2023 North American Conference


Join us in Seattle, Washington September 13 through 15, 2023

for the 2023 North American Conference hosted by IAP2 USA.

Sponsorship Opportunities are available.

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Good People

The 2021 IAP2 USA Greater Good Emerging Leader Award winner is Jensen Morgan, Sr environmental sustainability specialist for the City of Fort Collins, CO. Jensen's high level of passion, professionalism, and expertise for P2 will impact on climate action across all scales.

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Building Good Skills

Building a better world takes tenacity, skill, experience, wisdom, and compassion. Make sure that you're striking out into the world with the tools you need to be successful! 

To build a good practice takes time and tools. Join colleagues for IAP2 USA's popular online training. New courses are being added regularly. 

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Upcoming Events

Fundamentals of Public Participation

March 27-28, 2023

1 PM – 5 PM Eastern

First course to be taken before Designing Public Participation and Applying Methods

The Fundamentals of Public Participation (P2) course is a prerequisite to other courses in the Global Learning Pathway that sets out the underpinning models and frameworks of engagement practice as defined by the IAP2 community.

The focus of this course is on understanding and applying the practices of meaningful and effective P2 and what participants need to know to do this well. The training explores best practices, and how to design and apply this knowledge to your P2.

Course objectives

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Define P2 and related terms and what makes it unique
  • Identify what makes P2 meaningful, and reflect on the benefits, risks and myths related to P2
  • Identify the role that values play in P2 work, and the leadership attributes that will serve them in practice 
  • Reflect on and apply ethical leadership actions and abilities to P2 situations
  • Apply the Profiles of P2 model to P2, and explore organization- and community-led engagement and how that impacts the engagement process
  • Reflect on and apply the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, and explore the roles and impacts of power and influence
  • Apply the IAP2 Spectrum to P2 situations and practice
  • Explore the Practice Framework as a tool for effective planning and process, and assess the quality of the process

      Public Participation in a World with Social Media & Cancel Culture

      April 5, 2023

      1:00 - 5:00 pm Eastern   

      This workshop covers several aspects of Public Participation via social media including protecting your organization from cancel culture, the rise of fake news, and the weaponization of social media. 

      Cancel Culture:

      In this section we will explore:

        • The rise of cancel culture – online and in the real world
        • How non-profits can protect themselves from being cancelled
        • Reputation management strategies in the age of cancel culture
        • The way forward: shifting from a cancel culture to an accountable culture
        • Further resources and next steps

      Fake News:

      In this section, you’ll learn:

        • The state of media in 2022
        • Why fake news spreads so rapidly
        • What to do when fake news strikes

      Weaponization of Social Media

      This workshop will include the following components:

        • Current state of social media
        • Messaging structure
        • What social media communications is NOT
        • Key Messaging Creation
        • Social Media Policy Components
        • Best Practices
        • Controlling Antagonism
        • The difference between a troll and upset community member


        New Affinity Partnership 
        IAP2 USA and Zencity Engage Affinity Partnership offers a free project for members.
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        Check the Calendar to develop your skills as a P2 professional! 

        Get a quick lesson or a taste of tools and techniques from IAP2's popular webinars or tasters series.

        Professional Certification
        Become an IAP2 Certified Public Participation Practitioner! ...do you have what it takes?

        Core Values Awards
        Celebrate Excellence in Public Participation — participate in the annual Core Values Awards program.

        Student Services
        Growing the next generation of P2 practitioners through mentorship and professional development.

        Past IAP2 Learning Webinars

        2020 Core Values Awards Winners

        Hear from and learn about the 2020 Core Values Awards' winners from the USA and Canada. 

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        COVID-19 And The Impact On P2

        The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the public participation practice in a big way. Over the past several months, Stéphanie Yates, PhD, and Hugo Mimee, CP3, have looked into the ways P2 has had to adapt.

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        COVID-19 & P2 - IAP2 USA is here for you!

        COVID-19, P2 and Managing With The “New Reality”

        We know that your lives are being turned upside down. Plans that you have made are changing and it seems that every time you turn around there is something new being said. Feeling overwhelmed is an understatement! We're here to help.

        Check out our online resources page for more information!

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