A new report from the Kettering Foundation, With the People: Making Democracy Work as It Should, offers a strategy for bridging some of the divide separating the people of the United States from their government and from the country’s major institutions. It envisions a form of collaboration that would have institutions working with citizens, not just for them.
Overall things have slowed down over the summer in chapters after a very busy spring. However, that is all about to change! Chapters across the USA are starting to make plans for fall. What’s happening in your area?
Cascade hosted two successful PI Network events, with another coming up on August 7, Storytelling: Practical tools to elevate public discourse. This event will showcase storytelling as a useful approach, featuring tools public involvement practitioners can use to center community voice through story. Participants will discuss some of their own experiences using story in community engagement, and leave with practical ideas and inspiration gathered from collective wisdom. This event is eligible for APA AICP CM credit.
Everyone fails; It’s a fact of life. Whether you drift gracefully from the top, or fall down like a ton of bricks, there is always something valuable to take away. Pick yourself up and dust yourself off for a fail fest with the Colorado Chapter fall! More details on time and location to come at a future date, but keep your eyes peeled!
The Greater LA Chapter is enjoying some fun in the California sun and taking a breather over the summer. They plan to resume regular programming this fall! Stay tuned!
The Intermountain Chapter is working on a Local Scholarship Program for students going into P2! They are working hard to expand relationships with Universities in their vast chapter area, with special interest in working with students in P2. Stay tuned to learn more.
The Midwest Chapter has experienced some great wins in the recent past, having successfully hosted their Regional Chapter Conference in St. Louis, to hosting a IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation series in Minneapolis. They are enjoying increases in participation across the Great Plains and are looking forward to hosting trainings and regional networking events in the future.
University Network for Collaborative Governance (UNCG) is now seeking proposals from university researchers, teachers, professional staff and project directors in the fields of civic engagement, multi-stakeholder collaboration, collaborative public management, dispute resolution, and negotiation.
Proposals are welcome focusing on:
- Research and Scholarship
- Engaged Scholarship (action research, practitioner-academic joint work, etc.)
- Teaching, Training and Evaluations (for traditional on-campus students, or for non-degree professionals in training settings)
- Practice/Engagement Projects and Models
Proposals are due: May 29, 2019 1 PM Pacific Coast Time
The conference is open to all people interested and connected to a college or university. UNCG has student and working professional memberships.
The University Network for Collaborative Governance (UNCG) consists of college and university centers, institutes and programs that engage in service, scholarship and teaching to build the capacity for collaborative governance. UNCG champions collaborative governance by supporting and strengthening a network of faculty members and professionals from college and university centers, institutes, and programs that engage in collaborative governance practice, scholarship, and teaching.
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.
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.
These 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
Save the date! Spring Chapter Conference May 16 – 17, 2019. More details will be shared soon, but we plan to begin mid-day on Thursday, May 16th and end late afternoon on Friday, May 17th.
St. Louis, here we come! The Chapter board has selected the grand “gateway city” for our spring 2019 regional conference. Whether you’re a local, frequent visitor, or completely unfamiliar with this community, consider spending the weekend (or longer!) exploring this amazing city. And to ensure a great conference, email to join the committee and make it happen! Stay tuned for dates, and program information.
The IAP2 USA Midwest Chapter will hold our Annual General Meeting on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Noon Central time. In this 30-minute teleconference, we will review the 2018 Annual Report and financials, answer your questions, and provide a quick preview of upcoming Chapter activities and opportunities to get involved.
All Midwest Chapter members are welcome and encouraged to attend, so stay tuned for more information via email and on the Chapter website.
2019 Chapter-hosted training: In response to continued requests from Chapter members for learning and networking opportunities in the region, the Chapter is planning to offer the IAP2 3-day Planning and 2-day Techniques courses in early 2019. Email to learn more and help make these happen!
Are you passionate about P2? Of course you are, or you wouldn’t be reading this!
Do you want to help promote civil public discourse across America?
Are you skilled in areas such as finances, communications and strategic marketing, fundraising and governance (among others)?
Then YOU have a place on the IAP2 USA Board!
The deadline is approaching — November 7 — to nominate yourself. There are six spaces to fill, and if we get more than six applicants, there will be an election.
All the best,