October 22, 2014
International Core Values Awards celebrate Excellence in Public Participation
(Sydney, Australia) – At the IAP2 Australasia Core Value Awards Gala in Sydney, Australia, the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) announced the 2014 International Core Values Awards honoring award winners from around the world.
IAP2 Federation Presiding Member, Ms. Nomi Muthialu congratulates the winners on behalf of the Board of Directors and national affiliates. “IAP2’s seven Core Values go to the very heart of our association and guide how we think about and practice authentic public participation. The laureates of the 2014 awards represent best practice in our field, and serve as model of excellence for others to emulate.” Finalists for the “best of the best” international award were gathered from entries submitted by national affiliates in Australasia, Canada, Southern Africa and the United States.
Winners recognized this year include:
Project of the Year
Anglo American Platinum, SRK Consulting, TTM Consulting and Yamedupi Solutions (Republic of South Africa) were selected for the IAP2 Federation International Project of the Year for their entry, “Alchemy: Sustainable Community Futures Beyond Mining Through Mining – Engagement leading to the Establishment of Community Development Trusts”.
Executive Head: Corporate Affairs at Anglo American Platinum, Seara Macheli-Mkhabela says, “Earlier this year we were pleased to receive the IAP2 Core Values Project of the Year Award for Excellence in Public Participation in Southern Africa. We noted that our Alchemy initiative is closely aligned with the core values of IAP2 that describe ongoing, honest and purposeful engagement with communities and stakeholders, informing both project design and the establishment of local community development structures. Against this background we are humbled and greatly encouraged to be the recipient of the International IAP2 Core Values Project of the Year Award”.
IAP2 International Research Award winner St. Vrain Valley Schools (Longwood, CO, USA) were recognized for their entry entitled, “Organizational Training and Relationship-Building for Increasing P2 Capacity in Public Schools”. “Leadership St. Vrain empowers public school parents to be effective advocates for their children, schools and communities. Now, in its sixth year, the program instills know-how (inside information on district operations, curriculum development, finance and governance) and know-who (relationship building with district leaders, school board members and state elected officials) through the lens of P2 principles. A mixed method research study validated the approach, which has now been adopted by other U.S. school districts,” notes Mr. John Poynton, Executive Director of Organizational Development and Communications for St. Vrain Valley Schools. Click here to view the St. Vrain video.
Organization of the Year
The City of Melbourne was selected for the IAP2 Organization of the Year for their entry, “The Way We Do Business”.
“The City of Melbourne community engagement journey has been rapid and has gathered much momentum along the way. The IAP2 Core Values, Code of Ethics and Public Participation Spectrum have provided the backbone to all of our policies, frameworks, planning methodology, training and practice. We are proud of our record to date, and invigorated by the journey ahead.”
Princess Vlei Forum (Cape Town, Republic of South Africa) received Highly Commended recognition for Outstanding Achievement in the Developing World for their entry entitled, “Imagine Princess Vlei”.
In addition, finalists for the International Core Values awards as presented by IAP2 national affiliates include:
- The City of Calgary, Canada for their project entitled, “Corporate Cultural Transformation Project”
- Vancouver Coastal Health: Community Engagement Advisory Network, Canada for their project entitled, “The Community Engagement Advisory Network (CEAN)”
- McMaster University, Canada for their project entitled, “Supporting quality engagement in the Canadian health system: The Public and Patient Engagement Evaluation Tool (PPEET)”
- City of Greater Geraldton and Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute, South Australia for their project entitled, “#changes CGG” recognized in the Project of the Year and Research Award categories.
- CCS Alliance, USA for their project entitled, “Creative Community Solutions”.
“We are delighted with the response to the 2014 IAP2 Core Values Awards competition from public participation practitioners all over the world. This is a testament to the huge growth of our field of expertise”.
Special thanks are extended to the international jury members, Ms. Noreen Rude, IAP2 Federation Board Member (Canada), Ms. Sharon Lewis, Johannesburg Development Agency, (South Africa), (2011 CV Award Winner), Ms. Patricia Munro, World Café Europe, (Germany) and Ms. LaVerne Kyriss, IAP2 Licensed Trainer and Former President, (USA).
Anglo American Platinum Limited is a member of the Anglo American plc Group and is the world’s leading primary producer of platinum group metals. It is listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. Its operations are in South Africa. Elsewhere the Group owns Unki Platinum Mine in Zimbabwe. Anglo American Platinum has joint ventures with several consortia as part of its commitment to the transformation of the South African mining industry. It is committed to the highest standards of safety and continues to make a sustainable difference in the development of communities around its operations.
SRK Consulting is a leader in natural resource and development solutions, providing independent technical advice and services through over 50 offices worldwide. SRK has a presence in Angola, and practices in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The global group employs more than 1,500 staff in a range of engineering, scientific, environmental and social disciplines. A team of environmental, social, development and engagement professionals based in Johannesburg South Africa provides integrated services to the mining and industrial sectors among others.
Transformation, Training and Management Consulting ( TTM Consulting) is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. It offers customised transformation and change, organisation development and community development solutions that help organisations and communities to thrive to the best of their capability in order to grow and to be sustainable. The founder and Managing Director of TTM is Ms Tshidi Tlale-Malao. The team comprises seven full-time employees and three specialist associates. TTM draws on a network of experienced and diverse consultants, facilitators and coaches.
Yamedupi Solutions was established by Mrs Badanile Modupi and Mr Herbert Modupi. It is based in Benoni, South Africa. The company specializes in the provision of stakeholder engagement services. It also designs and produces documentaries on selected strategic and developmental projects. Yamedupi Solutions works in the mining industry, largely in South Africa. Services have also been provided in other African countries such as Ghana and Namibia. The company has also provided professional services to government departments and has worked in the oil and gas industry.
St. Vrain Valley Schools is Colorado’s 8th largest public school district, serving 32,000 Pre K-12 students in 54 schools across 412 square miles north of Denver. Superintendent of Schools, Don Haddad, Ed.D., is a strong advocate for public participation, routinely engaging parents and other stakeholders in deliberative problem-solving and decision-making. In 2013, the National Association of School Superintendents named Dr. Haddad National Superintendent of the Year, in part for his leadership in P2 thinking. John Poynton, Ph.D., serves as St. Vrain’s Executive Director of Organizational Development and Communications. He received IAP2 training from Doug Sarno (2009) and John Godec (2012), and works closely with Dr. Martin Carcasson, Director of Colorado State University’s Center for Public Deliberation. Dr. Poynton co-created Leadership St. Vrain with Laura McDonald, a parent of two students. McDonald also co-founded Grassroots St. Vrain, an independent, non-partisan parent association advocating for public education locally and across the state.
The City of Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and Australia’s second largest city. The organization, although known as the City of Melbourne, is officially titled the Melbourne City Council and is one of 79 municipalities in Victoria operating as a public statutory body incorporated under the Local Government Act 1989 (VIC). As a local government authority, the City of Melbourne strives to achieve the community’s vision of Melbourne as a bold, inspirational and sustainable city, as outlined in the Future Melbourne Community Plan, the organization’s 10-year plan to make Melbourne a great place for people to live, work and visit.