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Show Your Support for the Greater Good!

June 21, 2017 Leave a comment

GetToGiving - brandedIAP2 USA and IAP2 Canada are coming together for the second time to help raise funds for our new student scholarship program! The student scholarships help support research in the field, build relationships with universities, and foster the next generation of public engagement leaders.

A Silent Auction will take place on location at the 2017 IAP2 North American Conference in Denver, Colorado Sept. 6 – 8. The theme, “Pursuing the greater good: P2 for a changing world” has already inspired donations of baskets of goodies illustrating the diversity, talents and innovation of our supporters far and wide. Your donation doesn’t have to connect to the conference theme and we welcome all creativity! Read more…

Show North America how we pursue the greater good!

May 31, 2017 Leave a comment

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IAP2 USA and IAP2 Canada are pleased to announce our second joint fundraiser to benefit our new student scholarship programs! The fundraiser will be held at the 2017 IAP2 North American Conference in Denver, Colorado Sept. 6-8 as a silent auction of items donated by chapters, businesses, trainers, board members, and generous attendees like you.

Supporting students encourages student membership, relationships with universities, research in the field, and the ongoing vitality and sustainability of our organization. Thank you for considering supporting this great cause.

The theme, “Pursuing the greater good: P2 for a changing world” has already inspired donations of baskets of goodies illustrating what makes our world good for the unique communities near and far that our contributors hail from. Your donation could be related to the conference theme or anything at all. Having a variety of items for conference attendees to bid on will help make the conference more fun and the fundraiser more of a success. Perhaps your company would like to put something together to gain a little marketing benefit as well. Or perhaps your chapter would like to show North America something special about your area’s culture.

Ready to help? All you need to do is bring your silent auction donation with you to the conference!

But if you want to let us drum up more support and interest, please allow us to give you a shout-out of thanks on our social media! Email a fun photo, info about what you’ll be donating, your social media tags and company logo to Anneliese Apel and we’ll be sure to give you our appreciation!

Thank you so much for your help, we need all of it we can get and truly hope you will bring something to contribute!

Kindest regards,

Francesca Patricolo, IAP2 USA Membership Services Committee

Annie Bierbower, IAP2 Intermountain Chapter

Questions? Contact annelieseIAP2@gmail.com

Congratulations to Victor Tran, the first recipient of the IAP2 USA Scholarship!

May 30, 2017 Leave a comment

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Victor Tran is currently in his first year of Portland State University’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program. Motivated by his own family’s story of immigration to Alberta, Canada where he grew up, Victor was eager to learn more about how urban spaces can help reduce real and perceived barriers for different groups of people. How, in fact, the physical design of environments has direct outcomes on the health, sustainability, and overall quality of life for people.

Victor heard inklings of IAP2 when he was working with a business improvement district in Calgary, but as he dove into his planning studies this winter, IAP2’s connection with what he was learning and the work he hopes to do some day clicked. He joined the IAP2 Cascade Chapter and has been an active member since. He also looked around the PSU campus for opportunities to combine his passion for shaping the built environment and public engagement. What he found was a two-day intensive Public Interest Design (PID) course presented by Design Corps, the SEED Network, and the Center for Public Interest Design.

In order to make this happen, Victor sent in an application for the IAP2 USA scholarship in which he described his passion for public participation and the nexus between the goals of IAP2 and the endeavors of PID. The application evaluation panel called his narrative “a story of passion and commitment” said that his “resume shows growth in positions that he has taken starting from university level sustainability research, to designing education spaces [that] enmesh social justice and sustainability practices for youth… [and] most recently doing the leg work for two small community projects. This growth shows initiative, motivation, and passion.”

In April 2017, Victor attended the PID workshop and learned about all the ways in which design can “serve more than just an aesthetic purpose.” The workshop covered a wide scope of projects that demonstrate a truth that often gets missed: planning anything, whether it’s a park or a recycling facility or the place where the planning workshop is happening is a deeply personal endeavor. And it should be. These plans become physical environments that people interact with every day, and their “design should serve public interest.” Victor knows that what he learns through IAP2 can provide him with a wide variety of “tools for informing design strategies” and determining “how to measure and implement good public participation.”

“P2 is a form of democratizing the system so that ‘professionals’ can level the field and understand the people they’re serving. The goal is to remove as many layers of assumptions and biases as possible.”

Victor looks forward to challenging institutions that don’t do any P2 to really think about how their work is being done and the benefits their work is providing. He hopes that he can get them to think critically about how P2 could be integrated, how their constituency would be impacted by more P2, and what kinds of P2 would be possible. That being said, Victor thinks it’s “healthy to recognize that there’s rarely full consensus since everyone comes in the room with their own preferences and biases.” What’s most important is to “take time to listen and appreciate where everyone is coming from.” To him, “good P2 is being able to extend the conversation beyond the single event.”

Victor says the scholarship was a great opportunity and he is grateful to be able to participate. He enjoyed speaking with the panelists, and learned a lot from each panelists unique background and how they were personally involved with IAP2. He is happy to be able to stay connected with IAP2 panelists who are currently in Portland. He hopes to increase his engagement with IAP2 as time goes on. “The scholarship was a great launch into that world, and I have no doubt there are many more great resources that IAP2 has to provide.”

Your Chance to Show North America What You’re Made Of!

August 25, 2015 Leave a comment

IAP2 USA is pleased to host our first fundraiser to benefit USA student scholarships! The fundraiser will be held at the 2015 IAP2 North American Conference in Portland as a silent auction of items donated by chapters, businesses and generous attendees like you.

scholarshipSupporting students encourages student membership, relationships with universities, research in the field, and the ongoing vitality and sustainability of our organization. Thank you for considering supporting this great cause.

The theme, “What’s Brewing in P2?”, has already inspired donations of bags of coffee beans with mugs and dog treats made with beer. Your donation could be “brewing” related, unique to your geographic community …or anything at all. Having a variety of items for conference attendees to bid on will help make the conference more fun and the fundraiser a greater success. Perhaps your company would like to put something together to gain a little marketing benefit as well. Or perhaps your chapter would like to show North America something special about your local culture.

Ready to help? Email your contribution idea to Darlene Garrett darleneurbangarrett@gmail.com and bring your silent auction donation with you to the conference!

Thank you so much for your help!

Kindest regards,
Francesca Patricolo
IAP2 USA Board Member

Special Free Webinar, March 31 – IAP2 for Students

March 26, 2015 Leave a comment

More and more today, students want to be involved in things that better our world. Being a part of IAP2 provides excellent opportunities to do just that. So we want to hear and learn from you: what do students want to do with IAP2? How can you help? How can things change? What are the opportunities that are available?

Join us Tuesday, March 31, with a special free webinar on IAP2 for Students. Francesca Patricolo, founder of SP2 Affinity Groups (Students for Public Participation) and a member of the IAP2 USA Board, and Anne Harding, President of IAP2 Canada, along with some current student members, will answer questions about student engagement and the benefits of being part of IAP2 on both sides of the border.

More information and to register >>

Categories: Student Services, Webinars

P2 – THE NEXT GENERATION – the IAP2 Student Webinar, March 31

February 22, 2015 Leave a comment

All across the USA, student interest in IAP2 is growing –and it’s no wonder! Savvy students who used IAP2 to network, improve their skills, and land jobs are spreading the word like no other. Practitioners are some of the first to tell us they appreciate the energy and enthusiasm that student members bring to our organizations and that students and practitioners have much to learn from each other.

In this webinar, IAP2 USA and Canada will show students how to take full advantage of their memberships right away. Learn what starting a public participation student group at your university can do for you and how you can get involved with our mentorship programs. That’s right – SPOILER ALERT- IAP2 USA will make a special announcement on the webinar about the launch of their brand new mentorship program in light of Canada’s own success!

Speakers include Francesca Patricolo, founder of SP2 Affinity Groups (Students for Public Participation) and IAP2 USA Board Member, Anne Harding, IAP2 Canada President … and you.  We would love to hear from you about what else IAP2 could do for student members and what you think students could do to help make it happen.

Join us and connect with students across our countries who share our passion for P2. Spread the word to students you know to join us on Tuesday, March 31, 3-4:30pm (Eastern)!

Click here to register.

Categories: Student Services, Webinars

Student & Young Practitioners: Updates

August 18, 2014 1 comment

STUDENTS AND YOUNG PRACTITIONERS – By Francesca Patricolo

The Language of Online Leadership: Gender and Youth Engagement on the Internet

Kim Ferriman, Vanderbilt University

“A widespread fear exists that young people are losing a sense of the importance of community involvement. Youth organizations worry that young people see themselves less and less as stakeholders in public life, take a decreasing responsibility for their communities, and possess a diminished ability to lead and work with others toward common interests (Delli Carpini, 2000; Flanagan, 2004; Lerner, 2004).” 

“These results reassure us that young people can be civically engaged and community minded, while indicating that these concepts themselves may change through contact with the next generation.” 

https://www.communication.northwestern.edu/programs/phd_media_technology_society/publications/Cassell_et_al_2006.pdf

 

Youth Conferences as a Context for Engagement

S. Mark Pancer, Linda Rose-Krasnor, and Lisa Loiselle, Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement

“In this article, we provide a definition and conceptual framework for youth engagement, discuss some of the developmental outcomes associated with engagement, and then describe how youth conferences can foster the engagement process.”

http://www.tgmag.ca/centresnew/files/ypancer_e.pdf