April 2022 Newsletter

From the Executive Manager - Erin Zimmermann

I took my son roller skating for the first time this week. Roller rinks are time warps. The first loop was wobbly, awkward, clunky. But after each circle, it became easier. I could see his comfort and confidence build. 

Progress is like that. So often we are focused on the next thing, how to grow, and how to make things even better that we forget to look back at how far we’ve come. My hope for IAP2 and the public participation practice is that we appreciate our firm foundation, continue to build from it, and take time to celebrate along the way. 

With that in mind, I am pleased to share our 2021 Annual Report. I hope you will join us at our General Annual Meeting, May 17, 2-3 p.m. (EDT) Register here.

As I reflect on the achievements from the last year, I am filled with gratitude for all our amazing volunteers and members who give countless hours in support of advancing public participation. If you are looking for ways to get involved, I encourage you to consider checking out the incredible opportunities through our Chapters. 

Serving on a chapter board or committee is a great way to build relationships with more P2 colleagues and have a meaningful impact on our important work. Each new volunteer brings energy, momentum, and fresh perspectives for our next loop toward our shared goals. 

Have ideas to share? Drop me a line. erin@iap2usa.org

2022 Core Values Awards - Nominations Close May 13

Core Values Awards

Each year IAP2 Affiliates around the world celebrate excellence in the profession through the IAP2 Core Values Awards. The awards go to projects and organizations which best demonstrate IAP2's Core Values and help to raise the bar in the field of public engagement by sharing best practices and inspiring the P2 community to learn from one another. The Core Values Awards encourage new approaches and innovative uses of existing ones.

Members can watch our March webinar highlighting last year’s winners here. 

More details about last year’s CVA winners is also available here.

Read more and apply here by May 13, 2021

Apply By May 13

Greater Good Award

Greater Good Awards are presented to an individual each year in recognition of excellence in the field of public participation in the United States. Nominees will have demonstrated outstanding leadership, service, and application of the IAP2 core values in the field of public participation. Candidates may be nominated by any IAP2 USA Member, Chapter or Committee.

There are two categories of awards:

  • Greater Good Award: In recognition of people who have exerted leadership and made an impact on the profession over a period of years.

  • Greater Good - Emerging Leader Award: In recognition of emerging leadership (for people who are under 35 and/or have fewer than five years in the practice) and are making a new impact on the profession.

Learn about the 2021 Greater Good winner and the Greater Good Emerging Leader winner

Read more and apply here by June 30, 2022.

Apply By June 30

Get Involved With Your Regional Chapter - Now Accepting Volunteers and Board Nominations

All of IAP2 USA's regional Chapters have opened a Call for Volunteers for 2022! Take advantage of the opportunity to make a difference in the P2 community locally. If you're interested in growing personally or professionally while contributing to your organization, we have a place for you.

Our chapters and Emerging Chapters are all seeking  volunteers and Board of Directors candidates. Please contact them if you are interested in running or volunteering. 

Contact information is listed on each Chapter webpage.

Books on Wheels Volunteer Orientation | Events | Pima County Public Library

Cascade                                         SF/Oakland

Colorado                                        Sacramento Area

Intermountain                                Orange County

Midwest                                          Greater LA

Puget Sound                                  Lonestar State

Northeast                                       Nebraska

Grand Canyon

Don't see your area listed above. Send an email to info@iap2usa.org if you're interested in forming a chapter in your area.

Register Today : IAP2 USA General Annual Meeting -  May 17

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

2:00 - 3:00 EDT

All IAP2 USA members are invited to join us at the General Annual Meeting. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the organization’s 2021 accomplishments and check in on upcoming plans and priorities. 

This year will offer some fun engagement opportunities for members to connect, share, and learn together.

Free for Members

Not a member yet? Join Here


Featured Course: Techniques for Brainstorming & Idea Generation in P2

Trainer: Kim Hyshka, CP3

May 18, 2022

12:00 - 3:00pm Eastern

Ask yourself these questions: 

  • Are you running out of constructive ways to bring people together in conversation? 
  • Are you ready for some innovative tools to generate discussion, create vision and leave behind inspiration? 
  • Does your organization use the same tools over and over again with limited effectiveness? 
  • Do you value strong relationships and building community participation capacity? 

It’s time to stretch BEYOND the open house and find techniques and tools that will help you host better, bolder conversations. Join us for Techniques for Brainstorming & Idea Generation, where you can fill your toolbox with some new, innovative, and effective public engagement techniques. This course will introduce these tools:

1)Ideas Fair

2) PhotoVoice

3) Story Telling

4) Scenario Thinking

Participants will understand the design and implementation of each technique and how it would be useful in different projects, conversations, and applied with different stakeholders and participants. You will also receive a flexible tool that you can modify, design, and customize the technique to suit specific needs and circumstances.


     2022 IAP2 North American Conference - Banff, Alberta September 14 - 16

    Together again, at last! After more than two years of online events, the 2022 IAP2 North American Conference (Sept. 14 - 16 in Banff) will finally be an in-person, face-to-face get-together!

    Being together again gives this year’s Conference theme even more meaning: “Connecting with Purpose” is about connecting with the P2 community; connecting to achieve diverse representation; connecting with Indigenous ways of knowing; connecting through differences; connecting through the screen.  

    NOTE: this year’s Conference will be both in-person and Virtual Lite, with some of the presentations live-streamed to those who prefer not to travel at that time. Let the committee know if your session would be suitable for hybrid delivery.

    If you have any questions, please contact info@iap2canada.ca

    Register Today

    May Webinar

    May 10 Learning Webinar NAC Encore - City of Edmonton Ward Renaming Initiative

    A reprise of one of the more popular sessions at the 2021 IAP2 North American Conference.

    For decades, the wards -- the political districts -- in the City of Edmonton had "Euro-centric" names. But Edmonton and its environs have, throughout history, been a cross-roads and meeting-place for Indigenous people. In 2020, following a request by a group of Indigenous elders and as part of its commitment to further reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, the city launched a project to give the wards new names. 

    In this reprise of their highly popular presentation at the 2021 IAP2 North American Virtual Conference, leaders of the public engagement process in this initiative will share how the Indigenous Ward Naming Initiative was developed. A group of Indigenous women led the effort and in December, 2020, the twelve wards were given new names, reflecting the variety of language groups in the area.

    Learn the how and why of such a project, and gain some insights for furthering reconciliation in your own work.


    Webinar Recordings -  Available free to Members On-Demand

    All of our past webinars are available to members who are logged into iap2usa.org. Just click here and you will be prompted to login to the Webinar Archives.

    April 12 Learning Webinar NAC Encore - From the Bottom Up: How the Public Can Create Public Policy

    A reprise of one of the more popular sessions at the 2021 IAP2 North American Conference.

    As public policy practitioners, we work with the decision maker to identify and engage stakeholders when stakeholder engagement is necessary to inform the public policy making process.

    How can the public proactively identify and engage decision makers?

    Can our public participation practices facilitate this form of democratic engagement?

    This interactive presentation shares lessons learned when a nonprofit organization paired with two governmental entities worked to influence 52 other elected officials to adopt a joint resolution across a five-county region. Gain a deeper understanding of what is successful and challenging about engaging in a bottom-up public participation process, and an outline of a potential framework for practitioners to utilize. 

    If our current courses don't meet your needs please fill out this quick survey so we can help you become the P2 practitioner your community needs.

    Member Spotlight

    If your organization  had any recent P2 successes or thought of creative solutions we want to hear about it! Please contact info@iap2usa.org to be featured on our website or newsletter.

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