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21 July 2016
IAP2 International News

Journal of Public Deliberation

A brief history

IAP2 began publishing Interact a periodical designed to serve the needs of practitioners within a year of its founding in 1990. Its successor, the International Journal of Public Participation debuted in 2007. In 2010, the IJP2 merged with the Journal for Public Deliberation as a joint venture between the Deliberative Democracy Consortium and IAP2. 

Volume 12, Issue 1 (2016)
This issue features articles from several different countries including the democratic process in Malawi, framing the discourse on immigration in the USA, and analyzing the fate of proposals from participatory processes in Spanish municipalities. Readers will also find an interesting reflection piece about doing deliberative work in dangerous places, which raises questions about the safety of participants, collaboration with government agencies, and working within the constraints of ethical research practices. Finally, there are three book reviews that are likely to be of interest on the topics of democracy and civic engagement.





Join us for the Core Values Awards
​...a celebration of excellence in public participation

Each year, IAP2 recognizes the “best of the best” in the practice with the Core Values Awards. These awards go to the projects, practitioners and organizations that best demonstrate the IAP2 Core Values in the preceding year. They also recognize innovation in bringing in all points of view and effectiveness at handling complex issues.


This year's Core Values Awards winners will be announced at the IAP2 Australasia conference in October. Watch for the Core Values Awards Winner Showcase publication for details on this year’s winning entries.


Public participation is based on the belief that those who are affected by a decision
have a right to be involved in the decision-making process.

Click here to review prior reports for best practices in public participation.




IAP2 Around the World

Each year IAP2 Affiliates host a variety of training and events, including the annual North American Conference, alternately hosted by IAP2 Canada and IAP2 USA, and the annual Australasia Conference.


2016 North American Conference
This year’s theme of IAP2 North American Conference to be held 28-30 September in Montréal, Québec, Canada is “Who cares about P2?” Do people care about good public participation? What does good P2 look like? When and why should it be used?




Keynote Speakers

Dicki Chhoyang was a member of the first Central Tibetan Administration, which was formed in 2011. The CTA is a step toward the fulfillment of the Dalai Lama’s vision for a democratically elected leadership in his homeland. Ms Chhoyang will share the challenges – and successes – of establishing a leadership-in-exile of an occupied country.


JP Gladu is President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. With two decades of experience in the resource sector and an Executive MBA from Queen’s, Mr Gladu believes that the road to reconciliation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians runs through success in business.


Learn more!



2016 Australasia Conference
The theme of this year’s IAP2 Australasia Conference to be held 17-19 October in Adelaide, South Australia is The Future of Engagement and Democracy."The world of Community Engagement is rapidly expanding and evolving. More and more public, private and not-for-profit sector organisations are recognising the value of engaging those affected by their decisions and are embracing a mix of techniques, technologies and tools to carry this out."




The conference themes will be:

  • PEOPLE – Overcoming barriers to participation - showcase examples of community led engagement, tools for building capacity in your organisation or community and designing inclusive approaches
  • POWER - Reaching the decision makers, value of partnerships, empowerment and ownership in engagement and social responsibility
  • PRACTICE - deliberative processes, innovation, showcasing best practice locally, nationally and internationally
Learn more!




IAP2 International Associates – Get Connected!

IAP2 has trained P2 practitioners Around the World, and we’re creating new ways to help the P2 community stay connected.


IAP2 Around the World


In addition to the IAP2 International Associates program, IAP2 offers a variety of ways for you to get connected:

Join your Local Affiliate! ♦  Find us on Facebook!  ♦  Follow us on Twitter!




Post or search career openings in the field of public participation in the IAP2 Career Center. Recent postings include Aboriginal Relations Specialist, Communications and Engagement Specialist, Professional Development Manager, Public Affairs Officer, Public Engagement Specialist, and Water Resources Educator.


Search Today!




Who's Who at IAP2?

Ellen Ernst, Executive Manager
E-mail: operations@iap2.org

Ellen manages the ongoing operations of the organization and works together with the Board on priorities. Ellen has supported the IAP2 organization for the last 5 years with expanding duties and responsibilities since planning the 2009 International Conference in San Diego.


Christina Stimson, Finance Manager
Christina has been providing financial services for IAP2 since 2014, including budget preparation, day-to-day financial management, and reporting. She also works closely with the CPA that performs an annual audit and prepares the year-end financial statements.


Jennifer Armstrong, Training Administration and Member Services
E-mail: training@iap2.org or contact@iap2.org

Jennifer began working with IAP2 in 2015 providing administrative support for IAP2 licensed trainers, managing the website, and developing the IAP2 International Associates program.


Do you have questions?

E-mail Jennifer at contact@iap2.org




IAP2 has 501(3)(c) charity status in USA and is able to receive donations from within the USA.

Federation of International Association of Public Participation
PO Box 270723, Louisville, CO 80027 USA