Events Calendar

IAP2 USA offers training courses, networking events and other programs of interest and value to P2 practitioners. These events are presented by IAP2 USA alone, or in partnership with consultants and are listed on this calendar.


How do I register online? To register for an event, click on the event name, click on the registration link, then complete the registration page by filling in your information. You will be receiving a confirmation email soon after you have completed registration. 

How do I register offline? If online registration is not available please download the registration form and fax or mail it in to the appropriate location. Please note that some of our events are handled by chapters or independent consultants, and inquiries should be sent directly to them. 

Upcoming events

    • October 01, 2019
    • November 30, 2020
    • TBD
    Register

    Please submit your $300 non-refundable Application Fee, payable upon submission of application.

    Applicants must have completed the IAP2 5-day training, Foundations in Public Participation (formerly Certificate Course) and be members in good standing of IAP2.

    Check out the Professional Certification page for more information. 

    To be eligible for the 2020 Assessment Center on June 5 - June 6, you must submit your application by January 31, 2020!

    To be eligible for the 2020 Assessment Center on October 23-24, you must submit your application by June 19, 2020!

    Locations of Assessment Centers will be based on where the applicants are from.


    • October 21, 2019
    • October 22, 2019
    • Denver, Colorado


    The Participation Company is pleased to present IAP2's Foundations - Techniques for Effective Public Participation October 21 - 22, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.

    Module II: 2-Day TECHNIQUES for Effective Public Participation - Once you have completed the required planning module, you’re ready to add 40+ practical tools and methodologies to your public participation toolkit. Working experimentally with seasoned IAP2 trainers and your peers, you’ll now learn powerful techniques you can put to immediate use in your next project. This module breaks down specific methods, including World Cafés, Interviews, Revolving Conversations, and Advisory Groups. You’ll leave armed with a wealth of reference material, IAP2 tip sheets, and the ability to select appropriate procedures for each new project. You’ll also learn how to establish and maintain effective internal and public communication during the process.

    The PLANNING module is a prerequisite for the subsequent module, TECHNIQUES for Effective Public Participation.

    Trainer: Wendy Lowe

    Early Bird/Member Discount Registration Deadline: August 2, 2019
    Last Day to Register: August 28, 2019

    More Information and to Register

    • October 21, 2019
    • October 25, 2019
    • Phoenix, AZ


    The Participation Company presents IAP2's Foundations in Effective Public Participation (5-Days) in Phoenix, Arizona, October 21 - 25, 2019.

    Trainer: John Godec

    • Planning for Effective Public Participation (3-Days) - OCTOBER 21 - 23, 2019
    • Techniques for Effective Public Participation (2-Days) - OCTOBER 24 - 25, 2019

    Early Bird Deadline – September 13, 2019
    Last Day To Register – October 9, 2019

    More Information and to Register

    The Participation Company offers discounts to members of IAP2 USA, AICP, ICMA and NCDD. AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this training.

    Questions? Email Melissa Sparlin for more information.

    • October 23, 2019
    • October 25, 2019
    • Colorado Springs, CO


    The Participation Company is pleased to present IAP2's Foundations - Planning for Effective Participation October 23 - 25, 2019, and Techniques for Effective Public Participation November 4 - 5, 2019 in Colorado Springs, CO.

    Module I: 3-Day PLANNING for Effective Public Participation - The IAP2 Planning module provides you with a proven structure that will greatly increase your odds of a successful project. This hands-on course gives you the opportunity to delve into your own challenges as you learn and review the essential elements of effective public participation planning. Once you have completed the planning course, you are ready to add 50+ practical tools and methodologies to your public participation toolkit.

    The PLANNING module is a prerequisite for the subsequent module, TECHNIQUES for Effective Public Participation.

    Trainer: Wendy Green-Lowe

    Early Bird/Member Discount Registration Deadline: September 13, 2019
    Last Day to Register: October 9, 2019

    More Information and to Register

    • November 04, 2019
    • November 05, 2019
    • Colorado Springs, Colorado


    The Participation Company is pleased to present IAP2's Foundations - Techniques for Effective Public Participation November 4 - 5, 2019 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    Module II: 2-Day TECHNIQUES for Effective Public Participation - Once you have completed the required planning module, you’re ready to add 40+ practical tools and methodologies to your public participation toolkit. Working experimentally with seasoned IAP2 trainers and your peers, you’ll now learn powerful techniques you can put to immediate use in your next project. This module breaks down specific methods, including World Cafés, Interviews, Revolving Conversations, and Advisory Groups. You’ll leave armed with a wealth of reference material, IAP2 tip sheets, and the ability to select appropriate procedures for each new project. You’ll also learn how to establish and maintain effective internal and public communication during the process.

    The PLANNING module is a prerequisite for the subsequent module, TECHNIQUES for Effective Public Participation.

    Trainer: Wendy Green Lowe

    Early Bird/Member Discount Registration Deadline: September 13, 2019
    Last Day to Register: October 9, 2019

    More Information and to Register

    • November 13, 2019
    • 8:30 AM (CST)
    • November 15, 2019
    • 4:30 PM (CST)
    • Training location, with thanks to the City's partner: Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401
    • 24
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    The Midwest Chapter is pleased to partner with the City of Minneapolis to present IAP2's Foundations in Effective Public Participation in Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 13-19, 2019.

    Trainer: Kim Hyshka

    • Planning for Effective Public Participation (3 days) - Nov 13-15, 2019
    • (Click here to register for the second Foundations course, Techniques for Effective Public Participation, November 18-19)

    Spaces limited; registration deadlinOctober 14, 2019

    Training location, with thanks to the City's partner: Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

    More Information

    Questions? Email the Midwest Chapter to get connected!

    • November 18, 2019
    • November 19, 2019
    • Phoenix, AZ

    Click here to register for this event, view The Participation Company training calendar or download a flyer.

    PUBLIC ANGER IS AN INCREASING FACT OF SOCIETY
    Growing global citizen outrage causes government gridlock, lawsuits, stopped projects, election losses, loss of time, money, and destroyed credibility. 

    STRATEGIES FOR DEALING WITH OPPOSITION AND OUTRAGE IN PUBLIC PARTICIPATION is a new workshop based on the theories of Dr. Peter Sandman (www.psandman.com), creator of the "Risk = Hazard + Outrage" formula and a pre-eminent risk communication speaker and consultant. This course will help you move people from rage to reason and engage stakeholders in building consensus for better decisions.

    This practical, hands-on workshop is a fresh 2-day mix of lecture, video, small and large group discussion and authentic, real world exercises that give you the answers, tools and ability to prevent problems, manage the tough public issues that you face and keep your organization on track and moving forward.

    TRAINER: John Godec

    John GodecJOHN GODEC is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator, a course developer for both the original IAP2 Certificate program and newly revamped IAP2 Foundations program and the Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation course. He served as an original Master Trainer for IAP2 and as Vice President of IAP2 USA. He’s managed nearly 400 complex global projects over a 30-year career, facilitated more than 1,000 meetings and helped develop a risk and emergency communication protocol for the U.S. National Governors Association. John is a roster member of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, the former Director of Issues and Crisis Management for Motorola Corporation and former Communications Director for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.


    WHEN YOU TAKE THIS COURSE YOU WILL

    • Learn how to identify and access the root causes of public frustration, anger and outrage
    • Understand 12 factors of citizen emotion and be better able to predict and prevent public anger
    • Comprehend different strategies for the 4 kinds of risk communication
    • Learn the 6 main ways to prevent or reduce public wrath, to make room for reason and allow effective public engagement to take place

    YOU WILL LEARN

    • Strategies for managing public opposition
    • How to manage outrage in public participation
    • To use specific tools and techniques for working with the angriest people
    • Stakeholder analysis and motivations
    • How to remove the internal barriers to outrage management
    • How to ask questions with value and empathy
    • Who should do what—roles and responsibility
    • How your own attitude impacts public and stakeholder anger

    The Participation Company offers discounts to active members of IAP2 USA, AICP, ICMA and NCDD. The discount is valid through the Early Bird Deadline of October 11, 2019. The last day to register is November 6, 2019.

    AICP Credits
    AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this training.

    Click here to register for this event, view The Participation Company training calendar or download a flyer.

    • November 18, 2019
    • 8:30 AM (CST)
    • November 19, 2019
    • 4:30 PM (CST)
    • Training location, with s to the City's partners: 11/18 at Crown Roller Mill, 105 5th Avenue South; 11/19 at Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall; Minneapolis, MN
    • 24
    Register


    The Midwest Chapter is pleased to partner with the City of Minneapolis to present IAP2's Foundations in Effective Public Participation in Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 13-19, 2019.

    Trainer: Kim Hyshka

    • Techniques for Effective Public Participation (2 days) - November 18-19, 2019
    • Note that Planning for Effective Public Participation (3 days), November 13-15, is a prerequisite for Techniques; click here to register for Planning

    Spaces limited; registration deadlinOctober 14, 2019

    Training location, with thanks to the City's partners: 11/18 at Crown Roller Mill, 105 5th Avenue South; 11/19 at Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall; Minneapolis, MN

    More Information

    Questions? Email the Midwest Chapter to get connected!

    • November 18, 2019
    • 8:30 AM (PST)
    • November 20, 2019
    • 4:30 PM (PST)
    • McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060
    • 16
    Register


    The Cascade Chapter is pleased to present IAP2's Foundations in Effective Public Participation in Troutdale, Oregon, November 18-20, 2019.

    Trainer: Doug Zenn

    • Planning for Effective Public Participation (3 days) - Nov 18 - 20, 2019
    • (Click here to register for the second Foundations course, Techniques for Effective Public Participation, November 18-19)

    More Information

    Questions? Email the Cascade Chapter to get connected!

    • November 19, 2019
    • 11:00 AM (PST)
    • online
    Register

    In the first of our "Charlotte Encores" we offer a reprise of one of the keynote presentations at the 2019 IAP2 North American Conference. Liz Styron and Kaleia Martin discussed racism, equity and giving young people a place at "the table", even when they'd rather stand on the table than sit at it.  

    Read the presentation here.

    Watch the video of the presentation here.

    Remember the two-stage process for registering for these webinars: your confirmation email will contain a link to the webinar site. Fill out that form in order to get your login information.

    • November 19, 2019
    • 11:00 AM (PST)
    • online

    In the first of our "Charlotte Encores" we offer a reprise of one of the keynote presentations at the 2019 IAP2 North American Conference. Liz Styron and Kaleia Martin discussed racism, equity and giving young people a place at "the table", even when they'd rather stand on the table than sit at it.  

    Read the presentation here.

    Watch the video of the presentation here.

    Remember the two-stage process for registering for these webinars: your confirmation email will contain a link to the webinar site. Fill out that form in order to get your login information.


    • November 21, 2019
    • November 22, 2019
    • Chicago, IL

    Click here to register for this event, view The Participation Company training calendar or download a flyer.

    Hosted by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

    PUBLIC ANGER IS AN INCREASING FACT OF SOCIETY
    Growing global citizen outrage causes government gridlock, lawsuits, stopped projects, election losses, loss of time, money, and destroyed credibility. 

    STRATEGIES FOR DEALING WITH OPPOSITION AND OUTRAGE IN PUBLIC PARTICIPATION is a new workshop based on the theories of Dr. Peter Sandman (www.psandman.com), creator of the "Risk = Hazard + Outrage" formula and a pre-eminent risk communication speaker and consultant. This course will help you move people from rage to reason and engage stakeholders in building consensus for better decisions.

    This practical, hands-on workshop is a fresh 2-day mix of lecture, video, small and large group discussion and authentic, real world exercises that give you the answers, tools and ability to prevent problems, manage the tough public issues that you face and keep your organization on track and moving forward.

    TRAINER: John Godec

    John GodecJOHN GODEC is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator, a course developer for both the original IAP2 Certificate program and newly revamped IAP2 Foundations program and the Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation course. He served as an original Master Trainer for IAP2 and as Vice President of IAP2 USA. He’s managed nearly 400 complex global projects over a 30-year career, facilitated more than 1,000 meetings and helped develop a risk and emergency communication protocol for the U.S. National Governors Association. John is a roster member of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, the former Director of Issues and Crisis Management for Motorola Corporation and former Communications Director for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.


    WHEN YOU TAKE THIS COURSE YOU WILL

    • Learn how to identify and access the root causes of public frustration, anger and outrage
    • Understand 12 factors of citizen emotion and be better able to predict and prevent public anger
    • Comprehend different strategies for the 4 kinds of risk communication
    • Learn the 6 main ways to prevent or reduce public wrath, to make room for reason and allow effective public engagement to take place

    YOU WILL LEARN

    • Strategies for managing public opposition
    • How to manage outrage in public participation
    • To use specific tools and techniques for working with the angriest people
    • Stakeholder analysis and motivations
    • How to remove the internal barriers to outrage management
    • How to ask questions with value and empathy
    • Who should do what—roles and responsibility
    • How your own attitude impacts public and stakeholder anger

    The Participation Company offers discounts to active members of IAP2 USA, AICP, ICMA and NCDD. The discount is valid through the Early Bird Deadline of October 11, 2019. The last day to register is November 7, 2019.

    AICP Credits
    AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this training.

    Click here to register for this event, view The Participation Company training calendar or download a flyer.

    • November 21, 2019
    • 8:30 AM (PST)
    • November 22, 2019
    • 4:30 PM (PST)
    • McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060
    • 19
    Register


    The Cascade Chapter is pleased to present IAP2's Foundations in Effective Public Participation in Troutdale, Oregon, November 18-22, 2019.

    Trainer: Doug Zenn

    • Techniques for Effective Public Participation (2 days) - November 21-22, 2019
    • Note that Planning for Effective Public Participation (3 days), November 18-20, is a prerequisite for Techniques; click here to register for Planning

    More Information

    Questions? Email the Cascade Chapter to get connected!

    • November 21, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (PST)
    • Online

    IAP2 USA board meetings are conducted by conference call on the third Thursday each month. Email info@iap2usa.org for meeting documents and call-in information.

    • December 09, 2019
    • December 13, 2019
    • West Palm Beach, FL


    The Participation Company presents IAP2's Foundations in Effective Public Participation (5-Days) in West Palm Beach, FL, December 9 - 13, 2019.

    Trainer: Doug Sarno

    • Planning for Effective Public Participation (3-Days) - December 9 - 11, 2019
    • Techniques for Effective Public Participation (2-Days) - December 12 - 13, 2019

    Early Bird Deadline – November 1, 2019
    Last Day To Register – November 22, 2019

    More Information and to Register

    The Participation Company offers discounts to members of IAP2 USA, AICP, ICMA and NCDD. AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this training.

    Questions? Email Melissa Sparlin for more information.

    • December 10, 2019
    • 11:00 AM (PST)
    • online
    Register


    Remember the two-stage process for registering for these webinars: your confirmation email will contain a link to the webinar site. Fill out that form in order to get your login information.

    • December 19, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (PST)
    • Online

    IAP2 USA board meetings are conducted by conference call on the third Thursday each month. Email info@iap2usa.org for meeting documents and call-in information.

    • January 13, 2020
    • January 17, 2020
    • Charlotte, NC


    The Participation Company presents IAP2's Foundations in Effective Public Participation (5-Days) in Charlotte, NC, January 13 - 17, 2020.

    Trainer: Doug Sarno

    • Planning for Effective Public Participation (3-Days) - January 13 - 15, 2020
    • Techniques for Effective Public Participation (2-Days) - January 16 - 17, 2020

    Early Bird Deadline – December 6, 2019
    Last Day To Register – December 31, 2019

    More Information and to Register

    The Participation Company offers discounts to members of IAP2 USA, AICP, ICMA and NCDD. AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this training.

    Questions? Email Melissa Sparlin for more information.

    • January 14, 2020
    • 11:00 AM (PST)
    • online
    Register

    We start the New Year, hearing from two medium-sized cities that made public engagement a priority and are now setting the bar. Boulder, Colorado and Kingston, Ontario won Organization of the Year honors at the 2019 IAP2 Core Values Awards. Hear how they worked past public skepticism and staff trepidation and how your organization can adapt those methods to its own situation.

    Remember the two-stage process for registering for these webinars: your confirmation email will contain a link to the webinar site. Fill out that form in order to get your login information.

    • January 16, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (PST)
    • Online

    IAP2 USA board meetings are conducted by conference call on the third Thursday each month. Email info@iap2usa.org for meeting documents and call-in information.

    • February 11, 2020
    • 11:00 AM (PST)
    • online
    Register


    Remember the two-stage process for registering for these webinars: your confirmation email will contain a link to the webinar site. Fill out that form in order to get your login information.

    • February 20, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (PST)
    • Online

    IAP2 USA board meetings are conducted by conference call on the third Thursday each month. Email info@iap2usa.org for meeting documents and call-in information.

    • February 24, 2020
    • February 28, 2020
    • Phoenix, AZ


    The Participation Company presents IAP2's Foundations in Effective Public Participation (5-Days) in Phoenix, AZ, February 24 - 28, 2020.

    Trainer: Dr. Marty Rozelle

    • Planning for Effective Public Participation (3-Days) - February 24 - 26, 2020
    • Techniques for Effective Public Participation (2-Days) - February 27 - 28, 2020

    Early Bird Deadline – January 17, 2020
    Last Day To Register – February 11, 2020

    More Information and to Register

    The Participation Company offers discounts to members of IAP2 USA, AICP, ICMA and NCDD. AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this training.

    Questions? Email Melissa Sparlin for more information.

    • March 09, 2020
    • March 10, 2020
    • Hilton Sacramento Arden West - 2200 Harvard St, Sacramento, CA 95815
    • 20
    Register

    Group activity photoHow do you show up in a room? Did you know that your first contact with participants, your first moments in a room, first words that are spoken all have an impact on the trust, credibility and potential success of what comes next. This intermediate level two day course will ensure you are ready not only for the first exchange but for all those to come. Expect to co-create the guidance, skills and knowledge necessary to become comfortable with all the critical elements of session design and facilitation for public and stakeholder engagement.

    Participants will learn AND PRACTICE facilitation skills such as descriptive language, re-framing, empathetic response, and value-based questioning. These tools and others will support you to effectively expand positive participation, connect with participants, identify and build common ground and move discussion forward. Additionally, this course emphasizes the planning and designing of facilitated public involvement events and has a practicum component that gives all participants ample opportunity to facilitate in a supportive and constructive environment.

    PLEASE NOTE: International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact events@iap2usa.org to obtain it.

    Cancellation and Substitution policy

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of this two-day course, participants will:

    • Identify and understand your individual presence and how to best use in different scenarios
    • Identify and use the skills, behaviors and attitudes required by a facilitator
    • Learns tools and techniques used by a facilitator
    • Create and design effective group process and manage group dynamics
    • Become well versed in skills to “create from” any given scenario RATHER than “reacting to” – thus finding positive outcomes in challenging situations
    • Facilitate a values-based process that balances needs and perspectives of all

    Trainer: Kim Hyshka

    Kim HyshkaKim Hyshka, CP3 is a believer that just about anything is possible with a little dialogue. She’s on a mission, to chart a different course for public conversations, better conversations that open possibility, cultivate collaboration and spark change through dialogue. With over 10 years working in the field of engagement, she has developed a passion for designing and facilitating conversations that matter and creating engagement experiences where participants feel valued, relationships are built and initiatives and projects move forward. You’ll find her in the midst of both large and small-scale projects, bringing experience facilitating community forums in large urban centers or walking pipelines with Elders in the remote wilderness.

    Watch this short video to see Kim in action!

    #Schedule at a Glance   

    • March 09, 2020
    • March 10, 2020
    • Hilton Sacramento Arden West - 2200 Harvard St, Sacramento, CA 95815
    • 20
    Register

    As project stakeholders become increasingly diverse (in all ways), practitioners are challenged to design and implement robust and inclusive engagement processes that successfully and authentically engage all communities. Participants leave this highly-participatory and practical course with a deeper understanding of the “spectrum of diversity,” identifying and analyzing key stakeholders, skills and tools to design robust and inclusive engagement processes, guidance on how to develop a comprehensive and effective implementation plan using the right tools and techniques, and key learnings about rigorous P2 evaluation – plus a great cohort of colleagues to work with over time.

    PLEASE NOTE: International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact events@iap2usa.org to obtain it.

    Cancellation and Substitution policy

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of this course, you'll be able to:

    • Appreciate the spectrum of diversity and understand the value and critical importance of bringing multiple perspectives forward to address complex community issues
    • Learn how to define clear engagement objectives for increasing and deepening diversity within public engagement efforts
    • Gain experience in rigorous stakeholder identification and analysis
    • Understand the essential art and science of engagement design, and how to translate that into effective and successful implementation
    • Develop ethical and effective approaches and techniques for supporting and engaging diverse participants
    • Explore under representation, how to recognize and explain it, and what to do to ensure all stakeholder voices are heard
    • Understand how to design and implement robust and participatory evaluation, and redesign as needed during implementation
    • Know how to translate new learning into successful and inclusive practice

    Trainer: Anne R. Carroll

    Anne R. CarrollAnne R. Carroll, Master of Planning in Public Affairs: Anne Carroll has been a consultant and trainer in stakeholder engagement and strategic planning for many years serving both public and nonprofit organizations. She focuses on designing and implementing inclusive and authentic engagement on important public issues, reaching out to and engaging diverse groups of people and perspectives, and tackling complex and multi-stakeholder environments. She served for 16 years as an elected member of the citywide St. Paul Board of Education, and serves as a board member or committee chair with IAP2 USA, IAP2 International, and the Midwest Chapter, Minnesota Education Equity Partnership, and E-Democracy.org. See more information at www.carrollfranck.com.

    #Schedule at a Glance

    • March 09, 2020
    • March 10, 2020
    • Hilton Sacramento Arden West - 2200 Harvard St, Sacramento, CA 95815
    • 20
    Register

    This two-day training course combines the work of risk communication expert Dr. Peter Sandman with the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) core concepts for meaningful and effective public participation and stakeholder engagement. In these challenging times you need strategies and behaviors to work together more effectively with communities and stakeholders are outraged. This two-day course is recommended for seasoned practitioners who have practical experience working with the public. The workshop is practical, hands-on and participatory with a mix of video, lecture and group exercises.

    PLEASE NOTE: International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact events@iap2usa.org to obtain it.

    Cancellation and Substitution policy

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of this two-day course, participants will:

    • Know how to identify and assess the root causes of public frustration, anger and outrage.
    • Understand 12 reasons for reactions and be better able to predict and prevent public anger.
    • Learn 6 strategies to prevent or reduce public outrage so more effective public engagement can take place.
    • Specific tools and techniques for working with the angriest people.
    • How to address internal resistance to trying new ways of engaging with the public.
    • How to ask questions and engage meaningfully with value and empathy.
    • How your attitude and behavior impacts public anger, and how to show up more effectively.
    • A new way of thinking about public outrage, and enhanced skills, knowledge and behaviors to apply in your next public engagement challenge.

    Trainer: Stephani Roy McCallum

    Stephani Roy McCallumStephani is Chief Storm Rider at the Courageous Leadership Project where she steps into the storm of high emotion and conflict, and rides it to clearer skies. She is an internationally-recognized trailblazer who has worked on five continents facilitating tough conversations on high stakes, high emotion issues. As a trained co-active leadership coach, she brings 25 years of public engagement experience in bringing people together to build new perspectives and collaboratively create brave solutions, growing their own leadership and capacity. Steph has been the recipient of multiple awards for her work, including and IAP2 International Award for Project of the Year. Stephani sees a world where a new kind of leader is needed, willing to have brave, honest conversations about the things that matter most. When leaders show up with fierce courage, open-hearts and a deep commitment to integrity groups can move from stuck to possible. Stephani believes that brave, honest conversations are how we solve the challenges in our world, together.

    #Schedule at a Glance   

    • March 09, 2020
    • March 11, 2020
    • Hilton Sacramento Arden West - 2200 Harvard St, Sacramento, CA 95815
    • 25
    Register

    The International Association for Public Participation developed this program to meet the needs of practitioners conducting public involvement and community engagement in a changing world. Both new and experienced practitioners and managers benefit from the structure, proven techniques, and knowledge that you’ll learn in this interactive training course. The Planning Course introduces foundational information that has stood the test of time and the Techniques Course introduces 39 different techniques for accomplishing desired objectives. Upon completion of both modules, you will receive a certificate of completion from IAP2.

    This course is a prerequisite for the subsequent module, Techniques for Effective Public Participation.

    PLEASE NOTE: International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact events@iap2usa.org to obtain it.

    Cancellation and Substitution policy

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of this three-day course, participants will:

    • Define public participation and explain the rationale behind it
    • Explain the three foundations of effective public participation
    • List the five steps in the planning process
    • Discuss how to plan p2 objectives that can be integrated into an agency’s decision-making process
    • Explain how communication objectives support effective public participation
    • Choose from various p2 techniques to support accomplishment of p2 objectives.

    Professional Certification/Credits

    Trainer: Wendy Lowe

    Wendy Green LoweWendy Lowe has 30 years’ experience designing and conducting public participation efforts to support clients. She is recognized as a Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3) by IAP2. She manages large- and small-scale public participation programs within approved budgets and on schedule to meet client objectives on highly controversial issues. She has developed and implemented public involvement plans; managed public meetings of various formats; and moderated public hearings. She has worked professionally in more than 20 states and the District of Colombia as well as Australia and Canada.

    Schedule-at-a-Glance

    • March 10, 2020
    • Hilton Sacramento Arden West - 2200 Harvard St, Sacramento, CA 95815
    • 19
    Register

    This course engages with three popular methods for large-scale, dialogue-based public participation on public policy issues: the 21st-Century Town Hall, Deliberative Polling, and Citizen Juries. Each process helps participants learn about an issue, create space for in-depth deliberation and generate detailed feedback on public policy options. Participants will also explore, and apply to their own work, key ingredients of large-scale processes, including developing discussion content and questions, as well as outreach strategies that involve large numbers of diverse participants.

    PLEASE NOTE: International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact events@iap2usa.org to obtain it.

    Cancellation and Substitution policy

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of this course, participants will:
    • Define the distinctions and complementary qualities of dialogue and deliberation
    • Identify suitable uses of large-scale public participation methods
    • Contrast the theory and practice of 21st Century Town Hall, Deliberative Polling and Citizens’ Juries
    • Outline a basic framework for planning a large-scale engagement project
    • Identify and address barriers to participation
    • Apply aspects of these large-scale public involvement methods to your own work

    Trainer: Susanna Haas Lyons

    Susanna Haas LyonsSusanna Haas Lyons, M.A., is a civic engagement specialist. Bridging online and face-to-face methods, she has worked for over 15-years on large and complex engagement projects across North America. Susanna designs participation strategies, facilitates complex meetings, and provides training for better conversations between decision-makers and those most impacted by the issue. Susanna is a judge for IAP2 Canada’s annual Core Values Awards, which recognize excellence and innovation in public participation. susannahaaslyons.com

    #Schedule at a Glance   

    • March 10, 2020
    • 11:00 AM (PDT)
    • online
    Register


    Remember the two-stage process for registering for these webinars: your confirmation email will contain a link to the webinar site. Fill out that form in order to get your login information.

    • March 11, 2020
    • Hilton Sacramento Arden West - 2200 Harvard St, Sacramento, CA 95815
    • 20
    Register

    Facilitation skills are essential for public engagement professionals. Masterful facilitation involves more than group process techniques and strong meeting design – it also requires anticipation skills and adaptability. This highly interactive, fun-filled session strengthens participants' ability to trust their intuition, think on their feet and deal with unpredictable situations. When a facilitated session goes off the rails (and it will), you need to tap into a different skillset to bring things back on track quickly. Neurological evidence, real-life experience and useful improv tools will equip you to become more nimble and confident from the front of the room. No comedy skills required!.

    PLEASE NOTE: International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact events@iap2usa.org to obtain it.

    Cancellation and Substitution policy

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of this course, participants will:
    • Sharper skills in anticipating and adjusting to the unexpected;
    • More than a dozen practical strategies, drawn from and applicable to a range of disciplines, to strengthen their agility as facilitators;
    • Increased confidence in their ability to adapt to changing circumstances, even from the front of the room;
    • An up-to-date resource list of links, titles and people that will allow participants to explore agility in facilitation more deeply if interested; and
    • A memorable experience shared with new people in their expanded professional network.

    Trainer: Dr. Rebecca Sutherns

    Dr. Rebecca SuthernsDr. Rebecca Sutherns, is a dynamic speaker, engaging facilitator and astute strategist with over 20 years of experience. She is the CEO of Sage Solutions, a facilitation and consulting firm that delivers strategic clarity and time well spent, through helping purpose-driven leaders align what's important to them with what they actually do. Rebecca holds a PhD in Sustainable Communities and a Master's in Public Administration. She is a skilled mediator, sought after conference presenter and avid traveller.

    #Schedule at a Glance   

    • March 11, 2020
    • Hilton Sacramento Arden West - 2200 Harvard St, Sacramento, CA 95815
    • 20
    Register

    We will outline strategies for value-driven work, present guiding values in equity-focused practice and interdisciplinary approaches. Framed in the context of community-based practice, we will discuss professional development opportunities for those who wish to gain more experience in deeply reflective and inclusive design processes. In addition, we will workshop strategies to identify how self-reflective intentionality can be a driver for equity in the design process. In this interactive session, participants will understand the intersections of identities; how lived experiences are opportunities for collaboration and community-building; how we might bring an equity lens to systems that negatively impact our most vulnerable communities.

    PLEASE NOTE: International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact events@iap2usa.org to obtain it.

    Cancellation and Substitution policy

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of this course, participants will:
    • Learn new approaches to community based design with the lens of equity.
    • Learn shared language to deepen diversity and inclusion in the work environment.
    • Learn how a systems design approach broadens how we can address issues that are impacting our communities.
    • Discuss the importance of self-reflection and identity awareness in community-based practice.
    • Discover how interdisciplinary programs contribute and broaden a worldview, and the value of centering personal-lived experiences to disrupt power dynamics in teamwork and decision-making for more equitable outcomes and sustainable results.

    Trainer: Shalini Agrawal

    Shalini Agrawal

    Shalini Agrawal is trained as an architect and brings over 25 years of experience in community-engaged practice and pedagogy. She is co-director of Pathways to Equity, a design leadership program for social equity, and FIELD Design Network, a forum that builds capacity for underrepresented designers, and founder of Public Design for Equity. She is Associate Professor in Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts and teaches at the intersection of design and community engagement. She is a Leaderspring Fellow in the Women of Color 2020 Leadstrong cohort. Shalini is a contributing author to the new publications Design for Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity and Public Interest Design Education Guidebook.

    #Schedule at a Glance   

    • March 11, 2020
    • March 12, 2020
    • Hilton Sacramento Arden West - 2200 Harvard St, Sacramento, CA 95815
    • 19
    Register

    Does this sound familiar?

    • Are your conversations fraught with discomfort, tension and concern?
    • Are you unsure what to say or intimidated in difficult conversations?
    • Are fear, hesitancy and worry about getting it right constant companions in your work?
    • Are you feeling burnt out, stressed and stretched to the limit in your interactions with others in conflict situations?
    • Are you in need of support, comfort and an ability to know when to walk away, disengage and recover yourself?
    • Are the practices that have served you in the past not working?
    • Are you worried about having really tough conversations with your team, community or group?

    There is a different way. Brave, Honest Conversations™ are a way of talking together, working together and living. When we show up with courage, compassion and integrity the possibilities are endless. The world needs more leaders who dare to make a lasting difference.

    PLEASE NOTE: International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact events@iap2usa.org to obtain it.

    Cancellation and Substitution policy

    Learning Objectives

    It’s time to build your leadership skills – to practice courage, compassion and responsibility for impact. When you build your capacity to lead others, groups and the world around you, you create the momentum for positive change and the opportunity to move from stuck to possible. Foundational to leading others is the ability to lead yourself, to practice courage, compassion and kindness for yourself, and to make choices that allow you to bring your best self to your work.

    • Courageously show up as a leader who invites tough conversations;
    • Cultivate and enhance a mindset of service and commitment to brave, honest conversations;
    • Create a space for brave, honest conversations that encourage constructive participation and address conflict boldly;
    • Learn tips, tools and approaches to deal with high stakes, high emotion situations;
    • Build comfort, confidence and skill to work with the chaos and emotions in a room or group; and
    • Practice and experience effective approaches for recovery, stress reduction and setting boundaries amid conflict and controversy.

    Trainer: Stephani Roy McCallum

    Stephani Roy McCallumStephani is Chief Storm Rider at the Courageous Leadership Project where she steps into the storm of high emotion and conflict, and rides it to clearer skies. She is an internationally-recognized trailblazer who has worked on five continents facilitating tough conversations on high stakes, high emotion issues. As a trained co-active leadership coach, she brings 25 years of public engagement experience in bringing people together to build new perspectives and collaboratively create brave solutions, growing their own leadership and capacity. Steph has been the recipient of multiple awards for her work, including and IAP2 International Award for Project of the Year. Stephani sees a world where a new kind of leader is needed, willing to have brave, honest conversations about the things that matter most. When leaders show up with fierce courage, open-hearts and a deep commitment to integrity groups can move from stuck to possible. Stephani believes that brave, honest conversations are how we solve the challenges in our world, together.

    #Schedule at a Glance   

    • March 11, 2020
    • March 12, 2020
    • Hilton Sacramento Arden West - 2200 Harvard St, Sacramento, CA 95815
    • 20
    Register

    Evaluation should always be useful, and this introductory course will cover theories and practical strategies to help you evaluate your public participation efforts. In this hands-on course, you will apply foundational tools like logic models, examine the differences between process and impact evaluation, and review the components of an evaluation plan. You will craft evaluation questions, and identify indicators and sources of information to help you answer those questions. Above all, you will learn how to employ evaluative thinking as a learning strategy, in order to strengthen your work and achieve greater impact.

    Course Agenda

    PLEASE NOTE: International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact events@iap2usa.org to obtain it.

    Cancellation and Substitution policy

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of this two-day course, participants will:
    • Describe the principle of utilization-focused evaluation and its importance
    • Determine the most appropriate type(s) of evaluation for a P2 project
    • Populate a logic model and use it to structure an evaluation plan
    • Specify indicators and sources of data to help measure P2 objectives
    • Craft evaluation questions
    • Apply best practices in survey question writing
    • Determine appropriate uses of participatory evaluation
    • Identify the challenges to evaluation

    Trainer: Susanna Haas Lyons

    Susanna Haas LyonsSusanna Haas Lyons, M.A., is a civic engagement specialist. Bridging online and face-to-face methods, she has worked for over 15-years on large and complex engagement projects across North America. Susanna designs participation strategies, facilitates complex meetings, and provides training for better conversations between decision-makers and those most impacted by the issue. Susanna is a judge for IAP2 Canada’s annual Core Values Awards, which recognize excellence and innovation in public participation. susannahaaslyons.com

    #Schedule at a Glance   

    • March 12, 2020
    • Hilton Sacramento Arden West - 2200 Harvard St, Sacramento, CA 95815
    • 20
    Register

    Building on IAP2’s Strategies for Outrage and Opposition (but not a pre-requisite), this highly participatory course will have participants uncover what’s driving emotion and outrage in P2 processes and discover what triggers these natural responses. Through exercises, discussion and multi-media presentation, participants will learn about AND PRACTICE highly effective, collaborative strategies to transform conflict and outrage and create an environment for constructive engagement.

    • Explore skills and tools to embrace high emotion and outrage in public settings
    • Build experience and practice through practical tools and approaches to constructively engage with emotional stakeholders
    • Increase self-awareness and understanding of personal reactions and responses to the emotions of others
    • Focus on encouraging positivity, generosity and civil discourse in high stakes conversations

    PLEASE NOTE: International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact events@iap2usa.org to obtain it.

    Cancellation and Substitution policy

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of this course, participants will:
    • Participants will explore skills and tools to embrace high emotion and outrage in public settings
    • Build experience and practice through practical tools and approaches to constructively engage with emotional stakeholders
    • Increase self-awareness and understanding of personal reactions and responses to the emotions of others
    • Understand and identify some of the triggers for emotion, and practice strategies to support people in constructive engagement
    • Provide participants an opportunity to understand the tools and how they would be useful in different projects and with different stakeholders

    Trainer: Kim Hyshka

    Kim HyshkaKim Hyshka, CP3 is a believer that just about anything is possible with a little dialogue. She’s on a mission, to chart a different course for public conversations, better conversations that open possibility, cultivate collaboration and spark change through dialogue. With over 10 years working in the field of engagement, she has developed a passion for designing and facilitating conversations that matter and creating engagement experiences where participants feel valued, relationships are built and initiatives and projects move forward. You’ll find her in the midst of both large and small-scale projects, bringing experience facilitating community forums in large urban centers or walking pipelines with Elders in the remote wilderness.

    Watch this short video to see Kim in action!

    #Schedule at a Glance   

    • March 12, 2020
    • March 13, 2020
    • Hilton Sacramento Arden West - 2200 Harvard St, Sacramento, CA 95815
    • 25
    Register

    Once you have completed the planning course, you are ready to add dozens of practical tools and methodologies to your public participation toolkit—powerful techniques you can put to immediate use in your next project. This module breaks down specific methods, exploring not only what each is, but how and when to use it – the strengths, weaknesses and needed resources. The course combines discussion, presentation, exercises and practice using varying techniques to give you a full understanding of the range of techniques and how to choose, modify and evaluate techniques for the most effective public participation.

    PLEASE NOTE: International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact events@iap2usa.org to obtain it.

    Cancellation and Substitution policy

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of this two-day course, participants will:

    • Understand key characteristics of a wide variety of traditional and emerging techniques and technologies
    • Assess and select techniques to meet identified public participation objectives
    • Modify and combine techniques to meet various objectives and circumstances
    • Determine the skills and resources needed to use different techniques effectively
    • Evaluate their use of varying public participation techniques

    Professional Certification/Credits

    Trainer: Wendy Lowe

    Wendy Green LoweWendy Lowe has 30 years’ experience designing and conducting public participation efforts to support clients. She is recognized as a Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3) by IAP2. She manages large- and small-scale public participation programs within approved budgets and on schedule to meet client objectives on highly controversial issues. She has developed and implemented public involvement plans; managed public meetings of various formats; and moderated public hearings. She has worked professionally in more than 20 states and the District of Colombia as well as Australia and Canada.

    Schedule-at-a-Glance

    • March 13, 2020
    • Hilton Sacramento Arden West - 2200 Harvard St, Sacramento, CA 95815
    • 19
    Register

    Ask yourself these three questions:

    • Are you running out of constructive ways to bring people together in conversation?
    • Are you hearing from the same people over and over again and consistently struggling to hear from diverse voices?
    • Do you value strong relationships and building community participation capacity?

    Join us for an interactive session, where you can fill your toolbox with some new, innovative and effective public engagement techniques that will help you host better, powerful conversations, achieve objectives and create momentum positive change.

    PLEASE NOTE: International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact events@iap2usa.org to obtain it.

    Cancellation and Substitution policy

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of this course, participants will:
    • Receive a participatory and interactive session that introduces four tools to bring people together in meaningful ways that create powerful experiences
    • Understand the design and implementation of each technique and how it would be useful in different projects, conversations and applied with different stakeholders
    • Experience the tool such that they will be able to modify, design and customize the technique to suit specific needs and circumstances
    • Walk away with the excitement, motivation and know-how to try something different

    Trainer: Kim Hyshka

    Kim HyshkaKim Hyshka, CP3 is a believer that just about anything is possible with a little dialogue. She’s on a mission, to chart a different course for public conversations, better conversations that open possibility, cultivate collaboration and spark change through dialogue. With over 10 years working in the field of engagement, she has developed a passion for designing and facilitating conversations that matter and creating engagement experiences where participants feel valued, relationships are built and initiatives and projects move forward. You’ll find her in the midst of both large and small-scale projects, bringing experience facilitating community forums in large urban centers or walking pipelines with Elders in the remote wilderness.

    Watch this short video to see Kim in action!

    #Schedule at a Glance   

    • March 13, 2020
    • Hilton Sacramento Arden West - 2200 Harvard St, Sacramento, CA 95815
    • 20
    Register

    This session will invite practitioners to reflect on their own experiences as both participants and facilitators of public participation processes to explore inclusive public participation strategies and practices that engage traditionally under-served groups with an emphasis on ethnic minorities and immigrant populations. The session will equip participants on tools and strategies to:

    • Understand who is in their community and issues that matter to traditionally marginalized communities
    • Determine assets of community members to ensure effective inclusive engagement
    • Design public engagement efforts to support inclusive public participation
    • Build relationships and trust to sustain the impact of public participation efforts

    Join us for an interactive session, where you can fill your toolbox with some new, innovative and effective public engagement techniques that will help you host better, powerful conversations, achieve objectives and create momentum positive change.

    PLEASE NOTE: International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact events@iap2usa.org to obtain it.

    Cancellation and Substitution policy

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of this course, participants will:
    • Recognize the value of ensuring inclusive public participation processes
    • Understand who is in their community and issues that matter to traditionally marginalized communities
    • Determine assets of community members to ensure effective inclusive engagement
    • Design and implement public engagement efforts to support inclusive public participation
    • Build relationships and trust to sustain the impact of public participation efforts

    Trainer: Mahvash Hassan

    Mahvash HassanMahvash Hassan facilitates multi-sector collaboration in support of inclusive communities. Her clients include: local governments, nonprofits, UN agencies and philanthropy. At the Institute for Local Government she developed resources on engaging immigrant communities and was a co-trainer for the TIERS Public Engagement Learning Lab. Her consulting projects include: coordinating a Muslim and South Asian civic engagement collaborative, design and facilitation of large-scale public engagement workshops and small-group dialogues on race and ethnicity. Mahvash is chair of the Board of Directors for Welcoming America, and holds a M.P.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. in Political Science from Bates College.

    #Schedule at a Glance   

    • March 30, 2020
    • April 03, 2020
    • Arlington, VA


    The Participation Company presents IAP2's Foundations in Effective Public Participation (5-Days) in Arlington, VA, March 30 - April 3, 2020.

    Trainer: Doug Sarno

    • Planning for Effective Public Participation (3-Days) - March 30 - April 1, 2020
    • Techniques for Effective Public Participation (2-Days) - April 2 - 3, 2020

    Early Bird Deadline – TBA
    Last Day To Register – TBA

    More Information and to Register

    The Participation Company offers discounts to members of IAP2 USA, AICP, ICMA and NCDD. AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this training.

    Questions? Email Melissa Sparlin for more information.

    • April 14, 2020
    • 11:00 AM (PDT)
    • online
    Register


    Remember the two-stage process for registering for these webinars: your confirmation email will contain a link to the webinar site. Fill out that form in order to get your login information.

    • April 16, 2020
    • 11:00 AM (PDT)
    • online
    Register

    This is the Annual General Meeting for IAP2 USA.

    Since this is a webinar, there is a two-stage process to register. Follow the link in your confirmation email and fill in the form to get your login information.

    • April 20, 2020
    • April 24, 2020
    • Plano, TX


    The Participation Company presents IAP2's Foundations in Effective Public Participation (5-Days) in Plano, TX, April 20 - 24, 2019.

    Trainer: Dr. Marty Rozelle

    • Planning for Effective Public Participation (3-Days) - April 20 - 22, 2020
    • Techniques for Effective Public Participation (2-Days) - April 23 - 24, 2020

    Early Bird Deadline – March 13, 2020
    Last Day To Register – April 8, 2020

    More Information and to Register

    The Participation Company offers discounts to members of IAP2 USA, AICP, ICMA and NCDD. AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this training.

    Questions? Email Melissa Sparlin for more information.

    • May 12, 2020
    • 11:00 AM (PDT)
    • online
    Register


    Remember the two-stage process for registering for these webinars: your confirmation email will contain a link to the webinar site. Fill out that form in order to get your login information.

    • June 09, 2020
    • 11:00 AM (PDT)
    • online
    Register