IAP2 USA Members will have the opportunity to chat in a small group setting with an experienced P2 practitioner each month. Come ready with questions on starting a P2 business, best practices and any ask the expert advice that you would like to receive.
May features Ruth Yabes. Ruth Yabes, Professor Emeritus in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University (ASU), has worked for 30 years in the fields of participation, community and urban planning, community development, and planning education in the U.S., the Philippines, Haiti and Vietnam. She most recently trained trainers for the Association of Vietnamese Cities in democratic public participation. In Haiti, she worked as part of a USAID team that examined rural development, irrigation processes and projects throughout the country. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Local Development Administration for three years in the northern Philippines in the late 1970s.
Prior to retirement, Ruth taught citizen participation, urban planning, international development, housing, and planning studios. The studios had applied projects and plans for neighborhoods, towns, cities and specific sectors. Students were introduced to and practiced participation planning and techniques, then later moderated public meetings, ran workshops, worked with an advisory committee and facilitated small groups during workshops.
A licensed IAP2 trainer since 2008, a former IAP2 Board Member, and IAP2 member since 1995, Dr. Yabes also served on the Neighborhood Advisory Commission in Tempe, Arizona. She was nominated Professor of the Year at ASU in 2008. She returned to the Philippines for the fifth time in 2009-2010 to complete a 30-year study of participatory governance, common property resources and resilience of communal irrigation groups named zanjeras.
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