June 2021 Newsletter

  From the Executive Manager's Desk - Is it time to step up to leadership?

June 2021 Message: Gail Madziar, Executive Manager, IAP2 USA

Nominations for the 2022-2024 IAP2 USA Board of Directors elections are now open. Consider nominating yourself or encouraging a staff member or colleague to apply. 

According to the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, board service offers distinct advantages to both the employee and their employer. These are related to diversity and inclusion, innovation, and community. Companies gain from their employees’ experiences since board service puts volunteers in contact with people who backgrounds, experiences, and identities are different than their own. Through this contact and experience, “board service significantly contributes to people gaining appreciation for diversity and inclusion, while also developing empathy,” says Alice Korngold of the World Environment Center. Employees who grow in these areas help support an inclusive work environment.

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June 2021 Message: Gail Madziar, Executive Manager, IAP2 USA

Nominations for the 2022-2024 IAP2 USA Board of Directors elections are now open. Consider nominating yourself or encouraging a staff member or colleague to apply. 

IAP2 USA needs candidates with a variety of professional expertise, cultural backgrounds, spectrum of life experiences, and geographic reach. This year’s board needs visionary and enthusiastic leaders intent on guiding the organization into the future.

By serving on the IAP2 USA IAP2 board you will not only give back to your profession, you will develop leadership skills and increase your knowledge and passion for the public participation practice while you expand your P2 network and horizons.

2021 Greater Good Award: Nominations Close June 30, 2021


There is still time to nominate an outstanding professional for an IAP2 USA Greater Good Award. The honor recognizes excellence achieved by individuals in the field of public participation in the United States. These individuals are pioneers in the field, and helped shape it to become what it is today.

The IAP2 USA Greater Good - Emerging Leader Award has been created in recognition of emerging leadership. This award is for people who are under 35 and/or have fewer than five years in the practice and are making a new impact on the public participation profession.

Join this elite group of P2 honorees. Candidate(s) may be nominated by any IAP2 USA member, chapter or company. The requirement is that the nominee has illustrated outstanding leadership, service, and application of the IAP2 Core Values in the field of public participation. The selection of the honorees is made by the IAP2 USA President, and awards will be given at the North American Conference. each year. This year’s virtual celebration will be held at the virtual North American Conference on September 13.

Nominations are open. Deadline is June 30, 2021.

    Download Nomination Packet

    Register Now: 2021 and 2022 Certified Public Participation Professional CP3 and MCP3 Virtual Assessment Centers

    Certification as a Public Participation professional acknowledges your adherence to a strict set of standards recognized around the world for delivering quality, meaningful public participation. It is the premier credential for public participation professionals.

    Assessment Centers are now scheduled for October 14-15, 2021 with an application deadline of July 2, 2021. The February 4-5, 2022 center has an application deadline of October 8, 2021.

    The Certified Public Participation Practitioner (CP3) level competencies represent the knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, skills, behaviors, and capabilities that are indispensable to every public participation professional.

    A three-step process is used to assess candidates’ knowledge and skills:

    • Step One – Submission of an Application and Professional Portfolio
    • Step Two – Preparation and submission of a Public Participation Plan in response to a case study
    • Step Three – Preparation for and participation in an Assessment Center.

    Prepare your CP3 application form and email to gail@iap2usa.org. If you have any questions please contact us.

    Review the 2021 Information Kit and Frequently Asked Questions. Find more information on the IAP2 USA Website.

    Join a select number of colleagues and register for the

    October assessment center today.

    Apply Here

    IAP2's 2021 NAC: Early Registration Discount Ends June 30


    Join us for the 10th Annual International Association for Public Participation’s (IAP2) North American Virtual Conference, September 13-16, 2021. 

    This year’s conference theme Sound Partnerships: Community Engagement in Times of Change offers a reflection from the past year highlighting the lessons learned and the innovations that came from carrying public participation values through a global pandemic and racial justice reckoning. The event will be an inspiration and call to action as we continue to equitably advance public participation in our communities and neighborhoods. We look forward to seeing you virtually in September! 

    Details of exciting keynote and plenary programs and session listings will be announced in early July, so save by registering now!

    Save on Registration by 6/30

    Featured Courses - Social Intelligence of Facilitators


    Two 3-hour sessions

    July 29 & 30

    3:00 - 6:00 p.m. (Eastern)

    Great facilitation is not just about what a facilitator DOES in a meeting, it’s about how a facilitator IS in a meeting. In this workshop, participants will examine the internal and interpersonal thoughts and behaviors that make the difference between meetings that are simply adequate and great meetings that engage meaningful participation, strengthen interpersonal working relationships, and empower groups to get things done. Participants will:

    • Understand how individual social identities and experiences influence the ways we design and facilitate meetings.
    • Know what it means to be self aware and develop skills to increase awareness in self and team members.
    • Recognize a socially-intelligent mindset for facilitation.
    • Anticipate barriers to participation and skillfully read the room to engage participants.
    • Break down assumptions in order to recognize and respond to participant needs and facilitate fairly and inclusively.
    Register

    Chapter News: Cascade Chapter Seeking Volunteers

    Volunteer for Cascade Chapter Committees!

    Do you value diversity and feel decisions are better when diverse voices and lived experiences are uplifted? Are you looking for ways to further your career, get up on the latest trends, enhance your network, create professional relationships, or put your skills to work for the public practitioner community? If you are located in Oregon or SW Washington, we encourage you to apply to volunteer with the IAP2 Cascade Chapter! Committees are seeking new members NOW to help the Board move the organization’s work forward.

    Take advantage of the opportunity to make a difference in the P2 community. Develop your leadership skills and grow your professional network by volunteering to serve on a committee or task force. If you're interested in growing personally or professionally, we have a place for you.

    Positions are open on our Micro Grant, Communications and Programs committees. Click the application to learn more about this work. 

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    2021 North American Virtual Conference - Sponsorship Opportunities

    The 10th Annual International Association for Public Participation’s (IAP2) North American Conference is virtual again this year with exciting technology upgrades and experience enhancements for participants and sponsors. This year’s conference theme Sound Partnerships: Community engagement in Times of Change offers a reflection from the past year highlighting the lessons learned and the innovations that came from carrying public participation values through a global pandemic and racial justice reckoning. The event will be an inspiration and call to action as we all move public participation forward equitably in our communities and neighborhoods. 

    A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available to meet the diverse needs and interests of our partners. Contact Erin Zimmermann, Strategic Development Manager, IAP2 USA

    erin@iap2usa.org for details.

    Webniar Recordings -  Available free to Members On-Demand

    All of our past webinars are available to members who are logged into iap2usa.org. Just click here and you will be prompted to login to the Webinar Archives.

    June 8 Learning Webinar: Adapting the IAP2 Spectrum for an Indigenous Context: Skills, Tools and Competencies for Engagement Practitioners

      This is a reprise of one of the popular sessions at the 2020 IAP2 North American Virtual Conference, which, in turn, was built on a presentation at the 2018 Conference in Victoria. That presentation focused on introducing an innovative, visual tool for practitioners to understand the IAP2 spectrum from an Indigenous perspective and ways that they can integrate principles of mutual learning, inclusion, and empowerment in their work.

      In this follow-up session, Jeff Cook and Paula Hay will integrate feedback from the Victoria session and present a revised and improved tool for co-creation. You'll learn more about the ways in which Indigenous peoples are empowering their members and how they can assist these efforts. Participants will identify the tools and techniques that can be applied to different scales of engagement with Indigenous communities and how IAP2 might support this learning.

      Members can view this and all other webinars in our Webinar Archives.

      July Learning Webinar

      July 13 Learning Webinar: NAC Encore: "Building a Better Future for Everyone Using Transgenerational Thinking"

        This highly-interactive session will discuss the challenge of keeping up with the exponential changes we're seeing in technologies, public policy, the environment, and economy.  Decision-making has to be more inclusive of diverse views and difficult conversations about the future are necessary to thrive and for some to survive, especially in light of the recent impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. By introducing global trends with local context, we are changing the conversation so communities can elevate community engagement and build a better future.

        Through breakout rooms and an open discussion period, you will learn how to start a conversation using local data, global trends, and transgenerational thinking in your communities. We will use hands-on trend sorting exercises for three types of communities (rural, suburban, urban), resulting in themes about what makes a community special today and what will make it flourish into the future
        Register

        All Upcoming Webinars

        Other News

        Transportation Research Board: Call for Posters


        The Public Engagement & Communications Poster Session will highlight best practices, new technologies and lessons learned, build awareness and skills, and advance the state of the art in public involvement and communications for transportation.

        Apply by Sept. 10

        Member Spotlight

        If your organization  had any recent P2 successes or thought of creative solutions we want to hear about it! Please contact info@iap2usa.org to be featured on our website or newsletter.