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IAP2 USA February Newsletter

And we’re off and running, heading into an exciting year ahead. We’re looking forward to the learning and networking opportunities on the schedule, and to hearing about the new adventures in public participation going on around the country!

In this issue, you’ll find:


Meet the new IAP2 USA Board!

Leah Jaramillo2018 is shaping up to be another exciting year for IAP2 USA! The Skills Symposium is coming up in Austin, Texas, in February; preparations are well underway for the 2018 North American Conference in Victoria, British Columbia; and chapters are holding events across the country. The Board has a new Strategic Plan to work from for 2018-2020, and we are welcoming three newly-elected members to the IAP2 USA Board. Now, meet the lineup for this year! (Just click on their names to read more about each board member.)

The newcomers to the Board are:

ethridge Traci Ethridge
  happ Gwen Happ
  poynton John Poynton

They'll be joining:

desedas Deanna Desedas
vincent Jason"Jay" Vincent
Carlson Lisa Carlson
cole Kit Cole
  geiselbrecht Tina Geiselbrecht
Lowe Wendy Green Lowe
Lowe Jennifer Trotter
henderson Ryan Henderson
  ethridge Steven Wolf
smith Cathy Smith
cousins Alex Cousins

There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved in the organization! Contact us at
for more information.

We also want to provide sincere thanks to the departing Board members for their significant contributions to IAP2 USA over the past three years - you will be missed:

Myles Alexander

Kyle Bozentko

Event Updates:

IAP2 USA & IAP2 Canada are now looking for proposals for session presentations for the 2018 IAP2 North American Conference, September 5 - 7 in Victoria BC. 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.

Registration is now open for the Conference, and if you register on or before June 30, you’ll save with the early-bird rates! For that, you’ll get the Welcome reception, all sessions, Continental breakfast and lunch, and of course, the Core Values Awards Gala on Thursday, Sept. 6. There are also pre-Conference workshops and field trips.

Perhaps more important, don’t delay in booking your room! Hotel rooms in Victoria can fill up quickly, so check out the Conference web page for details on our three host hotels: the Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina, Marriott Victoria Inner Harbour and the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites. Each is offering a special Conference rate, if you book by August 10.

AND SPEAKING OF THE CORE VALUES AWARDS GALA … How would you like to be the applaudee rather than the applauder? It could be you, coming onstage at the Gala in Victoria! Applications for this year’s IAP2 USA Core Values Awards will open soon, so watch your email inboxes for the announcement. In the meantime, whet your appetite by reading up on the Core Values Awards, what they are and who’s won in the past!

2018 Skills Symposium: More spaces still available!

Do you run into difficult situations in your P2 processes and feel like you’re out of your depth? The 2018 IAP2 USA Skills Symposium -- Feb. 26 - March 2 in Austin, TX -- has courses to give you what you need.

When Things Go Sideways is a one-day course to help uncover the drivers of emotion and outrage in a P2 process and give you a chance to practice highly effective, collaborative strategies to create an atmosphere for constructive engagement.

Toolz for Tough Conversations looks at the physiological and habitual reactions to conflict so you can identify conflict alternatives and make sure people stay focused on the critical issues that have to be addressed.

Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in P2 is an IAP2 “flagship” course. Over two days, you’ll learn about human behavior and anger and how to adjust best practices to suit outrage-charged situations. You’ll learn how both to plan for outrage and respond to situations in the moment.

As digital engagement becomes an essential part of the P2 fabric, Social Media and P2 looks both at what works, and what’s proven not to work over the past few years’ experience. And with different people with different points of view and different experiences become part of the engagement picture, Designing for Diversity will help you connect with more people and bring them to the table.

Register now and have up till the start of the Symposium to pay! And if you reserve your room at the Lone Star Court by February 2, you’ll get the special Symposium rate -- $149/night! (The rate is still offered after Feb. 2, on a room-available basis.)

Learn more!

December Webinar Rewind: Beginning with the Brain in Mind

A growing challenge for a P2 practitioner is the deepening ideological divide that has developed over the past few decades. As people become more and more entrenched in their view and less and less likely to consider those of others, engaging the broadest cross-section of the public becomes more and more difficult.
Dr Martin Carcasson with the Center for Public Deliberation at Colorado State University says finding a solution begins with understanding the root of the problem – the “brain science” behind polarization – the December webinar was an encore of his presentation at the 2017 IAP2 North American Conference, “Beginning With The Brain In Mind”.

Our human nature makes things problematic, Carcasson says. We crave certainty and consistency, and if we’re making a decision in a controversial or even polarized environment, we tend to protect that decision as much as possible, even in the face of contrary facts.

Read more!


Webinar Rewind –
"Denver Encore: Digital Engagement"
January 2017

We always like to kick off the New Year with a look at the latest in digital engagement, and in January, we brought back together the members of the pre-conference DE workshop at the 2017 IAP2 North American Conference in Denver. 

Dave Biggs (MetroQuest), Charles Connell (Social Pinpoint), Matt Crozier (Bang the Table) and Joseph Thornley (76engage) held a panel discussion, with over 100 people -- a sellout crowd! -- joining in.
The discussion ranges through a variety of topics. Here’s a sample of the panel’s observations:

Read more!

Webinar On-Deck –
"How to Handle Anger & Outrage"
February 13, 2018

The Great Divide. "Echo Chambers". Thinking in silos. Mistrust of authority. It all comes with the territory for a P2 practitioner, and requires a special kind of approach, especially when these conditions manifest themselves unexpectedly.
Any P2 process expects and encourages various points of view, so how do you deal with strong opposition and entrenched positions? Master Certified P2 Professional (MCP3) John Godec has many years of experience in dealing with such situations and has taken a deep dive into some of the psychology behind people's attitudes. Join us for this webinar, where John will share what he's learned. You'll be encouraged to bring your experiences, lessons, and insights so be prepared.

Register now!

Midwest Chapter Regional Conference & Annual Meeting

Join Midwest Chapter members and friends from around the region for great professional development, networking, and learning opportunities. We’ll kick off with a Thursday evening social, then a busy Friday: concurrent morning sessions, our Chapter Annual meeting over lunch, more learning sessions in the afternoon.

Convenient Chicago eateries will be identified for those of us who will spend Friday evening with new friends and colleagues

The call for session proposals and sponsorship opportunities is now open. Please submit your session proposals by February 13 to midwest@iap2usa.org. We're looking for 50 or 100-minute sessions focused on topics of particular interest to Midwest P2 practitioners.

Sponsored by IAP2 USA Midwest Chapter in partnership with the American Planning Association.

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 ameliaiap2usa@gmail.com!

Quoteable Quotes: The things P2-ers say!

Pithy and pleasing P2 platitudes... have you heard or thought of any "bons mots" to share with your colleagues? Send them to us here!

IAP2 Foundations across the States! Is there one near you?

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

  • Seattle, WA –  IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation, February 5 - 9, 2018
  • Austin, TX –  IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation, February 26 - March 2, 2018; Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation, March 1 - 2, 2018
  • Phoenix, AZ –  IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation, March 19 - 21, 2018
  • Salt Lake City, UT – Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation, March 26 - 27, 2018
  • Arlington, VA –  IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation, April 16 - 20, 2018
  • Orange County, CA – Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation, April 19 - 20, 2018
  • Los Angeles, CA – Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation, April 26 - 27, 2018

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

Upcoming Events: 

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


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