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·  Call for Authors

·  The Deciding Factor Training Course

·  Industry News

·  IAP2 Bookstore

·  IAP2 Training Calendar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message From the President

March 2007


Scott Russell

If any of you feel that life is moving too slowly, commit to writing this brief column once a month. It really makes the time fly. I’m pretty sure that within two hours of hitting “send” on my February update, my March update was already past due. Luckily, as brief as the lull is between one issue and the next, there is still plenty of activity to report.

Training Opportunities In the Weeks Ahead

As you’ll see as you peruse this issue of eNews, there are abundant training opportunities planned over the next several weeks. Whether you are interested in IAP2 Certificate program, an innovative course designed to enhance your ability to make sound decisions, or training in social impact assessment, there will likely be a training opportunity near you in the next few weeks.

One training opportunity that is taking shape at the moment but that is not on the calendar yet is an IAP2 Certificate course that will likely take place at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, in late May. IAP2 board members John Dengate of Australia and Geoff Fagan of Scotland are spearheading this effort. We should have details on dates and course offerings soon, but if you would like to register your interest in this event, please e-mail either John ( john@twyford.com.au) or Geoff ( g.fagan@strath.ac.uk) and they will make sure you get the details hot off the press.

Make Your Choice and Save the Date

The week of November 12 will present an abundance of training and networking opportunities. That week, the first-ever IAP2 Skills Symposium will bring cutting- edge training programs from across the field to Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. Practitioners will be able to spend a few days or the entire week learning new techniques or deepening their expertise in a single approach. More information will be posted to the IAP2 Web site in the coming weeks. That same week, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, our colleagues at the Canadian Community for Dialogue and Deliberation (www.c2d2.ca) will host their second conference, which will focus on the constructive role that dialogue and deliberation can play in meeting today’s challenges. Anyone who attended the 2005 C2D2 conference knows what a mind-expanding experience this will be, providing opportunities to network with some of the fields leading thinkers while learning about the latest advances in the fields of dialogue and deliberation.

Whether you choose to spend the week of November 12 in the American West or the Canadian Pacific Coast, you will find yourself gaining new insights and skills among friends and colleagues.

Always an Open Door

Well, it’s about time for me to start writing my next eNews report, so I will close this month’s update in the same way I’ve closed previous updates – with a request for your participation. In the next few weeks, I will report in greater detail on a re-organization of the IAP2 board of directors to better position our organization to pursue critical long-term goals while improving the quality and substance of your membership experience. In brief, we will organize our board members around a handful of initiatives, one of which is membership. The singular focus of this working group on membership will be to ensure that your membership in IAP2 is one investment you never question. As I’ve said in the past, we need your help in achieving this goal. What can IAP2 provide that would make it the indispensable partner in your career? I want to hear from all of you, but I’m particularly interested to hear from you if you have ever lingered over your membership invoice and considered not renewing. What can we do as an organization to ensure that you never question whether your dues investment provides a great return? Are there new products that you would like to see? Particular benefits that you would like to receive with your membership? More local activities or international events? Please let me know your thoughts by e-mail me at ks3russell@comcast.net or calling me at 303- 548-6400.

Thank you again for your commitment to and investment in IAP2. Good luck in your work and talk to you next month.


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

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!


The Deciding Factor Training Course

IAP2 members in Mexico, the UK and Canada have joined together to offer a new training course, offered April 24 and 25, 2007 in Ottawa, Canada. The Deciding Factor is a two-day course that will help managers and other leaders understand the deep dynamics of decision-making and give them the tools and skills to approach decision-making in a new way. The course will address some common challenges decision-makers face including:

  • Hidden agendas and power structures that influence decisions

  • Scattered and tightly held information

  • Lack of support for their decisions because of inadequate or unreliable sources

  • Uncertain or changing conditions

Participants will learn how to:

  • Design inclusive decision making processes that yield high quality results

  • Identify the hidden power structures that affect decisions in organisations and groups

  • Move from a competitive to a collaborative decision-making approach

  • Manage polarisations and conflicts in a group

  • Get positive results in difficult or uncertain environments

  • Create a climate of trust and cooperation

The course will be a combination of rich theory and dynamic practice. Participants will reflect on their experiences - good and bad – with decision making in their professional lives. They will also have the opportunity to practice applying the tools using live decision making simulation. Participants can choose to have their role playing recorded for review, assessment and reflection after the fact. For more information and to register, please click here.


Industry News

CALL FOR FACILITATORS – NEW ORLEANS, PHILADELPHIA & CHICAGO

AmericaSpeaks is recruiting facilitators for Town Meetings in New Orleans, Philadelphia and Chicago. Volunteer facilitators will work with small groups of ten people to deliberate about a series of questions that will be asked over the course of the full day meeting. Via laptop computers and keypad polling devices, individual tables will share the results of their conversations with the hundreds of participants in the room. Facilitators will be oriented to the program and are expected have experience with small group face- to-face deliberation, comfort with diversity and difference of opinion. For more about AmericaSpeaks, please visit:
http://www.americaspeaks.org

The City of New Orleans is holding an Employee Town Meeting to provide employees and key personnel with the information to understand the city's recovery plan and opportunity to discuss and deliberate their roles in rebuilding. Facilitators are needed in New Orleans on Friday, March 30. The results of the New Orleans meeting will shape next steps for the City’s implementation of the New Orleans recovery plan.

** Apply and find out more about the City of New Orleans Employee Town Meeting at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspu=308973330631
Shaping America's Youth (SAY) is addressing youth obesity by holding Town Meetings that bring together local citizens, business leaders, and decision-makers to resolve the crisis through discussion and deliberation. Facilitator opportunities include Philadelphia on Saturday April 21 and Chicago on Saturday May 19. The results of the SAY meetings will help local groups carry out health programs & projects in the local area and be used to create a national strategy that will result in better health for all Americans.

** Apply for the Philadelphia SAY meeting at http://meetings.shapingamericasyouth.org/Facilitatorre gistration.aspx
** Apply for the Chicago SAY meeting by emailing townmeetings@shapingamericasyouth.org

2007 Environmental and Public Policy Conflict Resolution Conference: Call for Proposals

The Environment and Public Policy Section (EPP) of the Association for Conflict Resolution welcomes proposals from section members and others who would like to participate as presenters in the 2007 EPP Section Conference. We will be meeting on the compus of Florida (near North Palm Beach and four miles inland from the Atlantic coastline). The conference starts in the early afternoon on Thursday, June 7, and ends at noon on Saturday, June 9, 2007.

In order to better understand the role of neutral and collaborative leaders in creating long-term institutional change, four themes will guide our discussions. These themes allow us to explore and examine the meaning of our work and the results it achieves. The themes are:

  • The role of collaborative leadership in promoting public decision making around issues of importance to communities.

  • The relationship between our practice as conflict resolvers and efforts to promote deliberative democracy.

  • Dynamic tensions between out professional norms and practices to resolve particular disputes and the long-term viability and development of collaborative decision making.

  • Options for advancing the field of public dispute resolution to a skeptical public.


Each theme will be introduced to the participants-at- large by a keynote speaker or invited panel. Following these presentations, we will further develop these themes in concurrent sessions. We may also offer sessions on topics that are not directly related to the themes. We are seeking proposals from individuals or groups wishing to organize and lead these sessions. For a complete list of proposal requirements please contact Cindy Cook at ccook@adamantaccord.com.

For more information about this event please visit: http://www.acrnet.org/conferences/index.htm

CIVICUS Participatory Governance Programme Needs Assessment Survey for Civil Society Practitioners in the Global South

Interested in participatory governance? CIVICUS wants to hear from you! The CIVICUS Strengthening Participatory Governance (PG) Programme, is launching a new initiative which focuses on enhancing the capacity of southern civil society practitioners to promote participatory and accountable governance of public institutions at local and national levels. The Programme is conducting a brief online survey that civil society is encouraged to participate in.

To read more and fill out the survey (in English, French, Spanish or Arabic), please visit: www.civicus.org/new/media/Interest ed-in-participatory-governance.doc

Rich & Poor Countries to Gather at U8 Summit

Over 150 students from top universities around the world are travelling to the University of Warwick, March 9th -11th to inform policy makers, share ideas and perspectives and bridge the gap between research and policy on development issues. Major social economic and political issues affecting developing countries like conflict, trade, migration, global warming, and health will be at the forefront during the 2nd Annual U8 Summit talks. The closed meetings and round table discussions to propose recommendations to policy makers and consolidate research will include U8 delegates from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, LSE, Northwestern, Warwick as well as universities in Nepal, India, Kyrgyzstan, Ethiopia, Mexico, Egypt, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, France and Germany.

For more information, please visit: www.prlog.org/10009745-rich-poor- countries-to-gather-at-u8-summit.html

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.


IAP2 Bookstore

At this time we are currently re-designing the IAP2 Bookstore and are only full-filling book orders that we have in stock. Please visit http://www.iap2.org/storeindex.cfm for a complete list of the books that we are currently offering.

If you have a list of books or toolkits which you have found valuable to your profession or if you are an author and would like to share them, IAP2 will be compiling your lists and incorporating them on our website in the near future. More information on this opportunity will be sent out soon.

We are encouraging any volunteers to help us with this process. If you are interested please contact Erin Erickson at erin@iap2.org.


IAP2 Training Calendar

March 2007

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

Sydney, Australia
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 - FULL

Tempe, Arizona, USA
March 26-27, Planning for Effective Public Participation
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 - FULL

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

South Africa
April 16-17, Planning for Effective Public Participation
April 18, Communications for Effective Public Participation
April 19-20, 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 - FULL
April 25, Communications for Effective Public Participation - FULL
April 26-27, Techniques for Effective Public Participation - FULL

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

Anchorage, Alaska, USA
July 7, Communications 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

October 2007

Brisbane, Australia
October 11, Communications for Effective Public Participation
October 23-24, Techniques for Effective Public Participation
October 25, Evaluation for Public Participation

Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
October 15-16, Planning for Effective Public Participation
October 17, Communications for Effective Public Participation
October 18-19, Techniques for Effective Public Participation


 

 

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