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GEAR UP for Online Training!

April 18, 2017 Leave a comment

We are ready to rock this spring with online training designed with you in mind! We are excited to announce we have two courses coming up as early as May 1st, 2017! Take a look and see what these two courses can add to your professional repertoire!

“Choosing the Right P2 Tools: Workshops, Surveys, & Tools – Oh, my!” – If you need to know how to select tools and techniques to fit your P2 process design, understand the huge impacts of tool choices on stakeholder participation, and learn how to ensure equity and inclusion, Choosing the Right P2 Tools – Workshops, Surveys, & Tours – Oh, My!” is the course for you!

This 4-hour online course over two weeks is taught by recognized P2 consultant Anne Carroll and specifically designed to be interactive, insightful, and engaging. You’ll walk away with access to an open-source directory of tools and techniques, as well as skills to better weigh your options so you can confidently construct your next project and better engage your stakeholders!

Take a seat in this virtual classroom! Reserve your spot today!

“Participatory Budgeting: Real Money, Real Engagement” -We are three weeks away from offering the much anticpated co-produced course “Participatory Budgeting: Real Money, Real Engagement”, featuring Maria Hadden from the Participatory Budgeting Project!

Maria has years of facilitation and training experience, previously working as a mediator and a mediation trainer prior to taking on her role as Project Manager for the PB Project. As a project manager, Maria oversees activities in the Midwest and Southern region of the US, leading advocacy, training, and implementation of consulting efforts.

This introductory course is designed for anyone interested in planning and advocating for PB in their community! This course is recommended for elected officials, government staff, consultants, and organizations looking to gain a solid foundation in PB before decidend if and how to move a process forward locally.

Spaces are limited and we want YOU to be there with us! Find out more today!

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CORE VALUES AWARDS: ON YOUR MARKS … GET SET … APPLY!

March 23, 2017 Leave a comment

As a P2 practitioner you work hard to ensure that you are developing and delivering great public participation processes. Have you been a part of a P2 project that involved innovation, breaking new ground and/or engaging previously unreached sectors? The time is NOW to give others the opportunity to give you a pat on the back, and apply for the 2017 IAP2 Core Values Awards.

2016 Core Values Award Winners

There are three Project Categories:

  • General Project
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Respect for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture

There are also three National Award Categories:

  • Project of the Year, selected from the four Project Category winners, above,
  • Organization of the Year, and
  • Research Project of the Year.

The three National Award winners will go on to compete for the IAP2 Federation Core Values Awards against winning projects from other worldwide Affiliates.

Applications are being taken now through May 10, so visit the Core Values Awards webpage and download the Applicant’s Kit. The winners will be recognized at the Core Values Awards Gala, to be held in conjunction with the 2017 IAP2 North American Conference, Sept. 6-8, in Denver, Colorado..

Need inspiration? Check out past winners by going to the Core Values Award webpage and scrolling to the bottom – learn from 2014, 2015, 2016 winners and more!

Congratulations Theresa Gunn, IAP2 USA’s newest Master Certified Public Participation Professional (MCP3)!

January 26, 2017 Leave a comment

Theresa Gunn

Congratulations Theresa Gunn on becoming IAP2 USA’s newest Master Certified Public Participation Professional (MCP3).

Theresa has been with IAP2 since 1994 and has worn many hats. She has contributed in many ways within IAP2 and has been essential in molding IAP2 USA into the organization it is today. Her leadership service includes, but is not limited to:

  • Serving on the inaugural IAP2 USA Board of Directors from 2011-2012 where she oversaw the nascence of IAP2 USA
  • Serving on the first IAP2 Federation Board of Directors following the March 2010 decision to move to an Affiliate model, serving first as Treasurer, 2011-2012, and then as Deputy Presiding Member in 2013.
  • Theresa has chaired the Membership Services Committee, 2014-to-date, where she continues her work championing professional development for public participation practitioners.

Theresa is a huge proponent of the Professional Certification Program. It was a priority for her as a Federation board member where she was able to shepherd the process that gave IAP2 USA permission to develop the program.

“IAP2 USA is a global leader in establishing the gold standard for public participation. Professional Certification will ensure organizations relying on certified practitioners are going to get the best of the best, and community residents who are participating in these process will be assured these are transparent, open processes founded on research-based best practices.”

We congratulate Theresa Gunn on her successful completion of the Professional Certification Program and designation as a Master Certified Public Participation Professional (MCP3). We are grateful for her continuing support and admire how she embodies the IAP2 Core Values.

To learn more about Theresa Gunn, see our 2016 Member Spotlight.

3 Reasons to become an IAP2 USA Mentor

January 26, 2017 Leave a comment

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 3 Reasons to B an IAP2 USA Mentor!applynow2

  1. You’re a goldmine of information. Share the wealth! – Mentoring is a way to stay grounded. It becomes a gateway for you to access your past experiences, pitfalls, and triumphs. Mentoring can become an exercise in critical thinking in a way that will help you to look at your practice more analytically. Challenging yourself to become a mentor and share your knowledge will give you an opportunity to explore your reflections and pass on better P2 practices.
  2. Stay hip and keep up with the times! – Our world is changing at an exponential rate. We have seen the rise of technology and every day we are surrounded by the force it wields. There is no doubt the upcoming generations we see today are far more tech savvy. Taking on a mentee may mean that you will, in turn, learn some tricks of the technology trade and fortify your own P2 practices.
  3. Change a life, and the industry! – By becoming a mentor you will help set the tone of our industry. For many of us, there is a mentor in our past that helped set the tone and build the foundation upon which we built our career. The personal reward of seeing those positive changes is immense!

If you’re excited about this opportunity, click here to learn more about the role of the mentor or check out our mentoring page.

Applications are due by March 10th, 2017. Do not miss out on this awesome opportunity!

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3 Reasons to become an IAP2 USA Mentee!

January 26, 2017 Leave a comment

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3 Reasons to B an IAP2 USA Mentee
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    1. Mentors provide a wealth of information – Have ever felt that you are stuck in a professional rut with no viable options, there’s a good chance your mentor has been there. If they haven’t, it is likely they know someone who has. Mentors offer encouragement, but also help set goals and share experiences to help you avoid the sticky situations beginners can make.
    2. Mentors can provide genuine constructive feedback – There is nothing more frustrating than having a project kicked back with the only nugget of feedback being something akin to “needs work.” Mentors can help you see where you need to improve, where you may be blind to it.
    3. Mentors find ways to stimulate our personal and professional growth – Mentors have a way of seeing our faults in such a way that it creates a place for growth and change. Having a safe space to ask questions, make mistakes, and explore new techniques is priceless. They can help you set realistic goals and find ways to make them reality.

getanswers“Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living – if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing you the way. A mentor.”
—Denzel Washington

If you’re excited about this opportunity, click here to learn more about the role of the mentor or check out our mentoring page.

Applications are due by March 10th, 2017. Do not miss out on this awesome opportunity!

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Invitation to participate in NCDD’s field-wide inventory

December 1, 2016 Leave a comment

The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) has invited IAP2 USA to participate in their field-wide inventory.

“Now more than ever, it’s vital for us to be able to say, with some authority, how large our field is, how many dialogues are held on an annual basis, involving how many people, and so on. We want to know what approaches you are trained in, which ones you tend to use, and which ones you train others in. We’d like to know which online tools you find most useful, and what factors influence your decisions about which collaborative projects you’ll get involved in. And true to NCDD style, we want to share this information widely.”

Please do take the time to complete this survey by the deadline — Wednesday, December 7th — if you haven’t already.
NCDD would greatly value your participation!

Your Learning Journey and the Skills Symposium

November 28, 2016 Leave a comment
We keep saying that the San Diego Skills Symposium has something for everyone, and it does! Where are you on your learning journey? What skills do you need for continuous improvement? What should you be signing up for? The following provides some insights on what you could learn and where courses lie on the continuum of experience. But many overlap, so don’t let us define or limit your journey – choose the courses that best fit where YOU are and what YOU need.
Course and Audience Some of the things YOU will learn in these courses
If you are new to the P2 field or want a refresher…
IAP2 Foundations Planning
Planning – 3 Days
Techniques – 2 Days
  • Define P2 and understand its value, risks and benefits
  • Design, deliver and evaluate effective P2 planning processes
  • Select appropriate techniques that align with P2 objectives
  • Understand key characteristics of a wide variety of traditional and emerging techniques and technologies
If you are experienced in delivering P2…
Social Media and P2
2-day course

  • Understand the range of ways people participate online
  • Write appropriate content and understand the importance of two-way communication in this medium
  • Identify challenges to participation in digital environments and be aware of approaches that may address these challenge
IAP2 Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation
2-day course
  • A common understanding of outrage: the causes of outrage
  • Strategies & approaches for dealing with outrage
  • Practice the kinds of behavior that are most effective in mitigating people’s anger, fear and emotional reactions
Designing for Diversity
2-day course
  • Recognize the value and critical importance of bringing multiple perspectives to complex issues
  • Learn how to define clear objectives for increasing and deepening diversity within public engagement efforts
  • Learn how to choose the appropriate participation tools and techniques based on the engagement design
Building the Trust for Civil Communication
1-day course
  • Review how trust is built
  • Recognize what makes communication effective
  • Recognize communication patterns that can evoke negative emotions
Evaluating & Measuring P2
1-day course
  • Determine the most appropriate type(s) of evaluation for a P2 project and identify the challenges to evaluation
  • Populate a logic model and use it to structure an evaluation plan
  • Craft evaluation questions
If you have been delivering good P2 for quite a while…
When Things Go Sideways
2-day course

  • Build experience and practice through practical tools and approaches to constructively engage with emotional stakeholders
  • Increase self-awareness and understanding of personal reactions and responses to the emotions of others
  • Understand and identify some of the triggers for emotion, and practice strategies to support people in constructive engagement
Wherever you are in your P2 learning journey, plan to join us for these highly interactive and participatory courses.