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IAP2 USA November-December Newsletter

No question: as we head into Thanksgiving, there is a lot to be thankful for with IAP2 USA this year! Membership has surged, we’re offering new learning opportunities, and we live in a country where the idea that people of all walks of life should have a say in decisions that affect them is embraced -- no matter what the discourse looks like! Plenty to celebrate, indeed!

In this action-packed installment, you’ll find:


From the Board: Catherine Smith

Cathy SmithThe saying that days are long and years are fast is true! 2018 is on its way out and before it’s all the way out the door, there’s some significant milestones to highlight because of members like you. All of them fit under the theme that we are growing stronger every day as an organization, a community, and a cause.

Our membership is growing stronger. In the last three years we’ve nearly tripled our membership. We’re now nearing 1500 members across the country. Our friends in IAP2 Australasia have over 7000, so we’ve got nothing but what looks like a positive road ahead to grow a tight knit, active and influential membership right here in the USA.

Our chapters are growing stronger: Because our members like each other, they want to do good work together. Which means we have right now—count ‘em—ten emerging chapters across the country.

Read more!

It's Election Time  

Members please make sure to vote! We have seven people who have expressed interest in serving on the IAP2 USA Board, and only six openings. Get to know the candidates here, and watch for the Election Buddy ballot in your email inbox. The deadline to vote is December 5. Can’t find your ballot or having technical issues contact Anneliese.

Do you have what it takes to become a Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3)?

Knowing and showing that you provide quality P2 is key in today's marketplace. Certification is your way to do so. If you have taken the IAP2 Foundations course (formerly the Certificate training), have experience delivering good P2, and are ready to have your work assessed by a panel of your professional peers, then it is time to get certified.

Why get certified? Certification moves your career forward. With certification, your services and the profession has greater value to clients:

  • Gives you an edge over your competition
  • Demonstrates to clients and colleagues the value you bring as a Certified Professional
  • Builds the credibility and profile of our profession and IAP2 so that clients are more willing to invest in the services
  • Validates and documents that you have the skills and abilities to be a Certified Professional
  • Validates the efforts you have made in your career to provide value to clients
  • Shows that you meet internationally recognized standards
  • Demonstrates a willingness to invest in your own development and commitment to the field to reinforce a culture of quality

Now that you are interested the next steps are:

For more information please visit the website or contact Amelia at ameliaiap2usa@gmail.com. The time is right for you to become a Certified Public Participation Professional


Principal, Catalyst Inc., and co-founder of Rocky Mountain Center for Positive Change.

“Like everyone, I’m distressed by how tribal we’ve become (in America). We’ve learned to see people who disagree with us as the enemy or the ‘other’. Early in my career, I felt that people placed a much higher value on fairness than they do today. On many of the projects I worked on, if people felt that I was sincere and had brought a fair process, then they could accept outcomes even if they weren’t in their favored interest…. But I’m an optimist and I specialize in appreciative inquiry, so I believe that with crisis comes opportunity and sometimes our cages need to get rattled so we can see what’s going on.”

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News from the Federation International Core Values Awards Winners Announced!

The winners of the IAP2 Federation Core Values Awards were announced in October, at the IAP2 Australasian Conference in Gold Coast, Queensland. Read about this year’s IAP2 USA winners here, and meet all the winners from around the world in the 2018 IAP2 Showcase.

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Early Impact from the IAP2 Ambassadors!

Stacee AdamsStacee Adams, Ambassador Program Coordinator

Post-election, pre-holidays. It’s the season of participation and dialogue and the IAP2 Ambassadors have been leading the charge for both at a number of events around the country the last two months. Frankie Burton, with Katz and Associates in San Francisco, is one of them. Why does she do it?

Read more!


Five intensive days of P2 - the IAP2 USA Skills Symposium returns!


It’s one of our more popular learning opportunities: the IAP2 USA Skills Symposium. Five days in Austin, Texas, with courses designed to broaden your scope and expand your P2 toolkit OR a chance to start or complete the Foundations course; all, in the company of other P2 practitioners.

What people said about the 2018 Symposium:

  • “I appreciated working with people who care about the same things I do but have different approaches, personalities and experience levels.”
  • “... allowed me to get out of my comfort zone.”
  • “... great ideas to allow me to return to my role and facilitate change within my organization.”
  • “Content was much more in-depth than past events I’ve attended. Presenter was very practical and pragmatic.”

But don’t delay! Early-bird rates are only good until December 14, and classes have limited space. Find out more here.

READY TO STEP UP? Join a committee for the 2019 IAP2 North American Conference!

Are you a highly motivated person who would like to be involved in developing and implementing a successful IAP2 North American Conference?

Here’s your chance! The 2019 IAP2 North American Conference will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4 - 6, 2019. There are lots of opportunities to be involved.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE: ensuring a great program. Your role starts with the call for submissions and carries through to the selection of session presenters. IAP2 USA staff is responsible for the implementation.


LOCAL-FUN COMMITTEE: plans the social portions of the conference. Your role includes the planning of an opening reception, identifying a venue for the Awards Gala, and promoting other local activities such as dine-arounds or site visits.


Deadline for applications is November 29, 2018! Don’t forget to save that date -- Sept. 4 - 6 2019!

Interested in presenting a session? Watch for the Call for Submissions, going out in the New Year!


Webinar Rewind –
“Building P2 Into Your Organization”
October 2018

It’s a fact that people are demanding a voice in matters that concern them in increasing numbers. It’s also a fact that organizations are playing catch-up in that department. Our October webinar featured two organizations that are setting a standard in entrenching public participation in their makeup: the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and the City of Edmonton.

October Webinar Rewind

The City of Edmonton won the 2018 IAP2 Canada Core Values Award for Organization of the Year, as well as the IAP2 Federation Organization of the Year award. IAP2 Monthly Learning webinars are available exclusively to IAP2 USA members. Click here to watch the webinar and see others.

Webinar Rewind –
Victoria Encore: “Prevent Truth Decay”
November 2018

“What is our role in protecting Truth?” was the presenting question in our November webinar, in which Sam Imperati and Devin Howington reprised a successful presentation from the IAP2 North American Conference in Victoria.

November Webinar Rewind

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

Webinar On-Deck:
“Digital Engagement Roundtable”
December 11, 2018

Coming up in December, it’s our annual look at digital tools for engagement -- what’s hot, what’s cooling off, what the trends are for the next year. Join our panel -- Colin Ellis of Bang the Table, Patrick Gregoire of Borealis, Anna Hauskins from Social Pinpoint and Joseph Thornley and Marcelo Bursztein of 76engage -- December 11 at 11am PST.

Register now!

“Diversity & Inclusion in P2”
January 8, 2019

How do you engage people from a variety of walks of life in your P2 projects? Here’s a chance to learn from two large projects that embraced that opportunity. Our January 8th webinar features the Core Values Award winners from the USA and Canada in “Respect for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture”. In Oregon, TriMet set out to expand its public transportation infrastructure in the Portland area, and much of the plans involved communities with historically underrepresented populations. The process succeeded in addressing the unique cultural, ethnic and linguistic aspects along the proposed routes. The City of Surrey, British Columbia, is one of the largest and fastest-growing cities in Metro Vancouver, with a broad diversity of ethnicities and cultures. Reviewing and updating its Parks, Recreation and Culture Strategy was a large task, which succeeded in addressing the needs -- including those of culture, demographics and accessibility.

Register now!

Taster Series  

We were excited to announce the IAP2 Tasters earlier this year, and we’re even more excited to tell you that they have been a major hit! These 45-minute mini-courses, based on longer offerings by our trainers, are opportunities for you to “taste and see” what the course is about, make comments, interact, and come away with some tools and techniques you can put to use right away.

Both October’s Taster -- “Brave, Honest Conversations - What They Are and How to Have Them”, with Stephani Roy McCallum -- and the November offering -- “Facilitation Agility” with Dr Rebecca Sutherns -- have received glowing reviews from those who attended, coming from Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, so you don’t want to miss the next one!

Tasters are another benefit exclusive to IAP2 members, and you can watch them online.

Stephani Roy McCallumComing up in January, Stephani is back with “Why Are These People Yelling At Me? -- Understanding Outrage and Opposition” -- Friday, Jan. 25 at 11 am PST. Are your projects failing to move forward because of public opposition? Are you faced with an angry public at meetings? Is decision-making stalled because of polarized viewpoints?

Continuing to do the same thing over and over again expecting a different result isn’t helping. It’s time to understand what is triggering the outrage and opposition so you can work with it, address it and find new ways of moving forward.

Learn more & register!

Teneya GwinOn Thursday, Feb. 21, Teneya Gwin and Anne Harding present “Reconciliation and P2”. Through its 94 Calls to Action, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission offered a roadmap to Canadians on the way forward to a more inclusive, productive, and engaged society. Anne HardingSo where do public participation professionals and the practice of P2 fit in this reconciliation journey? Join Teneya and Anne to explore the intersection between reconciliation and public participation and advance your own reconciliation journey in the process.

Learn more & register!

Chapter News:  

The Midwest Chapter announces their 2019 Regional Conference Location

We welcome our newest Emerging Chapter: Orange County Chapter

Intermountain Chapter Opens up Board nominations. Due November 30, 2019

Are you interested in starting a chapter in your area? We have resources for you! Get in contact with Anneliese today

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!

Quotable Quotes  

Have you come across a quote, aphorism or statement of pith and moment that P2 colleagues could relate to? Send it to us at info@iap2usa.org.

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.)

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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