December 14, 2016
Social Media & P2
As the public demands a greater say in decisions that affect them, social media is providing a way of casting the net wider and deeper to make sure as many voices are heard as possible. But how do you sort through this ever-changing technology? Is it the cure-all, a replacement for good-ol’ face-to-face engagement? Susanna Haas Lyons gives us a clinic in figuring out how, when and why to use the vast range of digital engagement tools that are out there.
20 September 2016
P2 & Decision Makers
We often look at P2 from the practitioners’ point of view, but in the September webinar, we brought together three politicians who have embraced P2 and IAP2 principles in their decision-making process.
10 August 2016
IAP2 Research White Papers — “Conflict Management” and “Evaluating P2 Processes”
They’re two questions that often nag at P2 professionals: how to manage conflict and how to determine how effective a process is. The first White Papers commissioned by the IAP2 Canada Research Committee tackled those issues. Kate Nelischer, author of “Conflict Management and Public Participation”, and Karen Zypchyn, who wrote the paper on Evaluation, led the discussion on August 9.
12 June 2016
The New Face of Indigenous Engagement
More and more, public entities and P2 practitioners alike are recognizing the importance of bringing Indigenous voices into processes. With the United Nations making its Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Persons, what effect does that have on public participation? Do IAP2 principles align with those of UNDRIP?
Bob Joseph is the founder of Indigenous Corporate Training, Inc., in Port Coquitlam, BC, and will present this webinar on the way Indigenous engagement is changing. He’ll be joined by Anne Harding, Indigenous engagement specialist with Suncor. During the webinar, you will learn more about this area that is sure to touch many in the P2 profession, one way or another.
12 April 2016
2015 Core Values Award Winners – part 2: PROJECTS OF THE YEAR
Here’s another opportunity to learn from the best in the business: two honorees at the 2015 IAP2 Core Values Awards for Canada and the USA.
Jeff Cook of Beringia Community Planning in North Vancouver, BC, was honoured for Indigenous Engagement and overall Project of the Year for “Working It Out Together”. This was an effort to develop a “home-grown” solution to problems of mental health and youth suicide on the Pikangikum First Nation in northwestern Ontario.
Joining Jeff will be Dana Lucero, who led engagement for the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project for Metro, the Portland, Oregon area regional government. The project will connect Portland and Gresham, Oregon’s fourth-largest city, with bus rapid transit running through widely-ethnically-diverse neighborhoods. Engagement methods included empowering diverse community members to serve on the decision-making body, multilingual in-person and online engagement and collaboration with community based organizations to expand participation in culturally relevant ways. Metro was honored as USA Project of the Year at the 2015 IAP2 Core Values Awards.
8 March 2016
Favourites from Portland 2015: Engagement Triangle and Innovative Visual Public Engagement from Its Geek to Me
There were so many great sessions at the Portland Conference last September, and we’re excited to feature two presenters who were extremely popular: Engagement Triangle and Innovative Visual Public Engagement from “It’s Geek to Me.”
Amy Hubbard, one of Australia’s most recognised stakeholder engagement consultants, will tell us about the Engagement Triangle, a tool to help identify the desired outcomes of community engagement based on the overarching objectives of informing decisions, building capacity and strengthening relationships. You’ll get a chance to see how this spatial tool translates into your own projects.
And scientific and technical explanations may be a necessary part of conveying needed information to the public, but if the language is incomprehensible or just plain dull, how will people be properly informed? Kalin Schmoldt of JLA Public Involvement will discuss how to get around the limitations of the human brain to convey difficult technical concepts, and sometimes, you just have to go low-tech to get the point across.
9 February 2016
Participatory Budgeting and the Balancing Act
This month, IAP2 joined forces with the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation in our monthly webinar. The NCDD’s Tech Tuesday features the platform Balancing Act – a tool for learning about the choices elected officials face as they create budgets.
The tool allows participants to set budgets according to their own priorities and preferences, BUT they also have to balance spending and revenue. Balancing Act brings people and government officials closer together in an informed conversation about what priorities are in everyone’s best interests. This online tool also has a special application for participatory budgeting projects.
Presenting on this webinar is Chris Adams, President of Engaged Public, which developed Balancing Act.
13 January 2016
Core Values Awards Winners – part 1
Have you ever been faced with a situation where people are uncertain about — or even hostile towards — a P2 process? Have you felt like you’re fighting the Establishment — even when you’re working for the Establishment? This Webinar will look at two organisations which did just that — and came out ahead.
The City of Victoria and the St Vrain Valley Public School District, based in Longmont, Colorado, won the 2016 IAP2 Core Values Awards for Organisation of the Year, and they will join us on January 13 to share how they accomplished their goals, going through rapid and radical transformations in their respective cultures in the process.
The City of Victoria was honoured for “Foundations for Success”, a project that took the City from a “no-engagement” culture to one that features a diverse team of engagement experts not just in the department but throughout the organisation. Through focus groups, pop-up sessions, internal “great ideas sessions” and plain-language communications tools, the transformation has happened in just under a decade.
The St Vrain Valley Public School District, based in Longmont, Colorado, received the nod from IAP2 USA fore “Embracing Public Participation: a whole-systems approach to organisational change”. The District (which also won “Research Project of the Year” honours in 2014) promotes a program of engaging parents and ordinary citizens in planning educational services. In so doing, district administrators had to overcome resistance from “legacy staff” — professionals in the field who tended to discount the involvement of non-professionals.
What approaches did they use? What new ground did they break? How did they address concerns and prejudices both internal and external? With the application period opening this spring for the 2016 IAP2 Core Values Awards, this is an excellent opportunity for you to take a look at projects you’re working on, to see how you can “kick it up a notch” and produce an award-winning effort for both yourself and your clients.