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Grand Canyon Chapter

Geographic Region:  The Grand Canyon chapter includes the entire state of Arizona.

The Grand Canyon chapter was originally adopted as the Arizona chapter in 1994.  The chapter officially changed its name to the Grand Canyon chapter in September 2004.  The chapter currently has more than 45 active members.

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Look for us on twitter by searching for iap2grandcanyon or to go

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Chapter Contacts and Communications

General E-mail Address for Chapter

Angie Brown, Chapter President

Debra Duerr, Chapter Treasurer

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Strategic Plan

Here is our Strategic Plan created in July 2009

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Chapter News

December 2009 -- December brings change; join the "Chapter Conversation on Dec. 1 to learn more and participate. After two decades of pioneering global leadership in the public involvement and consensus building communities, IAP2 is taking a hard look at what the next two decades and beyond will bring. There has never been a more exciting and promising time for this field, and we need to make sure we're ready for it. In the next several days, IAP2's international board will be asking you -- the members and future of this organization -- to weigh in on this discussion about how we're organized and how we'll grow, a conversation that began at the San Diego international conference.

We're holding a "Chapter Conversation" on Dec. 1 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in both Phoenix and Tucson to further discuss the future of IAP2 and what we, as a chapter, want to see. The cost to attend is only what you choose to purchase for breakfast.

Tucson: Ike's Coffee & Tea, 3400 E. Speedway Blvd. (east of Country Club) map

Phoenix: Lux Coffeebar, 4404 N. Central Ave. #1 (on the light rail line) map


November 2009 -- Time to Vote for Officers!

Click here to vote.

President: Angie Brown, Gordley Design Group

Secretary: Kathleen Docherty, U.S. Institute for ECR, Morris K. Udall Foundation

Treasurer: Debra Duerr, Independent Consultant

Chapter Liaison: Theresa Gunn, Gunn Communications, Inc.


October 2009 -- APA MAC21 Unconference

Don't miss this opportunity to help shape the future of Arizona's economy on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Prescott Valley Library Auditorium, located at 7501 E Civic Circle, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314. Register today to participate in the MAC21 Unconference by clicking here.


October 2009 -- Elections: Call for Nominations

It's that time of year again! Do you want to take on a bigger role in IAP2, or do you know someone who might?

We are looking for nominations for:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Chapter Liaison

E-mail the chapter to give your nomination. Nominees will be announced next month.


July 2009 -- On July 17, 2009, eight of our members met in the cool pines of Flagstaff to create our Chapter Strategic Plan. After enjoying the down-home food at Brandy's Restaurant, we traveled to the North Country Health Clinic conference room for our planning session. For three hours, we brainstormed using the goals and ideas submitted to us from our members and interested parties via the pre-meeting survey questions. Afterward, we traveled downtown for happy hour at the turn-of-the-century Hotel Weatherford. All in all, we had both great networking/social time and fantastic planning time! We are pleased to share with you the results of the planning session.

Based on our primary goal of increased involvement of our current members and interested parties, we chose to organize the chapter into three regional areas -- Northern, Central and Southern -- that would maintain a statewide cohesiveness through monthly e-mails, discussion topics on our Facebook page and an updated Chapter Web site. Training and/or social programs will be organized on a regional level and will occur throughout the state on an almost monthly basis. We are also excited to announce an annual statewide signature event that will occur in the spring. We want to promote IAP2 through presentations at other professional organizations' conferences, and in general, we hope to bring more value to you -- our members and interested parties -- on a regular basis.

We need help! To implement this plan, we need help! Are you interested in writing an article for our monthly e-mail? Participating in planning a training and/or social program in your regional area? Helping to coordinate the annual signature event? Please contact the appropriate committee leader(s) to let us know. We'll be calling our members and interested parties to recruit volunteers.

Northern region committee leaders: Dexter Albert, Jason Hurd
Central region committee leaders: Anne Thompson, Debra Duerr, Laura Nordan, Theresa Gunn
Southern region committee leaders: Angie Brown
Signature event committee leader: Theresa Gunn
Monthly e-mail committee leaders: Angie Brown, Anne Thompson
Marketing committee leader: Anne Thompson
Elections committee leader: Angie Brown

November 2008 -- Through a nomination and polling process of Grand Canyon Chapter members, a slate of Chapter officers was elected this past fall. Officers will serve for one year, until November 2009. Please feel free to contact any of your Chapter officers if you have questions, ideas or comments. Your new officers are:

Angie Brown
Gordley Design Group
(520) 327-6077

Chapter Liaison
Ruth Yabes
ASU School of Planning+Design
(480) 965-7188 

Joanna Grassinger
Independent Consultant
(520) 982-8784 

Independent Consultant
Debra Duerr
(480) 945-9026

Upcoming Training and Programs

Speaking, Not Shouting: A Community Conversation About Health Care Reform

The Grand Canyon Chapter of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)  invites you to participate in a very special Project Civil Discourse event: Speaking, Not Shouting: A Community Conversation About Health Care Reform.

When: December 1, 2009, 6:15-9:00 PM (sign in begins at 5:30 p.m.)

Where: AE England Building in Civic Park 

444 North Central Avenue, Phoenix

Registration Information: The event is free, but seating is limited. Registration is required. Please register online at:

Speaking, Not Shouting: A Community Conversation About Health Care will engage participants in facilitated discussions that capture opinions from a diverse spectrum of citizens around key questions that underlie health care reform.  The objective of these forums is to aid in public understanding of the health care issue presently being debated and discussed in Congress and more importantly to demonstrate how an issue such as health care reform can be discussed in a civil and respectful way. 

The event will open with a brief summary of the status of health care reform legislation and a presentation about why health care costs have increased from representatives from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and St. Luke's Health Initiatives.

Participants will be divided into small groups and asked to discuss topics that pertain to the current debate over health care reform. Each group will have a facilitator to lead the conversation and a recorder to capture the discussion. At the end of the evening, the groups will come together to briefly share with everyone the main points of their discussion.

These topics may include the following issues:

    * Should all Americans have access to a basic/minimal level of health care services?

    * How do we balance individual rights with the community's interest in managing public health issues and controlling health care costs?

    * What is the proper role of government in regulating/controlling costs related to health care?

A report summarizing the discussions will be shared with members of Arizona's congressional delegation and all participants.

IAP2’s Grand Canyon Chapter is a partner in Project Civil Discourse, a statewide effort to create respectful dialogue and discourse on important public issues. Learn more about this unique initiative and find background information on healthcare at

For more information: Contact: Britt Kimball, Splashmaker Productions

Phone: 602-770-5057; Email:

March 18 & 19, 2010

-- Southern Region: Outrage, Emotion and Public Participation. Building on IAP2’s internationally recognized best practices in public participation, and the work of Dr. Peter Sandman, a global expert in risk communication, this newly minted course looks at public and stakeholder emotion and outrage and how to identify and address these factors in public participation programs. This highly participatory, hands-on course is a fresh two-day mix of lecture, video, interactive discussion and ample exercise that will give you the tools and confidence to manage the toughest public issues that we face.
People who take this course:

  • Will leave with a fundamental and common understanding of public anger and outrage.
  • Will know how to identify, predict and assess the causes of outrage
  • Will understand the meaning and importance of the formula: Risk = Hazard + outrage
  • Will take with them an understanding of the 12 components of outrage
  • Will comprehend and appreciate the 4 distinct kinds of risk communication

This course also covers:

  • Six main and 50 sub-strategies and approaches for dealing with outrage
  • Incorporating outrage management strategies into you public participation plan
  • Tools & Techniques: Methods for engaging people in outrage situations
  • Stakeholder analysis and motivations
  • The orbits of participation and outrage
  • Barriers to outrage management
  • Value Based & Empathic Questioning
  • Roles and responsibilities in managing outrage
  • How you impact public and stakeholder anger and attitude
  • The course re-establishes a common understanding of authentic public participation and links
  • the relationship between public involvement values, ethics, planning, and outrage management

By taking this course, participants will:

  • Understand and learn how to identify outrage and its causes in public participation
  • situations
  • Know how outrage hinders public participation programs, and how to plan for its
  • management
  • Understand the principles, approaches and strategies for dealing with emotion and outrage
  • in public participation
  • Practice applying the principles, strategies and approaches for identifying and responding to
  • outrage and prepare for upcoming challenges

Click here for registration and course details

April 2010 -- Statewide: Chapter Symposium! More information to come soon.

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