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IAP2 March 2016 Newsletter

Spring has arrived and a lot has been happening. We had a terrific time in San Diego this February with the Skills Symposium and we are looking forward to welcoming you to Montreal September 28th – 30th for the 2016 IAP2 North American Conference. In between, we look forward to providing you with webinars and other learning opportunities, and don’t forget to check out all of the great things happening with your Chapter. Do you have ideas for IAP2 USA? Please send them our way – info@iap2usa.org. This is your Association and we want to hear from you.

Member Spotlight: Nicole Reese

Nicole ReeseWhat do conservation and IAP2 P2 practices have in common? Nicole Reese!

Nicole recently completed her Master’s Degree in Conservation Leadership at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado where she focused her research on stakeholder engagement, collaborative processes, and public participation in science. With as few as 55 adult individuals remaining, New Zealand’s endemic Maui’s dolphin (Cephalorhynchus hectori maui) is critically endangered. Nicole traveled to New Zealand to conduct research concerning the Māui Dolphin Research Advisory Group where she recommended strategies to inform and engage stakeholders in protection efforts.

Nicole attended IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation at the recent Skills Symposium in San Diego where she saw first-hand how P2 can support science-based efforts.

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The IAP2 USA Skills Symposium – Thank You and We are Coming Back!

2016 Skills Symposium

The evaluations are in and it appears we had a winner! Thank you to all of the trainers and participants who joined us in sunny San Diego – we experienced terrific training, learned from our peers, and did some great networking.

We are pleased to announce IAP2 USA will be making the Skills Symposium an annual event. For 2017, we will be returning to the Bahia in San Diego, Monday, February 27th to Friday, March 3rd (inclusive), and in 2018, we will head east. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend. We will be putting out a call for training sessions in May and hope to have the Training Schedule ready for you in July. Stay tuned!

Watch the slideshow of the Appreciative Inquiry course at the Symposium on YouTube!


Prepared by Kate Nelischer, IAP2 Canada

This month we are pleased to share the IAP2 Canada White Paper on Conflict Management and Public Participation. “Public participation means to involve those who are affected by a decision in the decision-making process,” reads the IAP2 definition. “It promotes sustainable decisions by providing participants with the information they need to be involved in a meaningful way, and it communicates to participants how their input affects the decision.” Involving many different stakeholders with varying expertise and experiences ensures that a diversity of opinions is considered throughout the decision-making process, which results in a stronger conclusion with greater support. It is also the cause of conflict in these processes.

This white paper aims to meet the needs of IAP2 members by providing insight into current research in the area of conflict management in public participation. It offers practitioners an overview of a number of new and exciting approaches, and demonstrates how they can be applied to the daily work of IAP2 members to support continued growth and improvement in the industry and more effective public participation.

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THE IAP2 APRIL WEBINAR: Core Values Award Honorees

(Tues. April 12, 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern)

Here’s another opportunity for you to learn from some of the best engagement projects of 2015 – two Core Values Award winners that succeeded in bringing in previously-excluded communities. Jeff Cook of Beringia Community Planning received the IAP2 Canada Core Values Awards for Project of the Year and Indigenous Engagement for “Working it Out Together”. This was a partnership with the Pikangikum First Nation in far northwestern Ontario, which had been hit by a string of youth suicides. After waiting for government to do something, the local Chief determined his people would come up with their own home-grown solution.

Joining Jeff will be Kasey Randle-Biehler of Burns & McDonnell Engineering. They received “Highly Commended” for a P2 component of the Midwest Transmission Project. This is a system designed to reduce energy congestion in a large part of the United States, and affected 17 counties across two states. Find out how she and her team brought literally thousands of people together to come up with the best solution.

The April Webinar is Tuesday, April 12 at 11:00 am Pacific/2:00 pm Eastern. As usual, IAP2 webinars are free for members and only $50 for non-members.

Register today!

COMING UP IN MAY: Tools and Traps of Online Engagement

As technology keeps moving forward, the number and variety of online tools for public engagement is both awe-inspiring and frightening.

This month, Kristin Hull of CH2M and Matt Crozier of BangTheTable will lead a discussion on what's available, what works and what things to watch out for as you decide what tools to bring into play for your P2 project.

The May Webinar is Tuesday, May 10 at 11:00 am Pacific/2:00 pm Eastern. As usual, IAP2 webinars are free for members and only $50 for non-members.

Register today!





When a government decides a tax rate increase is in order, it will often “take it to the people”. Indeed, many jurisdictions are required to do so, by law. But how do you ensure that the people going to the polls are well-enough informed to make a decision?

Our February webinar – a co-production with the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD) – looked at “Balancing Act”, a tool designed to help members of the public understand the realities of public budgeting. A wish list is one thing; weighing that against all the other demands on the public purse is quite another. 

Blog Post | Webinar Recording & Resources

Many people who attended the 2015 North American Conference have said they’d love to hear a particular presentation again … or that they would love another chance to hear a presentation because they’d missed it the first time. So we’re happy to present, from time to time, some of the more popular sessions, according to the results of our post-Conference survey.

The IAP2 March Webinar featured two of the more popular sessions: Amy Hubbard of Capire Consulting in Australia on the “Engagement Triangle”, and Kalin Schmoldt of JLA Public Involvement in Portland, Oregon, with “INNOVATIVE! VISUAL! PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT!” from the session, “It’s Geek to Me”.

Blog Post | Webinar Recording & Resources

CONFERENCE FLASHBACK: The problem with problems … in a group!

By Tony Faast, Supreme Commander, Cascade Outreach Group, Trout Lake, WA

We’ve all had to try and solve problems with others – colleagues at work, partners, spouses, neighbors, kids, dogs, etc. These interactions all have their own trials and tribulations, some successful … while some … probably not so much. We’ve also had our share of task groups, advisory committees, collaboratives, self-directed teams, blue ribbon panels, endless committee assignments, etc. … all essentially a group of well-meaning folks trying to solve a problem or complete a project.

In this article, (and in the spirit of David Letterman) … we will briefly discuss:

“The Top Ten reasons groups can’t solve problems!”

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Registration is now open for the 2016 IAP2 North American Conference! The Conference will take place September 28-30, 2016, at the Sofitel in Montréal. As anyone who has been to previous Conferences (Halifax, Salt Lake City, Winnipeg, and Portland) can tell you, it’s an invaluable opportunity to learn from one another, meet old friends, make new ones and applaud the best in the business at the Core Values Awards.

Register now and get a SERIOUS discount on the regular price until July 1. Members (including international members) pay $550.00 while non-members pay $700. After July 1, those rates go up to $700 and $850, respectively. Full-time students pay $300 any time. PLEASE NOTE: All prices are in Canadian dollars – a significant savings given the strength of the US dollar. As well, you will need a special code to register as a member so please contact ameliaiap2usa@gmail.com for that code.

Your registration includes:

  • Welcome Reception, Wed. Sept. 28
  • All sessions, continental breakfast and lunch, Sept. 29 & 30
  • Core Values Awards Gala Dinner, Thursday, Sept. 29

You also qualify for the special Conference rate at Sofitel: CDN$189/night, which can also be applied to an extended stay, so you can enjoy even more time in Montréal!

Visit the Conference websiteClick here to register for the Conference

Thank you to all those who submitted proposals for Conference sessions! We received more than 60 proposals and the selection committee is now reviewing them and the finalized program will be announced in April.

The 2016 IAP2 Intermountain Conference is set for April 22! This conference will be filled with exciting presentations and insights from experts and leaders in our field. Topics include:

  • The Top 10 Reasons Why Groups Can’t Solve Problems
  • Situational Assessments: Successes, Failures, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned
  • Mental Modeling as an Underutilized Public Participation Planning & Engagement Tool
  • Neighbor By Neighbor: Creating Neighborhoods of Choice by Engaging Residents
  • 30 Leaders, 25 Agencies, One Room, One Goal
  • GIS Story Maps: Technical Narratives or Organized Chaos?
  • Using Market Research of Utah’s Mining Industry to Assess Public Perception and Determine Future Outreach
  • Bias and the P2 Professional
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Join the Cascade Chapter at the 9th PI Works regional conference June 16-17, 2016 where you'll meet stakeholder engagement pros for a lively and rewarding day and a half in beautiful Bend, Oregon. The Pacific Northwest's signature event is structured for interaction and networking at the newly-remodeled Riverhouse hotel and convention center on the scenic Deschutes River. Presenters are seasoned professionals who are helping communities resolve difficult issues throughout the Pacific Northwest.

The program schedule will be posted by April 30. Click here to submit a session proposal – due today – become a sponsor, apply for a scholarship, or nominate for the Public Involvement Best Practices award. Be sure to register and make hotel reservations early for the best deals.

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Earlier in March, the Cascade Chapter hosted a standing room only PI Network event on "Visuals for Public Engagement" ... Learn more!

IAP2 USA Midwest Chapter Happy Hour Networking Event

The IAP2 USA Midwest Chapter is kicking off spring by hosting a happy hour networking event to meet current and future IAP2 USA members! Join them for the first in a series of Midwest Chapter-sponsored events.

March 31
from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sweeney's Saloon, Saint Paul – Learn more!

Upcoming Events

March 31, 2016 IAP2 USA Midwest Chapter Happy Hour Networking Event - TODAY!
April 12, 2016 IAP2 April Webinar – Core Values Award Winners 2: Projects of the Year
April 18-22, 2016 IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation (Austin, TX)
April 22, 2016 IAP2 USA Intermountain Chapter Conference (Salt Lake City, UT)
April 27-29, 2016 IAP2 Planning for Public Participation (Great Falls, MT)
May 04-05, 2016 Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation (Phoenix, AZ)
May 10, 2016 IAP2 May Webinar – Tools and Traps of Online Engagement
May 19-20, 2016 IAP2 Techniques for Public Participation (Great Falls, MT)
Sept. 28-30, 2016 2016 IAP2 North American Conference, Hotel Sofitel, Montréal, QC

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