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Member Newsletter
February 2014
We hope you are having a great month! Please look at our newsletter to learn more about all the great opportunities and events available for you to participate in. Don't wait, Participate! 

Best, IAP2 USA 


President's Message 

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-launched Conference Web Page for "Volunteer Opportunities".



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:

  • Six 60 minute general sessions
  • Three 75 minute general sessions
  • Six 90 minute general sessions
  • Four 75 minute technique sessions
  • Technology Fair 

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2014, so don't delay! For more information, please visit www.iap2canada.ca/2014naconference.

Youth, Students, and Emerging Practitioners

New Yorkers are part of a nationwide trend of decreasing political engagement. The mayor’s remedy: getting students engaged.

SUNY Cortland launches a civic engagement survey of students using a web-based tool called National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement (NASCE).

Facing perceived loss of commonwealth value of universities in the cities they are located, University of North Carolina Wilmington chancellor says they will focus on getting students involved in the community around them.

Emerging practitioner in Tigard, OR launches a hit public involvement blog on Emerging Local Government Leaders site. (See Marissa Grass of ELGL in the photo to left.)

Do you have news to share about students, youth, and emerging practitioners? Please send articles and happenings to Francesca Patricolo at Francesca@VoicePublicInvolvement.com

Upcoming Events 
March Webinar
March 11, 2014
Online Webinar 
Registration Details: Click here! 

IAP2 NorCal Quarterly Evening Event 
March 27, 2014 
San Francisco, CA
Details and RSVP: Click here! 

IAP2 USA Board Meeting 
March 21-23, 2014
Portland, OR 
Details: Click here! 

Upcoming Trainings 

Emotion Outrage and Public Participation Course

March 6-7, 2014
Oshkosh, WI

Details and RSVP: Click here!  

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! 

More trainings are listed here.

Chapter News

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, on June 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 before May 16 and includes meals ($125 for students; scholarships are planned). The conference begins Thursday 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 on March 31. To request a Call for Presenters form or sponsor information, please email Sheri Wantland at 

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 Want You! 

Newsletter Contributors Wanted:

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.


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