IAP2

In this issue...

·  Call for Authors

·  IAP2 Survey, Public Participation Practitioner's Goals

·  IAP2 Certificate Training Offered Across Canada in 2007

·  Industry News

·  IAP2 Bookstore

·  IAP2 Training Calendar

·  IAP2 Thanks its Gold Partner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message From the President

February 2007


Scott Russell

Our able staff encounters many challenges as they go about the daily business of IAP2. Not the least of these is getting me to submit my monthly eNews update on time (a task on which I failed miserably this month). I’m earnest in my desire to meet my monthly deadline, but you might consider saying a little prayer for Erin, the IAP2 staff member responsible for eNews, who has the unenviable task of prodding me to sit down and write something, ANYTHING, so they can get the eNews out on a regular basis. Now, as the month nears its end, and with the diplomatic but persistent prodding of Erin, I am sitting down to reflect on the month past. And what a month it was. Last month I indicated that I looked forward to working with my fellow board members to in the coming year to grow our international presence and improve member and chapter services. I am happy to say that February was an active month for both of these initiatives.

Growing Our International Presence

In early February, I had the privilege of representing IAP2 at meetings in London, Paris, and Brussels. In London, my fellow board member Geoff Fagan and I met with a very committed group of public participation practitioners who have been actively engaged in a discussion of how to form a stronger IAP2 presence in the United Kingdom. It was energizing to be with this group and I’m confident that we will see significant growth in IAP2 in the UK. We were joined at that meeting by a good friend of IAP2, Chris Chopyak of Alchemy: the art of transforming business ( www.link2alchemy.com). Chris, who recently relocated from Denver to London, was our graphic recorder at our Montreal conference this past November and she was kind enough to provide similar services at our London meeting.

In Paris, I met with directors of Décider Ensemble, an organization that has been established to promote the practice of public participation and community engagement in France. I look forward to continuing a dialogue with this remarkable group and exploring how IAP2 might partner with them to advance our shared commitment to effective participatory practices.

I ended the week by traveling to Brussels where board member Geoff Fagan and I met with Gerrit Rauws, director of the King Baudouin Foundation. Gerrit and the King Baudouin Foundation are funding and organizing an amazing series of citizens’ consultations to discuss the future of Europe (www.european-citizens- consultations.eu). We will no doubt report more on this in the future, but clearly Gerrit and the King Baudouin Foundation are making substantial contributions to the development of the European Union and the improvement of participatory practices around the globe. Their’s will be a project to watch closely.

For me, this week abroad reinforced what we as a board have talked about for years – that partnerships and presence in the European Union is a critical part of putting the “I” in IAP2. We will continue to develop our relationships in Europe and I hope to be able to report on more progress over the next several months.

Improving Chapter and Member Services

Upon returning home from Europe, I had just enough time to unpack before heading off to a meeting of the IAP2 board of directors (luckily just around the corner from my home in Colorado). We spent a great deal of time at this board meeting discussing the bright future of IAP2 and how we could invest our resources and align our organization to provide our members with the greatest value possible while making the most of the opportunities before us. I will report more on the outcomes of this meeting in my next eNews column, but I will say today that we realigned our board around what we believe to be the critical areas of our success. First on the list of these areas was Membership and Chapter Services. We recognized at this meeting that if IAP2 is to continue to grow and that if we are to continue to count as our members the best and brightest in the field of public participation, we must continue to improve our services and enhance the value of your membership. We also recognized that while the board and staff had a substantial impact on your membership experience, we acknowledged the more important reality that your chapter is often the place where most of your IAP2 experience occurs. We know that we have to do a better job supporting chapters in their delivery of the IAP2 experience to our members.

We will be engaging members and chapter leaders in the coming months to explore how we can work together to make IAP2 an indispensable partner in your professional life. As I mentioned, I will report more on this initiative next month, but in the interim I want to invite your feedback on your IAP2 experience. What can IAP2 do to provide a richer membership experience for you? What types of activities or services could IAP2 or its chapters provide to ensure that you are a member for life? I can assure you that we are interested and will be responding in substantive ways to your feedback. Please send your thoughts to srussell@hntb.com . One note on e-mailing me – periodically my corporate filter kicks back messages for no apparent reason. If your e-mail gets returned or you don’t hear from me within 24 hours, please use my back-up e- mail at ks3russell@comcast.net.

And Speaking of Member Services

In the next few weeks, you should be receiving a “Save the Date” postcard for the annual gathering of IAP2 members. As will be reported in greater detail in the not-so-distant future, IAP2’s annual event will take a different form this year. Rather than the traditional conference format, we will be organizing a “Skills Symposium.” The event, which will be the week of November 12 in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, will weave together a wide selection of cutting-edge training and skill development programs with opportunities for international dialogue and sharing. I believe it will be a great event and a valued part of your membership experience. Please stay tuned and plan on joining us in the American West in November.

As always, I want to close with one final call for your feedback. You are an absolutely essential partner in IAP2 and you can be a major influence on your IAP2 experience. As a board of directors, we are here to serve you and we rely on your guidance and your feedback. Thank you for your time, for your commitment and your trust.


Scott Russell, 2007 IAP2 President


Call for Authors

IAP2 is accepting article submissions for Participation Quarterly. Upcoming topics and deadlines are listed below. Please email your article submission to the IAP2 office at erin@iap2.org

May 2007:
Emergency Public Information: Engaging & Informing the Public
Deadline: March 1, 2007

August 2007:
Performance Evaluation: Improving the Practice and monitoring our Progress
Deadline: June 1, 2007

November 2007:
Appreciate Inquiry
Deadline: September 1, 2007

Although each issue of PQ tries to reflect the chosen theme, other topics will always be considered.

Become more involved in the association!


IAP2 Survey, Public Participation Practitioner's Goals

Researchers from Michigan State University, in coordination with the IAP2 Research Committee, have been surveying the goals of IAP2 members. MSU will continue to collect responses through early March. If you have not yet completed the survey but would like to participate in the study, please visit the following link:

http://espp.msu.edu/ppsurvey/


IAP2 Certificate Training Offered Across Canada in 2007

The “Canadian Training Collective”, a group of licensed IAP2 trainers, has joined together to offer the IAP2 certificate training in cities across Canada in 2007. The entire certificate, made up of three courses – Planning for Effective Public Participation, Communications for Effective Public Participation and Tools and Techniques for Public Participation – will be offered six times in 2007, in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Halifax, Toronto, Whitehorse and Vancouver. “Working together as a team means that students receive a diversity of experience, perspective and background from the different trainers, and offering it in different locations over the course of the year makes for a rich variety of students in the classes” said Gay Robinson, IAP2 trainer from Calgary. The brochure and registration form are posted on the IAP2 website.


Industry News

The Alchemist Toolkit

The Alchemist Toolkit provides the self-directed strategic planning and visual mapping resources you need to effect a transformational change --- including a step-by-step guide, 4-foot by 8-foot graphic wall map template and colored pens to capture your team’s innovative thinking and goals.

SHARE THE KNOWLEDGE. The Alchemist Toolkit works because you and your team create it! Invite new teams and colleagues to draw a new map to translate your collective ideas, vision, action plans and decisions into reality.

For more information please
click here.

CIPAST Training Workshop, June 17-21, 2007, Naples, Italy

In recent years, quite a few experiences of public participation in science and technology have taken place in European countries. Also, within the European ‘Science and Society Action Plan’, more active public participation is identified as one of the key ways for improving the relationships between science and society. However, this did not lead to global learning process yet since such experiences were conducted using a variety of contexts, problems and participatory processes. It is now necessary to foster organisational learning, dissemination of good practices across institutions and countries, as well as critical self-reflection. The training workshops of the CIPAST consortium are instrumental tools to achieve this objective. They aim at gathering users and stakeholders, as well as researchers interested in participatory methods & procedures.

For more information please click here.

Call for Abstracts - European Ele-Drive Transportation Conference, May 30 - June 1, 2007, Brussels

One of the pillars of the European Commission's policy to lower greenhouse gas emissions from transport and to reduce oil dependency is the strategy on alternative motor fuels to substitute 20% of the fossil fuel by 2020. In this framework, Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles will play an important role. It is vital though, from now on, to be able to define the technologies that lead to technological, environmental and economical acceptable solutions. Exchanges of views between specialists are required to ensure progress and foster synergies in the field. Discussions between scientists, industry and authorities are also needed to make sure that needs and constraints from the ones and the others are well understood and that the most appropriate products and solutions are selected for market introduction.

For more information please click here.

Sustainable Urban Areas International Conference, June 25-28, 2007, Rotterdam

The conference theme is Sustainable Urban Areas. The conference will highlight the many aspects of housing and urban issues in relation to sustainability. Sustainability is a broad concept that can be addressed from many different angles. Attention to all approaches and their interrelationships is the key to a sustainable society. A common arrangement is to distinguish social, economic, spatial and environmental qualities relating to sustainability.

For more information please click here.

Britain Forced to Rethink Nuclear Power Plans After Court Ruling

Britain's High Court has ruled a Government decision to approve plans to build new nuclear power plants was illegal, because public consultations were flawed.

The top court ruled in favour of environmental group Greenpeace, which accused Prime Minister Tony Blair's Government of failing to carry out "the fullest public consulation" before taking a decision last year.

To read more, please click here

Citizen's Guide to the National Environmental Policy Act

The Council on Environmental Quality developed a . This is a guide to help citizens and organizations who are concerned about the environmental effects of federal decision-making to effectively participate in federal agencies' environmental review process under NEPA. CEQ invites comments on the proposed **A Citizen*s Guide to the National Environmental Policy Act- Having your Voice Heard** that is available from CEQ or at www.NEPA.gov in the Current Developments section. Written comments should be submitted on or before March 30, 2007.

Please click here for more information.

2007 Social Impact Assessment (SIA) Training Course Schedule:
March 29-30
Delta Inn Vancouver Airport, Richmond, B.C. Canada. Instructor: Rabel Burdge. Registration is now open:
Go to:
www.socialimpactassess ment.net/SIAcourseMarch07Vancouver.htm

June 3-4
COEX Convention Center in Seoul, Korea in conjunction with the annual meeting of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) June 2-9, 2007. Registration is now open. Rabel Burdge and Nick Taylor Instructors.
Go to:
www.socialimpactassessme nt .net/IAIA2007SeoulSIAcourse.htm

June 17-22
Marriott Hotel at Park City, Utah (USA) in conjunction with the 13th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) June 17-22, 2007. Registration is now open. Rabel Burdge Instructor.
Go to:
www.socialimpactassessment.net/ S IAcourseISSRM07.htm

August 23-24
Eco-Centre building on the Griffith University campus in Nathan, Brisbane, Australia. Registrations begins May 1, 2007. Instructors: Rabel Burdge and Roy Rickson.
Go to:
www.socialimpactassessment.net/ A ustraliaSIAcourse.htm

August 21-22
Melbourne City, Australia—venue is yet to be determined. Registration begins May 1, 2007. Instructors are Rabel Burdge and Roy Rickson.
Go to:
www.socialimpactassessment.net/ A ustraliaSIAcourse.htm

October 18-19
In Downtown Washington, D.C. (USA). A venue has yet to be selected. Registration begins July 15, 2007. Instructor: Rabel Burdge.
Go to:
www.socialimpactassessme nt. net/WashingtonDCSIAcourse.htm

For details go to:
www.socialimpactassessment.net/20 0 7siacourses.htm and scroll down to your preferred date. Includes links to outlines for each course.


Appreciative Inquiry SummitIAP2 Bookstore

Buy One, Get One Free! (Applies to Appreciative Inquiry Books Only)

*Quantities are limited, to order please contact Erin at the IAP2 office, 303-451-5945 or erin@iap2.org.

The Appreciative Inquiry Summit - James D. Ludema, Diana Whitney, Bernard J. Mohr & Thomas J. Griffin
$29.95
Over the past decade, Appreciative Inquiry (AI) has rapidly emerged as one of the most significant advances in the field of organization development and change. This book is the first to provide a comprehensive practitioner’s guide to the AI Summit – the preferred method when applying whole-scale change to large groups.


Power of Appreciative Inquiry

The Power of Appreciative Inquiry: A Practical Guide to Positive Change - Diana Whitney & Amanda Trosten-Bloom
$27.95
Appreciative Inquiry—a wildly popular new approach to organizational change—dramatically improves performance by encouraging people to study, discuss, learn from, and build on what’s working, rather than simply trying to fix what’s not.


IAP2 Training Calendar

February 2007

Edmonton, AB, Canada
February 27-28, Planning for Effective Public Participation

March 2007

Portland, Oregon, USA
March 1-2, Planning for Effective Public Participation
March 21-22, Techniques for Effective Public Participation
March 23, Communications for Effective Public Participation

Sydney, Australia
March 6-7, Planning for Effective Public Participation
March 8, Communications for Effective Public Participation
March 20-21, Techniques for Effective Public Participation
March 22, Evaluation of Public Participation

Halifax, NS Canada
March 19-20, Planning for Effective Public Participation
March 21, Communications for Effective Public Participation
March 22-23, Techniques for Effective Public Participation

Minnesota, USA
March 26-27, Planning for Effective Public Participation
March 28-29, Techniques for Effective Public Participation

Tempe, Arizona, USA
March 28, Communications for Effective Public Participation

Brisbane, Australia
March 28-29, Planning for Effective Public Participation
March 30, Communications for Effective Public Participation

April 2007

San Diego, California, USA
April 2-3, Planning for Effective Public Participation

Tempe, Arizona, USA
April 2-3, Techniques for Public Participation

Wellington, New Zealand
April 2-3, Planning for Effective Public Participation
April 4, Communications for Effective Public Participation
April 23-24, Techniques for Effective Public Participation

Cuernavaca, Mexico
April 16-17, Planning for Effective Public Participation (Spanish)
April 18, Communications for Effective Public Participation (Spanish)
April 19-20, Techniques for Effective Public Participation (Spanish)

Brisbane, Australia
April 19-20, Techniques for Effective Public Participation

Calgary, AB, Canada
April 23-24, Planning for Effective Public Participation
April 25, Communications for Effective Public Participation
April 26-27, Techniques for Effective Public Participation

May 2007

Hobart, Australia
May 1-2, Planning for Effective Public Participation
May 3, Communications for Effective Public Participation
May 15-16, Techniques for Effective Public Participation

Winnipeg, MB Canada
May 7-8, Planning for Effective Public Participation
May 9, Communications for Effective Public Participation
May 10-11, Techniques for Effective Public Participation

June 2007

Toronto, ON Canada
June 18-19, Planning for Effective Public Participation
June 20, Communications for Effective Public Participation
June 21-22, Techniques for Effective Public Participation

Perth, Australia
June 6-7, Planning for Effective Public Participation
June 8, Communications for Effective Public Participation
June 19-20, Techniques for Effective Public Participation
June 21, Evaluation for Public Participation

Alexandria, Virginia USA
June 11-12, Planning for Effective Public Participation
June 13, Communications for Effective Public Participation
June 14-15, Techniques for Effective Public Participation

July 2007

Adelaide, Australia
July 3-4, Planning for Effective Public Participation
July 5, Communications for Effective Public Participation
July 17-18, Techniques for Effective Public Participation

September 2007

Melbourne, Australia
September 4-5, Planning for Effective Public Participation
September 6, Communications for Effective Public Participation
September 18-19, Techniques for Effective Public Participation
September 20, Evaluation for Public Participation

Brisbane, Australia
September 9-10, Planning for Effective Public Participation

Alexandria, VA, USA
September 17-18, Planning for Effective Public Participation
September 19, Communications for Effective Public Participation
September 20-21, Techniques for Effective Public Participation


IAP2 Thanks its Gold Partner

Southern Nevada Water Authority, Gold Partner
IAP2 has been fortunate to have the Southern Nevada Water Authority as a Gold Partner for the past 5 years. The Authority is a cooperative agency formed in 1991 to address Southern Nevada's unique water needs on a regional basis. Southern Nevada Water Authority officials are charged with managing the region's water resources and providing for Las Vegas Valley area residents' and businesses' present and future water needs. For more information about the Southern Nevada Water Authority, please visit their Web site at www.snwa.com.


 

 

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