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As we move fully into 2014, we need YOU, our IAP2 members. The stage has been set for another successful year in advancing our practice. We have a full slate of activities planned including new webinars, Chapter gatherings, a September convention with our Canadian neighbors in Winnipeg and a number of new training opportunities.
These alone are worth your membership support. But this year, we also have several new initiatives that have the potential to take the public involvement practice to new heights. IAP2’s highly regarded Planning, Communications and Techniques classes are getting an overhaul to incorporate new approaches that take into account our increasingly digital world. This will make the already great classes better and more relevant. But even bigger news is that board member Wendy Lowe is leading an international team moving forward with a certification process that will set a standard of practice for our profession. We are not far from the day where you can become a certified professional, signifying excellence and a standard of quality.
Of course this is important to those in our field, but make no mistake, our standards are increasingly important outside of our organization. The White House with its Open Government Initiative is looking to IAP2 to help with setting standards of practice before the end of this year!
We are, by the nature of what we do, collaborative and cooperative. This organization had been, and continues to be driven by the efforts of its membership. I’m confident our 2014 Board will provide the leadership to keep this organization moving forward. Our veteran Board members: David Hovde, Tim Bonnemann, Leah Jaramillo, Lance Robertson, Anne Carroll and Wendy Lowe are joined by five newly elected board members: Francesca Patricolo, Matt Leighninger, Kit Cole, Teresa Alvarado and Marijoan Bull. We’ll be meeting in my hometown, Portland, in March to continue to map out the path forward.
But we always, always need help. Contribute where you can. We have many committees, and not all are driven by board members. Let us know if you would like to help with webinars, or membership, or communications or the Open Government conversations. There’s a place for you at the table. Join us!
One final note: we have three 2013 board members who have finished their terms this year President Larry Schooler, Past President Theresa Gunn and Secretary Debra Duerr. Like the many board members before them, their contributions over the last several years were ENORMOUS. For that, we give a heartfelt thank you from the entire organization!
2014 IAP2 North AmericanConference
The IAP2 North America Conference Committee is busily planning for the event on September 28-30, 2014. The theme of this year’s conference, “Reflecting Forward”, will provide an opportunity to explore the factors that have shaped public participation, reflect on the practice today (not just the successes, but also our failures), and envision what the future of public engagement will hold.Read more here ...
Volunteers needed for 2014 IAP2 North American Conference!
Want to help make sure the Conference is a roaring success and get some "perks" along the way? Check out the newly-launchedConference Web Pagefor "Volunteer Opportunities".
DON'T FORGET TO SUBMIT YOUR SESSION PROPOSALS
Submissions are now being accepted for presentations at the 2014 IAP2 North American Conference.
A total of 21 presentations are planned for the event, in the following categories:
March 11, 2014
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IAP2 NorCal Quarterly Evening Event March 27, 2014
San Francisco, CA
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IAP2 USA Board Meeting
March 21-23, 2014
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Emotion Outrage and Public Participation Course
March 6-7, 2014
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IAP2 Certificate Training March 26-27, 2014 Madison, WI Details and RSVP: Click here! IAP2 Certificate Training April 1-3, 2014 Madison, WI Details and RSVP: Click here! IAP2 Full-Week Certificate Training April 14-18, 2014 Austin, TX Details and RSVP: Click here! IAP2 Full-Week Certificate Training April 21-25, 2014 Kansas City, MO Details and RSVP: Click here!
Call for Presenters and Sponsorships for PI Works in Bend, Ore., this June
IAP2’s Cascade Chapter invites your proposals for the eighth “PI Works” conference this summer. At the 2014 PI Works conference in Bend, Oregon, onJune 19 and 20, stakeholder engagement experts will share how they respond to increasing demands for public involvement, often with shrinking funds. You can be a part of this lively gathering of seasoned and emerging practitioners, project managers, decision-makers, students and community leaders. Registration is limited to the first 150 who sign up, to ensure valuable networking experiences. Registration is as low as $250 for IAP2 members who register beforeMay 16and includes meals ($125 for students; scholarships are planned). The conference beginsThursday morning and ends at noon on Friday at the beautiful River House on the Deschutes River. Sponsorships will give participants great exposure and will send students to the conference and support the chapter’s ongoing scholarship program. Registration will open onMarch 31. To request a Call for Presenters form or sponsor information, please email Sheri Wantland email@example.com
Colorado Chapter President contributes to encyclopedia
Colorado Chapter President Barbara Lewis is a contributor to the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Positive Questions just released by Crown Custom Publishing. The Encyclopedia showcases questions used in the appreciative inquiry process Barbara facilitated to create enhanced stakeholder collaboration for the $1.8 billion Eagle P3 commuter rail project in Denver, Colorado.
IAP2 NorCal: February 27 Virtual Brown Bag With Joint Venture Silicon Valley
The IAP2 NorCal chapter welcomes Russell Hancock, CEO Joint Venture Silicon Valley, this Thursday, February 27 for their second “virtual brown bag” session of the year.
We are looking for contributions to the monthly IAP2 USA Newsletter. Perhaps you would like to share a triumph or lessons learned from a “failure”. You might have read an article – that hit home and you want to share with others. What about a book review? A tip of the month? You know what you would like to read in our newsletter so send us something.
IAP2 USA advances public participation in the United States by providing its affiliate members with tools and information to conduct high-quality public participation processes, by providing government, industry, nonprofit organizations and participants with educational resources to increase the quality and value of their participation in such processes, and by advocating for quality public participation programs based on our Core Values and Code of Ethics.
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