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IAP2 USA: NEWS UPDATES! (Webinar, Conference, & more…)


IAP2 Monthly Learning Webinar:
“Back to Basics: Renovating the Old Town Hall”

IAP2 USA and IAP2 Canada are pleased to present this month’s Learning Webinar, featuring Jeanne Lawson of JLA Public Involvement. Jeanne will be sharing some ideas and case studies on new ways of using the tried-and-true P2 method, the Town Hall Meeting.

Join us on Tuesday, August 12 at 2pm EDT and bring your thoughts, experiences and questions!

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

Click here for more information and to register.



2014 IAP2 North American Conference
Sept. 28-30, 2014 / Winnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaWeeks to go8

UPDATE #7 – week of Monday, August 4, 2014

Follow the Twitter feed: #IAP2NA2014

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.=====

Have you registered yet?When registering for the Conference, remember that some registration types — such as IAP2 members and non-members from outside Canada, or session presenters — require a special code. Please contact info@iap2canada.ca to get that 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.




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 resultsis 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 — A Changing Landscape: Public Participation in Alberta’s Natural Environment

Led by Cheryl Dash, Courtney Scott and Nora Mortemore of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, this session will go into research and analysis of public participation processes, intent and direction in the government of Alberta as it pertains to the environment portfolio. “By taking a look at the historical content, present day activities, and the direction of others, might we be able to predict our future course? Within this review and analysis, we will take a look at how technologies and other factors may have influenced the direction and breadth of public participation.”
Participants will:

  • Leave with an understanding of how public participation has changed over the years as it relates to planning priorities and shifting philosophies of environmental management.
  • Participate in direction setting exercises for future public participation activities.
  • Hear lessons learned from case studies – local level and provincial level.
Session – Tuesday, 9/30 — Try a Technique: Socratic Circles – Creating Space for High Emotion in a Constructive Way

Dialogue Partners will lead a session on the Socratic Circle technique — an innovative and powerful way to engage participants in an emotional and/or complex conversation. “With the theme of Reflecting Forward, our hope is that this technique will inspire other practitioners to try something new that allows participants to lead the discussion, deepen understanding and encourages equal and honest contribution between participants.”

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.


THANK YOU TO A NEW SPONSOR!Another sponsor has come on-board to help a citizen attend the Conference, who otherwise couldn’t afford to. The Canadian Trainers’ Collective is joining the Sponsor-a-Citizen Bursary Program. there’s still room for you or your organization to sponsor a citizen — you can sponsor for the entire conference ($850.00) or just one day ($550.00), and there are still opportunities to be a Conference sponsor or an exhibitor. Download the Sponsorship Package or contact Anne Hardingfor more information.


We’re getting a lot of buzz about the Technology Fair, which builds on the success of the inaugural fair at last year’s Conference in Salt Lake City. Last week, we met three of the companies that will be showing their wares; this week, let’s meet two more:SustaiNet SustaiNet presents EngagementHQ, which brings organizations and citizens together online. You’ll see some real-life examples of how it simply, securely and successfully uses its tools to help share quality accessible information, gather thoughts, feelings, stories and ideas, and analyze the outcomes. This platform meets strict accessibility standards, complies with FOIP and PIPIDA requirements and houses data in Canada. You can make sense of your community feedback quickly and easily with the built-in qualitative report on citizen involvement and the quantitative reporting tools.Sunexo Sunexo presents the IRIS stakeholder engagement tool, a software system that captures and manages engagement activities with individuals and groups affected by resource development and energy projects. IRIS is produced exclusively for the resource development and energy sector, which makes designing solutions straightforward. Sunexo’s software tools are cloud-based and mobile-enabled, so you can track engagements with stakeholders. You’ll be able to talk with Sunexo reps directly to find out just how their tools can be best suited for your individual work.

If you and your company have a technological offering you would like to show off at the Conference, better hurry: you have until August 15 to make your submission. For more information, download the Tech Fair Call for Submissions.



KEYNOTE SPEAKERS – a sneak previewWant to get a taste of the kind of messages you’ll be hearing at the Conference? Listen to interviews with our two keynote speakers: Maria Hadden, project coordinator of the Participatory Budgeting Project, speaking on Monday, Sept. 29 (click here for the interview). and Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, speaking on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Hear her interview here. Both will show how the IAP2 Core Values can apply in two highly-charged public policy areas.


All work and no play ….
All roads may lead to Rome, but no roads get you into Churchill, Manitoba. The village on Hudson Bay, where polar bears are often seen roaming the streets (it must be so: Google Earth has it on a “street view”), is only accessible by plane (2 hours from Winnipeg) or train (2 days); but there is a way you can explore the Polar Bear Capital of the World on Sunday, Sept. 28 and still be back in time for the welcome reception! Come join us for the “Journey to Churchill Northern Species Exhibit”, on now at the Assiniboine Park Zoo! Learn about the creatures of the real Great White North and how climate change is affecting them.  A special group tour has been arranged at a cost of $10.75 plus the charter bus. (Oh, go ahead: sneak off for a ride on the miniature train, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year! You can always say you’re gathering first-hand input on stakeholder preferences for rail transportation modes.) Contact Kate Moir for more information and to sign up. (Photo nicked from Canada Cool.)



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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