and advancing the cause of equity and diversity within P2.

IAP2’s Change Journey: a message from Kylie Cochrane, Federation Presiding Member

To all IAP2 members, trainers and staff,

As you may be aware, IAP2 has been going through an important and ambitious change-journey over the last twelve months.

This time last year, the IAP2 Federation Board launched a process of re-design to help us articulate and create the organisation that we want to be – a sustainable and dynamic international association for engagement professionals. This process was led by a diverse working group of members and trainers. This work started in Denver, at the time of the 2017 North American Conference. Out of these two days came the ‘change committee’ – a group of volunteers tasked with scoping the change and shaping the future of IAP2.

With the input of your regional boards and the international board, the change committee came up with seven strategic priority areas and a series of recommendations that will enable us to reshape our international collaborative network that lives and abides by the IAP2 core values. You were invited to give feedback on the strategic priority areas and recommendations via an online engagement platform. Your input was fed into high-level discussions with representatives from each regional board earlier this month in Victoria, Canada. We now have seven endorsed strategic priority areas and 36 endorsed recommendations (read it here – I’ve deliberately kept the track changes so you can see what was discussed/ changed).

I’m really excited about these strategic priority areas and recommendations. They will ensure that the future IAP2 will place significant focus on advocating for and growing engagement practice around the world – both in terms of expanding engagement in new regions, as well as ensuring that IAP2 remains at the cutting edge of new engagement developments including innovations in tools, techniques and technologies. The recommendations propose that training can be developed and delivered anywhere around the world – and a global committee be tasked with ensuring high quality and consistency for all IAP2 products. Better international connections will be achieved through communities of practice and sharing of lessons learned across the IAP2 global community. In summary, these strategic priority areas will enable us to become the future-focused international professional organisation that we want to be.

However, there is a lot of work to be done over the next 6-12 months. This is where you come in. We need your expertise and experience to help us consider and explore the detail required to reshape IAP2.

We have divided the work into four key committees and we are looking for committee volunteers from IAP2’s global body of members, trainers and staff. Team leaders have been identified for each committee. Their first task will be to develop a work plan and, along with their respective committees, to nominate a chair and co-chair between now and the end of October 2018. Work will continue until at least March 2019 as each committee develops a detailed implementation plan for the agreed recommendations.

Please consider volunteering for only one committee as we anticipate the workload will be a few hours per week for several months. Thank you also to those of you who have already volunteered to be involved in committees. But we need loads more volunteers – so if you are interested please get in touch. The team leaders and committee members so far are;

  1. Advocacy and emerging practice
    • Team leads – Tim Hart THart@SRK.co.za and John Poynton poynton100@gmail.com
    • Committee members so far – Aldi Alizar, Bruce Gilbert, Lerato Ratsoenyane, Lucy Cole-Edelstein, Margie Harvey, Martin de los Rios, Steven Mamphekgo, Thato Shale
  1. Brand and member value
    • Team leads – Cathy Smith Catherine.Smith@cityworks.biz and Catherine Rockandel cat@growpartnerships.com
    • Committee members so far – Anton Febian Taufik, Ellen Ernst, Kate Vallence, Lisa Carlson, Marion Short, Myles Alexander, Rachel Edginton, Rob Gravestocks, Tanya Burdett
  1. Training and professional development
    • Team leads – Richard Delaney delaney@rmdelaney.com, Amanda Newbery amanda.newbery@articulous.com.au and Ken SmithKSEServices@goalnet.co.za
    • Committee members so far – Alice Sherring, Cassie Hemphill, Deanna Desedas, Fran Morris, Gay Robinson, Grace Leotta, Joel Levin, John Godec, Kylie Cochrane, Mary Moreland, Ratih Damayanti, Susan George, Tannis Topolnisky, Wendy Lowe
  1. Governance
    • Team leads – Mandi Davidson mldavidson3020@gmail.com, Sarah Rivest sarahjrivest@gmail.com and Doug Sarno doug@forumfg.com
    • Committee members so far – Amelia Shaw, Ann Carrol, Jan Bloomfield, Jay Vincent, Lara Tierney, Michelle Feenan, Marty Rozelle

A few of you have asked who are the decision makers. For this stage of the change process there will be decision makers on several levels – at the committee level and at the regional board level. Specifically, the scope of each committee will be decided by members of that committee. The scope will be endorsed by the steering committee which will be made up of chairs and co-chairs of each committee, key IAP2 staff and myself. The international board will continue to oversee the overall change journey and regional boards will continue to be the overall decision makers. You will note we are using new language to describe our organisational model. Instead of using the words federation and affiliates, we are now using the words international and regional.

I would like to thank the members of the change committee who have driven the first 12 months of our change journey. The change committee will now be disbanded but their work (and all of these individuals) will continue through the four committees and/or the steering committee. Please join me in thanking Aldi Alizar, Amelia Shaw, Bruce Gilbert, Doug Sarno, Ellen Ernst, Jay Vincent, John Poynton, Kate Vallance, Mandi Davidson, Martin de los Rios, Marty Rozelle, Richard Delaney, Sarah Rivest and Tim Hart.

For those of you who are yet to get involved and/ or who have views on this change process, I strongly encourage you to get involved asap. This change process is deliberately designed to be inclusive and flexible however it does have a distinct timeframe and end date. So if you have a view and/ or want to get involved, now is the time.

If you have any questions, concerns and/ or would like to volunteer, please do not hesitate to contact me, committee team leads or your regional or international board representatives.

Thank you for your ongoing passion and dedication to expanding and professionalising P2/ engagement.

K

Kylie Cochrane

International Chair

International Association of Public Participation

M +61 404048369

Kylie.Cochrane@aurecongroup.com

IAP2 USA Ambassador Program Update

Stacee Adams2740. Two thousand seven hundred and forty. That’s how many pieces of IAP2 literature are being shipped off to Ambassadors across the country. Our Ambassadors will be distributing postcards and brochures and engaging decision makers on a range of issues including incorporating P2 into planning, public works, and environmental policy.

They are working to initiate student chapters  at universities and chapters in states and regions that don’t have them. They are taking P2 to tribal conferences, city utility and city manager conferences, to young professionals in the planning and sustainability fields, to the Corps of Engineers, the CDC, and to their local networks.

The list of new P2 opportunities is long and it’s growing.

Ambassadors are actively working in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Montana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Utah and Washington D.C. This list will also grow as new Ambassadors and opportunities to talk about P2 come online.

Conversations with the Ambassadors are the stuff P2 dreams are made of. Each one passionate and deeply committed to making the world around them better through their work. You’ll get to know their stories and projects in future blog posts. In the meantime, if you feel P2 in the air it’s because our message of pursuing the greater good, good decisions made together is literally in flight and will soon be hand delivered by our bright and brilliant colleagues to new niches all over the country.

IAP2 USA Skills Symposium returns to Texas!

It’s back! The IAP2 USA Skills Symposium — our annual opportunity to plunge deeper into the P2 realm — will be back at the Commons Learning Center in Austin next February 25 to March 1st!

Those who attended the 2018 Skills Symposium are virtually unanimous, course evaluations showed:

I would recommend this course to my P2 colleagues: 99%

It was a worthwhile investment in my career development: 97%

Now’s your chance to take part in this exciting opportunity to enhance and expand your P2 toolkit!

From February 25 through March 1, 2019top trainers from around the world will be on-hand! You can take the full five-day Foundations course, or, as in past years, a variety of courses covering P2 topics you won’t find anywhere else! Read the full Schedule at a Glance.

So start making your plans and get ready to book your room at the Lone Star Court— our host hotel again this year with a special Symposium rate.

For more information on the Symposium and training costs please visit the website. If you have any questions please contact us at info@iap2usa.org