May 3rd – deadline to APPLY FOR CORE VALUES AWARDS!

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THE IAP2 CORE VALUES AWARDS:
Time for your work to take a bow!

Good public participation is hardly noticed: it lurks in the shadows, making sure people are reached, voices are heard and input is addressed.

You work hard to make sure of it, so the IAP2 USA Core Values Awards provides the annual opportunity to give you the credit you and your workmates deserve. If you have created, or been part of a team that has brought about a stellar P2 process — one that exemplifies the IAP2 Core Values and stands out for its innovative approach — now is the time to apply!

We’re looking to honor the Organization of the Year and Research Project of the Year; the Project of the Year will be chosen from the winners of the awards for:

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Respect for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture and
  • General Project Category

But don’t delay! The deadline to submit your application is May 3, 2019 (end of day, Pacific time) and the winners will be honored at the annual Core Values Awards Gala, September 5, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Download the Applicant’s Kit (with application form) here, check out the winners from past years here, and start making your plans to join us in Charlotte!

Announcing the 2019 IAP2 North American Conference Program

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

#IAP2NAC

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

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
Gwen Happ - Secretary Tina Geiselbrecht - Succession Planning

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

2018 Greater Good and Greater Good Emerging Leader

Barbara Lewis

With twenty-five years of experience in facilitating community engagement, Barbara Lewis is best known for her creativity in engaging communities in local/regional decision-making and particularly her use of the Appreciative Inquiry approach.

Barbara’s involvement with IAP2 has been extensive over the years. In 1994, Barbara helped found the Colorado Chapter of IAP2 and was most recently the chapter’s president. In 2002, she was a key member of the team that developed the Techniques for Effective Public Participation course, now part of IAP2’s gold standard Foundations Program. In 2017, she was the “boots on the ground” Co-Chair of the 2017 IAP2 North American Conference in Denver. In short, Barbara’s entire career has been built around the implementation of IAP2’s Core Values.

Certification Task Force

This dedicated group of P2 practitioners and IAP2 leaders have spent the last 6 years developing a professional certification program from the ground up.

From using international practitioner responses to help determine the essential capabilities a P2 professional should have to effectively design, implement, and evaluate public participation programs and develop an assessment program to test and verify that applicants have these core competencies, please join me in recognizing the 

Certification Task Force Members:

  •    Debra Duerr
  •    Tina Geiselbrecht
  •    Cassandra Hemphill
  •    Wendy Lowe
  •    Brenda Pichette
  •    Ken Smith

Additionally – the task force has asked that an honorary award be granted to IAP2 USA and Canada Executive Manager Amelia Shaw for her significant support and stewardship of this process and of the Task Force.

Francesca Patricolo

A tireless champion of good communications and community engagement, in little more than 8 years, Francesca Patricolo has established a P2 student chapter at the University of Oregon, participated on the Cascade Chapter executive committee, established her own P2 consultancy, served on the IAP2 USA Board of Directors, served as USA representative to the IAP2 Federation and now serves as President of the Cascade Chapter. Francesca has also been passionate about helping young people become involved in the practice of P2 and advancing the cause of equity and diversity within P2.

IAP2 USA Responds to NEPA: Are you?

The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has extended its comment period to 08/20/2018. The CEQ has posed six questions to the public regarding the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This could have a significant impact on the process and quality of P2. We want to make a stand for good P2, why it is important and why we need to fight for it. For this reason, IAP2 USA has elected to provide feedback on Question 6:

Question 6: Should the provisions in CEQ’s NEPA regulations relating to public involvement be revised to be more inclusive and efficient, and if so, how?

We as a community are uniquely poised to respond. We are asking you to be a part of “Pursuing the Greater Good” and to advocate for “Good Decisions Made Together” by responding to the NEPA request for comment.

The IAP2 USA Board has put together its own comment letter and we hope that this will encourage you to do the same. Please take a look and feel free to use comments/sections that resonate with you in your responses.

View Board comment letter to NEPA!

Not sure what this is all about? Learn more: https://wp.me/p8pbvC-8Y

Interested in submitting your comments and feedback directly to the CEQ? All comments must be submitted online by August 20, 2018.

Thank you for spreading the practice of “good P2!”

A New Initiative for IAP2 USA: The Ambassador Program!

Growing Good P2 one Connection at a Time

Stacee AdamsBy: Stacee Adams

The shortest distance between two people is often a story, and IAP2 USA is launching a new Ambassador Program to recruit storytellers and others interested in creating new relationships that further the reach of “good P2”.
The Ambassador Program is being piloted in 2018 by the Communications Committee with the goals of recruiting a core of ambassadors from across the U.S. to raise awareness of what good P2 is and what it looks like; support strategic alliance building; and work with cities and project owners to sign Core Values pledges.
The pilot launches this month with a national recruitment for participants. Ambassadors will be incentivized with resources including a toolkit, professional development, training, networking and recognition in IAP2 promotional materials and at the North American Conference. Requirements to participate include joining quarterly conference calls, tracking IAP2 marketing activities and securing Core Values pledges.
Are you interested in being an Ambassador and have a story about IAP2 and its impact in your work? If so, send us an email about your interest in joining the program. We’ll be collecting responses through April 15.

Member Profile – Mahina Martin

POSITION: Director of Government & Community Relations Maui Electric

I believe that the public deserves a voice, and I also believe that not all governments and companies are ill-intended. There’s so much energy spent on conflict, and we have better things to do, like being with our families, having fun, pursuing personal passions; so participating with so little time and interest can get in the way. I also like that P2 is a good way to guide a process to a good resolution.

President’s Message – Leah Jaramillo

Greetings from Austin!

I am writing to you from the AUX tarmac after nearly a week of training and fun at the IAP2 USA Board face to face meeting. Following the 2018 Skills Symposium, your board of directors welcomed two new members – Traci Etheridge and Gwen Happ – and buckled down to address priorities for 2018. Among them are: maintaining our existing member services; ensuring our services, costs and fees align; focusing on chapter support and planning for the future. It was a whirlwind of work, but we are excited to be here and ready to get down to the details. On a personal note, I was honored to be confirmed to my third term as board President and appreciate the support of each of our directors and staff in helping to move the organization forward. 

Time to celebrate Great P2!

 

ANNOUNCING: the 2018 IAP2 USA Core Values Awards + new ways to recognize outstanding individuals!

Seen any good P2 lately? Did you produce, or were part of a team that produced, a stellar public consultation process? Did it imagine, inspire, influence, innovate and include? The time is NOW to submit an application for the 2018 IAP2 Core Values Awards!

Fresh insights & multiple perspectives on public engagement!

More and more people, from many walks of life, are standing up to be counted on issues that affect them. That means those involved in public participation are called on to develop new and wide-ranging skill sets.

The 2018 IAP2 USA Skills Symposium — Feb. 26 – March 2 in Austin, TX — boasts a variety of one- and two-day courses, all in an environment of sharing and networking among P2 practitioners. Just look at some of the offerings:

“When Things Go Sideways” (1 day)

Conflict is generally a given in public forums, but sometimes the best-laid plans can come off the rails. How do you take anger and frustration and channel them into an environment for constructive engagement? This course explores tools and techniques for embracing high emotion in public settings. You’ll increase your self-awareness about personal reactions and responses to other people’s emotions. Register here.