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Happy Birthday, NCDD!

Today, the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) turns ten years old. Happy birthday!

From NCDD’s about page:

The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) is a network of over 1,600 innovators who bring people together across divides to discuss, decide, and take action together effectively on today’s toughest issues. NCDD serves as a gathering place, a resource center, a news source, and a facilitative leader for this vital community of practice.

In a post last night, Sandy Heierbacher, director and co-founder of NCDD, recalled some of the organization’s history and milestones.

Many of our members here at IAP2 USA are also members of NCDD, and the two organizations have worked closely together in the past. For example, members of NCDD, IAP2 and the Co-Intelligence Institute led a collaboration in early 2009 that involved many organizations in our field in crafting a shared set of Core Principles for Public Engagement to help guide the Obama administration’s Open Government efforts in the area of public participation. More recently, both organizations have regularly coordinated their efforts to contribute to the conversations around the Open Government Partnership and other related activities.

We very much value this close relationship and were happy to welcome Sandy as an IAP2 USA member last Fall. In February, following an earlier Board decision, IAP2 USA became an organizational member of NCDD.

If you haven’t done so already, make sure to check out NCDD’s vast collection of resources and mark your calendar for their upcoming 2012 conference, October 12-14 in Seattle, WA.

On behalf of the entire Board of IAP2 USA: Happy birthday, NCDD! Here’s to a successful next ten years!

1st Annual North American Conference

March 15, 2012 2 comments

IAP2 USA and IAP2 Canada have entered into an agreement to host annual IAP2 North American conferences beginning September 30 – October 2, 2012 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The 2013 conference will be held in the US.

This year’s theme is the Power of Public Participation: A 360 Perspective.  Participants will be able to STMULATE their minds, MOTIVATE their hears and PARTICIPATE in action. The conference team was inspired by the idea of P2 equally involving the head, heart and hands and through our conference themes hope to explore how each of these play an integral role in expansion and growth of public participation. We aim to involve researchers, stakeholders, academics, community members, decision-makers, practitioners and others to build together a diverse audience thereby truly getting a 360 perspective.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS – Want to conduct a session during the conference?  Submit your proposal by MARCH 23Call for Proposals  This call for proposals is for interested individuals, groups or organizations to present and share their insights and expertise in the P2 field. Proposals will be initially reviewed by the Program Committee to ensure submission fit one of the 3 sub-themes. Following this initial screening proposals will be posted online for the review of the IAP2 Canada and USA membership. Via crowdsourcing tools we will request members to vote on their favorite proposals to help us determining who will be presenting in Halifax… keep it FUN, INTERACTIVE and EXCITING for your potential participants!

REGISTER TODAY – Please visit to register and access more information on this exciting event.

2013 Conference – If you are interested in helping plan the 2013 conference to be held in the US, please volunteer today.  2013 Conference Volunteers

Celebrate! IAP2 USA Turns 1

November 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Congratulations!  One year ago on November 17, 2011, IAP2 USA was officially given affiliate status by the International board of directors.  Since then, we have had an outstanding first year.  Thank you to all of the members, chapters, board members and committee participants who have helped us reach this milestone.

In the past year, we have focused on the structure of the organization, collaborating with our chapters and increasing our membership benefits and services.  We have also sent representatives to participate in the Open Government dialogue at both the White House and with other NGOs at the UN. We’ve signed letters endorsing the guiding principles of public participation and sent a letter to the editor when a state was considering removing the right of the public to review environmental permits.

Our online presence is increasing with more blogs, increased Facebook postings and new conversations on LinkedIn. We are continuing to add resources to our website at and will continue to improve the website as we move forward. If you haven’t already updated your profile in the membership directory, login to the website and share your information with the other members.

Since announcing our new $99 membership for 99 days campaign, we have had 21 new members sign up in about 3 weeks! Be sure to let your friends and colleagues know about this one time opportunity.

There is so much more planned for 2012 and we hope you will continue to participate as we become a more vibrant affiliate.  I’ll be posting more over the next few days so stay tuned.

Theresa Gunn

IAP2 USA President

Categories: News

Seeking Local Government with Community Involvement Guidelines or Policy

October 17, 2011 3 comments

We have a new IAP2 USA member who is seeking examples of community guidelines or policies developed by local governments.  He is especially interested in involvement in parks projects but any general guidelines will be useful.

Please post if you have any guidelines or policies you want to share.  We will also collect your postings and add to the IAP2 USA resources page which is currently in development.


Theresa Gunn, President


Message from the President

August 17, 2011 1 comment

Hi! I hope everyone has had a great summer. I want to give you a brief update of what has been happening with IAP2 USA in the last six months.

Our main focus has been on establishing a solid operating foundation. We hired a management association firm in April, SOS, whose staff have been an integral part of our success to date. The following are a few key highlights of our accomplishments.

  • We have just over 460 members — the number changes daily. We had 11 new members just last month.
  • We have received calls from people interested in starting local chapters in Los Angeles, Washington DC and New England area. We are also beginning to see interest in revitalizing other local chapters while the Cascade and Intermountain chapters continue to have strong local programs.
  • We have formed several committees and they are working hard on creating new programs and services for members and forming strategic alliances with other national organizations.
  • The website is now up and a work in progress. Members are able to log-in for member only information and can make their member profile accessible by the public.
  • Plans are still underway for a symposium in Washington DC in January 2012.
  • Our first webinar held on June 30 was attended by more than 40 people (slides, audio).
  • We started sending monthly e-news to our members.
  • A draft strategic plan is underway.

Although we have made much progress, there is still much to do. We are reaching out to you and other members to determine people’s willingness to help move IAP2 USA forward. If you are interested in helping, please let us know. We especially need people who are willing to help write content for the website and blog po developing stings. We also need help in our programs and services and other member benefits. In addition, the IAP2 International Federation Board is forming several committees and is looking for members of Affiliates to participate.

I appreciate your past support of IAP2 USA and hope we can count on you once again as we continue to move forward.

Categories: Board

1st Member Webinar a Success!

June 30, 2011 4 comments

A BIG thank you to the members who participated in our first webinar this morning.  We had 55 44 members participate and we received many great ideas for our organization and the P2 practice.  A quick overview of the comments and questions include the following.  The USA Board and committee chairs will be using this information as we move forward and will have additional opportunities for member involvement.

  • Lots of discussion about chapters – how to organize and get people involved as well as the relationship between IAP2 USA and the chapters.
  • Names of  national groups which IAP2 USA should collaborate with to ensure  our P2 values are included in any new policies or regulations.
  • A need for information/training on how to involve people in rural communities who are not comfortable using online tools.
  • Interest in pursuing a accreditation or certification for IAP2 practitioners.
  • Establishment of goals and objectives for IAP2 USA.
  • How can we get local governments to come to IAP2 USA for the “gold standard” on P2.
  • Several members also volunteered to help with the committees.

Keep your great ideas coming by posting on the blog or emailing to or you can email me directly at


Theresa Gunn, IAP2 USA President

Categories: News

Message from the President

April 1, 2011 6 comments

The past three months have been absolutely amazing! The response to IAP2 USA has been well beyond our hopes and dreams.

During this first quarter…

  • Dozens of people have joined and renewed their memberships.
  • Members are interested in starting chapters in New England, Washington DC, and Southern California.
  • Our newest chapter, Gulf Coast in Texas, is gaining momentum, and the Grand Canyon chapter is planning to begin meeting again this Spring.
  • The organization has been asked to endorse Campaign for Stronger Democracy’s Statement of Principles.
  • We have formed a Strategic Alliance committee with the goal of making IAP2 USA the convener for the ongoing national dialogue about public participation.
  • The Membership Development committee is developing a new list of membership categories and services to better meet the needs of our members.
  • Chapter liaisons are being invited to serve on a Chapter Relations committee to determine how IAP2 USA can better support the chapters and assist emerging chapters.
  • Plans are underway for a one-day symposium in Washington DC with federal agency officials to discuss how P2 can improve the government decision making process.
  • A Programs & Services committee is creating new programs and training for members.
  • We established the position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to help create a strong online presence for IAP2 USA.
  • And so much more…

But we can’t do this alone! To continue to grow IAP2 USA, we need the passion and ideas of our membership. Over the coming weeks you will be receiving emails asking for your input on various proposals and seeking volunteers to help with many of the tasks listed above. I hope you will join us during this exciting time of molding IAP2 USA into the premier professional membership organization that sets the gold standard for public participation and provides the P2 research, knowledge and advice for organizations across the country.

To contact IAP2 USA email or call toll-free 855-500-5767. Our address is 7949 E. Acoma Dr, #207, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Or you can email me at

Finally, a big heartfelt thank you to the members who have donated their time to help make the transition to IAP2 USA successful. More than 50 members have been actively involved. My personal goal is to triple that number by the end of 2011!

Theresa Gunn

Categories: Board