Watch out! Let's celebrate excellence in the field of public participation.

The Greater Good Award is presented each year by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) USA to recognize excellence in the field of public participation in the United States. The hard work that ensures the people have a voice in things that affect them is often unsung. 

Our Core Values Awards recognize the achievements of organizations through a particular year. Now the Greater Good Award, will recognize bodies of work by individuals. Candidate(s) may be nominated by any IAP2 USA Member, Chapter or Committee. Nominees do not need to be a practitioner nor a member of IAP2 or its affiliates. All that is required is the nominee has illustrated outstanding leadership, service, and application of the IAP2 core values in the field of public participation. The selection of the honorees is made by the IAP2 USA President, and awards are given at the North American Conference.

The first of these awards were announced at the North American Conference in Denver in September of 2017.

Does someone you know come to mind? Applications for the 2018 Greater Good Award will open in January 18, 2018, and close on June 1, 2018. The award will be announced at the 2018 IAP2 North American Conference in Victoria, BC.

2017 Winners  recognized at the 2017 IAP2 North American Conference

Jim Creighton

Jim Creighton’s name has been synonymous with public participation (P2) for over 45 years. He “wrote the book” on the subject ,The Public Participation Manual, 1981, and owns the web address Particularly applicable to this award, Jim was an organizer and founding President of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).

James L. Creighton, Ph.D., has been an independent consultant in the public participation field since 1972. Creighton's clients include over 50 federal or state agencies and many companies in the United States and Canada. He has been involved in P2 projects or training in Russia, the Republic of Georgia, Egypt, Brazil, Japan and Thailand. Many of these assignments have involved providing expert guidance on effective process design and practice that has been incorporated into major agency policies. He has written more than 30 guides on public participation, dispute resolution, and related topics for government agencies and trade associations.

Dr. Creighton has published several books defining the broad principles of P2: The Public Participation Handbook (Jossey Bass, 2005), Involving Citizens in Community Decision Making (National Civic League, 1992), and The Public Involvement Manual (Abt Books, 1981). He is also the author or co-author of four other books, including Getting Well Again, an international best seller.

Creighton became an early adopter of online engagement. He is the lead author of CyberMeeting (AMACOM: American Management Association, 1998) and for 10 years served as Co-Director/Director of the New Ways of Working Network, a network of companies implementing distributed and remote work strategies.

Another area of Creighton’s expertise is alternative dispute resolution (ADR). From 1988 to 1998, he headed a team of nationally recognized experts in dispute resolution that provided assistance to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the use of ADR techniques as an option to litigation. As part of this program, Creighton oversaw a team of the nation's leading ADR consulting firms in developing practical applications and training courses. The Corps ADR program won the Vice President’s Hammer Award for significant contributions in support of reinventing government principles.

Grayce Liu

Grayce Liu is the General Manager for the City of Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, which supports Los Angeles' 97 Neighborhood Councils in meeting their mission to increase civic participation and making government more responsive to local needs via the EmpowerLA movement. Neighborhood Councils are comprised of nearly 1800 unpaid elected officials who live, work, own property or have a substantial and ongoing community interest in a neighborhood and who advise on the City budget and delivery of City services. The Neighborhood Council system is the largest grass roots civic engagement and public participation system in the nation.

Grayce started with the department as field support in 2007 and was appointed to the General Manager position by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in 2012 and reappointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2014. She is responsible for the overall management of the department, including development of the budget, strategic planning, programs and services, policies, personnel and constituent and City government relations. In addition, Grayce works to streamline City processes for Neighborhood Councils to better interact with the City Hall. Prior to working with the City, Grayce was the Community Program Director for the Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) and the co-chair of the Asian and Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Task Force in the San Gabriel Valley. She now serves on the Burbank Planning Board and continues to teach classes on domestic violence, sexual assault, compassionate communicate and self-defense in her free time.

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