IAP2 2014 North American Conference — Weekly Update #6
Sept. 28-30, 2014
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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.
TOOLS OF THE TRADE: VISIT THE TECHNOLOGY FAIR The Technology Fair
proved to be a hit when it debuted at the Conference in Salt Lake City last fall, and we’re pleased to present it again this year. It’s a chance for practitioners to see a variety of tools available to support meaningful public engagement work. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll introduce you to the participants. Here are three of them:
MetroQuest — MetroQuest declares it’s “the most fun you’ll ever have taking a survey”: an online engagement tool designed to collect meaningful input from a wide range of people. It can be accessed on the web, smartphones, at kiosks or at workshops and has already proven so appealing that most participants learn about it from friends.
SpeakUp and eComment from Granicus — As technology evolves, public feedback channels require greater convenience and broader representation. In this demonstration, Granicus will show how government agencies can easily reach their audiences through a civic engagement portal that allows for online discussion, forms, surveys, focused projects and crowdsourcing. Granicus representatives will explain how you can seamlessly integrate those tools into your P2 programs and how these tools are already improving outreach and building greater trust in many communities.PlaceSpeak 3.0 —This is a location-based consultation program that involves participants and proponents together. Participants register and confirm their address to use the free service for notification of new consultations by distance and keyword preferences. Proponents from public, private and non-profit sectors set up topic pages defined by geographic boundaries to inform and consult with participants. PlaceSpeak generates verifiable feedback data to enable evidence-based decision-making.There are still 2 spaces left in the Tech Fair to exhibit your technological offerings at the Conference. Download the Tech Fair Call for Submissions for more information.
Session – Tuesday, 9/30 — P2 in Public Schools: Raising Capacity through Know-How and Know-WhoDr John Poynton describes how one school district in Colorado has been going against a longstanding practice and handing over more of the institutional problem solving and decision making process to parents. For decades, those areas have been the preserve of educational experts, while the role of the parent has been restricted to PTA (PAC) events and fund-raising. School administrators are learning that this practice breeds mistrust, but when parents are equipped with knowledge and resources, they can be effective participants in the process and advocates for the public schools.
At this session, Dr Poynton — the executive-director for organizational development and communications at the St Vrain Valley School District in Longmont, CO — will present a model for training parents and increasing capacity for public participation; this model can be applied not just to public education but other public institutions, as well. You will also hear the personal story of how one parent (of many) used that training to become an effective deliberator, with an impact on state education policy. You’ll also come away with a peer-reviewed survey tool that can measure the effectiveness of these training programs.
Even best practices can yield worst results. A recurring theme in discussions this year around IAP2 has been how to move forward after a failure. Geoff Wilson and Susan Dunn from Capital Health Nova Scotia encountered numerous challenges along the way to formulating their organization’s P2 policy and practice. Yet the end result has won awards for its innovation and effectiveness. In this 90-minute interactive session, you’ll hear about the need they found to engage patients as well as professionals in developing their policy; understand the importance of planning in an engagement process; and come away with a greater understanding of IAP2 engagement theory, principles and values. You’ll also have an opportunity to share your own experiences dealing with setbacks and “golden learning moments”.
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.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS – a sneak preview
Our keynote speakers promise to give us a lot to think about at the Conference. On Monday, Sept. 29, Maria Hadden, project coordinator of the Participatory Budgeting Project, will discuss how IAP2 Core Values play a significant role in this increasingly popular process. Click here to listen to an interview.
On Tuesday, Sept, 30, Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, will speak on the campaign to remove inequities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in education and opportunity and the ways IAP2 Core Values could and should be applied. To hear that interview, click here.
Two of our Chapters — the BC Chapter and the Prairies Chapter — are the latest to step up in our Sponsor-a-Citizen Bursary Program. It’s unfortunate, but many of the people who could benefit from taking part in the 2014 IAP2 North American Conference are not able to, for financial reasons. If you or your organization is able or willing to help a deserving citizen — and future P2 professional, please contact Anne Harding. The sponsorship costs $850.00, or just $550.00 for a single day.
And we’re thrilled to welcome a new Conference sponsor! American Transmission Company will be “helping to keep the lights on” during our time in Winnipeg. There’s still room for you or your organization to be a Conference sponsor or exhibitor. You can download the Sponsorship Package or contact Anne Harding for more information.
You now have until Thursday, July 31, 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. Please note that you must use that special link in order to ensure you get the Conference rate.
We offer you almost all forms of Canadian culture for your extra-curricular enjoyment while in Winnipeg! Saturday night, Sept. 27, a bunch of us will be taking in the Canadian football game between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. For our American visitors, the game is ALMOST the same as the US version, but the larger field, 12-man lineup and 3-downs-for-10-yards are some major differences. Another is the “rouge” — the single point awarded to the kicking team if any kick either goes through the end zone or is not run out (including missed field goals).
Yet another difference is the reason why this Harvard lad from another era is making a potentially career-shortening mistake: there is no fair catch in Canadian football. You catch the ball, you run with it. The kicking team has to stay five yards away from the receiver until he touches the ball. Then, they can clobber him.
We cannot, however, guarantee another key component of Canadian culture: sitting shirtless in the stands at a Canadian football game in 40-below weather. What we can guarantee is a fun time — football is football, wherever you go.
Remember: you can get Conference information any time by visiting the 2014 IAP2 North American Conference website.