June 2020 Newsletter


June was a busy month for IAP2 USA. Our new online training programs are off to a great start. We will be adding new courses on a rolling basis.

We continue to add more resources and training opportunities to help you navigate the challenging times we are facing.

President's Message: Gwen Howard

Dear IAP2 members,

Tomorrow.  We sometimes wonder what it will bring.  And yet, tomorrow is such a hopeful and anticipatory word.  

 Tomorrow will be a better day.  

 Tomorrow, I will finish things I've left undone. 

 Tomorrow, I will be a better leader.

 Tomorrow, I will be a better parent or friend.

 Tomorrow, I will be a better person.

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Board of Directors: 2021-2023 Vacancies

Board of Directors Nominations Open July 13 through August 3. 

IAP2 USA is looking for new leaders. Help guide the direction of your expanding organization by nominating yourself or a colleague for board service. The IAP2 USA Board helps determine the organization’s strategic priorities and ensures that the goals and objectives of the strategic plan are met. 

By serving on the IAP2 USA IAP2 board you will not only give back to your profession, you will develop leadership skills, and increase your knowledge and passion for the public participation practice.

This year’s board needs visionary and enthusiastic leaders intent on guiding the organization into the future.Nominations will open July 13 for 2021-2023 Board members. Watch for more details. 

Challenges Facing Emerging, and Not So Emerging, Chapters:
by Frankie Burton

Challenges facing IAP2 USA emerging chapters are exacerbated by systemic racism’s impact on the lives of black and brown community members and the COVID-19 pandemic. How do we prioritize improving the practice of public participation (P2) when black and brown people are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19? How do we collaborate on bringing people together more effectively when we, ourselves, can’t physically be together? How do we build community and challenge each other to grow? These are some of the tough questions emerging chapters are asking themselves in these unprecedented times. Read more

Training & Events

Virtual Learning Programs

Due to COVID-19 all of our in-person courses are being transitioned to virtual learning platforms. We will continue to announce online courses as they are added to our calendar. 

New Online Course Offerings

Engaging Immigrants and Other Underserved Communities in Public Engagement

August 6 and 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PDT. The course runs at the same time each day.

Explore inclusive public participation strategies and practices that engage traditionally under-served groups with an emphasis on ethnic minorities and immigrant populations. learn more

Social Media and P2: How to Design and Host Effective Digital Public Engagement

September 1,2,3,4 from 9:00 am -12:30 p.m. PDT This course runs at the same time each day.

This hands-on course will teach you to create online engagement campaigns that gather input creatively, enable collaborative online interactions, and sustain participation over time. Learn best practices for facilitating online meetings. learn more

Upcoming Online Courses: Registration Opens July 6th

These new courses designed by the same team providing DEI training for the IAP2 USA board of directors is being offered for the first time.

Join Dante and Christina James of The Gemini Group as they address Equity in their introductory and advanced courses. 

Foundations in Equity with Dante and Christina James, The Gemini Group

July 27-28 from 12-2 p.m. PDT Two 2-hour sessions

The session foundational content is based in racial and ethnicities of color and will cover aspects of developing a common language and understanding of the historical and present-day presence of institutional and systemic racism, and how to begin to address it internally and for stakeholders, including concepts of equity frameworks and tools. (Prerequisit for Advanced Equity Course)

Advanced Equity (Specifically recommended for managers and supervisors)with Dante and Christina James, The Gemini Group

August 3-4, 12-2 PDT Two- 2-hour sessions. 

This is a more in-depth session on racial equity and is less content driven than the Foundations session. It utilizes the content knowledge of Foundations to address participants discussing their own equity work, its challenges and opportunities. Intersectionality will also be discussed in greater degree than in Foundations, and a scenario will be used for a deeper understanding and application of the implementation of equity.  This session will also cover microaggressions and macro-microaggressions.

North American Conference UPDATE

2020 IAP2 North American Conference Goes Virtual!

As we reported in the last newsletter, we have had to shelve the plans to hold the 2020 North American Conference in Banff, Alberta, due to the travel and health restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the picture is becoming clearer as to what the virtual Conference will look like. (MORE CONTENT TO COME)

Upcoming Webinars

IAP2 Learning Webinar - "A How To ... Expert Facilitation Using Zoom"

July 14, 2020 11: a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT)

The restrictions placed on our profession by the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to stick around for some time, so our July Learning Webinar will be a deep dive into ways of getting the most out of the Zoom platform. Dr Rebecca Sutherns will share her considerable expertise with that tool so you’ll be able to prepare your participants, make sure the process is accessible, and actively engage your audience. Join us Tuesday, July 14 at 11am PDT (2pm EDT)Register here


IAP2 Learning Webinar - Charlotte Encore: "Evaluating P2 to Address Historic Disenfranchisement and Empower Communities" 

August 11, 2020 11:00 a.m. (PDT p.m.)

Local governments around the world increasingly portray their work as “participatory,” but scholars have identified persistent challenges, particularly for historically disenfranchised communities. Successful participatory processes can promote collaborative problem-solving and correct structural inequities, but they can also reinforce existing power inequities and undermine benefits. Register here

Webinar Rewind

JUNE 2020

Online Engagement Master Class -

Many public engagement practitioners had been working with online tools for a few years, but the COVID-19 situation vaulted that aspect of the field from “nice to have” to “gotta have it”. Small wonder, then, that over 300 people registered for the June Learning Webinar, which featured the presenters of two of the sessions at the 2019 IAP2 North American Conference last September. Miranda Eng of Argyle showed ways of designing an online engagement process, citing four pillars to use. Jamille Robbins of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, along with Ashley Bush of AECOM and MetroQuest’s Dave Biggs, described how using online engagement revitalized engagement in their region. 

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MAY 2020

Charlotte Encore: “Applying Human-Centered Design to Your P2 Strategy"

Public Participation is generally about including people affected by a decision in the making of that decision. But what if the engagement process itself were designed with those same people? IAP2’s May learning webinar was another Charlotte Encore, bringing back one of the more popular sessions from the 2019 North American Conference. 

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SPECIAL WEBINAR: Beyond Inclusion - Equity in Public Participation

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) are major concerns for P2 practitioners today. Governments and organizations around the world are increasingly engaging the public to inform the development of policies, programs and services, but many groups of people remain under-represented in engagement processes due to systemic barriers and inequities.

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APRIL 2020 

Charlotte Encore “Implementing P2 as an Organizational Value”

The April webinar reprised one of the more popular sessions from the 2019 IAP2 North American Conference. Mickey Fearn, Professor of Practice at North Carolina State University, discussed how making ongoing engagement with the community part of a city’s organizational value system leads to richer decisions that benefit everyone.

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Upcoming Events

July 14 - IAP2 Learning Webinar - Charlotte Encore: “Applying Human-Centered Design to your P2 Strategy”. Register here.

July 27 & 28 - Online 2 Day Course - Foundations in Equity (Prerequisite course)

July 31 - Early-bird deadline for IAP2 North American Conference

August 3 & 4 - Online 2 Day Course - Advanced Equity (Foundations course required)

August 6 & 13 - Online 2 Day Course: Engaging Immigrants and Other Underserved Communities in Public Engagement

August 11 - IAP2 Learning Webinar - Charlotte Encore: “Do You Realize You’re Already Doing It?” Register here.

Sept. 1, 2, 3 & 4 - Online 4 Day Course: Social Media and P2: How to Design and Host Effective Digital Public Engagement

Sept. 9 - 11 - 2020 IAP2 North American Conference, Online (dates tentative)

Sept. 10 - 2020 IAP2 Core Values Awards gala, Banff, Alberta, Canada (Pending)

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