The COVID-19 outbreak has created a “new reality” in many sectors, including public participation. Practitioners are wondering how to handle the situation and how to move forward.
IAP2 Canada and IAP2 USA have received numerous questions from members over the past week, and will be presenting a series of webinars.
Our January webinar was truly a “tale of two cities” — cities that made a commitment to up their game when it came to public engagement. Kingston, Ontario, was named IAP2 Canada Organization of the Year, while Boulder, Colorado, took the honors in both the USA and the International Core Values Awards.
The City of Boulder, Colorado, had considered itself an example of good public participation, but an incident a few years ago showed that more work was needed. A traffic lane was closed off to create a bicycle lane, and Sarah Huntley, the City’s Engagement Manager, says it did not go well. The angry response showed that they did not consult with all the groups that should have been involved, so in 2016 the City decided to engage with the public on engaging with the public.
2019 closed out with a webinar, presented in cooperation with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. The subject was one increasingly important to P2 practitioners: relations with Indigenous peoples and how to be inclusive in our public engagement processes. Nadine St-Louis, Executive Director of Sacred Fire Productions explained that a key to understanding Indigenous ways of being and knowing is to understand the relationship Indigenous people have with the land and how the process of colonization in North America removed that connection, leading to generations of hurt and degradation.
Plenty of opportunities to learn
at the 2020 Sacramento Symposium
Newcomers to public participation and seasoned pros alike find lots to learn at the IAP2 USA Skills Symposium, March 9 – 13, in Sacramento, California.
First of all, a big THANK YOU! to all those who have registered for courses so far! The early-bird deadline has passed, but there are still spaces available.
Have you taken the Foundations course yet? This is the basis of P2 know how and the prerequisite for professional certification, and you can take both modules in one five-day period. The three-day Planning for Effective Public Participation takes you right to the basics: what P2 is and its rationale. You’ll learn about the Five Steps and discuss how to develop P2 objectives that can become part of an organization’s process. It’s a great introduction for newcomers to the practice, managers and experienced practitioners who need a refresher.
Techniques for Effective Public Participation is the two day “sequel” to “Planning”, and lets you add dozens of practical tools and methodologies to your public participation toolkit—powerful techniques you can put to immediate use in your next project. You’ll learn how and when — and even whether — to use each technique, what their strengths and weaknesses are and the resources you’ll need.
”We have a history for being passionate about injustice in our communities. We also have a history of channeling that passion into self-destructive and ineffective behavior. With more community people properly trained to guide those passions into a positive, legal and organized effort to seek the justice that all people are guaranteed by God and the US Constitution, we would all be better served.”
Are you a skilled, committed public participation practitioner? Have you completed the Foundations course and have a solid track record in the field? Have you mastered the Five Core Competencies? We strongly encourage you to take the next step and become a Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3) or Master Certified P2 Professional (MCP3).
The end of the year is a perfect time to reflect on all your P2 accomplishments. This application process is an opportunity to document and catalog the work that you have done. So fill in the application and become a CP3!
The deadline to apply for the next Assessment Center is coming up quickly: January 31, 2020.
Remember, professional certification is different from completion of the Foundations training. Completion of the training is a prerequisite for certification.
The certification process is rigorous but it is also rewarding. You will be assessed against the Five Core Competencies and 29 related criteria, in a three-step process: written application; written response to a case study: and an in-person assessment, which will take place June 5 and 6 in a location still to be determined (based on applicants).
Even if you have a world of experience and a high reputation in the business, the CP3 or MCP3 is a valuable asset: it may be that “extra” you need to get that big promotion or win that new project proposal. Steve Wolf, MCP3, says he felt the “third-party validation” that Certification brings was necessary to reflect his work and abilities.
Read the Information Kit and start preparing. For more information please take a look at the website. Read the FAQ and if you still have questions contact Amelia at amelia[at]iap2usa.org.
Meet Francesca Patricolo. You might recognize her from the 2019 Core Value Awards as her PedPDX: Portland’s Citywide Pedestrian Plan project was recognized as IAP2 USA’s Project of the Year and went on to win IAP2 International’s Project of the Year Award in Sydney, Australia!
Francesca first learned about IAP2 when she was serving in AmeriCorps Central Oregon after undergrad.
“I was responsible for gathering public feedback and shaping it into a plan, but I didn’t have a strategy,” Francesca said. “Fortunately, I found the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation online and immediately used it in my work. I knew after that experience that public participation was my calling in life.”
DECEMBER WEBINAR – INCLUSION
In the field of Public Participation, you often hear the expression, “Meet people where they are.” Sometimes, that means you have to understand where they’ve been. That is never more true when engaging with Indigenous people.
On December 10, at 11am Pacific time (2pm Eastern), join us for the monthly Learning Webinar, as Nadine St-Louis of Sacred Fire Productions presents Understanding History, Territory and Indigenous Identity for Inclusion … a step towards reconciliation. Engaging ethically with Indigenous communities is about moving forward within a respectful, egalitarian and participatory process. This webinar is a conversation looking at how to shift social structures of “us” and “them”, looking at history as narrative and reclaiming Indigenous voices in colonial spaces.
While this webinar is based on Canadian experiences, there are applications to the USA and other countries. In public participation we strive to include all voices. What do we need to think about when we want to be truly inclusive? Do you know?
Register here, and remember the two-stage process: follow the link in your confirmation email to receive your login information.
We look forward to your joining us on December 10!