PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Heroes, Hurricanes and Happy Endings

Catherine Smith, CP3A good story has a setting with a hero on a quest. There are challenges, choices and consequences. With those, other heroes arrive, change happens, and a new reality takes shape. Fade to a perfect sunset, and the story is complete.

As it happens, we have such a story.

It starts in 2017 over a bowl of fresh pasta in a little Italian restaurant in downtown San Diego. It was there where our newly elected Board Member, Traci Ethridge, shared her quest to hold for the first time in IAP2 USA history a North American conference on the east coast in her hometown of Charlotte. She shared there was energy happening there and that IAP2 could be the home for that energy. She brought the idea to the Board and they agreed, it was time to go east.

New ideas – new methods – on view at the 2019 NAC!

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Got time to learn something new?
It can happen at #iap2nac!

Is there really nothing new under the sun? Sure there is — at the 2019 IAP2 North American Conference, September 4 – 6 in Charlotte, North Carolina! You’ll find sessions, workshops, field trips and lots of networking that can expand your scope and your network in the public participation field! Register today!

Check out some of these “must have” sessions:

For a breakaway from the everyday, Experience 5 Unusual Participatory Techniques in 90 Minutes offers some techniques you might not hear about often, or haven’t had a chance to try. Campfire Session? Silent Disco? Photovoice? You and others in the room will get to choose five from a list, and spend 15 minutes experiencing each, then discuss the pros and cons of each. No lecture – no teaching – just fun and interaction!

Successful engagement doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Take10CLT: Making Cities More Successful in Just Ten Minutes looks at the way our host city, Charlotte, took it to the streets. Employees were encouraged to take ten minutes a week and engage one resident on the question, “How can we make our city better?”. Part 2 of the project specifically covered housing, policing and jobs. Learn how some 10,000 conversations were generated and how you can make a Take10 initiative work in your city.

So you’ve planned and implemented a comprehensive, diverse, and meaningful public engagement process. You have received lots of great input, and now, you get to demonstrate you and your client are responsive, transparent and accountable. That can be an overwhelming task, but in Writing Engaging Engagement Summaries, you can learn how to organize and analyze the feedback your process received, and turn that information into something both interesting to read and useful for client and stakeholder alike.

There’s so much more (visit the Schedule-at-a-Glance here), PLUS Day One workshops in P2 for Decision-Makers; Race, Equity and Inclusion; Digital Engagement and Transportation. Watch for more details on those coming soon!

Register before June 30 to get the early-bird price discount, and make sure you book your room at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel by August 4 to get the special conference rate — $149/night. Are you a student, AmeriCorps member, staff member at a non-profit or new community advocate? Find out more here about our Scholarship Program!

If your business is engaged with engagement, we have numerous and varied sponsorship opportunities, including the new Conference app! Show your commitment to P2, reach new customers or get up-close-and-personal with existing ones! Download the sponsorship package here.

And remember, your registration is also your ticket to the annual Core Values Awards Gala, Thursday, Sept. 5 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame!

We’ll see you in Charlotte!

All the best,
IAP2 USA / IAP2 Canada

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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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

2019 IAP2 North American Conference – Session Submission Applications OPEN

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Submit your session proposal NOW for the

2019 IAP2 North American Conference!

Do you have ideas or insights on how to engage the public in enhancing their communities? Do you have a case study to share? IAP2 USA and IAP2 Canada are seeking session proposals for the 8th Annual IAP2 North American Conference. We invite presentations that explore the conference theme of Leveraging P2 to Create Thriving Communities. The sessions will be either 60 or 90 minutes in length and must include audience participation. There are also opportunities for poster sessions.

Our conference location in Charlotte, North Carolina, provides an ideal location to explore our conference theme. The 250th anniversary of the “Queen City” is an opportunity to celebrate its history and people while using lessons learned from the past and present to build a thriving community for the future.

But don’t delay! The deadline to submit a proposal is Thursday, February 21, 2019. Take a few minutes and read the Call for Session Proposals, where you will get an idea of what the Program Committee is looking for and find tips on how to create the best possible session. Then, download the Session Proposal Application and submit it by the deadline to ameliaiap2usa@gmail.com. Please send any questions to Amelia Shaw at ameliaiap2usa@gmail.com. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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President’s Message: Leah Jaramillo

Another annual general meeting is in the books. These meetings are always a nice way to review the progress we’ve made as an organization and an industry in the past year, as well as to answer questions and receive feedback from members. IAP2 USA continues to grow, (with membership now over 1,200), offer new programs and services and host wonderful events. In case you missed them, we had an outstanding skills symposium in San Diego last February and a stellar conference in Denver in September. In between, we launched four new online trainings and have had a series of fun and informative webinars, not to mention all the chapter meet-ups, events and conferences.

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What happens when your city’s growth suddenly explodes and new initiatives demand public participation? “Engagement fatigue” and staff burnout follow — that’s what. The city of Austin, Texas, has seen its population grow over the last decade to the tune of 100 people per day, and the situation has not been helped by often vitriolic divisions of opinion.

The solution? The Conversation Corps: a team of trained volunteer facilitators, dedicated to promoting civil dialogue and pushing the envelope of P2 best practices. We’re excited to welcome folks from Austin with P2 is a Team Sport, the story of their five-year journey. You’ll get some on-the-ground insights on promoting a culture of civil discourse and how to work with other agencies to grow a P2 culture.

Vancouver, BC, is famous for its Chinatown, but that historic community has felt itself in danger of being swallowed up by the rapid growth of the city. Public processes have failed to be inclusive, leading to distrust and loss of community support for projects and plans.

In Inclusive Engagement with Vancouver’s Chinatown, Miranda Eng of Context Research will share their recent collaborative work with community members from Vancouver’s Chinatown to co-create a model to guide culturally respectful planning and design of engagement processes.

Those are two of nearly 30 sessions, plus workshops, panel discussions and field trips at the 2018 IAP2 North American Conference, Sept. 5 – 7 in Victoria, BC. Read more about the Conference and take a look at the Schedule-at-a-Glance to see what’s on offer.

Watch for more news about the conference and the events you can look forward to, and follow #iap2nac18 on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Remember: register on or before June 30, and take advantage of the early-bird registration rates! And book your room soon at one of our three partner hotels: they’ll be going fast!

Submit your IAP2 North American Conference session proposal – deadline February 12.

ONE MORE WEEK to submit your proposal for the IAP2 North American Conference session!

Do you have particular expertise in P2 you want to share with others? Have you gained unique insights into the profession and the many areas connected with it? Now is the time to submit your proposal to present at the 2018 IAP2 North American Conference, Sept. 5 – 7 in Victoria, BC! The deadline is less than a week away: Monday, February 12, at 11:59pm Pacific time.

We’re expecting some 300 people from across North America and around the world to join us as we explore “Growing a Culture of P2”. This is your opportunity to dive deep into this year’s conference theme: Innovate, Inspire, Include, Influence, and Imagine!  

To start with, please review the Call for Session Proposals. There, you’ll find information on what the Program Committee is looking for and tips on what to include in your Session Proposal Application. Successful proponents will be notified in March and we expect to announce the program in early April.

We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Call for Session Proposals!

IAP2 Canada and IAP2 USA are seeking session proposals for the 7th Annual IAP2 North American Conference to be held September 5-7, 2018 in Victoria, BC, Canada.

This is an opportunity to explore the theme, Growing a Culture of P2, with content focusing on topics that Innovate, Inspire, Include, Influence, and Imagine!

Please review the Call for Session Proposals first as it contains information on what the Program Committee is looking for and tips on what to include in your Session Proposal Application.

The majority of the sessions will be in English, however, we plan to include some bilingual sessions. Please indicate in the application if you would like to make your presentation in French and English (simultaneous interpretation will not be provided).

The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, February 12, 2018!

2017 North American Conference: A reflection

By: Violeta Manoukian
Sustainable Resilient Longmont Board Member, and
IN-PACT Group,  Founder and CEO

A truly enriching conference! It offered a broad spectrum of topics making it hard at times to choose which sessions to attend. As to be expected in many conferences there was also a broad range in the quality of presentations.

My favorite sessions (in chronological order) were (a) Digital Engagement – a cutting edge session about this fast growing aspect of participation where I learned about the latest developments; (b) An Ancient Solution Reimagined for Modern Times – an evidenced based presentation of DRUMBEAT’s successful approach to drumming as an inherently human community building activity was fun, inspiring and very enjoyable: and (c) Beginning With the Brain in Mind: Overcoming Polarization through Deliberative Process Design – a session offering a clear exposition of how we can transform negative aspects of human nature into critical positive aspects such as empathy and creativity, a much appreciated and timely contribution to the theme of this conference.

It was also my pleasure and honor to contribute to the group crafting of this year’s addition to the ‘IAP2 Conferences Questions Quilt’ by proposing the question “How can we create participatory spaces that nurture goodness, bravery, and collaboration?” I probably will be contemplating it for many months (years?) to come. . .

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Do you just know that you need to be at the 2017 IAP2 North American Conference in Denver in September, but your manager still needs convincing? These Top Five Reasons should help:

  1. No need to re-invent the wheel – learn from others’ experiences both good and bad. Find out about emerging trends and issues. If you come away with one or two good ideas then you have paid for your conference.
  2. Skill building. There are so many good and effective ways to do public engagement. Find out what they are and bring them back to your workplace.
  3. Networking. Have you ever wanted to pick up the phone or send an email to people that have similar ideas or concerns as you do? How about trying out an idea before you pay for it? Meet those colleagues at the Conference, people are happy to learn and share together.
  4. The conference theme is “P2 for the Greater Good”, and what company doesn’t want to be associated with that.
  5. Good Public Participation = Good Results