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President’s Message – Leah Jaramillo

August 5, 2016 1 comment

Leah JaramilloA few weeks ago, I spent a truly enjoyable evening with friends honoring the great work of the Human Rights Campaign in Utah. Just hours later, I woke to find that the worst mass shooting in US history had occurred in a gay nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando. As more information became available, I began to wonder how the specifics of this event could change the kind of conversations we’ve been having about terrorism, gun-control, religion and human rights in this country. So far, I’ve experienced a range of emotion – sadness, surprise, anger, outrage, confusion, a sense of loss for the victims and their families, hope for the future, and finally determination to make things better.

A hopeful moment in the dialogue surrounding this tragedy surprisingly came from Utah Republican Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox who apologized to the gay community for “not treating them with the kindness, dignity, and respect – the love – that they deserved.” Statements like this give me hope that change is beginning. But, as a P2 practitioner, I believe that all people should be treated with kindness, dignity, and respect – period. Statements like the Lt. Governor’s are appreciated, but I believe what is really needed is a call to action; a call to conversation; a call for the public to participate in decisions affecting Americans.

The issues raised by this tragedy are many, complicated, and intertwined. It is clear to me that some things have to change. Mister (Fred) Rogers said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” Let us, as P2 practitioners, begin to help by getting involved in these difficult conversations, planning inclusive processes, and engaging Americans in difficult topics to open the way prevent future tragedies.

I’m asking each of you to find out what your communities are talking about related to this event and these issues, engage where you can, and share with the IAP2 USA community via our social media feeds, blog, and newsletter. If nothing is happening in your community, let’s help start the conversation. Let’s support our vision to make the U.S. a country where public participation is deeply embedded and widely applied …to improve the quality of our democracy.

President’s Message – Leah Jaramillo

April 25, 2016 Leave a comment

Leah JaramilloI was always told that it was not polite to talk about politics with anyone except family, and even that can be questionable. But, to me elections and voting have always seemed to be the most fundamental processes by which Americans participate in our Democracy (or not).

Given the tenor of recent GOP debates and political rallies, I can only say that the need for well-planned and executed public participation opportunities are growing at an exponential rate. The American public feels entitled to share their opinions on just about any topic and via any platform. Today you can find videos, memes, and posts voicing just about any stance you could think of. But how do we make sense of this information? How does it become more than noise? I firmly believe that IAP2 members have the skills and passion to lead more meaningful conversations about issues that affect people.

I am pleased to be a member of this organization, which can and is helping people lead better processes to build community. We can be the leaders of processes that bring civility back into public discourse and help to unify communities. There are so many new opportunities for public participation across our nation, not just in politics but in the way we interact with others in our communities. Now is a time to reflect inwards in order to build together.

There is no better time to recognize best practices in our field, celebrate and learn from one another. The Core Values Awards committee recently announced new project categories and a new application process. Let’s build on our practice together. Please consider submitting a successful process you have led or been affiliated with for a Core Values Award by June 10. (Applicant Kit)

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From the President, David Hovde

December 17, 2015 Leave a comment

David HovdeGreetings to you from sunny, warm (if you’re inside) and beautiful northeastern Wisconsin!

Like many of you, I find that the last few weeks of December provide a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the previous year. This December is surely no exception.

For me, December 31 will mark the end of five years of service on the Board of IAP2 USA – the last one as the organization’s president. It has truly, been a privilege and an honor to serve IAP2 USA and its members.

Special thanks to Doug Zenn, director, past president and Federation representative, and to Lance Robertson, director and past Federation representative, who also finish out their respective terms on the board at the end of this year.

IAP2 USA has surely had a fair amount of success over the past several years. This past year, in particular, has been especially successful in light of a number of important achievements, including:

  • Membership is up sharply and continues to trend in that direction.
  • Our first Skills Symposium, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Next year’s event is scheduled for February in San Diego, California. Registration is open now, by the way.
  • The (pilot) Certification process, resulting in three IAP2 USA members – John Godec, Doug Sarno and Steven Wolf – each receiving the designation of Master Certified Public Participation Professional. Congratulations to each of them, too!
  • A “sold out” North American Conference in Portland, Oregon. Next year’s conference will be held in September in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. We hope to see you there!

Let me be the first to say – and say loudly – that the successes of IAP2 USA have not been because of me. (In fact, I’ve often thought that they have come about in spite of me.) Rather, our successes and other achievements are to the full credit of the whole of the board of directors and more than ever the staff — Yeah for Amelia Shaw, Jennifer Armstrong and Janice Boggs!the Chapters, the committees, the task forces, the many other volunteers, members and friends of IAP2 USA! It is each of you – individually and collectively – who help to sustain, grow, and move the organization forward.

So, congratulations on your success, and thank you very much for your energy, your enthusiasm, your ideas, your creativity and your help! I encourage you to continue to support IAP2 USA with your time, your energy and your involvement in the years ahead. They promise to be good ones.

Happy Holidays to all!

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Join the IAP2 USA Board!

November 2, 2015 Leave a comment

Are you interested in advancing public participation in the U.S.? Do you want to help other passionate P2 professionals improve their work? If so, IAP2 USA needs you!

IAP2 USA is about helping one another, and that starts with a strong Board of Directors.

Nominations are now open.

For more information on what is needed and what could be required of you please take a look at the Nominations Information Package.

In particular, the following skills or experience are needed:

  • Financial management
  • Communications
  • Strategic marketing
  • Collaboration and Outreach
  • Governance and administration
  • International relations (IAP2 experience required)

We hope that you will consider becoming a Board member. It can be a very rewarding experience. To nominate yourself please fill in the nomination form and send it to – subject heading “Nomination Application”.

For more information, please contact David Hovde, President, IAP2 USA or Amelia Shaw, Executive Manager, IAP2 USA at

Deadline for applications is Friday, November 6th. Elections (if required) start November 16th.

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President’s Message – From David Hovde

October 8, 2015 Leave a comment

David Hovde, PresidentGreetings from northeast Wisconsin – I hope this finds you enjoying the first days of autumn wherever you find yourself!

I feel a little bit like I’m still “recovering” from the IAP2 North American Conference – but in a good way. For the 360 or so of you who were in Portland for all or part of the conference, I think you know what I’m talking about. The program was fabulous, of course, and I left each session satisfied and (I think) just a little bit smarter than when I went in. And as usual, I managed to meet and talk with many, many wonderful people.

In addition to all of the exciting conference-related activities, there were a number of other events that took place in Portland, including meetings of the IAP2 USA board, the IAP2 Canada board, and the IAP2 Federation board (including representatives from Australasia, Canada, Indonesia, Southern Africa, and the United States). While the board meetings all took place separately, there were many opportunities for “networking” and cooperation.

Speaking of the IAP2 USA board, the election for directors is coming up soon. Please be on the lookout for more information about nominations, the election process and, subsequently, the results. If you’re considering running for a seat on the board, please contact Leah Jaramillo, Amelia Shaw, me, or any other board member for more information. I do hope you’ll consider helping support IAP2 USA through service on the board.

In fact, there are many ways that you can get more directly involved in helping to move the organization forward. There are volunteer opportunities available with numerous committees and other groups that are working on specific initiatives, such as the February’s Skills Symposium, webinars, chapter initiatives, and the annual North American Conference.

And because it’s never too soon to plan ahead, perhaps your Chapter is interested in the possibility of hosting the 2017 conference. If you and some of your IAP2 friends and colleagues would like to help plan and organize it, or support the effort in some other way, I hope that you’ll contact Amelia Shaw or me.

Please note that the 2016 North American Conference is scheduled to be held September 28-30 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I strongly encourage you to “save the dates” now and look for additional information about this event between now and then.

In any case, I hope to see you there!

President’s Message from David Hovde

July 27, 2015 Leave a comment

David Hovde, President

Greetings from Wisconsin!

If you’ve ever lived in the upper Midwest and/or northern climes in the U.S., you’ve either heard or said that there are really only two seasons – winter and road construction. The good news is that it can’t keep me from the good news, so here goes:

After a period of inactivity, the Georgia chapter of IAP2 is in a period of “renewal.” The first big step back toward being an active chapter is due to a dedicated and energetic group of folks who’ve organized a kick-off mixer scheduled for August 5. If you’re anywhere near the neighborhood, or if you’ve been thinking of taking a trip before summer is over, I encourage you to consider attending! Click here for more information.

There’s also a lot of new energy and enthusiasm about IAP2 USA in southern California! If you’re interested in learning more – or in participating in upcoming events – please contact Kit Cole at or call or text 818-822-6378. Or attend one of their upcoming events such as an informal get-together at the O Hotel or “Turbo Charge Your Efforts with Social Media”.

If you’ve been wondering when IAP2 USA would develop and offer a professional certification program, wonder no longer.

The pilot for the new professional certification program will launch in September this year, offering a 2-level certification award: Certified Public Participation Professional and Master Certified Public Participation Professional. Credentials are awarded upon completion and evaluation of a 3-step assessment of candidates, based on 5 core competencies that were identified through the membership consultation process.

The Certification Task Force (Yeah!) held a special webinar about the process earlier this month; 70 people from the U.S. and Canada participated and learned a lot, including how to apply. Applications are now closed but, we will continue to report out on the process – so look for more information soon.

I know that some of you have been putting off your registration for the 2015 IAP2 North American Conference. (For once, I did not procrastinate.) I encourage you to register as soon as possible for the best rate – the “Early Bird” registration rate is still available through the end of this month.

Click the link for the IAP2 North American Conference Schedule at a Glance. This will be a jam packed Conference with more than 50 sessions, sessions in the field, dynamic keynote speakers, an IAP2 Core Values Award Gala and more. You will need to sign up for the sessions in the field so take a look and get registered.

Speaking of the Core Values Awards, and procrastinating, it is not too early to start thinking about which of your projects might qualify for one of our field’s most prestigious and meaningful awards in 2016. For more information on the Core Values Awards click here and start planning now!

As you’re thinking ahead, keep the 2016 Skills Symposium in mind. Planning for this event is just getting underway, and there are several volunteer opportunities available. If you’d like to help shape this event, please contact Anne Carroll, chair of the Training committee.

Finally, as always, there are ongoing opportunities to help IAP2 USA serve members, advance the practice of public participation, learn and share knowledge and expertise. One important way you can do that is through service on our volunteer board. More information will be share over the coming months; in the meantime, please consider the possibilities.

I hope your summer is still wonderful. Oh, and I’ll see you in Portland in September.

Safe travels!

— David

President’s Message from David Hovde

May 26, 2015 Leave a comment

David Hovde, President

Greetings from Wisconsin –

It’s almost spring here, although I’ve been saying that to myself for several weeks.  In any case, it’s beautiful here right now!

As you know, this spring’s big IAP2 event – the Skills Symposium – is just about to start.  It’s taking place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from May 27 – 31.  You said that you wanted professional development opportunities and in particular advanced training and we heard and delivered.  It will be great, I swear!

Speaking of great, have you made plans to attend the IAP2 North American conference yet?  The Early Bird Ratefor registration is available through July 31, but I encourage you to take care of it well before then.  Deadlines like that have a way of sneaking up on you (O.K., maybe it is just me – but I doubt it)  and I know you don’t want to be left out – or to pay more than you have to – for what promises to be an absolutely fabulous event.  The schedule of programs, session and activities are available by clicking here.   I think it’s fair to say, “It’s impressive!”

I am pleased to let you know that our IAP2 USA Mentorship Pilot Project is now up and running.  We have 9 mentors and 9 mentees ready to embark on their 6 month “sharing and learning” journey.  We will share the results with everyone in December and hope to kick-start the Mentorship Program as a regular member service in January 2016.

Also, if you and/or your colleagues did great work last year, (of course, you did), I encourage you to consider submitting an entry in the Celebration of Excellence – Core Values Awards program.  You and/or your client and your work could be recognized at the conference in Portland in September.

Finally, as Leah also noted in last month’s newsletter, the IAP2 Federation board met in April in Italy.  Among other things that came out of those meetings, a number of decisions were made about how to continue to move IAP2 forward, while offering the greatest value to members.

In the interests of continuous improvement, we feel that it’s appropriate as we approach year 5 of the international Federation to thoughtfully review our governance model and funding structure to determine what adjustments, if any, may be required to ensure continued growth, ongoing sustainability and success.  It is important for Affiliates and members – including you – to have an opportunity to provide their input in the discussion.

To that end over the next several months, each of the Affiliates, including IAP2 USA, will be asking for your feedback on a number of important issues.  I encourage you to participate and share your views!

Another important initiative that’s currently underway is a review of the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation.  On behalf of the IAP2 Federation, IAP2 Canada is taking the lead on this effort.  For more details, read the article in today’s newsletter – and to share your thoughts, please go here.

Clearly, it’s going to be a busy and engaging year!  I encourage you to be a part of it.


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