Who we are
IAP2 USA was organized in 2010 as an affiliate of the International Association for Public Participation, serving the needs of P2 practitioners specific to the United States while maintaining the standards set by the worldwide Federation. IAP2 USA improves and supports the field by advancing and advocating for public participation that aligns with our Core Values and Code of Ethics. Today, IAP2 USA serves some 500 members – in public agencies, academia, consulting firms and non-profit organizations. Read the IAP2 USA Strategic Plan here.
North American 2014 Conference: Sept. 28-30
The 2014 IAP2 North American Conference takes place Sept. 28-30 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The theme this year is “Reflecting Forward: Public Participation Past, Present and Future, and 23 sessions are on tap. You can hear from top practitioners in the profession on diverse topics like engaging indigenous peoples, the next generation of P2 professionals and a look back over the first 50 years of participatory community design. You’ll learn about best practices, the shape of things to come and how to deal with highly emotionally-charged situations. The keynote speakers are Maria Hadden, project coordinator for the Participatory Budgeting Project, and Dr Cindy Blackstock of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, bringing unique perspectives on putting IAP2’s Core Values to work. And speaking of Core Values, the Conference includes the Core Values Awards gala, when we honor the best of the best over the past year. For more information, to register and make reservations at the host venue, the Radisson Winnipeg Downtown, visit the Conference website.
September Webinar: Innovative Engagement
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 2PM (EDT)
When you're bringing together a wide and diverse community for a project that affects everybody, you have to be ready to try something new -- or something innovative. Sean Galloway, manager of urban design for the City of London, Ontario, was in that position when ReThink London was launched to set the city's goals and priorities for years to come, including planning for future roads, neighbourhoods, workplaces, community facilities, parks, and transportation. Sean found that ReThink London also meant "ReThink Consultation". Sean will share with us the techniques used to inspire participation, draw out opinions and shape a collective vision for the community. Joining Sean will be Mike Dahlstrom, senior planner for Washington County, Oregon, who led the preparations for the Aloha-Reedville Study and Livable Community Plan. The project won the 2014 Public Involvement Best Practices Award from IAP2 Cascades Chapter and has been cited as a Best Practice at a number of events in the US, including the Office of Economic Resiliency Conference in Washington, DC. What worked for that project? What didn't? Find out at this month's webinar.
Journal of Public Deliberation
IAP2 is proud to be a partner, along with the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, in the Journal of Public Deliberation. This is a peer reviewed, open access journal with the principal objective of synthesizing the research, opinion, projects, experiments and experiences of academics and practitioners in the multi-disciplinary field of "deliberative democracy." The Journal is published twice a year: the current edition is a special issue, “The State of The Field”, in which scholars and researchers in public participation discuss the present and future of deliberative democracy.
As a not-for-profit organization, IAP2 USA’s greatest strength is in its members, who step up to the plate and help, either on an ongoing or ad hoc basis. For more information on how your gifts and talents can enhance the various committees and initiatives...please click here– and visit regularly.