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Outdoor field trips – and lessons in self-care – at #iap2nac!

The 2019 IAP2 North American Conference(Sept. 4 – 6 in Charlotte, NC) promises a grand array of presentations covering the public participation field. But we’re also excited to offer some unexpected gems outside the session-rooms!

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You care for your stakeholders and clients, but how well do you take care of yourself? At lunch on Friday, hear from Janine Hamner Holman and personal coach Kelly Mobeck, as they tell us Why it’s non-negotiable for us to take care of ourselves!

Join us on Wednesday, September 4th for some pre-conference activities (included with your full Conference registration) that get you out on the town, learning how the Queen City has engaged the public in its ongoing development!

INSIGHTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD AT #IAP2NAC 2019

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FLASH: JUST 2 WEEKS LEFT TO SAVE WITH THE EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT!

The 2019 IAP2 North American Conference (Sept. 4 – 6, in Charlotte, NC) promises a wide range of learning and networking opportunities and features presentations from one end of the globe to the other!

Register today! Hotel Reservations
Schedule-at-a-Glance Conference Details
Become a Sponsor! Sponsorship Application

Check out some of these offerings!

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

How to Convince Your Boss: The IAP2 North American Conference

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It’s June, and September will be here sooner than you know it,which means the annual IAP2 North American Conference is right around the corner – September 4-6 in Charlotte, North Carolina! More than that, so is the deadline to get the early-bird discount (June 30th), so if you need to convince your “boss” to let you have those days-away, you’ll need to do it soon!

So with that in mind, we can help with Five (count ‘em – 5!) Big Reasons to go to the #IAP2NAC…

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.

Community Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion in Placemaking

(contributed by Charles Campion, former IAP2 Core Values Award winner)

Communities have a collective intelligence that brings social, economic and environmental value to designing cities and neighbourhoods. Just as the act of voting is a right, it is inherently democratic to bring people genuinely to the heart of planning and placemaking.

At this year’s American Institute of Architects “AIA ’19 Conference”, Alison Luas from Boston Architecture firm Payette will moderate a session with architects Patricia Saldaña Natke, President and Design Principal at Chicago based UrbanWorks Ltd and Charles Campion, Partner at JTP, London. Natke and Campion are both striving to leverage the process of co-design in the built environment to meet the challenges of equity, diversity and inclusion to increase opportunities for all individuals.

Member Profile: Sarah Rubin

POSITION. Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, CA Department of Conservation

How long have you been in P2, and where have you worked?

That depends on exactly how one wants to define public participation/ engagement. I worked at the Sacramento Mediation Center starting in 1995; then I did Americans with Disability Act mediation at a non-profit during grad school in Virginia. It was rewarding work. I started doing public policy related engagement in 2000 when I got a job at the Bay Area based non-profit Community Focus. This was my first experience bringing together diverse stakeholders to work on local projects they chose and implemented. Our approach was strengths based – and that model really resonated with me. I liked helping stakeholders to figure out how they could successfully contribute to a project. For one stakeholder it could be getting the mayor to participate; for another it was baking snacks and or getting food donations.

I worked for the Center for Collaborative Policy for ten years and then the Institute for Local Government. Between those two jobs I spend a year in Hawai’i, where I did some consulting with a colleague I adore – Linda Colburn. We designed a stakeholder engagement process for dealing with freshwater issues and helped the Hawai’i Health Connector – the implementation agency for the Affordable Care Act in Hawai’i.

Overall, like anyone who has been in the field a while I’ve worked with colleagues and stakeholders who have both made work a joy and a major challenge!

President’s Message: Be PART of Something Good

Catherine SmithCatherine Smith, IAP2 USA President

It was a Saturday afternoon in early May and I was at my first Presidential Library, the FDR Library in Hyde Park in the Hudson River Valley. It’s true–the light of the Hudson River Valley is  special, but there’s another type of light entirely to stand in front of a President’s desk, even one that hasn’t been occupied for longer than my own lifespan. It’s quiet and invigorating all at the same time.

It was the type of moment that puts a focus on the work we do and its relationship to helping democracy work at every level. True, the democracy isn’t perfect, has flaws, sometimes frustrates us or seems far too fragile. But the reality is, it’s endured. And, it’s endured because of some important values—values that our organization shares.

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Field trips! Workshops! Awards! Themes of race, equity, inclusion; tips, tools and techniques; transportation and infrastructure, to name a few! Networking with like-minded folks! There is something for everyone at the 2019 IAP2 North American Conference, Sept. 4 – 6 in Charlotte, NC!

But if you like saving money (who doesn’t?), then you don’t want to drag your feet: the early-bird discount ends June 30 — six short weeks away!

Just look at what’s on offer this year:

Moving beyond a dark past is no small task. Our host city, Charlotte, has been grappling with a legacy of racial and economic segregation, especially as it put together its first comprehensive plan since 1975. Race, Equity, Design Thinking, & Engagement to Move Our City Forward describes how the plan wove equity into the whole process, developing measurable outcomes to achieve equitable development and quality of life in the city. You’ll get an inside look into the process and see how you can adapt the techniques this group used to your own processes.