June 2022 Newsletter
From the Executive Manager - Erin Zimmermann
This week I had the opportunity to sit in on some of our licensed training. It was truly energizing to hear the dynamic conversations and see all the peer learning unfold. What struck me the most is how the field of public participation truly is evolving. I know how much work there is out there, but I also see dedication and intentionality growing. Participants are leading the drive to center equity in engagement. This matters. When strong models of best practice and effective frameworks are paired with relationship building, big things can happen. Seeing the participants share stories and ideas, gives me so much hope for the field. If you haven’t taken IAP2 training before, I encourage you to take a look at our calendar of offerings. If you have taken training in the past and built relationships with other participants, I suggest reconnecting. One of the most powerful things about IAP2 is the network it fosters. And last but not least, make sure to register for the North American Conference , Sept. 14-16 in Banff. Today is the last day for early bird rates. I am looking forward to connecting with many of you in person!
2022 Greater Good Awards Nominations - Deadline Extended to July 15
Greater Good Awards are presented to an individual each year in recognition of excellence in the field of public participation in the United States. Nominees will have demonstrated outstanding leadership, service, and application of the IAP2 core values in the field of public participation. Candidates may be nominated by any IAP2 USA Member, Chapter or Committee.
There are two categories of awards:
Read more and apply here by July 15, 2022.
Finish Your Certified Public Participation (CP3) Application This Weekend
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.
An Assessment Center is now scheduled for October 28 - 29, 2022 with an application deadline of July 1, 2022.
To join a select number of colleagues a three-step process is used to assess candidates’ knowledge and skills:
Applications will be accepted until we return to the office after the holiday weekend.
Featured Course: Particpation Across Differences
July 18 & 20
12:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern
Facilitating effective engagement and teamwork across social and individual differences is becoming a more important part of many leadership roles. Diverse spaces and teams are critical to the ongoing work of reaching equity and inclusion. They also present a unique set of interaction challenges that can result in misunderstandings and mistrust that can linger and damage teams if not managed well. In this workshop Connected Realities will share simple and effective planning tools and facilitation techniques that will help you to:
Le'alani S. Boykin, AICP
2022 IAP2 North American Conference - Keynotes Announced
Together again, at last! After more than two years of online events, the 2022 IAP2 North American Conference Sept. 14 - 16 in Banff, Alberta, September 14 - 16, 2022 at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity. We can’t wait to see you and bring our conference theme, Connecting with purpose, to life!
Being together again gives this year’s Conference theme even more meaning: “Connecting with Purpose” is about connecting with the P2 community to achieve diverse representation.
Two social champions, Shalini Sinha and Steve Mesler, who take to heart connecting with different communities and audiences, will inspire you at the 2022 IAP2 North American Conference, September 14 - 16 in Banff, AB.
Check out our schedule-at-a-glance or find out more details about:
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
July 12 (Learning Webinar) NAC Encore - Innovations In Climate Community Engagement
What would it take to build the public support required to transform the global economy and reach net-zero emissions by mid-century? How can governments move past the polarization, misinformation and unrealistic public expectations that prevent them from accelerating climate action?
From Denmark to the United Kingdom, countries are opting for co-creating solutions with citizens’ assemblies and building consensus, rather than continuing polarizing debate. Other communities around the world are experimenting with green participatory budgeting, co-creating climate resilience programming and increasing public confidence in climate action by putting residents at the center of decision-making.
In this reprise of their popular session from the 2021 IAP2 North American Virtual Conference, Elodie Jacquet and Robin Prest of the Simon Fraser University's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and the International Climate Engagement Consortium will explore how engagement can scale to create the rapid and sustainable responses.
You will have an opportunity to review case studies and reflect on the challenges and opportunities in your own practice.
July 19 (Bonus Webinar) - NAC Encore - Civic Engagement 3.0: Making Public Participation Powerful and Sexy
Public meetings reinforce existing power structures where white men tend to dominate. In Western culture, men are the authoritative voice because when they speak, people listen. A 2018 Boston University study confirmed that those who engage in public meetings are older, male, whiter and wealthier than the rest of the community. Why does this matter? Because whole groups of people can feel marginalized from the process, leaving decision makers to cater to 'stakeholders' who are much narrower and homogenous in their views and interests. This can lead to further disenfranchisement because those groups continue to feel invisible or unrepresented. This vicious cycle can be turned into a virtuous circle by transforming the traditional public meeting. But first, we'll take a deep dive into the history of the public meeting, and how it was never meant be equitable or democratic.
Nancy Pearson is a Ph.D. candidate at Saybrook University looking for participants for a qualitative academic study. Her research focuses on the disruption to municipal public meetings caused by the 2020 government shutdown, and she is conducting an academic study in the fall that asks: How can innovation disrupt the rituals of public meetings and transform deep-rooted challenges into opportunities? Study participants will engage in an online survey and a semi-structured interview with Nancy via Zoom.
If you are interested in participating in this qualitative study, please contact Nancy Pearson at email@example.com with the subject Study Participant.
Webinar Recordings - Available free to Members On-Demand
A reprise of one of the more popular sessions at the 2021 IAP2 North American Conference.
Is your organization looking to develop authentic, equity-based partnerships with diverse communities? This session focuses on the Port of Seattle's equity-based approaches to community engagement, grantmaking, and environmental justice. The team will present our approach to engaging multi-cultural, multi-lingual communities through a liaison model to accomplish a shared goal of deepening access to Port resources.
Learn how leaders of the public engagement process in this initiative shared how their Indigenous Ward Naming Initiative was developed, and gain some insights for furthering reconciliation in your own work.