September 2020 Newsletter

  From the Executive Manager's Desk: Gail Madziar

COVID-19 has canceled our plans, eliminated events and changed many of our priorities both personally and professionally.  Something that hasn’t changed is the need for quality public participation in every facet of our civic and public life and our members’ passion for providing that P2. Our core values guide us to create fair, just and sustainable decisions together. We have an important role in our society and that role has never been more essential than now. We know the impact our members make and even as we adjust to living with the pandemic we want to help be your guide into the post pandemic world.  Read More

  Core Values Awards: This Wednesday 9/30

Don't miss the IAP2 Core Values Awards

On Wednesday, September 30, it's time to celebrate the best in public engagement!

It’s time to cheer, applaud and learn from the best in the public participation profession: the 2020 IAP2 Core Values Awards Celebration (Canada and US) is Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 3:30 - 5:30pm, Pacific (6:30 - 8:30 Eastern)!

Our usual in-person gala has been re-imagined as a Virtual Celebration (on Zoom)! Hang out at home, or gather with colleagues in a socially-distant bubble; order in your own version of a splendid spread and pop the champagne.

We’ll also have breakout rooms, so you can meet with the honorees and learn more about what they did and how they impressed the judges.

So get ready for the latest in new ideas, new twists on old approaches, and a few fun surprises to keep you engaged!

So set the date, make your plans and register now! We’ll see you online!

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee: to Compile DEI Resources

IAP2 USA’s DEI committee has been busy the last several months building a committee charter and digging into projects. The committee’s charge is to work with the board and staff in pursuit of IAP2-USA’s mission to lead, advance, and advocate for the best practices in public participation the organization also supports the fair and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, sexual identity, orientation, color, national origin, ability, primary language or income, as it pertains to decision-making processes. Read More

  Fall: A Season for Adaptation and New Online Training Offerings

By Erin Zimmermann, Strategic Development Manager, IAP2 USA

While skimming my social media thread this week, a post hit me and made me pause and think. The post from Dr. Aisha Ahmad, associate professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto read, “The 6-month mark in any sustained crisis is always difficult. We have all adjusted to this "new normal", but might now feel like we're running out of steam. Yet, at best, we are only 1/3 the way through this marathon. How can we keep going?” Read More

  Last Chance to Register: Engaging Immigrants

Engaging Immigrants and Other Under-Served

Communities in Public Engagement   

Two 2.5-hour sessions

October 1 & 9

1:00 - 3:30 p.m. EDT

Join us for an interactive session, where you can fill your toolbox with some new innovative and effective P2 techniques to help you host powerful conversations, achieve objectives, and create momentous positive change 

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  Complete 2020 Training Schedule

Oct 1 & 9 - Engaging Immigrants And Other Under-Served Communities In Public Engagement

Oct 5 - 8 IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation

Module 2: Techniques for Effective Participation 

October 7 - Foundations in Equity

Oct 13, 14, & 15 - Meaningful Tools, Powerful Outcomes 

Oct 22 & 23 - Community Crisis Response

Oct 27 & 28 - The Nimble Facilitator: Off the Rails, but Still on Track

Nov 3 & 4 - Design, Facilitate, Connect: Curating Powerful Meetings/Events

Nov 2 - 6  - IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation

Module 1: Planning for Effective Participation 

Nov 9 - 12 IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation

Module 2: Techniques for Effective Participation

Nov 9,10,12 &13 - IAP2 Strategies for Opposition & Outrage in Public Participation

Nov 12 & 13 - Deliberative Dialogue

Nov 16, 17, 18 & 19 - IAP2 Strategies for Opposition & Outrage in P2

Nov 17 - Advanced Equity

Nov, 17 & 18 - Social Intelligence of Facilitators

Nov 30 - Dec 6 - IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation

Module 1: Planning for Effective Participation 

Dec 1 - 2 - Facilitating Collaborative Decision Making

Dec 3 & 4 - Perceptions, Practices, & Possibilities in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Dec 7 - 10 - IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation

Module 2: Techniques for Effective Participation

Dec 7, 8,10 &11 - Brave, Honest Conversations: Bravely Leading Challenging Conversations

2021 Courses Coming Soon

Other News

Member Spotlight

If your organization  had any recent P2 successes or thought of creative solutions we want to hear about it! Please contact to be featured on our website or newsletter.

COVID-19 Resources

If you are looking for guidance on how to safely reopen your next event, The ESA Reopening guide offers a great checklist.

**We continue to add more resources to help you adjust to the new virtual world. Check out our favorite online tips and tools here. **

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