Member Newsletter
May 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. And, remember: Don't wait, Participate! 

Best, IAP2 USA

 IAP2 USA Core Value Awards
Nominations Sought!
Core Values Awards

One of the ways we improve the practice of P2 is by highlighting innovative and exceptional work-- the types of initiatives that lead the practice forward and bring our seven Core Values to life.  Recognizing these exemplary efforts sets the bar high, while acknowledging and affirming quality efforts and outstanding organizations.

Have you or your organization completed such an effort? 

IAP2USA is now accepting nominations for CORE VALUES AWARDS in three categories:

  • Project of the Year,
  • Organization of the Year, and
  • Research Project of the Year.

Nominations are being accepted through June 5, 2014.  Projects must have been completed in the USA, but IAP2 USA membership is not required. Applicants should be able to describe how their work expresses the Core Values and the other IAP2 foundations.

For more information...

1. Visit the Core Values Awards webpage and 

2. Plan to join us for the webinar on May 29th, 11:30AM PDT.

Finalists will be notified mid-2014. The major Award winners will also have their successful submissions entered into the IAP2 International Awards. The International Awards are to be judged in July/August 2014 and the winners will be announced at the IAP2 North American Conference in Winnipeg, Canada.

What is IAP2?
IAP2 USA is pleased to be introducing a series of videos which speak to questions that we have received from our members.  The second one in this series is "What is IAP2?"

At this time we would also like to sincerely thank all those members that participated in the making of these video clips.  We hope that you enjoy what you see and would welcome your feedback as well as future questions.  

Developing a Certification Program for IAP2

IAP2 USA in cooperation with IAP2 Canada and IAP2 Southern Africa are working on behalf of the rest of the IAP2 Affiliates and the Federation to develop a Certification Program.  The Certification Task Force has just begun their process and before they get too far they want to make sure that members and friends are aware of what is going on and have the opportunity to influence the development of a potential program.

The Task Force will be hosting information webinars on May 28th, 1pm PDT and May 29th, 7am PDT. There will also be an engagement process on Core Competencies in June.  To learn more please visit the Certification Webpage.

Member Spotlight
IAP2 NA Conference

Member spotlight: Hannah Litzenberger

Each month, the IAP2 newsletter strives to profile a member who is working in the public participation or other related fields. This month we asked Hannah Litzenberger of the Puget Sound Chapter in Washington State about how she got involved in P2 work, and what she likes most about her work.

Who are you, and what do you do?

I grew up in North Carolina and now live in Seattle, which I think is a fantastic place to work in the P2 field. I have been working in environmental planning consulting and public involvement since I was in high school, believe it or not! I was fortunate enough to have great mentors along the way who early on taught me the importance of public participation and helped me realize I could do what I love – talking to people – as a career. I am now an Associate at EnviroIssues in Seattle, working on several energy and infrastructure projects in both planning and construction.

When and why did you join IAP2? What was it that attracted you to IAP2?

I joined IAP2 as a student member when I was in undergrad at NC State University. I’ve always loved public involvement and wanted to incorporate public involvement in my career. I recently became more active in the Puget Sound Chapter over the last year as we’ve been working to re-engage the chapter. I love that IAP2 training brings foundational knowledge to our practice, and I appreciate being able to connect with a diverse set of professionals in our field.  

In your public participation work, what gives you the most satisfaction?

I have a science background, so I really enjoy helping people better understand complex or technical issues – and on the flip side – helping decision makers understand stakeholders’ perspectives and bridge the two. I love having genuine conversations with stakeholders – whether about a project or their garden. I’ve met some of the most interesting people through this job!

To read the rest of this interview, click here. 


September 28-30, 2014 in Winnipeg at the Radisson Winnipeg Downtown

Conference presentations and sessions now available online!

We are excited to announce that the program for the conference has been finalized and is available online! Thank you to everyone who voted and helped create the program for our North American 2014 Conference. We are happy to report that presenters will be coming to the conference from across Canada, the USA and Australia.

The sessions cover a wide range of topics from the government and the private sectors offering innovation, lessons learned and best practice studies. There is something for everyone in this year’s program. Come and hear the stories, learn from others, join in the discussions and be inspired.

Sponsorship opportunities

This year conference sponsors are invited to create their own ‘a la carte’ benefits package based on what opportunities will meet their marketing and engagement needs as an organization. Want to sponsor a breakfast or speak at a reception but don't need a program advertisement?  No problem, we won't make you pay for what won't work for you.  Or maybe you want to make sure you have the opportunity to really engage with participants in a meaningful way.

Check out the conversation starter, exhibit space, technology fair, or sponsor-a-citizen options to get the most face-to-face engagement for your dollars. Check out the full menu and reserve your spot today!

Bursary opportunities

Consider applying for a Sponsor-A-Citizen Bursary. Bursaries could cover the cost of conference registration for either one day or the whole conference. Eligibility information and application instructions are available on the conference website. 

We look forward to seeing you in Winnipeg so register now as spaces are limited!

 Youth, Students, & Emerging Practitioners
     Chapter News

What Millennials Want


66 percent [of Millennials] said access to high quality transportation is one of the top three criteria they would weigh when deciding where to live. 


Nearly half of those who owned a car said they would consider giving it up if they could count on public transportation options. 


Up to 86 percent said it was important for their city to offer opportunities to live and work without relying on a car. 


Learn more about what Millennials want here.

IAP2 NorCal: April event on digital engagement sees record turnout

The IAP2 NorCal chapter hosted its first in-person event of the year last month. More than 40 practitioners from across the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento came together for an evening of networking and learning about digital engagement opportunities at the local level

To view the presentation slide deck and to download "Broadening Public Participation Using Online Engagement Tools", the latest report by the Institute for Local Government (ILG), visit the new chapter website.

Report from APA in Atlanta Get Together

Last month, the American Planning Association (APA) hosted their 2014 National Planning Conference in Atlanta, GA. On the final day of the conference, a number of practitioners at the intersection of planning and public participation came together to discuss how the bridging efforts between these two communities could be improved... To read more click here

Don’t Forget the PI Conference!

Meet stakeholder engagement pros for a rousing day and a half in beautiful Bend, Oregon. This is the 8th PI Works regional conference, the Pacific Northwest's signature event for public participation, presented by Cascade Chapter of IAP2 USA. To learn more click here. 
 Interesting Links      IAP2 Talks

Links to interesting articles or activities:

An estimated 2,000 people across the country (most of them young people) took part in "Text, Talk, and Act" last week  as part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health - see photos and details at

The Participatory Budgeting Project has won the first annual Democracy Medal from Penn State University -

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance at Harvard's Kennedy School invites you to apply for a special $100,000 award for innovation in public engagement - 


IAP2 Talks Presents: 
Kevin Miniter and Michael Toomim 

Kevin Miniter and Michael Toomim began their IAP2 Talk presentation by reminding the audience about how frustrating large scale public participation programs can be for the public.  They reported on a new software program developed to allow real time analysis and categorization of comments as they are submitted via the Internet, creating the opportunity for people to submit their own thoughts and react to others’ comments.  They shared how 
ConsiderIt was used to fuel a citizen powered interactive voters guide for Washington state for the last three elections. To view click here.
Upcoming Events       Upcoming Events
IAP2 NorCal Chapter hosts Virtual Brown Bag: Beyond the Usual Suspects: San Francisco Utility Plan Engages 10,000 Online
May 27, 2014

Certification Program Webinar I
May 28, 2014

Certification Program Webinar II
May 29, 2014

Stay tuned for more events! 
Stay tuned for more trainings! 
    Core Values Awards Information Session Webinar
May 29, 2014

June Webinar: Online Engagement Tools for Broad Public Participation
June 10, 2014

2014 PI Works 
June 19-20, 2014
Bend, Oregon

Stay tuned for more events! 
Stay tuned for more trainings! 
 Get Engaged      Online Resources

Reporting out on the AGM

Thank you to those members who were able to join us for the IAP2 USA AGM on Tuesday, May the 20th.  The AGM webinar provided 2013 highlights and some insight into what is planned or already underway for 2014. 

For more information please check out the recorded webinar presentation and 2013 Year in Review.

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