|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
|If you are experienced in delivering P2…|
|Social Media and P2
|IAP2 Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation
|Designing for Diversity
|Building the Trust for Civil Communication
|Evaluating & Measuring P2
|If you have been delivering good P2 for quite a while…|
|When Things Go Sideways
|Wherever you are in your P2 learning journey, plan to join us for these highly interactive and participatory courses.|
Are you looking to hone your P2 skills?
To supplement the book Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy, Matt Leighninger, former IAP2 USA Board Member and Director of Public Engagement at Public Agenda, and co-author Tina Nabatchi outline 10 skills and capacities foundational to deeper and broader public participation at the Public Agenda blog.
In this Series
Part 1: Ten Key Talents for Better Public Participation – These skills and capacities – or talents – can contribute to a system where public engagement processes, tools and technologies are not just “civic hacks.” Rather, they are qualities and characteristics of a political system in which people have a wide variety of ways to participate on a broader range of issues and decisions, June 22, 2016.
Part 2: Building Coalitions and Networks – Finding and connecting with other potential participation leaders, and strengthening those relationships in coalitions and networks, is an important step in planning and sustaining public participation, June 28, 2016.
Part 3: Cultural Competence and Engaging Youth – In both coalition building and recruitment, participation leaders should think explicitly about youth involvement. Engaging young people can galvanize all kinds of public participation efforts, July 6, 2016.
Part 4: Recruiting Participants – Participation is more likely to benefit the community as a whole when it involves a broad cross-section of the community. And interactions will be more lively and rewarding when there is a diverse mix of participants. In this case, diversity not only means demographic diversity, but also diversity of views, perspectives, backgrounds and experiences, July 12, 2016.
Part 5: Communicating About Participation – While the media landscape has changed dramatically in the last decade, some basic communication skills are useful whether one is working with traditional media organizations, such as newspapers and television and radio stations, or new media organizations, including hyperlocal and purely online outlets, July 19, 2016.
Part 6: Managing Conflict – Although public participation projects rarely include formal conflict resolution processes, a general sense of how to manage conflict can be invaluable for building coalitions and facilitating meetings, July 25, 2016.
Part 7: Providing Information and Options: Issue Framing – Getting people to the table is not sufficient for improved public participation. The table must also be set in a way that gives citizens more of what they want (problem solving, civility and community) and treats them like adults in the process. This requires participation leaders to think more deeply about how to provide information and describe options, August 1, 2016.
Part 8: Providing Information and Options: Sequencing Discussions and Writing Discussion Materials – Many participation processes require some kind of agenda or guide that establishes a helpful, flexible structure for addressing a particular issue or problem. From years of experimentation, a successful sequence has emerged for these kinds of guides and the discussions they support, August 9, 2016.
Part 9: Managing Discussions, Blog 1 of 3: Facilitating Face-to-Face Groups – The basic definition of “facilitate” is to make easy or easier. Within the context of public participation, the word facilitate means to lead (and make easier) a group discussion. This is done, for example, by guiding conversations, asking questions, mediating between opposing viewpoints, ensuring that all participants’ views are heard, reflecting and summarizing what is said, following the agenda and keeping time. The facilitator’s main task is to create a safe environment where each participant feels comfortable expressing ideas and responding to those of others, August 15, 2016.
Part 10: Managing Discussions, Blog 2 of 3: Recording and Online Moderation – Ensuring that participant interactions work well for everyone requires a number of key skills centered on managing discussions, including facilitating face-to-face groups, recording, moderating online forums, setting ground rules and giving feedback, August 22, 2016.
Part 11: Managing Discussions, Blog 3 of 3: Ground Rules and Feedback – Today, we close out our exploration of managing discussions with two critical skills: establishing ground rules and providing feedback, August 30, 2016.
Part 12: Helping Participants Generate and Evaluate Ideas – A common practice in all kinds of participation settings is generating, refining, evaluating and ranking ideas. Two skills are particularly helpful for supporting these activities: brainstorming and visioning to generate ideas, and using ABC standards to evaluate ideas, September 6, 2016.
August 2015 IAP2 Learning Webinar: “Meet the Authors – Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy”
Registration is now open for the 2016 IAP2 North American Conference! The Conference will take place September 28-30, 2016, at the Sofitel in Montréal. As anyone who has been to previous Conferences (Halifax, Salt Lake City, Winnipeg, and Portland) can tell you, it’s an invaluable opportunity to learn from one another, meet old friends, make new ones and applaud the best in the business at the Core Values Awards.
Register now and get a SERIOUS discount on the regular price: until July 1, members (including international members) pay $550.00 while non-members pay $700. After July 1, those rates go up to $700 and $850, respectively. Full-time students pay $300 any time. PLEASE NOTE: All prices are in Canadian dollars – a significant savings given the strength of the US dollar. As well, you will need a special code to register as a member so please contact email@example.com for that code.
Your registration includes:
- Welcome Reception, Wed. Sept. 28
- All sessions, continental breakfast and lunch, Sept. 29 & 30
- Core Values Awards Gala Dinner, Thursday, Sept. 29
You also qualify for the special Conference rate at Sofitel: CDN$189/night, which can also be applied to an extended stay, so you can enjoy even more time in Montréal!
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!|
Join trainers Barbara Chappell & Alan Beattie for one or both of the IAP2 flagship public participation courses.
The experience can be transformative.
“This is valuable training for anyone working in the Communications/Public Relations industry because so much of this knowledge is assumed or taken-for-granted, especially by decision-makers. This course applies a professional rigour and framework to these endeavours that can help either avert disaster or maximise outcomes.”
—Course participant, December 2015
“By far the best training I have attended in my 17-year public service career.”
—Course participant, May 2015
The Planning module includes theory sessions to help participants develop an understanding of public participation and prepare them for the application of the theory to practice.
The Techniques module breaks down specific methods including World Café, Interviews, Revolving Conversations, Deliberation, and Advisory Groups. You’ll leave armed with a wealth of reference material, IAP2 tip sheets, and the ability to select appropriate procedures for each new project. Planning is a prerequisite to Techniques.
Participants in the Planning Module will learn to:
- Develop an understanding of values based public participation
- Prepare a public participation plan based on a clear understanding of the decision under consideration and the role the public may play in the decision process
- Develop an understanding of how to set engagement and communication objectives and assess the associated risks
- Develop an awareness of a range of public participation techniques
- Determine how to select techniques to meet engagement and communication objectives
- Review, monitor and improve public participation practices
Participants in the Techniques Module will learn to:
- Understand key characteristics of a wide variety of traditional and emerging techniques and technologies
- Asses and select techniques to meet identified public participation objectives
- Modify and combine techniques to meet various objectives and circumstances
- Determine the skills and resources needed to use different techniques effectively
Participants will receive a certificate of course completion.
Learn to design and implement inclusive engagement processes!
Inclusion matters, but many of us didn’t learn how to “do” inclusive engagement and are learning on the fly. This is your chance to get caught up with authentic best practices to improve your reach and results.
Join Anne Carroll, co-owner of Carroll Franck & Associates and IAP2 USA board member, for a two-day exploration of designing public engagement processes with stakeholders at the center.
You’ll have the opportunity to:
- Become aware of the spectrum of diversity and understand what happens when engagement doesn’t account for that dimensionality
- 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
- Explore underrepresentation, how to recognize and explain it, and what to do to correct it
- Develop ethical and effective approaches and techniques for supporting and engaging diverse participants
- Gain experience in stakeholder identification and appropriate participation tools
- Understand how to evaluate and redesign during implementation
- Know how to carry forward into their work the learnings that emerge from this session
Add inclusive design to your public participation toolbox to create public participation projects with reach and results!