WEBINAR REWIND: IAP2 Organizations of the Year

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. 

January 29, 2020   Posted in Webinars

WEBINAR REWIND: “Respecting Indigenous ways of being and knowing”

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. 

December Webinar – Inclusion. Register today!

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!

December 6, 2019   Posted in Webinars

WEBINAR REWIND – November – Charlotte Encore: “Walk it Like You Talk It – Youth Empowerment and Racial Equity”

Our first “Charlotte Encore” – a presentation from the previous IAP2 North American Conference that attendees told us should be shared via webinar – brought back the Thursday lunch keynote speakers. Liz Styron and Kaleia Martin of YES! Youth Empowered Solutions challenged us to consider the intersection of racial bias and marginalizing young people. (Read more) Liz and Kaleia show that, even if everything else is equal or a non-white person has an advantage, race puts that person at a demonstrable disadvantage. Race, they’ve learned, is the number-one deciding factor in health and life outcomes.

WEBINAR REWIND: October 2019 – IAP2 Projects of the Year

Two projects, which focused on equalizing conditions for everyone, were featured in the October learning webinar. The Portland (OR) Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer were named IAP2 Projects of the Year for the USA and Canada, respectively, at the 2019 IAP2 Core Values Awards. 

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?

Bringing “the locals” onside: the IAP2 June Webinar

June Learning Webinar – Engaging the Rumour Mill

Picture this: you work for a large organization that has plans involving a small community (or several). Your organization means for it to benefit the people, but you run into deep-seated skepticism in a tight-knit community. How do you earn their trust and bring in a project that benefits all concerned?

That’s the situation Carrie McIntosh of the British Columbia Ferry Corporation found herself in. BC Ferries is a vital link among coastal communities, and she details her experiences in the next IAP2 Learning Webinar, “Engaging the Rumour Mill” (Tuesday, June 11, at 11am PDT / 2pm EDT). This is another “Victoria Encore”, reprising a presentation from the 2018 IAP2 North American Conference: one that attendees told us should be shared with others in a webinar.

You can read Carrie’s conference session outline here, and register here. Remember to follow the two-stage procedure for logging in: your confirmation email will include the link to our webinar provider; fill in the form to get your login instructions.

We look forward to your joining us!

All the best,
IAP2 Canada / IAP2 USA

WEBINAR REWIND – Victoria Encore: Youth Shaping Cities

In May of 2019, Veronika Bylicki of CityHive reprised her presentation from last September, looking at youth — basically, people aged 18 to 35 — as one of the greatest untapped resources in decision making, planning and city-building. Yet they are the ones, Veronika says, who will have to “wear” the results of today’s decisions. She says it’s a missed opportunity and that decisions that are not taken with meaningful input from youth are less resilient, while engaging youth is a “triple-win” for youth, communities and cities.

So what’s preventing more youth involvement? One thing is a lack of knowledge that they can get involved, particularly at the civic level. Three barriers Veronika identifies are a lack of civic literacy, lack of confidence and a lack of credibility — that is, many young people don’t believe they know enough to have anything of value to offer.

IAP2 USA members can watch the webinar recording online anytime!

WEBINAR REWIND – Victoria Encore: Creating Communications & P2 Roadmaps (April 2019)

Communications and P2: the same but different! It still happens sometimes, that organizations consider public engagement to be the same as public communication. As a P2 practitioner, you know that each needs careful consideration and planning. Communications is a vital element of P2. Letting people “in” on the nature of the project, what it entails, how they’ll be affected and how they’ll be able to give input is necessary: if they don’t know, they won’t go.

Our April webinar was another Victoria Encore, featuring a presentation from the 2018 IAP2 North American Conference that attendees told us would make a great webinar. Lara Tierney and Kirsty Neill of Onpoint and Wade Wilson of Marcomm Works, talked about the differences between and the intersections of the two disciplines. Identifying that communications focuses on saying: what, how, and to whom; while engagement focuses on listening: to what you need to learn, from whom, and how you’ll collect that information. How do you marry the two to create a meaningful P2 process?

IAP2 members can view the recording of the webinar and download other information here.