Member Newsletter
March 2014

IAP2 USA Member News: 
All the latest news from the International Association for Public Participation - USA

Dear IAP2 Members,

We hope you are having a great month! Please take a look through our newly formatted newsletter to learn more about all the great opportunities and events available for you to participate in. Don't wait, Participate! 

Best, IAP2 USA

Member Spotlight
Chapter News

  Member Spotlight: David Kodama                

This is the latest installment of a semi-regular feature highlighting one of our IAP2 USA members. This month, we asked David Kodama to share a bit about his background, the work he does and his involvement with the organization. Please let us know if there is anyone you would like to recommend. Thanks!

Who are you, and what do you do?

I’m an Account Manager and Senior Writer for Cook + Schmid, a public relations, marketing and community outreach firm based in San Diego.  I manage a variety of accounts for the firm, from public agencies like the County of San Diego, Port of San Diego and City of San Diego, as well as provide oversight for private companies including the Bali Hai, Allylix, Tom Ham’s Lighthouse and others. I am a former journalist with more than 20 years of experience directing and creating compelling content for technical, business/trade and consumer publications before crossing over to Public Relations, Public Affairs and Marketing Communications (the dark side according to my editorial friends). 

To read more, please follow this link

Youth, Students, & Emerging Practitioners

Michigan’s Muskegon-area teens take health matters and community issues into their own hands, planning a highly successful event to empower their peers and uplift their community.

Giving young people stronger civic roles, as in the Orton Family Foundation’s Heart and Soul planning processes results in fewer young people leaving their communities once they reach adulthood.

Kid President gives the world a pep talk: How to change the world (a work in progress). To all the “little people living out big love.” 

  Intermountain Chapter hosts Day Conference: Re-Imagining the Public Meeting 

We are excited to share with you that the Intermountain Chapter will be hosting their first ever day conference in St. George, UT. They have 3 great speakers: Kristy Dalton, Timothy Tait, and Jessica Pickul. 

Please follow this link to be a part of this opportunity.

Follow this link to learn more about the speakers. 

Follow this link to share the flyer with others. 


Cascade Chapter hosts exciting event: 
Collaborative Governance: Turning Conflict into Resolution

Join us for a live broadcast of Sam Imperati, executive director of the Institute for Conflict Management and collaborative governance guru. Sam’s thought provoking, rapid fire, and at times hilarious delivery is the highlight of training events. Expose yourself to Sam’s wisdom from decades of high stakes collaboration that has helped shape the Pacific Northwest. Learn the theories of collaborative governance and the practical techniques used to bring diverse stakeholders to resolution, not just “settlement” where they walk away unhappy. Learn tools that help groups make wiser decisions at the intersection of logic and emotion.

Please follow this link to join the event. 

IAP2 North American Conferennce

Voting will begin soon on proposed presentations for the 2014 IAP2 North American Conference. Watch this website and your email inbox for more details: it's your opportunity to have a say in how your conference will succeed!

The 2014 IAP2 North American Conference will be held Sept. 28-30, 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For more information, click here.

IAP2 Talks

The September 2013 North American IAP2 conference included “IAP2 Talks” modeled on Ted Talks presentations. We have video-taped a few, and are ready to start sharing.

Interesting Links

The 2014 Frontiers of Democracy conferencewill take place on July 16-18 at the Tufts Medical School campus in downtown Boston –

“The Audacity of AmericaSpeaks” – – “The arc of the organization’s history shows the point nonprofits can reach in their efforts to push democratic innovation and also the point at which governments must contribute.”

Some analysis of the Obama Administration’s commitment to Participatory Budgeting in the Open Government Action Plan
Upcoming Events

Collaborative Governance: turning conflict into resolution          

March 20
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. PST 

March 27-28
St. George, UT 
Values Pt II                   

April 9
3pm- 4pm EST 

Local Decision Making                                                                                   
April 24
6pm-7pm PST 
Regional Administrative Facility Corporation 
Book Reviews and Recommendations

Josh Lerner’s book, Making Democracy Fun, is now available from MIT Press – 

“Fun is not a frill, but an essential ingredient for strong democracy. That’s the convincingly argued premise of Josh Lerner’s powerful new book, which uses a huge variety of cases and a compulsively readable style to show how public participation can be made gratifying, interesting, and enjoyable. Lerner shows how smart organizers and leaders are figuring out how we can move beyond dry, boring, unproductive public processes.”


We would like to make Book Reviews and Recommendations a regular segment in our monthly newsletter.  So send us your thoughts and ideas.  – please provide a link to

Upcoming Training Opportunities

March 26-27
Madison, WI 

April 1-3
Madison, WI 
Certificate Training         
April 14-18
Austin, TX

Certificate Training                            

April 21-25
Kansas City, MO

Certificate Training                  

Apr 28-May 2
Nashville, TN 

Who We Are

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,  non-profit 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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