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IAP2 USA August Newsletter

Welcome to the IAP2 USA midsummer Newsletter! In this action-packed installment, you’ll find:


President's Message: IAP2 USA Welcomes 3 New CP3's!

Leah JaramilloPublic Participation is not something you just start doing. It is a process, honed over time and aided by experience. As practitioners I think we intuitively know when things are working and areas where we can improve. Despite nearly 15 years in practice, I still seek training annually to make sure I am up to speed or to address areas where I feel I need some help. So I was a bit apprehensive when I began the application process for certification. I know I can do it…but what will my peers think? Pulling back the veil, so to speak, can feel pretty intimidating.

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As Leah says, there are a lot of advantages to getting certified as a P2 professional. The application process is ongoing, but the deadline to be considered for the next Assessment Center -- November 30 - December 1 -- is August 10. It’s a rigorous process and requires work to prepare:

Learn more!

THE FUTURE OF NEPA - Commenting period extended

There’s still time to register your comments on the future of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Council on Environmental Quality has extended the input period to August 20, 2018. Changes to NEPA could have a significant impact on the process and quality of P2. As an organization, IAP2 USA has submitted an official letter, and having individual members submit their own comments will increase the impact. The letter states, in part: “Public notification … comment periods should be of sufficient duration to allow the full range of interested parties to participate, and that duration should be dictated by the complexity of the proposal ….” (Read the entire letter here.) Please consider being part of “Pursuing the Greater Good” and advocating for “Good Decisions Made Together”.

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MEMBER PROFILE - Catherine Smith

Catherine SmithPosition: Partner in charge of engagement and communications, Cityworks

I started out going to law school at the University of San Diego. I actually went to law school because I thought I wanted to be a journalist, covering legal issues. But then I learned about mediation and started volunteering at a local mediation organization. It’s through that work that I found out about public involvement, and forgot all about journalism. Basically, in law school I got really interested in how people solved problems. Mediation was supposed to be early conflict resolution; so I view P2 is early-early conflict resolution. And that fascinated me. I like involving people to head off a conflict before it starts or takes hold.

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Ambassador Program - recruitment a success!

Stacee AdamsWe are so thrilled to announce that we’ve received 18 applications from members interested in joining the pilot year of the new IAP2 Ambassador Program. Applicants come from across the U.S. and represent the transportation, environmental, planning, marketing and communication, and public involvement fields. Their years of experience range anywhere from 1 to 40! They share a deep understanding of the value IAP2 brings to decision making and a passion for including the public in the decisions that affect them. We are a little star struck and think you will be too. We’ll be announcing the Ambassadors next month. Stay tuned! For more information on this Program please check out the website!


Conference update: Sold OUT!


We hope you didn’t drag your feet about registering for the 2018 IAP2 North American Conference in Victoria! With still more than a month to go, we are thrilled to announce that the Conference is completely SOLD OUT! We have already reached the maximum of 365 and we are looking forward to three days of idea-sharing, learning, networking and fun -- all on the theme of “Growing a Culture of P2”.

If you can come we look forward to welcoming you to Victoria but we know that it is not possible for everyone. At the end of September, we will report back on the Conference and include copies of the presentations. In the months that follow we will share some of the conference sessions as monthly webinars.

SAVE THE DATE! 2019 Skills Symposium

SAVE THE DATE: the 2019 IAP2 USA Skills Symposium! Once again, the Skills Symposium is heading to Austin, Texas, February 25 through March 1! We’ll announce the full schedule in August.

Webinar Rewind June: “Beyond Inclusion”

In recent years, ads promoting the City of Portland, Oregon, have portrayed the city as “weird” -- steampunk, maple/bacon doughnuts, all manner of craft beers, etc., etc. But the city and environs also have a less-than-boastable history of white supremacy. According to the Momentum Alliance -- a youth-led group that works for social justice -- this historical situation has continued into the 21st Century with policies and procedures that put communities of colour at a disadvantage.

Metro, the regional government overseeing the three counties and 23 cities surrounding the Rose City, teamed up with Momentum Alliance to create a more racially equitable region, starting with changing the agency itself and its relationships with the communities it serves. Through a series of meetings and projects, changes have taken place -- and not just cosmetic, outward-appearance changes or plans on a shelf, but changes in the attitudes of individual staff members.

But the process was hardly smooth. It involved some tough conversations, revelations and above all, trust-building. Hear for yourself how this remarkable process came together, and how much further they need to go.

June Webinar Rewind


Webinar Rewind –
“Participatory Systems Change”
July 2018

Addressing many of today’s most pressing problems requires both engaging broad public audiences and working within complex systems of institutions, actors and drivers. In our July webinar, Prof. Martin Carcasson of the Center for Public Deliberation at Colorado State University, Prof. David Kahane of University of Alberta, and Robin Prest of the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University describe how the emerging field of “Participatory Systems Change” can create better outcomes for complex or “wicked” problems. These methods are better able to account for the values of citizens, identify leverage points for intervention, and build collaboration among multiple actors.
This approach requires rethinking key aspects of engagement, including: sponsorship; issue framing; sequencing; the nature of democratic exchange; the method of analysis; and strategies for mass communications.

July Webinar Rewind

(Webinars and the recordings are a benefit exclusive to members of IAP2 USA.)

Webinar On-Deck:

August - Public Transportation & P2

August 14, 2018

No doubt about it: when it comes to transportation, people have opinions and want to be involved in their transportation system. Coming up on August 14, IAP2 Canada and IAP2 USA team up with Rail~Volution to showcase collaboration between public transportation agencies and citizens’ groups. Bakari Height of the MARTA Army, an asphalt-level (similar to “grassroots” but involves road and rail) organization in Atlanta, GA, will share how his group works with the Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority, taking initiative that has complemented the agency’s work. He’ll be joined by Andrew Devlin of TransLink in Metro Vancouver, which has been engaging the public for over two years on fare structure. And we’ll also hear about a triple-play from Minnesota: public participation, public transportation and public health.

Register now!

NB: because of the IAP2 North American Conference, there will be no Learning Webinar in September.

Monthly webinars are recorded and are available as a member benefit for IAP2 USA members. Check out the page here.

Quoteable Quotes:  

Observations, aphorisms and statements of pith and moment around and about P2. If you hear any, or have some of your own, send them our way: info@iap2canada.ca.

Chapter News:  

  • Greater LA Announces September event, and Chapter President, Kit Cole is set to make an appearance on the ELGL Podcast - GovLove!
  • Intermoutain Chapter Reports back on their recent Girls P2 Summit!
  • The Midwest Chapter has a meeting coming up on August 10. Are you attending?
  • In case you missed out, Cascade Chapter shares a little on their 2018 PIWorks Conference
Learn more!

Interesting Links!  

Interesting Links

Have you found an article that needs to be shared with the P2 Community? Send it to us at ameliaiap2usa@gmail.com!

IAP2 Foundations across the States! Is there one near you?

Click through the event listings on the IAP2 USA Calendar for more information and to register. (Learn more about the courses; Foundations brochure.)

  • Minneapolis, MN –  IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation, July 30 - August 3, 2018
  • Lincoln, NE –  IAP2 Techniques for Effective in Public Participation, September 19 - 20, 2018
  • Chicago, IL –  IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation, September 24 - 28, 2018
  • Chicago, IL –  Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation, October 18 - 19, 2018
  • Asheville, NC –  IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation, October 29 - November 2, 2018
  • Denver, CO –  Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation, November 29 - 30, 2018
  • Salt Lake City, UT –  Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation, December 3 - 7, 2018

Check the IAP2 USA calendar for information on how to register for events.

Upcoming Events: 

Check the IAP2 USA calendar for information on how to register for events.


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