Congratulations Theresa Gunn, IAP2 USA’s newest Master Certified Public Participation Professional (MCP3)!
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.
A 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.
By Francesca Patricolo and Anne Carroll, IAP2 USA Federation Representatives
On May 10-11, the IAP2 Federation Board met in Jakarta, Indonesia, graciously hosted by IAP2 Indonesia Affiliate presiding member Aldi Muhammad Alizar and held at the offices of Medco Energi. The IAP2 USA Affiliate sent our two Federation board representatives, Anne Carroll from St. Paul, Minnesota and Francesca Patricolo from Portland, Oregon, who participated with members from Canada, Southern Africa, and Australasia (Italy was unable to attend).
The lively and successful meeting covered ways the Affiliates can accelerate our work together to more powerfully support and advance the practice, sustainable investments in that collective work, approving the new train-the-trainer process for the Foundations course, progress on other initiatives in the current work plan, and the ongoing evaluation of progress and renewal of the strategic plan (see summary here).
On the morning following that meeting, Federation board members were honored to participate in an important seminar hosted by IAP2 Indonesia focusing on P2 and how to progress toward the UN’s 2030 sustainable development goals in this rapidly developing country of 260 million people spread over 922 permanently inhabited islands. Presenters and audience members included representatives from the United Nations Development Programme Indonesia, several national ministries and provincial agencies, academia, international private industries, international consulting firms.
Later that day, several of us from the Federation board joined our Indonesian IAP2 members in a meeting with the Dean and a faculty member from the new School of Government and Public Policy to discuss how IAP2 might be able to contribute to their work.
By Lauren Cobb, Southern California Emerging Chapter
Awareness of the need for and commitment to enhancing public engagement has been quietly growing in California for some time. Recently, California’s State Assembly formed its first Select Committee on Civic Engagement, chaired by the Assembly Member for the 13th District, Susan Talamantes Eggman. The committee’s first hearing was held December 18th, 2015 in Sacramento.
Boldly, Assembly Member Eggman convened the second hearing, held on May 13th, in Southern California at the Los Angeles Public Library’s Downtown location. The hearing offered a remarkable opportunity for members of IAP2 USA’s Emerging Southern California Chapter to attend and meet with policymakers and influencers who are thinking and planning for a more engaged California public.
Steve Boilard of the Center for California Studies, who facilitated a lunch discussion at the IAP2 USA 2016 Skills Symposium this past February, and Sarah Rubin of the Institute for Local Government presented on the opening panel describing an overview of civic engagement in California.
Grayce Liu, Director of the Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, and Pete Peterson of the Davenport Institute, who have both supported LA’s emerging chapter from the beginning, presented on the second panel, Local and Neighborhood Efforts, offering their powerful experiences cultivating more involved communities in Los Angeles and California at large, respectively.
The day’s presentations testified to growing awareness and resources in California for supporting improved and expanded civic engagement – both from the Public and from our public servants. If you are interested in seeing the recorded video of the hearing you can view it here and you can follow the efforts of Assembly member Eggman on her website and Facebook page.
Yes, it is that time of year again. It is time to APPLY for the IAP2 USA Core Value Awards: Celebrating the Best in Public Participation.
IAP2 USA’s premier Core Values Awards recognize and encourage projects and organizations that are at the forefront of public participation. The Awards were created to promote excellence, quality and innovation in public participation. Embedding the IAP2 Core Values in organizations and projects that demonstrate leading practice is a key focus for the Awards.
We are pleased to be able to announce that we have some new categories for 2016 thanks to the feedback we received from you. So please consider applying for the :
2016 Core Values Awards: Categories
- Project of the Year
- General Project
- Project exemplifying attention to Diversity, Culture and Inclusion – New in 2016
- Project demonstrating Creativity and Innovation – New in 2016
- Research in Public Participation
- Organization Exemplifying Participation
We are always amazed at the caliber of the work that is done both here in the U.S. and around the world. Learn more about the 2015 U.S. winners and check out the international 2015 Showcase. THIS COULD BE YOU IN 2016!
Winners will be announced at the Core Values Awards Gala at the North American Conference in Montreal, Canada, September 29, 2016.
So not only do we have some new award categories but, we are also shaking up the process of applying. We have heard from several of you that BEFORE you put in the time and energy to fill in the application you would like to know if your project would be eligible. So if you are wondering about this we encourage you to send us a short LETTER OF INTENT.
However, you are also welcome to skip this process and go directly to the Applicant’s Kit.
Letter of Intent
Please submit a short Letter of Intent (approximately 1 page/450 words) outlining the information below to: IAP2 USA Executive Manager, Amelia Shaw – email@example.com
Deadline for Letter of Intent submissions is – Thursday, April 28th at 4 pm Pacific
By May 11 you will be notified if you have been invited to submit a full application for consideration. The Full Application will be due by Friday, June 10th. Information on the final application is contained in the Applicant’s Kit.
What is required in the Letter of Intent?
- Please describe your public participation project and/or your team/organization*. What were the topics or issues under consideration? Who was involved in planning, implementation and evaluation? What were the primary outcomes and how did you measure success? (250 words max)
- The primary goal of the Core Values Awards is to recognize excellence in projects that clearly demonstrate and advance all of the IAP2 (USA) Core Values in public participation. For this letter, please select two of the Core Values and describe how your project/team/organization exemplified these values. (200 words max) (Please keep in mind, if invited to submit a full application you will need to address all of the Core Values).
* Project and team/organization for project based awards and team/organization for the organizational award.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
IAP2 USA Skills Symposium, February 21-25, 2016 in San Diego
|We have enjoyed speaking with many of you over the last few weeks about the Symposium and it has been great to see so many registrations – YEAH! But, we are also aware that some of you still have to make the case, whether to justify your personal expense or to convince an employer that you should be attending. We’ve provided quite a bit of information—check out all of the course information by clicking on the “Learn More” links on the website—but we want to do more. So, we have gone back out to our trainers and requested some additional materials. We are still getting trainer updates, but wanted to share what we have received (below).
PLEASE NOTE: Our Symposium courses do have a minimum and maximum registration. We will be reviewing all registrations at the end of day on January 22 to determine which courses will proceed. If you have a course you want to take, don’t delay–register now, even if you have to pay a little later.
DEADLINE FOR SYMPOSIUM HOTEL RATES: The deadline for the Symposium at the Bahia Resort Hotel is almost here. January 22 is the last day to get the IAP2 USA rate of $139/night. If you think that you will be joining us make sure to book your room as soon as possible. Don’t forget, the Bahia is offering these great rates before and after the Symposium—so do a little work and a little relaxing!
|Designing as if Stakeholders Matter
In our first video segment, course developer Anne Carroll provides an overview of how Designing as if Stakeholders Matter will help you learn how to design meaningful engagement projects that successfully reach out to and hear from the full spectrum of stakeholders for that project.
Dialogue Partners consultant Erin Pote shares how More Tools for your Community Involvement Toolbox will give you innovative new tools and techniques to use in your P2 practice.
|IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation
IAP2 Licensed trainer Barbara Chappell shares how the IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation course will help you design engagement processes to bring communities and decision makers together in effective ways.
|Emotion, Outrage & Public Participation will
Course developer Stephanie McCallum describes how Emotion, Outrage & Public Participation will help you move people from rage to reason and engage stakeholders in building consensus for better decisions.
|The Skills Symposium is fast approaching. Don’t miss out on this fabulous lineup of training opportunities!|
Core Value Awards Update– Review Underway
The 2014 Core Value Awards are in full swing, with submittals under review and announcements of winners to be made in Winnipeg at the IAP2 North America Conference Core Values Awards Gala, September 30, 2014. Three categories of awards are under review: project of the year; organization of the year; and research.
Our judging panel includes seasoned practitioners with many years of experience and research expertise. They bring great wisdom and insight to this volunteer work. We are appreciative of the hours of service by: Dr. Jim Creighton, Mike Huggins, Lewis Michelson, Joel Mills, and Dr. Marty Rozelle,
The tradition of Core Value Awards is an opportunity to highlight the leading work in the field. Applicants assess their efforts along each of the seven IAP2 core values, indicating how their project, organization or research meets these standards. As noted by IAP2 International, the Core Values were developed to “identify those aspects of public participation which cross national, cultural, and religious boundaries.”
Winners of the IAP2-USA awards are entered into the competition for the IAP2 International awards.
Core Values for the Practice of Public Participation
- Public participation is based on the belief that those who are aﬀected by a decision have a right to be involved in the decision-making process.
- Public participation includes the promise that the public’s contribution will inﬂuence the decision.
- Public participation promotes sustainable decisions by recognizing and communicating the needs and interests of all participants, including decision makers.
- Public participation seeks out and facilitates the involvement of those potentially aﬀected by or interested in a decision.
- Public participation seeks input from participants in designing how they participate.
- Public participation provides participants with the information they need to participate in a meaningful way.
Public participation communicates to participants how their input affected the decision.