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.”
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.