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IAP2 USA December Newsletter

What a year! THANK-YOU to all of our many volunteers, members and friends. 2016 has been a fabulous year and we are looking forward to even more adventures in 2017. Over the next few weeks we will be slowing down but, available if you need us. So on behalf of the IAP2 USA Board and staff we would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season. 

In this issue, you’ll find:


President’s Message – From Leah Jaramillo

Leah Jaramillo

2016 was a year of great progress for all of us in IAP2. I am proud to share some of the highlights with you!

Your Community
Your membership in IAP2 has created a nation-wide community of P2 practitioners and managers across the USA. Now, there are members like you in nearly all 50 states and 200 cities in the USA. Because of you, IAP2 USA is well on its way to a creating a community 1,000 members strong. One of our most important roles is to be your home for good ideas, inspiration, skill building, and networking.

Read more

Congratulations NEW Board Members

We would like to extend our sincere thank you to all candidates for running in our recent election. The results are in and the IAP2 USA Board looks forward to welcoming the following new 2017-2019 directors in January:

  • Lisa Carlson, Denver, Colorado
  • Kit Cole, Glendale, California
  • Alex Cousins, Portland, Oregon
  • Deanna Desedas, San Francisco, California
  • Tina Geiselbrecht, Austin, Texas
  • Steven Wolf, Omaha, Nebraska

We NEED you!
2017 IAP2 North American Conference Committees -
Volunteers Wanted

Have you ever wondered what goes into a Conference Program or how sessions are selected? Do you want to help select conference session speakers and poster exhibitors? If the answer is yes to these questions then consider volunteering for the Program Committee (click here to learn more about what is required).

While our world does not revolve around money it sure helps. The Sponsorship Committee plays a very important role in ensuring that IAP2 USA continues to receive funds – not only to support the Conference but events and activities all year long. Raising money is not for the faint of heart – are you up for the challenge? Click here for more information on the responsibilities of this Committee.

"I live in Denver or near by and I like to have FUN!"
If this is you then please consider volunteering for the Local Fun Committee. This committee helps to showcase Denver, make decisions on the opening reception, tours and so much more. We are expecting 350 people to attend the Denver Conference and this is your opportunity to show it off! Click here for more information.

I WANT TO VOLUNTEER – We are looking forward to you joining us. Please contact Jennifer at info@iap2usa.org with the subject line – Conference Volunteer by January 10th – we need your name, contact information and which committee you want to join. THANK-YOU!

Join the Fun in Denver – Save the Date!

Start planning to be in Denver, Colorado next September 6 to 8 for the 2017 North American Conference. Watch for announcements on theme, calls for presentation proposals, schedule-at-a-glance, and logistics to come.


Intermountain: Public Engagement Specialists Breakfast & Quarterly Meetings in Utah

IAP2 Intermountain hosted the Foundations in Public Participation training in Salt Lake City last week, and hosted a meet and greet breakfast to introduce interested practitioners to members. In Utah, Intermountain is hosting a quarterly event in partnership with a monthly communications brown bag hosted by the Utah Department of Transportation.

Puget Sound: Foundations in Public Participation: Planning & Techniques
February 6-10, 2017, Seattle, WA - The IAP2 Puget Sound Chapter is pleased to host the IAP2 Foundations program in Seattle. Learn more!

Cascade: PI Networks are now on YouTube 

Cascade Chapter is now making their PI Networks more accessible by filming presentations and posting them to YouTube (closed captions are provided). Their latest presentation by Juan Carlos Ocaña-Chíu covers the collaborative journey Metro is on to improve racial equity in the region through the implementation of its Strategic Plan to Advance Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Be sure to attend future PI Networks to enjoy the engaging question and answer sessions at the end, as well as networking opportunities!

Greater Los Angeles (Emerging): How Fake News Disrupts P2 Efforts

January 25, 2017 - Presenter Amber Nelson, founder and president of Lingo Consulting, Inc., will give Greater Los Angeles practitioners the low-down on what fake news is, how to spot it, and describe its impact on individuals with respect to their engagement with community issues. Learn and understand the challenges fake news presents so you are equipped to develop solutions. For more information, contact Kit Cole, at kit@kitcoleconsulting.com.

Three Things That Are Working to Start the Greater Los Angeles Chapter

Chapter Volunteers Rock!

Kit Cole, Lauren Cobb, Jennifer Trotter, and Scott Woodhill have been spearheading the effort in Southern California to form the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of IAP2 USA. Since the first meeting in June 2014, the emerging chapter has been growing steadily and they now have more than 160 professionals on the invite list.

Learn more about what they're doing in LA that rocks!

Student scholarships and internship available! APPLY NOW!

IAP2 USA is involving student members in two new ways.

2017 is the inaugural year for our new national scholarship program. Up to three $500 scholarships will be awarded to IAP2 USA student members. The deadline for applications is February 10. Click here for the more information and the application kit.

We are also seeking an intern to work virtually with us from January to August 2017. Ideal candidates will have education/work history in a field related to communications, public relations, non‐profit or business administration. The deadline for applications is January 11. Click here for more information and guidance on how to apply.

‘Tis the Season to Invest in the Future!

IAP2 USA recently launched two new opportunities for students: the student scholarship program and a student internship. These opportunities are specifically designed to get our young people involved and invested in quality P2. 

They say it takes a village, right? What better place than within the fold of IAP2 USA to help build the next generation of P2 practitioners? Please invest in our future practitioners by giving to the Student Scholarship fund.

Webinar Rewind – December 

Social Media & P2

With more and more people demanding to be a part of the process when decisions affect them, social media has become an increasing reality for public engagement professionals. 

For the December learning webinar, civic engagement specialist Susanna Haas Lyons delivered a clinic on both the digital tools available and the approach needed in using those tools.

Digital engagement is a complement to traditional engagement methods – like face-to-face meetings – but Susanna points out that it can never replace those methods. 

Read more!


Webinar on Deck – January 10
Participatory Budgeting

2pm Eastern | 11am Pacific

It's a concept that's been gathering momentum for the past several years: Participatory Budgeting. From a bold experiment in Brazil to an integral part of some municipalities' spending decisions, local governments are giving their people more and more of a say in allocations of public funds.

On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, Shari Davis of the US-based Participatory Budgeting Project will give us an idea of how PB works and tell of some success stories; Luc Richard from the City of Dieppe, New Brunswick, will tell how his city put the idea into practice.

The webinar is sure to fill up quickly, so register now!

As always, IAP2 Learning Webinars are free for members and only $50 for non-members.

What do you require to update your skills? – Find it at the IAP2 USA Skills Symposium, Feb. 27 – March 3, 2017, San Diego, CA

Once again, you have an opportunity to soak up knowledge, insights, and some warm California sun, at this five-day annual retreat. 

Whether it’s brushing up on the fundamentals or diving into advanced courses to stretch your thinking, you’ll find it:

  1. Back to the Basics – IAP2 Foundations (Planning and Techniques) and an Introduction to Facilitation
  2. Revisiting Process Design – Designing for Diversity
  3. Upskilling - Group Facilitation, Evaluating and Measuring P2, P2 Retreat (“audit” your own practice)
  4. Communications – Social Media and P2 and Building the Trust for Civil Communication
  5. Embracing Conflict and Emotions in P2 – EOP2 and When Things Go Sideways

Select the courses you want and don’t forget to book your room at the Bahia Resort by calling the reservation line at 800-576-4229 and asking for the “IAP2 Conference Block” today!




“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” – Winston Churchill

IAP2 Training Sessions on the Public Calendar

Click through the event listings on the IAP2 USA Calendar for more information and to register. (Learn more about the courses; Foundations brochure.)

  • Phoenix, AZ – IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation - Planning & Techniques - Monday - Friday, January 23 - 27, 2017
  • Arlington, VA & Seattle, WA – IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation - Planning & Techniques - Monday - Friday, February 6 - 10, 2017
  • San Diego, CA – Skills Symposium - Eleven Courses Available! - February 27 - March 3 (@the 2017 Skills Symposium!
  • Austin, TX – IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation - Planning & Techniques - Monday - Friday, March 27 - 31, 2017 
  • Oakland, CA – IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation - Planning & Techniques - Monday - Friday, April 24-28, 2017
Check the IAP2 USA Calendar of Events for information on how to register.

Upcoming Events

Tues, Jan 10 IAP2 January Learning Webinar: Participatory Budgeting
Weds, Jan 25
Greater Los Angeles Chapter (Emerging): How Fake News Disrupts P2 Efforts
Tues, Feb 14 IAP2 February Learning Webinar - Montreal Encore: Making Engagement Meaningful with P2 Toolkits
Feb 27 - Mar 3
2017 IAP2 USA Skills Symposium - San Diego, CA - One week, eleven courses, endless possibilities.
Tues, Mar 14
IAP2 March Learning Webinar: Core Values Award Winners: Respect for Diversity
Tues, April 11
IAP2 April Learning Webinar: Core Values Award Winners: Creativity, Indigenous Engagement & the Public Good
Tues, May 9
IAP2 May Learning Webinar: Montreal Encore: “Duh, Make it Interesting”
Tues, June 13
IAP2 June Learning Webinar: Montreal Encore: “Facilitation Matters”
Tues, July 11
IAP2 July Learning Webinar: Montreal Encore: “Is your Organization P2-Centric”
Tues, August 8
IAP2 August Learning Webinar: Montreal Encore: “Are We Smarter Together?” + “Understanding the Squishy Stuff”

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