What happens when your city’s growth suddenly explodes and new initiatives demand public participation? “Engagement fatigue” and staff burnout follow — that’s what. The city of Austin, Texas, has seen its population grow over the last decade to the tune of 100 people per day, and the situation has not been helped by often vitriolic divisions of opinion.
The solution? The Conversation Corps: a team of trained volunteer facilitators, dedicated to promoting civil dialogue and pushing the envelope of P2 best practices. We’re excited to welcome folks from Austin with P2 is a Team Sport, the story of their five-year journey. You’ll get some on-the-ground insights on promoting a culture of civil discourse and how to work with other agencies to grow a P2 culture.
Vancouver, BC, is famous for its Chinatown, but that historic community has felt itself in danger of being swallowed up by the rapid growth of the city. Public processes have failed to be inclusive, leading to distrust and loss of community support for projects and plans.
In Inclusive Engagement with Vancouver’s Chinatown, Miranda Eng of Context Research will share their recent collaborative work with community members from Vancouver’s Chinatown to co-create a model to guide culturally respectful planning and design of engagement processes.
Those are two of nearly 30 sessions, plus workshops, panel discussions and field trips at the 2018 IAP2 North American Conference, Sept. 5 – 7 in Victoria, BC. Read more about the Conference and take a look at the Schedule-at-a-Glance to see what’s on offer.
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Remember: register on or before June 30, and take advantage of the early-bird registration rates! And book your room soon at one of our three partner hotels: they’ll be going fast!
ONE MORE WEEK to submit your proposal for the IAP2 North American Conference session!
Do you have particular expertise in P2 you want to share with others? Have you gained unique insights into the profession and the many areas connected with it? Now is the time to submit your proposal to present at the 2018 IAP2 North American Conference, Sept. 5 – 7 in Victoria, BC! The deadline is less than a week away: Monday, February 12, at 11:59pm Pacific time.
We’re expecting some 300 people from across North America and around the world to join us as we explore “Growing a Culture of P2”. This is your opportunity to dive deep into this year’s conference theme: Innovate, Inspire, Include, Influence, and Imagine!
To start with, please review the Call for Session Proposals. There, you’ll find information on what the Program Committee is looking for and tips on what to include in your Session Proposal Application. Successful proponents will be notified in March and we expect to announce the program in early April.
We look forward to seeing what you come up with!
IAP2 Canada and IAP2 USA are seeking session proposals for the 7th Annual IAP2 North American Conference to be held September 5-7, 2018 in Victoria, BC, Canada.
This is an opportunity to explore the theme, Growing a Culture of P2, with content focusing on topics that Innovate, Inspire, Include, Influence, and Imagine!
Please review the Call for Session Proposals first as it contains information on what the Program Committee is looking for and tips on what to include in your Session Proposal Application.
The majority of the sessions will be in English, however, we plan to include some bilingual sessions. Please indicate in the application if you would like to make your presentation in French and English (simultaneous interpretation will not be provided).
The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, February 12, 2018!
The hard work that ensures the people have a voice in things that affect them is often unsung. The Core Values Awards recognize the achievements of organizations through a particular year. Now comes the Greater Good Award, which recognizes bodies of work by individuals. Selected by the President after reviewing nominations from members, the first of these awards were announced at the North American Conference in Denver in September.
The first two honorees come from markedly different backgrounds: a pioneer of the practice — Dr James Creighton — and one who ensures P2 is at work daily in one of America’s largest, most diverse cities — Grayce Liu.
By: Violeta Manoukian
Sustainable Resilient Longmont Board Member, and
IN-PACT Group, Founder and CEO
A truly enriching conference! It offered a broad spectrum of topics making it hard at times to choose which sessions to attend. As to be expected in many conferences there was also a broad range in the quality of presentations.
My favorite sessions (in chronological order) were (a) Digital Engagement – a cutting edge session about this fast growing aspect of participation where I learned about the latest developments; (b) An Ancient Solution Reimagined for Modern Times – an evidenced based presentation of DRUMBEAT’s successful approach to drumming as an inherently human community building activity was fun, inspiring and very enjoyable: and (c) Beginning With the Brain in Mind: Overcoming Polarization through Deliberative Process Design – a session offering a clear exposition of how we can transform negative aspects of human nature into critical positive aspects such as empathy and creativity, a much appreciated and timely contribution to the theme of this conference.
It was also my pleasure and honor to contribute to the group crafting of this year’s addition to the ‘IAP2 Conferences Questions Quilt’ by proposing the question “How can we create participatory spaces that nurture goodness, bravery, and collaboration?” I probably will be contemplating it for many months (years?) to come. . .
This year we tried something new and exciting that the North American Conference called Pathways. Participants took part in one of three different pathways:
- National Dialogue: Are we facing a P2 crisis or opportunity?
- Collaboration for the Greater Good
- Powerfully Positive Questions for P2 in a Changing World.
Each pathway took place over the course of two days. Participants got to set their agenda, co-create, and co-host, and participate in the presentation of their findings during the conference finale on Friday.
Here is what they said:
A new award to celebrate excellence in the field of public participation in the US. This is your chance to nominate an individual who has exerted outstanding leadership, service, and application of IAP2’s core values. Do you know someone who is worthy of this accolade. The deadline for applications is August 31st. We will be recognizing the winner at the IAP2 North American Conference in Denver this September.
Send in your nomination
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Do you just know that you need to be at the 2017 IAP2 North American Conference in Denver in September, but your manager still needs convincing? These Top Five Reasons should help:
- No need to re-invent the wheel – learn from others’ experiences both good and bad. Find out about emerging trends and issues. If you come away with one or two good ideas then you have paid for your conference.
- Skill building. There are so many good and effective ways to do public engagement. Find out what they are and bring them back to your workplace.
- Networking. Have you ever wanted to pick up the phone or send an email to people that have similar ideas or concerns as you do? How about trying out an idea before you pay for it? Meet those colleagues at the Conference, people are happy to learn and share together.
- The conference theme is “P2 for the Greater Good”, and what company doesn’t want to be associated with that.
- Good Public Participation = Good Results
You’ve made the decision to go to the Conference, yeah … now what? Just follow these easy steps:
STEP 1: Register for the Conference (if you’re an IAP2 member from outside the USA, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the registration code)