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:

  • Greater Good Award: In recognition of people who have exerted leadership and made an impact on the profession over a period of years.

  • Greater Good - Emerging Leader Award: In recognition of emerging leadership (for people who are under 35 and/or have fewer than five years in the practice) and are making a new impact on the profession.

Learn about the 2021 Greater Good winner and the Greater Good Emerging Leader winner

Read more and apply here by July 15, 2022.

Apply by July 15

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:

  • Step One – Submit your Application and Professional Portfolio to to info@iap2usa.org.
  • 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 info@iap2usa.org.

Apply by July 4

Applications will be accepted until we return to the office after the holiday weekend.

Featured Course: Particpation Across Differences

Joy Lujan

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

  • Understand how social identities and interpersonal dynamics impact meetings and can lead to inequitable participation. 
  • Discover how our individual social identities impact how we facilitate.
  • Create an inclusive meeting environment for all, including how to avoid creating barriers to participation.
  • Create space for participants to hear and understand each other across their differences and perspectives, and move toward achieving desired team outcomes. 

     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 & CreativityWe 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:

      • Our Keynotes!
      • Workshop and field trip descriptions for September 14 
      • Session (60 & 90 minutes) and poster-presentation descriptions for September 15 
      • Session (60 & 90 minutes) and poster-presentation descriptions for September 16 

      If you have any questions, please contact info@iap2canada.ca

      Register In-Person (Discounted through 6/30)

      Register Virtual Lite

      July Webinars

      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.

      Speaker: Nancy PearsonFounder & Chief Transformation Officer at Mind the Gap

      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 nancy.pearson@mindthegapnation.com with the subject Study Participant.


      Webinar 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 14 Learning Webinar NAC Encore - Community Liaisons: An Equitable Approach to Community Engagement with Multicultural Communities

      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.

      If our current courses don't meet your needs please fill out this quick survey so we can help you become the P2 practitioner your community needs.

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