Member Profile: Gwen (Happ) Howard

Gwen Happ recently took on the job of secretary of IAP2 USA. “I was part of the early years with IAP2,” she says. “I was there during a period when the organization was experiencing slow steady growth and then… a stall… and declining membership. I’m so glad to see the organization turning it around and membership growing to where we are now.”

So now, let’s meet Gwen (Happ) Howard.

Strong and Getting Stronger

Cathy Smith“Strong” is a word we hear often. Sometimes, it’s a word that mobilizes communities that are recovering from disaster; other times, it’s simply a concept that just make sense. When I open my favorite book, the thesaurus, the index for the “strong” shows that it relates to words like these: energetic, great, influential, robust, substantial, tough. Good words.

Announcing the 2019 IAP2 North American Conference Program

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Over 50 professional development opportunities.
New ideas! A chance to re-energize!

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

 

You want your community and the people in it to thrive and be their best. How can you build your P2 skills to help make that happen? This year’s IAP2 North American Conference — September 4 through 6 in Charlotte, North Carolina — is where you need to be! Over 50 learning opportunities, including sessions, workshops and field trips are on tap this year, all geared to the theme, “Leveraging P2 to Create Thriving Communities”.

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Take a look at the Schedule-at-a-Glance. Look for the themes that interest you, like “Cities and Communities”, “Infrastructure,” “Race, Equity, Inclusion”, “Tips, Tools, Techniques”, “Youth”, and much more. Look at the sessions, with fresh insights on widely different P2 angles, delivered by presenters from 14 states, across Canada and from Australia and Finland. Information on field trips and workshops will be coming soon.

IAP2 NAC Conference App Preview ImageWe know what you’re thinking right now: “I have a P2-related business. How can I support this brilliant conference and show how I feel about P2?” We’re glad you asked! We have some new and innovative sponsorship opportunities! The Participation Company, Jambo and Borealis have already come on board: check out the many levels of sponsorship we have to offer! NEW in 2019: the 2019 Conference app offers new ways for your company or organization to start and build new relationships with attendees and followers alike!

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Are you a student, Ameri-Corps, non-profit staff member or community volunteer? You may be eligible for a scholarship to attend! Successful applicants will receive entry to all conference events!

Space will fill up quickly, so don’t delay! Register by June 30 to get early-bird discount pricing. Reserve your room at our host hotel, The Sheraton Charlotte. Special Conference pricing is in effect by August 4. Remember: your registration also gets you into the Core Values Awards gala, Thursday, September 5, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

See you in Charlotte!
IAP2 USA and IAP2 Canada

RFQ for Professional Engagement Consulting Services

…for the City of Raleigh’s Planning Department

The City of Raleigh is soliciting Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) for consulting services with expertise in community engagement to assist the City Planning Department in its mission to engage the public in authentic and inclusive ways. The consultant will be expected to review in detail the current engagement practices of the City, research best practices from other communities and from the literature, make recommendations for how Raleigh can up its game with regards to community engagement, as well as train staff in the application of these recommendations. A public participation manual of templates focused on planning efforts will be the primary deliverable for this study.

You can find the RFQ here: https://www.ips.state.nc.us/IPS/AGENCY/PDF/13028300.pdf

Please send any questions to Kristin N. Williams.

It’s time to recognize your P2 initiatives. Apply for the 2019 IAP2 USA Awards

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Being a Public Participation Practitioner is not for the faint of heart. It requires ingenuity, caring, and dedication.

  • Ingenuity in how to engage a diversity of stakeholders and the public in complex and sometimes high-stakes and high-emotion projects, plans and/or processes
  • Caring in providing a safe and inclusive space where there is an opportunity to hear from and engage ALL voices including stakeholders, the public, decision-makers and the internal team.
  • Dedication to your communities, the P2 practice… and the greater good. Upholding the IAP2 Core Values and the Code of Ethics.

It is TIME for you or your organization to SHINE – so apply for:

  • The IAP2 USA Core Values Awards. Each year, IAP2 Affiliates around the world celebrate excellence in the profession through the IAP2 Core Values Awards. The awards go to projects and organizations which best demonstrate IAP2’s Core Values and help to raise the bar in the field of public engagement by sharing best practices and inspiring the P2 community to learn from one another. As a friendly competition, the Core Values Awards encourage new approaches and innovative uses of existing ones.
  • The IAP2 USA Greater Good Award recognizes excellence achieved by individuals in the field of public participation in the United States. These individuals have been pioneers in the field, and helped shape it to become what it is today.
  • The IAP2 USA Greater Good – Emerging Leader Award has been created in recognition of emerging leadership. This award is for people who are under 35 and/or have fewer than five years in the practice and are making a new impact on the public participation profession.

We cannot wait to see what inspiring projects you have been working on, and individuals you have worked with, to create positive change, build trust, and engage your local community in public participation! All applications are due Friday, May 3, 2019.

       

Introducing IAP2 USA’s new Executive Team

Celebrating International Women's Day by celebrating our IAP2 USA Women of the Board

If they were a band, they’re ready to rock and roll. If a jazz quintet, they’re ready to riff a five part harmony. And since its International Women’s Day, if they were Aretha Franklin, they’d say everything boils down to just this one word –

Respect – for everyone, everywhere.

Friday, March 8th is International Women’s Day and we’re celebrating these five women of IAP2 USA 2019 Executive Committee — Cathy Smith, Traci Ethridge, Lisa Carlson, Gwen Happ and Tina Geiselbrecht.

Catherine Smith - President Traci Ethridge - Vice-President Lisa Carlson - Treasurer
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These five took on the roles of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Succession Planning, respectively. In addition to giving us their leadership, they also represent the full width of the country with Cathy at the far western-edge’s beaches of San Diego, California, Gwen and Lisa in the mountains of Colorado, Tina in the heartland and musicland of Texas, and Traci at the east coast hub of commerce in North Carolina.

These five are already making a difference together to IAP2 USA’s efforts to provide our members with the professional development, networking opportunities, and a home for the professions that they value. Earlier this month, they helped establish and launch this year’s National Dialogue Theme around Core Values #1 and 4 in regard to social equity, diversity and inclusion. Traci stepped up last year and is continuing on this year in leading the preparations for the 2019 National Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. And Tina has helped to build momentum for a new chapter — the Lone Star Chapter—which officially filed its papers with the IAP2 USA in February this year. They are working with other IAP2 USA Board members on international and regional efforts to continually strengthen the organization and the value it delivers to its members.

Currently, they are leading the Board’s efforts to: expand the presence of IAP2 USA throughout the country, expand its services, and expand philanthropy that supports the organization. All these efforts are with the vision of supporting our members and making quality public participation a cultural norm. Our Ambassador Program, our emerging chapters, and services in the form of webinars, conferences, symposium, and conferences, are all outgrowths of this vision.

Leah Jaramillo - Past-PresidentThese five also want to deliver a special thank you to Leah Jaramillo for her leadership over the past three years as the organization’s President and to all the members of the Board, the chapter leaders, and each individual member. They know everyone involved works every day across the country on important projects, programs and policies of all sizes and shapes that help people make crucial decisions together about water, energy, land use, transportation, public health, education, economic development. They couldn’t be happier or more ready to represent the core values, ethics and efforts of the organization and all of its members.

IAP2 USA is pleased to be
PURSUING THE GREATER GOOD; GOOD DECISIONS MADE TOGETHER

The 2019 IAP2 Core Values Awards: apply now!

 

THE IAP2 CORE VALUES AWARDS:
On your marks … get set … APPLY!

Have you worked on a P2 project that’s broken new ground, or maybe broken a few rules? Has it been effective in bringing together many voices and ensuring that people’s views are being considered? Did it exemplify the IAP2 Core Values?

Deadline for Conference session proposals – February 21st.

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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!

Intermountain Chapter Update!

Hello IAP2 Members & Friends!

We have some exciting events coming up that we wanted to spread the word about:

Networking Breakfast with IAP2 USA Board Member Jay Vincent: February 13th, 8-9:30 a.m.

Jay leads Outreach Experts and does policy and public engagement on a variety of projects, including those in the energy sector. He developed the most recent National Dialogue theme and is coming to speak with the students at UVU. This breakfast is a great opportunity to understand what’s happening on the national scale and network with Jay. The breakfast will be at Market Street and we can accommodate up to 20 people. If there is more interest, I’ll find a bigger space. Attendees will buy their own breakfasts. RSVP to Stacee if you can attend. Jay Vincent Bio

2019 National Dialogue: February 20th, 5-7 p.m., at Utah Valley University

We’ll have quite a few students participating in this discussion and I would love to see a mix of practitioners in our fields and others that you think are applicable. Please share the flyerregistration link, and/or Facebook invite. Registration is required and the event is capped at 100 people. The event is free and refreshments will be served. We hope to see you all there!

Chapter Update: 

Officer elections are now complete and we are proud to announce the new IAP2 Intermountain Chapter Board!

Stacee Adams, President

David Jones, Vice President

Wendy Green Lowe, Treasurer

Mia Caselli, Communications Chair

Duke Richardson, Secretary

Kenya Rene, Utah State Rep.

Kammie McClintock, Idaho State Rep.

Cassie Hemphill, Montana State Rep.

Beau Hunter, Past President

Stay tuned for more about the newly elected board in an upcoming IAP2 Intermountain Newsletter!

Have a great week!

IAP2 Intermountain Chapter

The Skills Symposium: last day to register is February 21st.

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The cutoff date is less than 10 days away for the 2019 IAP2 USA Skills Symposium (Feb. 25 – March 1, Austin, Texas), and you really don’t want to miss this! The opportunity comes but once a year, to learn about aspects of the P2 profession that you don’t get anywhere else.

Do you have to engage a lot of people in a relatively short time-frame? Large Scale Engagement Techniques examines three popular methods for large-scale, dialogue-based public participation on public policy issues: the 21st-Century Town Hall, Deliberative Polling, and Citizen Juries. Each process helps participants learn about an issue, create space for in-depth deliberation and generate detailed feedback on public policy options.

How do you get people’s attention so you can move past the “usual suspects” and “same voices singing the same song”? Meaningful Tools, Powerful Outcomes promises some new techniques for bringing more people into the conversation. You’ll learn how best to use Socratic Circle, PhotoVoice and Ideas Fair, and you’ll walk away with new excitement and motivation to try something different.

And do you have a tried-and-true method for determining whether your P2 process “worked”? In Evaluating and Measuring P2, you’ll learn about theories and practical strategies to help you evaluate your public participation efforts. You’ll get a chance to apply foundational tools like logic models, examine the differences between process and impact evaluation, and review the components of an evaluation plan.

And there’s still some room in our other courses, too! Check out the Schedule-at-a-Glance and register by February 21.

See y’all in Texas!