Training in Transition

As of January 1, 2020, responsibility for IAP2 training will transfer from the Federation to the individual affiliates. It’s part of a revision of the relationship between the worldwide body and the affiliates, with the Federation now known as “International” (yes, the International Association for Public Participation, International) and the affiliates becoming “Regions”. The regions — such as USA. Canada, Australasia, etc. — will be responsible for licensing, administering and in some cases hosting training. 

In a nutshell, what it means for trainers is:

Message from the Executive Manager

Gail MadziarAs your new Executive Manager, it has been a pleasure these past few weeks getting to know the IAP2 USA Board and members. It’s clear you are all a very dedicated group. We have been busy at the IAP2 virtual office as well and you will notice some changes as we move forward in our organizational growth.

IAP2 board elections continue through December 11 with a great slate of candidates. Be sure to vote. Watch for more opportunities to connect and serve your association in the coming months. The IAP2 USA board is reaching out for committee volunteers including participants for a new diversity and inclusion committee, ambassadors, and chapter members. We’re asking your opinions about our programs and processes in a membership survey open through December 11. Your input is important and will guide the direction of the IAP2 USA strategic planning process which begins in 2020. 

Along with the March 9-13, 2020 Skills Symposium in Sacramento, you’ll find a second opportunity to attend a 2020 Skills Symposium in Atlanta this fall. The 2020 IAP2 North American Conference is in Banff in Alberta, Canada is September 9- 11, 2020. Mark your calendars!

I look forward to working with you and hearing your input and ideas. Please contact me any time at gail[at]iap2usa.org.

Mae West Was Right

Author: Catherine Smith, CP3

“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” – Mae West.

Too much good—is that even possible? I don’t think so. There’s always room for doing more good in our world, and especially at IAP2 USA where we teach people what good decisions made together means.

To do more good this year, we’ve launched our first annual giving campaign, funding scholarships for practitioners of all types. Our goal is to broaden our organizational reach by defraying the cost of our learning events for a range of deserving individuals. These funds will help them access our webinars, taster series, symposia, courses, chapter events, and annual conferences. 

IAP2 USA Core Values Award winners take International Honors!

TRIPLE-PLAY!
3 winning IAP2 USA Projects receive International Awards!

All three “national” award winners at the 2019 IAP2 USA Core Values Awards have just received top honors on the International stage, as announced at the recent IAP2 Australasian Conference.

Congratulations to:

The City of Portland (OR) Transportation Bureau for “PedPDX: Portland’s Citywide Transportation Plan”, which tied with the City of Brisbane, Australia, for Project of the Year. Watch their Core Values Awards video here. Portland’s project was featured in the October learning webinar: IAP2 USA members may watch the webinar here.

The City of Boulder (CO) for “Creating a Meaningful and Inclusive P2 Culture”. Boulder leaders had felt for a long time that they were being inclusive in their planning and policy-making, but when they started hearing that it could be a lot better, they set out to engage the public on how to engage the public. The result earned Boulder the Organization of the Year Award Internationally, as well as in the USA. Watch their Core Values Awards video here.

PRR Inc. of Seattle launched a comprehensive study into the best ways to assess how well a public participation process is working. Its “Measuring Public Involvement: an easy-to-use toolkit” received the award for Research Project of the Year. Watch their Core Values Awards video here.

You can read about all the Core Values Award winners from around the world in the annual IAP2 Showcase.

The IAP2 Core Values Awards recognize excellence in the public engagement field and also serve as a way for other P2 practitioners to learn best practices and elevate their own “game”. Applications for the 2020 IAP2 USA Core Values Awards will be received starting in February: watch for the announcement of the opening of the application period in the New Year.

 

2020-2022 Board Nominations close today!

2019 Board Nominations are now open

Nominations close today. Submit your nomination for the IAP2 USA Board of Directors and the IAP2 International Board — USA Representatives.

IAP2 USA is looking for new leaders. By serving on the IAP2 USA IAP2 board you will not only give back to your profession, you will develop leadership skills, and increase your knowledge and passion for the public participation practice.

This year’s board needs visionary and enthusiastic leaders intent on guiding the organization into the future.

Nominations are now open for 2020-2022 Board members. For more information please visit the IAP2 USA website.

For more information review the Nominations Information Package.

Consider becoming a Board member. It can be a very rewarding experience. To nominate yourself please fill in the following form Board Nomination Form and send to gail@iap2usa.org – subject heading “Nomination Application”.

This year IAP2 USA elections will include nomination and selection of the IAP2 International Board’s USA Representative. For more information see the IAP2 International position description.

For questions contact Traci Ethridge, Chair, Nominations Committee or Gail Madziar, Executive

Manager, IAP2 USA at gail@iap2usa.org

Deadline for applications is Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

 

November 6, 2019   Posted in Board

Wendy Lowe: Improve your professional status!

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Get Certified by IAP2

Prove to your customers, employers, clients, or co-workers that you are a skilled and knowledgeable p2 practitioner. Many of us work in professional isolation, surrounded by other sorts of professionals like engineers, health care specialists, educators, or environmental scientists. When they question our professional judgment, we wonder, how can I prove that I know what I am doing?

Get Certified! Architects do it, engineers do it, facilitators do it, and public relations specialists do it. The idea is hardly new. Here is an example from another profession, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), which certifies planners. Their website reads:

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?