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IAP2 USA March Newsletter

he Ambassador Program, North American Conference and so many different awards to apply for, there is no shortage of news this month from IAP2 USA.2 USA!

In this action-packed instalment, you’ll find:


President's Message: Greetings from Austin!

Leah JaramilloI am writing to you from the AUX tarmac after nearly a week of training and fun at the IAP2 USA Board face to face meeting. Following the 2018 Skills Symposium, your board of directors welcomed two new members – Traci Etheridge and Gwen Happ – and buckled down to address priorities for 2018. Among them are: maintaining our existing member services; ensuring our services, costs and fees align; focusing on chapter support and planning for the future. It was a whirlwind of work, but we are excited to be here and ready to get down to the details. On a personal note, I was honored to be confirmed to my third term as board President and appreciate the support of each of our directors and staff in helping to move the organization forward.

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Member Profile: Mahina Martin

Mahina MartinI believe that the public deserves a voice, and I also believe that not all governments and companies are ill-intended. There’s so much energy spent on conflict, and we have better things to do, like being with our families, having fun, pursuing personal passions; so participating with so little time and interest can get in the way. I also like that P2 is a good way to guide a process to a good resolution.

Read more!

A New Initiative for IAP2 USA: The Ambassador Program!

Stacee AdamsGrowing Good P2 One Connection at a Time

By: Stacee Adams

The shortest distance between two people is often a story and IAP2 USA is launching a new Ambassador Program to recruit storytellers and others interested in creating new relationships that further the reach of good P2.

The Ambassador Program is being piloted in 2018 by the Communications Committee with the goals of recruiting a core of ambassadors from across the U.S. to raise awareness of what good P2 is and what it looks like; support strategic alliance building; and work with cities and project owners to sign Core Values pledges.

The pilot launches this month with a national recruitment for participants. Ambassadors will be incentivized with resources including a toolkit, professional development, training, networking and recognition in IAP2 promotional materials and at the North American Conference. Requirements to participate include joining quarterly conference calls, tracking IAP2 marketing activities and securing Core Values pledges.

Are you interested in being an Ambassador and have a story about IAP2 and its impact in your work? If so, send us an email about your interest in joining the program. We’ll be collecting responses through April 15, 2018.

Get Involved!

IAP2 & UNESCAP work together to strengthen engagement and advance the practice

IAP2 is delighted to be partnering with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) to build an Assessment and Planning Tool for Engagement.

Learn More!

Apply NOW for the 2018 IAP2 USA Core Values Awards!

Public Participation and its practitioners spend enough time in the shadows, and the IAP2 Core Values Awards is the annual opportunity to take a bow! Applications are now being accepted for the Project Categories (from which the Project of the Year will be selected), Research Project of the Year and Organization of the Year. This award recognizes innovation and creativity in reaching out to the public, making sure they have enough information during the process and reporting out afterwards. Read more and download the Applicant’s Kit. The deadline is Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

Learn More!

Greater Good & Greater Good Emerging Leader

While the Core Values Awards celebrate projects and the organizations behind them, we are excited to now present awards that recognize individual achievement. Last year, IAP2 USA inaugurated the Greater Good Award, for individuals whose work and dedication have furthered the cause of Public Participation over the year. The first recipients were Grayce Liu, Manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, and Dr. Jim Creighton, one of the founders of what was then IAP3 -- the International Association of Public Participation Practitioners. Find out more about the Greater Good Award and download the nomination form today.

New for 2018, we’re introducing the Greater Good Emerging Leader Award -- for an individual under the age of 35 (or with less than five years’ experience in the P2 field) -- who is already making a mark with fresh ideas and enthusiasm for engaging the public in decisions that affect it. Find out more and download the nomination form.


ANNOUNCING: The Program for the 2018 IAP2 North American Conference

“Something for everyone” is a bit of a clich√©, but it truly applies to this year’s IAP2 North American Conference, September 5 - 7 in Victoria, Canada! The program is now set, covering a broad range of aspects of our profession, with session presentations, workshops, field trips and panel discussions guaranteed to give you what you need to Grow a Culture of P2 in your community, business and organization! Register online by June 30 to get the early-bird discount rate, and be sure to book your room at one of our three partner hotels by August 10 to get the special Conference rate, starting at C$165/night. Remember to follow #iap2nac18 on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

Register Today!      Hotel Reservations
Schedule-at-a-Glance      Conference Details
Become a Sponsor!      Sponsorship Application


Webinar Rewind –
“Handling Emotion and Outrage in Public Participation”
February 2018

When dealing with conflict and entrenched opinions, do you look for the root causes of the entrenchment? In our February webinar, “Handling Emotion and Outrage in P2”, John Godec, MCP3, looked at some of the reasons why people become polarized in their opinions and why they hold those particular opinions in the first place.

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Webinar Rewind –
2017 Core Values Award Project Winners
March 2018

Have you applied for the 2018 IAP2 USA Core Values Awards yet? Our March webinar featured two more of the 2017 winners from the USA and Canada. Although climate change is on the minds of pretty much everybody, one group has been routinely left out of the policy conversation: rural residents. Farmers, ranchers and others who live outside our big cities have found that policy designed by urban and suburban interests often fails to address the distinctive realities and challenges they experience.

Read more!

Webinar On-Deck –
2017 Core Values Award Project Winners - Part II
April 10, 2018

The Tennessee Department of Transportation won the award in the General Project category for the way it involved people in addressing a $6-billion backlog of infrastructure projects. From Canada, Beringia Community Planning and the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society (LAWS) won the Indigenous Engagement Award for a project in which Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth addressed a problem of assaults on young women and girls in the community of Watson Lake, Yukon Territory.

Register now!

Monthly webinars are recorded and are available as a member benefit for IAP2 USA members. Check out the page here.

Chapter News:  

Midwest Chapter:  

Midwest Chapter Announces Conference Schedule

The Midwest Chapter is hosting a regional conference, in partnership with the American Planning Association, May 3-4, 2018 in Chicago.
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 Annual Chapter Meeting over lunch, more great learning sessions in the afternoon, and the chance to spend your evening with new friends and colleagues.

Learn more!

Intermountain Chapter Regional Conference

In our changing world, community groups are organizing and finding their voice against a rising backdrop of mistrust and hate. Individuals struggle to find meaningful ways to connect to and participate in the issues that affect them. Polarity on issues and divisions between communities are jeopardizing our ability to make good decisions together. How can we turn the tide of these dynamics and empower these groups and individuals to have meaningful conversations; to focus on the bigger picture of greater good in our communities; and to respectfully disagree while finding commonality and moving toward a united front?

Join the Intermountain Chapter as they explore their Conference theme "Expanding the Boundaries of Public Participation"

The Early-Bird Deadline for discounted pricing is Wednesday, April 18, 2018!

Register Now!

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!

Quotable 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.)

  • 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
  • Denver, CO – Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation, June 28 - 29, 2018
  • Minneapolis, MN – Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation, July 26 - 27, 2018
  • Chicago, IL – Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation, July 26 - 27, 2018
  • Minneapolis, MN –  IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation, July 30 - August 3, 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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