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IAP2 International News - November 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017  
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 13 November 2017
IAP2 International News


Kylie Cochrane to chair Federation of International Association for Public Participation

Kylie CochraneThe Federation of International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), an organisation of practitioners from across the globe responsible for promoting and improving the practice of public participation on issues that affect the public interest, has appointed as its next International Chair of the Federation, an Australian executive Ms. Kylie Cochrane.

Advocating for public participation throughout the world
One of the IAP2’s key activities is advocating for public participation throughout the world.

“Stakeholder engagement is traditionally underappreciated as a powerful tool for fast-tracking projects and for cultivating community acceptance. Developing professionals who can be more effective advocates for better public participation across the globe is something that we are very focused on,” she said.

Across the world Cochrane is seeing many smart project owners and governments, making use of digital channels and mobile apps to more effectively connect, engage and partner with community and other stakeholders, supplementing the traditional consultation process.

The potentially game-changing results are often referred to as ‘collective design’ and are very much the product of a more activist and community-focused electorate seeking greater control over their local community and its facilities and services.


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In addition to Kylie, the IAP2 International Federation newly elected Officers for 2017-2018 include:


Jay Vincent
Jay Vincent (USA), Deputy Presiding Member
John Poynton
John Poynton (USA), Treasurer
Aldi Muhammad Alizar
Aldi Alizar (Indonesia), Secretary

 Learn more about the IAP2 Board of Directors.



2017 North American Conference

IAP2 Gathers Group in Denver to Plan the Future of IAP2

Like all organisations, every five to ten years the International Association of Public Participation needs to discuss our future priorities and strategic direction, review where we are up to, and to reset as required.

In September, workshops held over two days around the IAP2 North American Conference, in Denver, Colorado, brought together IAP2 leadership, trainers and members from Australasia, Canada, Indonesia, Southern Africa and the United States to begin this review process to develop a shared view of the future of IAP2, bring added-value to our membership, and work to advance the practice of P2/ engagement around the world.

In the coming months there will be opportunities to engage with the broader membership in various ways, so please stay tuned. We look forward to your input in a shared vision for IAP2.


Thank You - Bang The Table


IAP2 would like to thank Bang The Table for their generous pro-bono contribution of the online engagement platform to support our ongoing conversations on the future of IAP2.



IAP2 Partners with UNESCAP on 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. Made up of 53 member states and nine associate members, the region is home to 4.1 billion people, or two thirds of the world’s population.

Representatives from UNESCAP and IAP2 have been working together for the past three years supporting the engagement and facilitation for key events within UNESCAP, exploring the potential for the relationship into the future and ways to develop engagement practise in support of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. IAP2 Australasia and Indonesia affiliates are leading this initiative on behalf of the IAP2 International Federation.


The most recent collaboration resulted in an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Stakeholder Engagement held in Bangkok on August 23rd-25th 2017. A delegation from IAP2 joined a group of government, research and civil society representatives from around the region, to explore how engagement practise might be supported and enhanced, through the 2030 Agenda.



The IAP2 delegation included: Mr. Martin de los Rios (IAP2 AU Trainer), Ms. Michelle Feenan (IAP2 Federation and AU Trainer), Mr. Joel Levin (IAP2 AU Trainer and Ambassador), Ms. Leanne Hartill (Chair of IAP2 Australasia), and Mr. Aldi Alizar (Chair of IAP2 Indonesia and Federation Board Member)


International Core Values Awards Winners Announced

19 October 2017 (Melbourne, Australia) The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) announced the 2017 International Core Values Awards honoring award winners from around the world at the IAP2 Core Values Awards Gala in Melbourne, Australia.

IAP2 Federation International Chair, Ms. Kylie Cochrane congratulated 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 engagement and I’m proud to acknowledge the best of the best.”


These award winners represent best practice in our field, and serve as model of excellence for others to emulate. Winners and finalists are recognized for their contributions to the field in the areas of indigenous engagement, community development, health, infrastructure, environment, disaster and emergency services as well as for their creativity, innovation and inclusion. This is a testament to the tremendous expansion, professionalism and impact of our field of expertise.

Finalists for the ’best of the best‘ international awards were gathered from entries submitted by national affiliates in Australasia, Canada and the United States.


Winners recognized this year are:


Project of the Year

The Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being


A partnership between the Mental Health Center of Denver and the Northeast Park Hill community, Denver, Colorado (United States)


Facilitating Grassroots Support for a Controversial Construction Project in an Economically Distressed Community of Color



In 2012, the Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD) purchased the dilapidated Dahlia Square property in the Park Hill Neighborhood. MHCD had served Northeast Park Hill residents for years, but in offices that were difficult to reach via public transportation. MHCD announced their intention to construct a community mental health facility on the site in hopes that a local “footprint” would enhance its capacity to provide wrap-around mental health care for individuals and families of all ages. Residents of the neighborhood saw things differently, however.


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Organisation of the Year

Lake Macquarie City Council (Australia)

Building a culture of shared leadership



Some of the most important and difficult discussions and decisions affecting communities need to happen at a local level. How neighbourhoods will adapt to climate change, how our built environments can become more sustainable and inclusive, and how we can harness new technology and traverse the ‘digital divide’ are just some of the challenges that local councils and their communities face as they look to the future. In 2010, Lake Macquarie City Council implemented a Community Engagement Strategic Guideline based on ten principles closely aligned to the IAP2 Core Values.


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Please join us in congratulating all the finalists and winners. More details and highlights of all finalists and winners can be found in the 2017 Core Values Awards Showcase document. As you read through the summaries of the award winners and finalists presented here, we hope you will gain some valuable insights into how IAP2 Core Values are being applied to the practice around the world.


Special thanks are extended to the international jury members, Mr. Kyle Bozentko, Jefferson Center (USA), Mr. Timothy Hart, SRK Consulting (South Africa) and Ms. Claire Paddison, LandCorp (Australia), as well as all the members of the judging panels for the IAP2 Affiliate Awards programs. On behalf of IAP2 you have our sincere thanks for your commitment and dedication to advancing and promoting international best practice in the field of public participation. 

IAP2 Participates in 14th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities

14th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage CitiesNovember 2017 - "Heritage and community: Tools to engage local communities" was the theme of this year's 14th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities. Mayors and other leaders of 280 cities that contain UNESCO World Heritage sites gathered to discuss this theme 31 October - 3 November in the ancient city of Gyeongju, capital of Korea's Silla Kingdom between 57 BCE - 935 CE

 “By setting [this] theme, we have placed the communities at the heart of the conservation and heritage management processes, and consequently strengthened their ability to participate meaningfully in the process of decision-making for themselves and their heritage” explained Mayor of Gyeongju Yangsik Choi.

 Cassandra Hemphill, IAP2 Federation's Professional Development Manager, participated in the two-day Experts Workshop, which was designed to support the adoption and implementation of the Tools for Community Engagement developed in two previous workshops hosted by the OWHC Asia-Pacific Region. OWHC-AP's Tools include a set of overarching principles; a spectrum of participation, which is based on IAP2's Public Participation Spectrum, and a matrix and questions to assess and evaluate the process.

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Are you looking for a new position? How about in Community Engagement, Communications, or Community Relations? Post or search career openings in the field of public participation in the IAP2 Career Center.

 This is a global public service of IAP2. Postings are moderated for positions within or closely related to public participation. Broaden your search and post your P2 positions starting today!


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Journal of Public Deliberation

Volume 13, Issue 2 (2017) New Issue
This issue features state of the art research on deliberative democracy and public participation in a variety of global contexts. Several articles offer advances in research methods, including John Gastil and colleagues’ assessment of the efficacy of using Participedia as a research tool, and Jaramillo and colleagues’ call for more transparency and data sharing in deliberative research. Research in this issue includes studies of participatory budgeting, stakeholder workshops, focus groups, and youth dialogues in public and university settings. The issue also includes practice-based Reflections from the Field and two book reviews that are likely to be of interest to scholars and practitioners in deliberation and public engagement.

JPD is a peer-reviewed, open access journal with the principal objective of synthesizing the research, opinion, projects, experiments and experiences of academics and practitioners in the multi-disciplinary field of deliberative democracy. We accept submissions for research articles, reflections from the field, book reviews, and proposals for special issues. Learn more at:

We hope you enjoy the issue! 

Laura Black (Editor), Nancy Thomas and Tim Shaffer (Associate Editors)


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