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IAP2 USA Summer Newsletter

Happy summer to all! This time of year seems to be particularly busy around IAP2 USA, with the North American Conference coming up, and other activity across the country. In this issue, you’ll find:


President's Message: Good People

Catherine Smith, CP3I’m sitting at my desk and looking at a list of our new members. Their addresses send me on a momentary road trip to travel coast-to-coast and border-to-border. They are in: Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; Gainesville, Florida; Columbus, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio; Lansing, Michigan; Golden and Boulder, Colorado; Scottsdale, Arizona; Beaverton and Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington.

This organization and its values are forces that truly unite us across our country.

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IAP2 Professional Certification reaches a milestone

Following the latest assessment center in Calgary, 25 people in Canada and the United States have now earned the designation CP3 (Certified Public Participation Professional) or MCP3 (Master Certified etc.) Meet them here.

Remember: CP3 or MCP3 is the internationally-recognized indicator that one meets a set of rigorous standards for delivering meaningful P2 processes. (NB: it is NOT the same as receiving a “certificate of completion” for taking the Foundations course, although completing Foundations is a prerequisite for applying.)

We will announce the next IAP2 USA Assessment Center in the coming months.

Old Business, New Business - 2019 Annual General Meeting

The 2019 AGM was held on June 20, looking back on many significant highlights of 2018, including the increase in membership -- nearly 1500 by year’s end, the new National Dialogue, more chapters coming together, and the general increase in interest in P2 across America. Watch the video here. The 2018 IAP2 USA Annual Report has also been released -- read it here.

Membership Update  

Membership in IAP2 USA keeps growing! Membership reached 1,626 in the first six months of this year, an increase of 12.6% from the beginning of 2019!

Membership Profile Sabrina Colón

Sabrina ColónPOSITION: Sr. Strategic Communications Coordinator, HDR; formerly Sr. Strategic Communications & Community Engagement Specialist, City of Charlotte.

I consider it a win when I can see change on both the front end and the back end of engagement. On the front end, when project managers choose to bring me to the table at the beginning of a project because they see the value of what public participation can bring to their projects as opposed to just checking a box somewhere along the way.

I also consider the wins when I have individual conversations with residents that express that they feel involved, respected and listened-to. Even when they may not be 100 percent pleased with the final decision, if they can say “I understand how we got here as a community,” I consider it a move in the right direction.”

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TRB Poster Sessions: 

Transportation Research Board - 2019 Call for Posters

The TRB Committee on Public Involvement is accepting entries into the annual poster competition. The Public Involvement Poster Session will highlight best practices, new technologies and lessons learned, build awareness and skills, and advance the state of the art of public involvement for transportation. Entries are encouraged from all modes and all stages of the project development process, the poster must focus on the public involvement components of the project, rather than the project in its entirety. The Committee is also accepting applications for the John and Jane Q Public Competition. Please visit the website for more information.

More information on their website at: https://sites.google.com/site/trbcommitteeada60/trb-poster-session

Deadline: Monday, September 9, 2019.

Government with the People? Guest article

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.

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What's in your profile?  

Situations change. People move. People upgrade their training and skills. Do we have your latest relevant information on file? Or will the emails we send you bounce back? Please take a moment, log into your account, and make sure your profile is up-to-date.

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Are you joining us in Charlotte? 30 seats left!

Register today!      Hotel Reservations
Schedule-at-a-Glance      Conference Details

If you want to see diverse examples of public participation at work, you want to be at the 2019 IAP2 North American Conference. Our hosts in Charlotte -- and North Carolina as a whole -- are showing off the way people have been involved in addressing local issues. Field trips on Wednesday describe the way a barely-regarded creek was turned from junk pile to greenway, matching grants improve local neighborhoods and public art meets public transit. Sessions look at the way racial and economic segregation have been addressed in the Queen City’s first comprehensive plan in over 40 years and how “seldom-heard” communities are increasingly included in processes. Sound like issues you’re facing in your own work? Here’s a chance to pick up tools you can use!

As always, the Conference promises a great chance for you to network with other P2 folks, to learn, discuss and share “war stories”, so be part of this once-a-year opportunity to grow in your practice -- and help others do the same! Read the Schedule-at-a-Glance here and get more information and register here.

Silent Auction Returns!  

The 2019 IAP2 North American Conference is right around the corner and IAP2 USA is pleased to announce our third fundraiser to benefit our student scholarship programs!

Supporting students encourages student membership, relationships with universities, research in the field, and the ongoing vitality and sustainability of our organization. Thank you for considering supporting this great cause.

n past years, Chapters have sent both themed and unthemed baskets, many feature local flavors and favorites from chapter regions! If you do not have a chapter representative attending the conference, you can send your package straight to the hotel. If you have any questions, please contact Anneliese.

SAVE THE DATE! 2020 IAP2 USA Skills Symposium

The IAP2 USA Skills Symposium is heading back to the west coast! Come join your P2 colleagues in Sacramento, California, March 9-13, 2020, for five days of learning and networking! Watch for more details coming soon!

TRAINERS: we’ll be reaching out to you within the next week for proposals for courses, including the full Foundations course, popular favorites from the last two years and new ideas! If you have any questions or want more information please contact Amelia at ameliaiap2usa.org


Webinar Rewind –
June & July Recap

Our June and July webinars had a common theme: connecting with a community as an outsider. In June, Carrie McIntosh of BC Ferry Services shared her lessons-learned, handling P2 for a government agency that provides a vital service to small communities, and viewed with suspicion bordering on hostility by the people in those communities. How did she manage to achieve a meeting of minds and help develop a process that suited both the agency and the people it serves?

In July, Miranda Eng zeroed in on “communities of colour” -- particularly Vancouver’s Chinatown, where language, culture and a history of exclusion tend to militate against engagement efforts.

June/July Webinar Rewind

Webinar(s) On-Deck:

Coming up in August … Victoria Encore: “Navigating the Culture Wars through Thoughtful P2”. In the last of our reprises from the 2018 IAP2 North American Conference, John Godec, MCP3, Debra Duerr, Wendy Green-Lowe, CP3, and Doug Sarno, MCP3, discuss delving into understanding of human behavior, the battle for control, and toxic participants and how we approach these issues as P2 practitioners.

It's never been easy, but to be successful these days, we need to adjust to a hyper political and partisan environment. 

Register now!

Due to the IAP2 North American Conference, there will be no webinar in September, and we will start the new webinar “season” by meeting the 2019 IAP2 Canada and IAP2 USA Projects of the Year, Tuesday, October 8 at 11am Pacific time (2pm Eastern). Register here.

Chapter News:  

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, including fail fests, chapter board elections, new emerging chapters, scholarship programs, and a micro-grant pilot!

Learn more!

Interesting Links!  

Interesting Links

Have you found an article that needs to be shared with the P2 Community? Send it to us at info@iap2usa.org!

Upcoming Events: 

Check the IAP2 USA calendar for information on how to register for events.

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