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IAP2 NA Conference: 2 Weeks To Go!

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Sept. 28-30, 2014 / Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

2 Weeks to go

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON!

We are now less than two weeks away from the annual North American Conference, and we’re looking forward to meeting our colleagues and others associated with Public Participation! There is still time to register for the Conference.

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ON TWITTER?

If you can’t make it to the Conference, here’s a great way to stay on top of what’s going on — follow us on Twitter #iap2na2014. We’re encouraging everyone who comes to the Conference to share the main points of our sessions and keynote speeches — the things that leap out at you — as well as the discoveries at the Technology Fair.

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HELP WANTED!

Volunteers are still needed for jobs during the Conference. Half-day shifts are available for registration desk staff, runners and conversation starter staff. If you’re able and willing to help out, please click here for more information.

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A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM YOUR WELCOME AND FUN COMMITTEE

If you want to take part in any of the pre-conference tours we’ve arranged, you must register by noon (Central Daylight Time) on Sunday, Sept. 21. A minimum of six is required for the each tour to go ahead. The tours are:

  • Manitoba Museum
  • Exchange District tour
  • Assiniboine Park Zoo – Churchill/Polar Bears exhibit
  • Canadian Museum of Human Rights

Please contact Michelle Finley with the Welcome and Fun Committee to book your spot. For more information on these tours, please visit the Conference Schedule and click on the “+” sign beside each event.

SHARPENING YOUR TOOLS!

There are still some spaces available for the advanced training course offered by the Prairies Chapter prior to the start of the Conference. When Things Go Sideways: How to Embrace Emotion and Outrage and Change Results is presented by Dialogue Partners, and gives tools for turning passion into positives and conflict into consensus. The one-day course takes placeSaturday, Sept. 27. It costs $325 for members and $360 for non-members and is open to Conference attendees and non-attendees alike. There is a limited number of seats, so don’t delay!

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RED CARPET TIME!

The IAP2 Core Values Awards Gala Dinner is set for Monday night at The Met (formally known as the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre), 281 Donald Street (around the corner from the Radisson). It’s a night of fun, great food and great entertainment, as we pay tribute to the best in Public Participation. We’ll be giving awards for Research Project of the Year, Organization of the Year and Project of the Year in both Canada and the United States, as well as two categories for the first-ever IAP2 Canada Core Values Awards: Indigenous Engagement and Creativity, Contribution and Innovation in the Field. We’re also excited to be presenting the Winnipeg improv comedy duo, CRUMBS. Tickets to the Gala are part of the Conference registration, and can also be purchased separately ($75.00 + GST;)

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SESSION – Monday, 9/29 — P2 and the Social License: Engagement Between Decisions

A lot of attention is paid to the necessity for P2 when a decision is to be made, but what about engagement when a decision is not part of the bargain? Anne Harding, owner of Forum Stakeholder Relations, will host an interactive session on how governments and public agencies are putting increasing importance on building and maintaining relationships with citizens at all times — just for the sake of building those relationships. This session encourages us to consider what things would look like if the social license became part of the IAP2 framework — the Core Values, Code of Ethics and Spectrum.

EVERYBODY’S TALKING …

Our Conference is offering a new feature this year: a Conversation Starter. This one is focused on the question:

How can we reduce polarization and have a constructive dialogue about energy?

As a public participation professional, we want your advice about reducing polarization of energy issues. How do we bring people together to have a constructive conversation about energy – including the production & consumption of energy as well as alternatives & effects of its use?

You can share your thoughts live at the booth near the registration desk, or join the conversation online at #IAP2convo. Your ideas will be shared with the IAP2 community after the Conference, and also with the sponsor of this Conversation Starter, Suncor Energy.

THE CALL OF THE NORTH!

Public Participation in Canada’s North can bring challenges peculiar to that region, and IAP2 member John Glynn-Morris is looking into developing a Yukon/Northern Chapter. If you’re a P2 practitioner either based in or with interests in that region, you’re invited to join John at his table during the Tuesday continental breakfast period. (Look for the sign on his table.)

PARLEZ-VOUS LA PARTICIPATION PUBLIQUE?

As IAP2 Canada takes steps towards becoming a truly bilingual organization, members of the Section St-Laurent/St Lawrence Chapter are planning “un petit ‘happening’ en français” during the Conference. Email Hugo Mimee or check out the IAP2 Canada Facebook page for more information.

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