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IAP2 July Newsletter

The President’s Message – From David Hovde

David Hovde, PresidentIf you’ve ever lived in the upper Midwest and/or northern climes in the U.S., you’ve either heard or said that there are really only two seasons – winter and road construction. The good news is that it can’t keep me from the good news, so here goes:

After a period of inactivity, the Georgia chapter of IAP2 is in a period of “renewal.” A dedicated and energetic group of folks has organized a kick-off mixer scheduled for August 5.

There’s also a lot of new energy and enthusiasm about IAP2 USA in southern California! If you’re interested in learning more – or in participating in upcoming events – please contact Kit Cole at kit.cole@sce.com or call or text 818-822-6378. Or attend one of their upcoming events such as an informal get together at the O Hotel or “Turbo Charge Your Efforts with Social Media”.

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THIS JUST IN … IAP2 USA membership surges!

The first half of 2015 has been hugely successful for your organization: we’re excited to tell you that membership in IAP2 USA has jumped from approximately 450 in December 2014, to more than 700 members as of June 30, 2015! That’s an increase of more than 50%!

2015 IAP2 North American Conference – Deadlines Approaching!

IAP2 2015 Conference - PortlandThe upcoming 2015 IAP2 North American Conference is now, officially, the best-attended yet! As of July 28, we crossed the 225 mark ... with almost 6 weeks to go! Thank you to all who have registered so far, we look forward to seeing you – and many more – in the Rose City.

Of course, this surge in attendance also means that rooms at our official Conference hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton in Lloyd Center, are getting scarce.

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As of July 17, there were fewer than 40 rooms still available at the Conference rate (starting at US $149/night), and those are just for Wed. Sept. 9 and Thursday, Sept. 10. All other nights are now sold out at the conference rate.

Did you know … that your registration fee includes a pre-conference workshop? On Wednesday, Sept. 9, you can take part in “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Portland-style” – A series of interactive presentations on the way the issue of inclusion is addressed in Portland and the state of Oregon as a whole. For IAP2 members not attending the conference, it costs US $75 to take part; $100 for non-members not attending the conference.

What's Brewing in P2?Don’t delay! As of August 1st, regular prices to attend the Conference take effect, going up US $100 to $625.00 for IAP2 members and $775 for non-members. Register now and take advantage of those early-bird rates!

Students! You only have a few more days to apply for a scholarship to attend the Conference! The deadline is July 31; find out more information here.

Conference keynoter spotlight: Nanci Luna Jimenez

By Lance Robertson, IAP2 USA Board Member

This year’s IAP2 North American Conference in Portland, Oregon, (Sept. 9-11) features four groundbreaking and thought-provoking keynote speakers, in addition to the more than 50 break-out sessions and other activities.

One of those keynoters, Nanci Luna Jimenez, is recognized regionally, nationally and internationally for her highly effective and

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insightful training, inclusive facilitation and dynamic speaking with groups of diverse ages, industries and cultural backgrounds.

“Getting together silent auction items including Portland Pet Food Company’s Beer Biscuits! What will you bring? Let us know and help us support the next generation of P2!”

The IAP2 USA Board recently voted to develop a scholarship fund for P2 students, and now we need your help to kick start the fund! We’ll have a silent auction at the IAP2 North American conference in Portland this September and are asking IAP2 USA Chapters, individuals and organizations to donate items for the silent auction.

Chapters are encouraged to donate something representative of their area. All items are welcome, so have fun thinking up items that will be of interest to attendees from the U.S., Canada and Australia. Please contact Darlene Urban Garrett at darleneurbangarrett@gmail.com to inform her of the item you will donate or if you have any questions. As items are identified, we will let attendees know via social media of the items available for auction. This is a very important fundraiser and a fun way for all chapters to help fund the scholarship fund which will be available to all US student members. Thank you for your participation in this event!


Does the IAP2 Spectrum adequately cover what Public Participation is all about? What are its limitations? Should anything be added? Those are some of the questions being tackled as we look for input from all IAP2 members. Join the discussion: You can comment on topics already raised or raise some of your own.

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Member Spotlight: Jennifer Trotter

Jennifer TrotterJennifer Trotter was introduced to IAP2 in 2009 while completing her Masters in Planning at the University of Southern California, “The IAP2 tools and techniques ignited my interest and led to my career.” Jennifer went on to complete the IAP2 Foundations course and is now a Public Involvement Specialist with Burns & McDonnell where she works with the west coast practice on engineering and non-capital projects. Prior to joining Burns & McDonnell, Jennifer served as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Community Development Foundation. She joined IAP2 USA in June of this year.

“I love my work when I see people excited to be involved. So often government or capital projects happen from the top down. When people are engaged in the process, the outcomes are so much better.”

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Introducing the New and Improved Members-Only Membership Directory

We have launched a new Members-Only Member Directory with a new look! — login required. You're in the driver's seat when it comes to what gets shown in the directory. If you have any questions, contact Jennifer at info@iap2usa.org.


Congratulations to Kyle Bozentko, IAP2 USA Board Member, and the Jefferson Center for winning the Knight News Challenge on Elections! Read the releases from the Knight Foundation and the Jefferson Center!

“You, the Jury” – The IAP2 July Webinar

What’s the best way to ensure the people affected by a decision get a voice in that decision? For Ned Crosby, founder of The Jefferson Center in St Paul, Minnesota, the answer is to sit them down and provide as much information as possible in as understandable a way as possible. From this concept the Citizens’ Jury was born, and in our July 14 webinar, we heard from two Jefferson Center experts – Andrew Rockway and Larry Pennings – and Sherrill Johnson, who has facilitated Citizens’ Juries (CJs) in Edmonton, notably the 2012 jury on Internet Voting, with the Centre for Public Involvement.

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Meet the Authors – The IAP2 August Webinar

Public Participation for 21st Century DemocracyWhere has P2 come from, and where is it going? What do people really want from public life? What are some of the assumptions in a P2 process and how many of them are valid?

These are some of the questions tackled in a new book, Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy, (Wiley) by Matt Leighninger and Tina Nabatchi – and you’ll have an opportunity to meet and quiz them in our next IAP2 Monthly Learning Webinar, Tuesday, August 25 at 2pm Eastern (11am Pacific).

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Please note the unusual date: Not the second Tuesday of the month. Also, due to the North American Conference, there will be no webinar in September. The next webinar after this one will be Tuesday, October 13.

Too long, didn't read

Too Long Didn't Read

A monthly précis of a significant piece of research in the field of public participation, presented by the IAP2 Canada Research Committee.

“A Model of Conflict Resolution in Public Participation GIS for Land-Use Planning,” Fung, Tung; Zhang, Yongjun (2013) Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design: Vol. 40 (summarized by Jessica Dyck, IAP2 Canada Research Committee)

In this study, Fung and Zhang consider how geographic information systems (GIS) can be used to resolve conflict among stakeholders in land use planning public participation processes.

Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) uses message boards and Google Maps to enable participants to contribute to the conversation and identify specific land areas that are of concern. GIS technicians and planners use this information to create options that will accommodate a wide variety of concerns. Participants have access to a website that accommodates a message board.

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IAP2 USA is pleased to be collaborating with IAP2 Canada on a North American Research Committee. Are you interested, do you have questions? Learn more or join the Committee by contacting the Committee Chair, Maria de Bruijn.

Join us in Atlanta!

Please encourage your contacts in the Atlanta metro area to register for FREE and attend EPA’s Community Involvement Training Conference. We have a number of IAP2 members presenting such as: Kyle Bozentko, John Godec, Doug Sarno, Tim Bonnemann, Leanne Nurse and more.

Interesting Links – by Matt Leighninger

Matt Leighninger

Upcoming Events

August 4-6 US EPA Community Involvement Training Conference, Atlanta, GA
Weds., August 5
6:00 - 8:00 PM (EDT)
IAP2 Georgia Kick-Off Mixer at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
Mon., August 17
5:00 - 7:00 PM (PDT)
Happy Hour at the O Hotel | IAP2 USA Greater Los Angeles Area
Tues., August 25
11:00 AM (Pacific)
IAP2 August Webinar – “Meet the Authors” with Matt Leighninger and Tina Nabatchi, co-authors of Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy
September 9 11 2015 IAP2 North American Conference, Portland, OR
Weds., Sept. 30
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
Turbo Charge your P2 Efforts with Social Media | IAP2 USA Greater Los Angeles Area September Meeting at Parsons Brinckerhoff
Tues., Oct. 13 2:00 - 3:15 PM (EDT)
IAP2 October Webinar – TBD (Note: due to the Conference, there will be no September webinar)
October 14 – 16 2015 IAP2 Australasian Conference, Perth, WA

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