IAP2 USA LEARNING WEBINARS
Generally on the Second Tuesday of each month, IAP2 USA, IAP2 Canada and IAP2 Australasia host Learning Webinars to support member interests and professional development. These are opportunities for P2 professionals to hear about ideas, trends, technologies and approaches that can enhance their practice.
The webinars are free of charge to members and only $50 for non-members. Follow the links to see the videos.
IAP2 March Webinar: Core Values Award winners; Organizations & Respect for Diversity, Inclusion, & Culture – March 14, 2017
Our March Learning Webinar highlights two groups of people who are doing amazing work and people are noticing. In 2016 “Saint Paul Public Schools Facilities Master Planning” won IAP2 USA’s Respect for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture award, and “Tides of Change: Cormorant Island’s Economic Development Plan” won IAP2 Canada’s Project of the Year: Diversity and Inclusion award.
IAP2 USA's Respect for Diversity, Culture, & Inclusion award
72 facilities, 7.3 million square feet, 465 acres of land, $2.1 billion in assets, and 39,000 students. 73% of the student population lives in poverty, 75% are students of color, and they speak 100+ dialects. It was imperitive that SPPS created an organizational coulture that believes in and commits to inclusive and thoughtful stakeholder engagement as central to large system planning.
The Saint Paul (Minnesota) Public School District was faced with the need to upgrade its facilities -- some of which were a century old -- to meet the needs of today's students. More than that, the demographics in the Minnesota capital have changed dramatically, and any new plan had to take that into account. Tom Parent, SPPS Facilities Director, and former SPPS Trustee Anne Carroll, explain how they went about it.
IAP2 Canada's Diversity & Inclusion Award
The first-ever winners of this award joined us to discuss how they approached two very different processes that all involved working across racial and cultural lines. Colleen Hamilton of EcoPlan International and Justin Beadle, the Chief Administrative Officer of the Village of Alert Bay, BC, alongside the 'Namgis First Nation to create an Economic Development Plan called "Tides of Change". The Plan covers tiny (4 sq km/1.5 sq.mi.) Cormorant Island, just off the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, where the two communities had lived side-by-side for decades without having much interaction.
Cormorant Island saw a record high of 35% of their island population providing input, while SPPS- Facilities Master Plan was the first ever 5-year implementation plan voted in by their school board. These projects are great examples of what can be achieved when we strive for quality inclusion.
IAP2 February Webinar: Montreal Encore: "Making Engagement Meaningful with P2 Toolkits" – February 14, 2017
In this webinar, Cristelle Blackford of CivicMakers, Abby Monroe of the City of Chicago, and Zane Hamm of the Centre for Public Involvement in Edmonton, talk about their successes in putting together kits specifically for particular projects. These kits are for people "closer to the ground" on certain issues, and by empowering and training them, can help overcome obstacles some of the challenges to a p2 professional, such as local distrust of governments or a government policy mandating P2 in a lot of instances.
Visit the City of West Hollywood's "Communications and Community Engagement Strategic Plan" toolkit here.
IAP2 January Webinar: Participatory Budgeting – January 10, 2017