Deadline for Conference session proposals – February 21st.

2019 North American Conference

No time to lose! Submit your session proposal now

How do you leverage P2 to create thriving communities? Do you have an angle, a technique or an experience that could benefit others in their practice? The time is now to submit your session proposal for the 2019 IAP2 North American Conference.

What kind of communities thrive better with P2? Practically any kind: some communities are connected to a specific place or region, while others are connected through a shared task or purpose. For example, our P2 communities meet human and societal needs for infrastructure, transportation, energy, health, public safety, education, technology and more.

There are opportunities for 60-minute sessions or 90-minute sessions, as well as “poster sessions”, but don’t delay! Read the Call for Session Proposals first and fill out the Application Form here and submit it by the deadline, Thursday, February 21, 2019.

north american conference app previewAnd have you checked out the opportunities to sponsor this year’s Conference? We’re excited to offer some new ways to get news of your P2-related product or service in front of hundreds of practitioners from around the world at once. Sponsoring the Conference also demonstrates your company’s or organization’s commitment to meaningful engagement with the public. Read our Sponsorship Package to learn about the benefits of sponsorship. Download the application to get started today!

IAP2 USA Skills Symposium returns to Texas!

It’s back! The IAP2 USA Skills Symposium — our annual opportunity to plunge deeper into the P2 realm — will be back at the Commons Learning Center in Austin next February 25 to March 1st!

Those who attended the 2018 Skills Symposium are virtually unanimous, course evaluations showed:

I would recommend this course to my P2 colleagues: 99%

It was a worthwhile investment in my career development: 97%

Now’s your chance to take part in this exciting opportunity to enhance and expand your P2 toolkit!

From February 25 through March 1, 2019top trainers from around the world will be on-hand! You can take the full five-day Foundations course, or, as in past years, a variety of courses covering P2 topics you won’t find anywhere else! Read the full Schedule at a Glance.

So start making your plans and get ready to book your room at the Lone Star Court— our host hotel again this year with a special Symposium rate.

For more information on the Symposium and training costs please visit the website. If you have any questions please contact us at


Chapter News – Reporting in from Greater LA, Intermountain, Midwest & Cascade!

Greater LA Chapter

The Greater LA Chapter may have taken July and August off from hosting meetings, but they will be back in full swing come September! Their next event is being generously hosted by PlaceWorks on September 26th starting at 11:30 AM Pacific. To get more information about Greater LA events, sign up for their mailing list but shooting an email to !

In other news, Greater LA Chapter President, Kit Cole, was recently interviewed by ELGL on their GovLove Podcast. We are waiting with bated breath for it’s release!

Intermountain Chapter

The Girls Participation Summit was a half day event designed for girls aged 10-18. They learned from some of the most successful student organizers, elected officials, and community leaders working in Utah. Participants took part in a morning of workshops that introduce tools for engaging with local governments and community organizations, skills for organizing support for causes you care about, and connections to a network of young women doing community work.

In age specific workshops, Girls Aged 10-14 learned how to speak so adults will listen which was then followed by an art workshop called “The Future We Deserve.” Girls Aged 14-18 took part in an session called “You Don’t Have to Graduate to Get Involved” followed by an Ally Building Panel Discussion.

This event wasn’t just for those still in their early youth! Adults took part in sessions introducing tools and resources to support young women in their engagement efforts followed by networking with community organizations that have engagement/volunteer opportunities.

This event hosted 40 attendees and received great feedback.

Midwest P2 News

The next meeting of the Board of the IAP2 USA Midwest Chapter will be Friday, August 10, 2018, from noon – 1pm. We meet via phone and all Chapter members are welcome to join by dialing in: (515) 604-9515, access code: 284499#.

Cascade Chapter News

The Cascade Chapter hosted their 2018 PIWorks! Conference in Portland, Oregon and brought speakers in from across the west coast to talk about a range of topics relevant and emerging in Public Participation Practice. ELGL sent three of their members to the conference who live blogged about their experiences, lessons learned, and take aways! Check out their Day 1 and Day 2 blog posts to learn all about sessions you may have missed out on!

Webinar Rewind – June: “Beyond Inclusion”

In recent years, ads promoting the City of Portland, Oregon, have portrayed the city as “weird” — steampunk, maple/bacon doughnuts, all manner of craft beers, etc., etc. But the city and environs also have a less-than-boastable history of white supremacy. According to the Momentum Alliance — a youth-led group that works for social justice — this historical situation has continued into the 21st Century with policies and procedures that put communities of colour at a disadvantage.

Metro, the regional government overseeing the three counties and 23 cities surrounding the Rose City, teamed up with Momentum Alliance to create a more racially equitable region, starting with changing the agency itself and its relationships with the communities it serves. Through a series of meetings and projects, changes have taken place — and not just cosmetic, outward-appearance changes or plans on a shelf, but changes in the attitudes of individual staff members.

But the process was hardly smooth. It involved some tough conversations, revelations and above all, trust-building. Members, hear for yourself how this remarkable process came together, and how much further they need to go.