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2014 IAP2 NA Conference: UPDATE #5


2014 IAP2 North American Conference
Sept. 28-30, 2014 / Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Weeks to go


UPDATE #5 – week of Monday, July 21, 2014


The IAP2 2014 North American Conference will feature presentations and activities, all designed by P2 professionals to educate, inspire and encourage other P2 practitioners. Each week until the start of the Conference, we’ll send you updates on what you can look forward to.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Monday, Sept. 29: Maria Hadden

It’s your money: you should get to decide how to spend it. Participatory Budgeting is becoming more and more a part of municipal democracy, and the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) in the US is in the forefront of helping to make that happen. On Monday, Maria Hadden, project coordinator of PBP, will be our keynote speaker. Ms Hadden will discuss how IAP2 Core Values play a significant role in the process and will also lead a short session on the topic.

Once again this week, we are pleased to present an interview with our keynote speaker. Click here to listen to it.

If you missed the interview with our other keynote speaker, Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, click here.



The Prairies Chapter is pleased to provide an advanced training course on Saturday, Sept. 27.When Things Go Sideways: how to embrace emotion and outrage and change results is a one-day program designed to give practitioners tools for dealing with highly-charged situations. What triggers emotional responses during a P2 process? How do you take that energy and channel it into a positive outcome? The course — given by Dialogue Partners — builds on IAP2’s course, Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation, although that is not a pre-requisite. It costs $325 for members and $360 for non-members. There is a limited number of seats, so don’t delay!Click here for more information and to register.




SESSION –  Monday, 9/29: “Designer Democracy: 50 years of practice and growing”

New York had Jane Jacobs motivating citizens against the Midtown Expressway; Vancouver had its “Stop the Freeway” movement; and even before those watershed moments, the US Civil Rights Movement set the tone for participatory community design. It’s estimated that by 2030, 60% of people will live in cities. In this session, two past Core Values Awards winners — Joel Mills of the Center for Community Design of the American Institute of Architects, and Charles Campion, who has led community engagement processes in the UK, India, Indonesia and elsewhere around the world — will look at the evolution of participatory community design.

You will learn more about current best practices through case studies from around the world, leveraging the experience of the US design assistance process, the community planning event process in the UK, and a number of related participatory planning processes. The session will set these practices in context and demonstrate their current relevancy, and you will have a chance to discuss how the practice is evolving moving forward. By highlighting the experiences of multiple Core Values Award winners, it will also speak directly to IAP2’s Core Values and how they apply to current work in the field.


For information on all the sessions and their presenters, read the Schedule-at-a-Glance and Meet the Presenters on the North American Conference website.

 For the record … last week’s update gave the date for Lindsay Wiginton’s session on “Millennials as P2 Practitioners” as “Tuesday 9/29“. In fact, that session is on Monday, Sept. 29.



Brought to you by ... more sponsors are joining us, helping to make this conference happen. Communica Public Affairs is the latest to come onboard as a Conference sponsor, whileInterGroup Consultants are taking part in the Sponsor-a-Citizen Bursary Program.

There are still plenty of opportunities for you or your company to sponsor the Conference: be it as a Conference sponsor, footing the bill for an individual who ordinarily couldn’t afford to take part ($550 for a single day – $850 for the whole conference), as an exhibitor or taking part in the Technology Fair. You can download the Sponsorship Package or contact Anne Harding for more information.


Hate to be an old nag, but …

The deadlines are plodding ever closer for special rates to attend the Conference and stay at the host hotel.

You still have until July 31 (a week from Thursday) to register for the Conference  at the early-bird rates (and remember that if you’re a speaker / presenter, a student or a member of IAP2 USA or any other affiliate outside Canada, you need to contact us to get your registration code).

August 27 is the deadline to get the Special Conference rate offered by the host hotel, the Radisson Winnipeg Downtown.


The other side of The ‘Peg —  From the Royal Winnipeg Ballet to The Guess Who to David Steinberg and Monty Hall, Winnipeg is a wonderful cultural oasis in the middle of Canada. But its history is not unlike Carl Sandburg’s Chicago: “Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler”.

You can get a feel for Winnipeg’s history and culture with a self-guided walking tour of the Exchange District, a National Historic Site. It was developed around the Winnipeg Grain Exchange — the original heart of the city. It’s a fitting name for the area, as it represents the exchange between the period 1880-1913, when Winnipeg developed as a commercial hub and the gateway to the West, and its development into a cultural center. The Exchange District is an easy walk from our hotel (the concierge at the Radisson can provide you with information packages), which will take you past the intersection of Portage and Main, reputedly the windiest intersection in the world (source: Winnipeg Sun August 13, 2013, among others.



What’s on in town?  Lots of things are happening in and around Winnipeg during the Conference. Find some ideas here.

Remember: you can get Conference information any time by visiting the 2014 IAP2 North American Conference website.

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