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February 2017 NEWSLETTER

The year is still young, and our Chapters are stepping up their activities, reaching out to bring more people into the P2 fold. In the rapidly changing world we’re seeing today, letting people know that good P2 is not only a “neat idea”, but is possible, is going to be vital for our society.

In this issue, you’ll find:

Now, read on...


FROM THE BOARD – Amanda Mitchell, Public Engagement Specialist, City of Vancouver

Brenda Pichette“Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words.”

Roy T. Bennett, author of The Light in the Heart

The thing that has been occupying my mind as of late is the current state of the world.

Regardless of your politics, the last few months have felt increasingly turbulent. The divisive American election has left an eddy in the calm that is being felt north of the border. Positions are becoming increasingly entrenched and the very social platforms that promised to bring us together have created echo chambers.

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You’ve taken the five-day IAP2 Foundations course and you’ve built a track record in the P2 profession. Now, it’s time to show colleagues, potential clients, and the world in general that you meet a set of internationally-recognized standards.

The next IAP2 Certification Assessment Centre is set for June 16-17, and the application period is now open until March 16.

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IAP2 USA and IAP2 Canada are seeking session proposals for the sixth annual IAP2 North American Conference, to be held September 6-8, 2017 in Denver, Colorado, USA. The Conference is the major global P2 event of the year and we welcome papers from around the world and expect a global audience in attendance.

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There is no time to lose: The deadline to apply is March 7, 2017. 

Don’t miss out on this year’s IAP2 North American Conferenceregister today.

Apply to Become an IAP2 Licensed Trainer!

February 1, 2017 – The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2 Federation) is now accepting applications from individuals in the field of public engagement who are interested in becoming licensed to deliver the IAP2 international training program, Foundations in Public Participation.

The Train-the-Trainer (T3) program has been refreshed during the past year with the guidance of SBM Consultants (Canada) and IAP2 volunteer Steering Committee members: Jan Bloomfield, Anne Carroll, Kylie Cochrane, Anne Harding, Gale Simpson, and Erika Du Plessis, along with input from subject matter experts among the IAP2 training community.

Three webinars have been organized for people who are interested in becoming licensed to deliver IAP2’s Foundations in Effective Public Participation course. 

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Kevin ThorvaldsonNAME: Kevin Thorvaldson

POSITION: Team Lead, Engage Resource Unit – The City of Calgary

What turned you on to P2 in the first place?
I was attracted to the field of public participation first and foremost, as it is a field where one can effect meaningful and sustainable change and direction to the region where I live and work and raise my family. Bringing stakeholders along on the journey from early stages – visioning, planning and finally execution and reporting back – provides an unequaled opportunity for dialogue and deliberation that is transparent and inclusive. Forming a partnership with stakeholders lets them know that their input is appreciated and valuable in providing direction for the programs, infrastructure and services we might provide.

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Webinar Rewind – Montréal Encore: “Making Engagement Meaningful with P2 Toolkits”

In your P2 career, are there times when being the professional is almost a hindrance to meaningful engagement? You could walk into a situation where the community is skeptical that a process will be fair and honest, or find that staff are more involved than you’re able to accommodate, or any of a number of other situations.

One solution is to develop P2 Toolkits. These are specialized “packages” of resources that can be provided to “non-professionals” to help them with their engagement efforts. Based on their presentation at the IAP2 North American Conference last September, Cristelle Blackford of CivicMakers, Abby Monroe of the City of Chicago and Zane Hamm, educator and research associate with the Centre for Public Involvement in Edmonton discussed how toolkits have worked in three individual projects.

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Webinar on Deck Core Values Award Winners – “Respect for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture”

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
2pm Eastern | 11am Pacific

Two award-winning projects that covered decidedly different aspects of P2 highlight our March 14 webinar. In Canada, EcoPlan International worked with the Village of Alert Bay, BC and the ‘Namgis First Nation to develop a Community Development Plan for Cormorant Island, which the two communities had shared for decades without really interacting. Watch their video here.

From the US, we learn how the Saint Paul Public School District in Minnesota upgraded its facilities to 21st Century standards, consulting with teachers, parents and the students themselves on their needs and aspirations. Watch the video here.

Register Today!

As always, IAP2 Learning Webinars are free for members and only $50 for non-members.

Chapter News

  • More drinks and deep-dives in BC!
  • Test-drive a technique in BC! Three Chapters sound out their members on future plans!
  • Talking polarization on the Prairies!
Read all about it!


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