IAP2 USA launches the 2016 Mentorship Program – Apply Today
IAP2 USA is pleased to announce the 2016 Mentorship Program, starting in March and finishing at the end of November. As some of you might remember IAP2 USA conducted a pilot project in 2015 and we are pleased to let you know that it was a success! The following are some of the comments from our 2015 Pilot Project participants:
"I am exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to have been a mentee in the IAP2 USA Mentorship Pilot program. My mentor both immersed me in new relationships within IAP2 where I could ask and learn and she brought me along with her to get work done that is important to her, and became important to me. The experience shifted me from an observer to a participant in this community and I look forward to rooting and growing here. (Mentee)
"Our profession is changing rapidly - with emerging communication technologies, challenging political contexts, and declining social capacity for addressing controversial issues in a civil manner. As a seasoned professional with over 25 years’ experience, I greatly enjoyed getting to know my mentee and her perspectives on our profession as a relative newcomer in the field. I am certain I benefitted every bit as much from the Mentorship Program as she did! (Mentor)
So what is involved?
If you are still interested but have more questions please contact Amelia at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for applications/email requests is Wednesday, February 17. Please note that the Mentorship Program is only open to IAP2 USA members.
Participatory Budgeting and the Balancing Act
IAP2 USA is excited to partner with the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD) for our next Monthly Webinar. Coinciding with NCDD's Tech Tuesday, we'll be hearing about Balancing Act, a new tool that allows people to learn about the public budgeting process and get a greater understanding of the decisions public officials have to make. For those with an interest in Participatory Budgeting, this can be a very valuable resource.
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Please note the special time: Tuesday, February 9 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern / Noon Pacific.
MARCH WEBINAR: Favorite Conference Presentations
There were so many great presentations at the Portland Conference last September, and in March, you’ll have a chance to hear from two presenters whose sessions proved to be extremely popular among the Conference-goers. If you weren’t able to get to the Conference in person, this is a great opportunity to catch up!
APRIL WEBINAR: Core Values Award Winners
Here’s another opportunity for you to learn from the best of the best – two Core Values Award winners that succeeded in bringing in previously-excluded communities, in wildly divergent areas, to achieve some very important goals. Between the two projects, there are lessons to be learned and applied in so many different ways, and you get to be part of it.
The Pikangikum First Nation of far northwestern Ontario and OregonMetro are about as far apart as you can get in terms of culture, economy and geography. Yet they share a very key common element: people who had been left out of the mainstream and who needed to be part of a public process.
January – Core Values Award Winners Part 1: Organizations of the Year
As that famous P2 consultant, Amy Grant, once sang, “It takes a little time to turn the Titanic around”. The co-presenters in our January Learning Webinar both had to turn some pretty heavy ships around in promoting a culture of engagement where there had been none before.
The City of Victoria and the St. Vrain Valley (Colorado) School District were named Organizations of the Year for Canada and the USA, respectively, at the 2015 IAP2 Core Values Awards last fall in Portland. Both have had to overcome internal trepidation and external cynicism to achieve that status, and the results can be seen in ways ranging from increased involvement in engagement processes to support for public-spending initiatives.
| The second issue of the Journal of Public Deliberation (Vol. 11, Issue 2) has been published and is available online. This issue features research from a variety of countries around the globe including Australia, Norway, Canada, and Italy. |
One essay offers a new model for assessing the legitimacy of deliberative processes. Research studies examine different deliberative designs such as citizen panels, online forums, and governance structures. The articles highlight topics such as prison systems, responses to terrorism, the implementation of online voting, and engaging youth in political discussion.
REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2016 IAP2 NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE!
Registration is now open for the 2016 IAP2 North American Conference! The Conference will take place September 28-30, 2016, at the Sofitel in Montréal. As anyone who has been to previous Conferences (Halifax, Salt Lake City, Winnipeg, and Portland) can tell you, it’s an invaluable opportunity to learn from one another, meet old friends, make new ones and applaud the best in the business at the Core Values Awards.
Register now and get a SERIOUS discount on the regular price: until July 1, members (including international members) pay $550.00 while non-members pay $700. After July 1, those rates go up to $700 and $850, respectively. Full-time students pay $300 any time. PLEASE NOTE: All prices are in Canadian dollars – a significant savings given the strength of the US dollar. As well, you will need a special code to register as a member so please contact email@example.com for that code.
Your registration includes:
You also qualify for the special Conference rate at Sofitel: CDN$189/night, which can also be applied to an extended stay, so you can enjoy even more time in Montréal!
IAP2 USA CHAPTERS ROCK!
IAP2 USA Chapters have been busy!
Jan. 20 PI Network: Young Voices, Future Choices—Heather Coston and Addie Shrodes shared the outcome of more than 75 workshops and conversations with jurisdictional partners, educators, community-based organizations and most importantly, youth.
University of Oregon SP2—Has shared their guiding principles and bylaws so your chapter can too encourage the formation of SP2 (Students for Pubic Participation) groups at your colleges!
And Mark your Calendar for the 8th PI Works mini-conference in Bend, Oregon, June 16-17. Enjoy a day and a half of timely and relevant sessions by leading P2 practitioners at the newly-remodeled Riverhouse Hotel and Conference Center.
Is hosting the IAP2 Techniques for Public Participation program in Fort Collins in this week as a follow-up to Planning offered in November! Colorado Chapter Secretary Sandra Seader is featured in this month's Member Spotlight!
INTERMOUNTAIN Conference - April 22
Call for presentations: Forty-six years after the first Earth Day, environmental issues like energy efficiency, sustainable development, and transportation alternatives are still hot-button topics. At this conference, we would like to explore best practices and share tools and techniques that engage changing populations and contribute to informed, sustainable decisions. (Learn more!)
Had a busy fall with several events and is growing by leaps and bounds! (Learn more!)
Like Colorado, Puget Sound is offering the IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation program this week.
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