New Faces at IAP2 USA: Introducing Gail & Erin

It was just two months ago in a downtown Denver conference room when we met the finalists for the Executive Manager position. Out of 72 applicants, the choice came down to two fantastic candidates. Meeting them in person made us not want to make that choice. It made us want to make a different choice—the choice to hire them both. So we asked for their patience, worked through the numbers, and discovered and decided, it was time. Not only could we acknowledge there was too much for one manager to do, but it was time to specialize the Executive Manager role and create a new one as well.

So it is with great happiness, we are able to introduce you to our new Executive Manager (Gail) and to our new Strategic Development Manager (Erin). It’s due to years of steadily moving and growing into this era, that we have arrived and now, they have arrived to join us. We look forward to you meeting them through our events, services and member engagement opportunities. For now, please say hello to Gail and Erin.

IAP2 Cascade is now offering Community Capacity Grants!

Are you looking to increase capacity for public participation but need more resources?

The purpose of the Community Capacity Grant is to create mutually beneficial partnerships that will support high quality, culturally relevant work with community partners in Oregon and SW Washington.

Open to IAP2 members or those partnering with IAP2 Cascade Chapter members

Applications open: Sept 9 – Nov 15, 2019

Amount available: $3000 (up $1000 per project)

Questions: iap2cascade@gmail.com

Application + more information: https://iap2usa.org/cascade/

WEBINAR REWIND – August: “Victoria Encore – Navigating Culture Wars Through Thoughtful P2”

The last webinar of the “season” brought together four longtime P2 practitioners to reprise their presentation from the 2018 IAP2 North American Conference. John Godec, Debra Duerr, Wendy Green Lowe and Doug Sarno have seen a lot in their careers, including an alarming decline in trust in public institutions. This has coincided with the increase in cultural divisions, and has reached a point where, according to a Pew Research survey, only 18% of American trust their government. A similar survey in Canada pegs that number at 36%, and in Australia, it’s 21%. 

What does that mean for a P2 practitioner?

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Heroes, Hurricanes and Happy Endings

Catherine Smith, CP3A good story has a setting with a hero on a quest. There are challenges, choices and consequences. With those, other heroes arrive, change happens, and a new reality takes shape. Fade to a perfect sunset, and the story is complete.

As it happens, we have such a story.

It starts in 2017 over a bowl of fresh pasta in a little Italian restaurant in downtown San Diego. It was there where our newly elected Board Member, Traci Ethridge, shared her quest to hold for the first time in IAP2 USA history a North American conference on the east coast in her hometown of Charlotte. She shared there was energy happening there and that IAP2 could be the home for that energy. She brought the idea to the Board and they agreed, it was time to go east.

Message from the President: Good People

Catherine Smith, President

I’m sitting at my desk and looking at a list of our new members. Their addresses send me on a small and temporary road trip to travel coast-to-coast and border-to-border. They are in: Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; Gainesville, Florida; Columbus, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio; Lansing, Michigan; Golden and Boulder, Colorado; Scottsdale, Arizona; Beaverton and Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington.

This organization and its values are forces that truly unite us across our country.

These new members, along with our existing ones, have found a home here. For the past five years that home has been taken care of by Amelia Shaw, our Executive Manager. Most days, my email inbox shows a message sent from her at 5:30 am or so from her desk, which is in the middle of a beautiful place that she shares with husband, Drew, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. That 5:30 am email lets me know that she’s there among the forest and flowers doing the work of the organization to make it a welcoming home for each and everyone one of us.

25 IAP2 CP3s and MCP3s in North America. YEAH!

A CERTIFIABLE HIT!
Certification Program Reaches Milestone!

25 IAP2 members across North America have now achieved this internationally-recognized credential!

CONGRATULATIONS to the latest group of Certified Public Participation Professionals (CP3):

Left-to-right: Trevor Joyal (Calgary), Kirsty Neill (Calgary), Gay Robinson (Calgary), Megan Fitzgerald (Vancouver), Sarah Dechter (Flagstaff AZ), Lara Tierney (Calgary)

Left-to-right:Trevor Joyal (Calgary), Kirsty Neill (Calgary), Gay Robinson (Calgary), Megan Fitzgerald (Vancouver), Sarah Dechter (Flagstaff, AZ), Lara Tierney (Calgary)

Government with the People?

A new report from the Kettering Foundation, With the People: Making Democracy Work as It Should, offers a strategy for bridging some of the divide separating the people of the United States from their government and from the country’s major institutions. It envisions a form of collaboration that would have institutions working with citizens, not just for them.