IAP2 NorCal Completes Successful Reactivation
Over the past year, IAP2 NorCal, the Northern California chapter of IAP2 USA, has seen a sharp increase in activity. Driven by a small and growing team of volunteers, the chapter – under the leadership of chapter co-chair and IAP2 USA Board member Tim Bonnemann – hosted more events in 2014 than in the past six years combined and has more than doubled the size of its network year over year.
Earlier this month, IAP2 NorCal organized a practitioner get-together in Sacramento, CA, the first IAP2 event in the state’s capital in over a decade. Turn-out was great, and there appears to be a lot of energy for more activities in the future. Work with local partners has already begun to explore opportunities for more programming and events in the greater Sacramento region later this year, as the chapter continues to expand its coverage of Northern California beyond the San Francisco Bay Area.
A number of high-profile events are in the works for 2015, both in person and online. Likely topics include:
- Public engagement around California water issues
- Facebook for public participation
- The state of e-voting
- Crowdsourcing in the policy making context
The chapter also plans to dramatically increase the number of informal opportunities for members and friends to meet in person on a regular basis, including lunch and breakfast meetings and evening get-togethers alongside upcoming training events.