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Do you have what it takes to become a Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3)?

Knowing and showing that you provide quality P2 is key in today’s marketplace. Certification is your way to do so. If you have taken the IAP2 Foundations course (formerly the Certificate training), have experience delivering good P2, and are ready to have your work assessed by a panel of your professional peers, then it is time to get certified.

Why get certified? Certification moves your career forward. With certification, your services and the profession has greater value to clients:

  • Gives you an edge over your competition
  • Demonstrates to clients and colleagues the value you bring as a Certified Professional
  • Builds the credibility and profile of our profession and IAP2 so that clients are more willing to invest in the services
  • Validates and documents that you have the skills and abilities to be a Certified Professional
  • Validates the efforts you have made in your career to provide value to clients
  • Shows that you meet internationally recognized standards
  • Demonstrates a willingness to invest in your own development and commitment to the field to reinforce a culture of quality

Now that you are interested the next steps are:

For more information please visit the website or contact Amelia at ameliaiap2usa@gmail.com.

The time is right for you to become a Certified Public Participation Professional

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2019 Midwest Chapter Conference UPDATE

Hello IAP2 USA Midwest Chapter members,Our annual spring conference is coming up next month, and the list of sessions is now available! Learn more below, and please plan to join us in St. Louis for this dynamic regional conference, where you can connect with and learn from fellow public participation professionals. The affordable conference fee provides access to informative sessions, networking and social events, food, drinks, and more over two great days!

Questions about travel or hotel accommodations? Contact Heather Lasher Todd, Heather@StratCommRx.com. The conference will be held in the Grand Center Arts District in St. Louis, MO.

Register here: https://iap2usa.org/event-3250352/

Please help make this important event for our chapter a success by spreading the word to your networks, and sharing this flyer and registration link on social media!

 Meet us in St. Louis May 16 – 17 – Register Now!

Webinar Rewind: Visual Engagement

One of the challenges a public entity faces when designing a public engagement process is engaging the public enough to get them to take part. This is especially true when the project or policy in question affects practically everybody, but the subject matter is quite mundane. Making the publicity visually appealing is one way to do it, and in 2018, IAP2 Canada joined with the Dazzling Notice Awards to offer the Core Values Award for Visual Engagement.

In March, we met the co-winners of the award, the District of Squamish, BC, and the Region of Waterloo, Ontario. Squamish’s Official Community Plan was due for review, and the District, working with MODUS Planning, Design and Engagement, decided the way to do it was to combine strong branding and graphics with creative outreach efforts to reach Squamish’s active and young-at-heart demographic. One aspect to this was a video that was produced using District planners who were not only writing the plan, but also very much the face of the public engagement. The videos included out-takes — scenes where the speaker fluffed their lines or cracked up when the camera was rolling. It was felt this made the videos — and the process itself — more accessible to residents.

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There were pop-up engagement displays in unlikely places like popular biking trails or on the Sea-to-Sky gondola; “selfie sticks” — not the kind for holding a cell phone camera, but comic-strip-type “talk balloons” that showed what a person cared about so they could take and share selfies; “OCPizza Parties”, where people would gather in homes to discuss what was important to them in the Official Community Plan.

Waterloo’s challenge involved toilet talk — in particular, what happens to the stuff we flush. The initial attempt to set up a biosolids facility was an epic fail, as people came out in droves to protest what had been an “announce-and-defend” strategy. Engineer Kaoru Yajima says he feared for his safety at one townhall meeting due to the public outrage.

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So the Region re-grouped and, working with Dillon Consulting, came up with an outreach plan that mixed humour with plain-language technical information. Bob McDonald, noted science journalist, made a personal appearance and a video to discuss the Story of Poop and underscore the need for the community to participate in the process. Other public communications focused on making the biosolids strategy — particularly attracting public interest on concepts such as the physical treatment of it and where it ultimately goes — as un-daunting as possible.

IAP2 members can watch the entire webinar and access the PowerPoint decks and other information here.

Webinar Rewind: Large-Scale P2 for Large-Scale Projects

The February IAP2 Learning Webinar featured the two Project of the Year winners from Canada and the USA, both of which took on large projects with stakeholder bases to match.

In the USA, Williams Energy set out to build an energy pipeline that would run through ten counties in Eastern Pennsylvania. Taking a cue from other hotly-contested pipeline projects and proposals in North America, Williams set out to engage, proactively, anyone who had an interest in the pipeline and its impact. Indian tribes, farmers, environmental organizations, conservation groups and ordinary residents were all engaged. The original routing for the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline was changed over a dozen times, to accommodate the various concerns; the Williams Foundation contributed to remediation projects to mitigate the impact on wildlife. In all, Williams and Outreach Experts were recognized repeatedly by public figures for this “extra-mile” approach to planning.

Canada’s Federal Department of Justice launched a plan to overhaul Canada’s criminal justice system, one where a disproportionate number of inmates, compared to the general population, are Indigenous; and where there are actually more people in jail awaiting trial than there are people who have been convicted. Something had to give and Canada’s Minister of Justice launched a process to involve Canadians in a national conversation about transforming the criminal justice system.

Janique Venne from Justice Canada described how the last review of the system took place in 1982, and that, when the current government took office, the mandate from then Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould was to “… ensure that we are increasing the safety of our communities, getting value for money, addressing gaps and ensuring that current provisions are aligned with the objectives of the criminal justice system.”

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That meant dialogue that brought in anyone affected by the current and potential future system: convicts, victims, Indigenous people, support workers and others with a series of online and face-to-face discussions.

Ellis Westwood, from Hill+Knowlton Strategies who worked with Janique as a P2 consultant, explained that “by using a Deliberative online Choicebook™ methodology, we helped participants share their stories and learn more about the justice system and deliberate about potential ideas for change.”

IAP2 members can watch the entire webinar and access the PowerPoint decks and other information here.

Foundations at 20: The Lyrics Have Been Updated but the Melody Remains the Same

By Lewis Michaelson, Marty Rozelle and Doug Sarno, MCP3

“It was 20 years ago today, Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play.” Well actually, it was 20 years ago that the IAP2 President, Marty Rozelle, President-Elect, Lewis Michaelson and the Executive Director, Doug Sarno got together to create a training for IAP2 based on its Core Values. The intent of the training was to guide best practices in the field of public participation, provide legitimacy for our practice and create a sorely needed new income stream for an organization that was struggling financially. Little did we imagine at the time what it would become.

The precursor to the current Foundations Course in Public Participation was first offered in 1999 at the IAP2 International Conference in Banff, Canada. Since then, dozens of trainers have contributed their own intellectual capital to the original trio’s, expanding and updating the training to ensure it remains relevant and preeminent year after year. As a consequence, unlike St. Pepper’s Band, it has never “gone in and out of style.”

IAP2 USA AMBASSADOR PROGRAM RENEWED FOR 2019

Stacee AdamsAt the February IAP2 USA Board Meeting not only did we get a new slate of officers and board members, but we also got confirmation that the Board of Directors is pleased with the work of the 2018 Ambassador Program pilot and wants to continue it through 2019.

The Ambassador Program accomplished great things in 2018, including sharing information and materials to promote what good P2 is and what it looks like; building strategic alliances with allied organizations such as local chapters of the American Planning Association, professional organizations, and universities; and, building institutional support for good P2 by presenting to local governments, reinstituting the IAP2 Mentorship program, and continuing to grow local IAP2 chapters. To further support the work of the Ambassadors, the Board has dedicated one of its own members, Jay Vincent, to serve as the program lead with support of IAP2 staff. The Board is also looking at ways to provide more resources to the program.

Member Profile: Gwen (Happ) Howard

Gwen Happ recently took on the job of secretary of IAP2 USA. “I was part of the early years with IAP2,” she says. “I was there during a period when the organization was experiencing slow steady growth and then… a stall… and declining membership. I’m so glad to see the organization turning it around and membership growing to where we are now.”

So now, let’s meet Gwen (Happ) Howard.

Strong and Getting Stronger

Cathy Smith“Strong” is a word we hear often. Sometimes, it’s a word that mobilizes communities that are recovering from disaster; other times, it’s simply a concept that just make sense. When I open my favorite book, the thesaurus, the index for the “strong” shows that it relates to words like these: energetic, great, influential, robust, substantial, tough. Good words.

Announcing the 2019 IAP2 North American Conference Program

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Over 50 professional development opportunities.
New ideas! A chance to re-energize!

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Register today! Hotel Reservations
Schedule-at-a-Glance Conference Details
Become a Sponsor! Sponsorship Application

 

You want your community and the people in it to thrive and be their best. How can you build your P2 skills to help make that happen? This year’s IAP2 North American Conference — September 4 through 6 in Charlotte, North Carolina — is where you need to be! Over 50 learning opportunities, including sessions, workshops and field trips are on tap this year, all geared to the theme, “Leveraging P2 to Create Thriving Communities”.

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Take a look at the Schedule-at-a-Glance. Look for the themes that interest you, like “Cities and Communities”, “Infrastructure,” “Race, Equity, Inclusion”, “Tips, Tools, Techniques”, “Youth”, and much more. Look at the sessions, with fresh insights on widely different P2 angles, delivered by presenters from 14 states, across Canada and from Australia and Finland. Information on field trips and workshops will be coming soon.

IAP2 NAC Conference App Preview ImageWe know what you’re thinking right now: “I have a P2-related business. How can I support this brilliant conference and show how I feel about P2?” We’re glad you asked! We have some new and innovative sponsorship opportunities! The Participation Company, Jambo and Borealis have already come on board: check out the many levels of sponsorship we have to offer! NEW in 2019: the 2019 Conference app offers new ways for your company or organization to start and build new relationships with attendees and followers alike!

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Are you a student, Ameri-Corps, non-profit staff member or community volunteer? You may be eligible for a scholarship to attend! Successful applicants will receive entry to all conference events!

Space will fill up quickly, so don’t delay! Register by June 30 to get early-bird discount pricing. Reserve your room at our host hotel, The Sheraton Charlotte. Special Conference pricing is in effect by August 4. Remember: your registration also gets you into the Core Values Awards gala, Thursday, September 5, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

See you in Charlotte!
IAP2 USA and IAP2 Canada

RFQ for Professional Engagement Consulting Services

…for the City of Raleigh’s Planning Department

The City of Raleigh is soliciting Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) for consulting services with expertise in community engagement to assist the City Planning Department in its mission to engage the public in authentic and inclusive ways. The consultant will be expected to review in detail the current engagement practices of the City, research best practices from other communities and from the literature, make recommendations for how Raleigh can up its game with regards to community engagement, as well as train staff in the application of these recommendations. A public participation manual of templates focused on planning efforts will be the primary deliverable for this study.

You can find the RFQ here: https://www.ips.state.nc.us/IPS/AGENCY/PDF/13028300.pdf

Please send any questions to Kristin N. Williams.

It’s time to recognize your P2 initiatives. Apply for the 2019 IAP2 USA Awards

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Being a Public Participation Practitioner is not for the faint of heart. It requires ingenuity, caring, and dedication.

  • Ingenuity in how to engage a diversity of stakeholders and the public in complex and sometimes high-stakes and high-emotion projects, plans and/or processes
  • Caring in providing a safe and inclusive space where there is an opportunity to hear from and engage ALL voices including stakeholders, the public, decision-makers and the internal team.
  • Dedication to your communities, the P2 practice… and the greater good. Upholding the IAP2 Core Values and the Code of Ethics.

It is TIME for you or your organization to SHINE – so apply for:

  • The IAP2 USA Core Values Awards. Each year, IAP2 Affiliates around the world celebrate excellence in the profession through the IAP2 Core Values Awards. The awards go to projects and organizations which best demonstrate IAP2’s Core Values and help to raise the bar in the field of public engagement by sharing best practices and inspiring the P2 community to learn from one another. As a friendly competition, the Core Values Awards encourage new approaches and innovative uses of existing ones.
  • The IAP2 USA Greater Good Award recognizes excellence achieved by individuals in the field of public participation in the United States. These individuals have been pioneers in the field, and helped shape it to become what it is today.
  • The IAP2 USA Greater Good – Emerging Leader Award has been created in recognition of emerging leadership. This award is for people who are under 35 and/or have fewer than five years in the practice and are making a new impact on the public participation profession.

We cannot wait to see what inspiring projects you have been working on, and individuals you have worked with, to create positive change, build trust, and engage your local community in public participation! All applications are due Friday, May 3, 2019.