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23 April 2019

IAP2 International Newsletter


2019 Core Values Awards: Members-at-Large

Core Values Awards Trophies

International Associates: The 2019 IAP2 Core Values Awards Program is now open for submissions.


As an international leader in public participation, IAP2 has created the "IAP2 Core Values for Public Participation" for use in the development and implementation of public participation processes. These core values were developed over a two-year period with broad international input to identify those aspects of public participation which cross national, cultural, and religious boundaries. The purpose of these core values is to help make better decisions which reflect the interests and concerns of potentially affected people and entities. Each year IAP2 recognizes extraordinary work in the practice of P2 that reflect these Core Values.

The IAP2 International Associates Core Values Awards Program is open to IAP2 International Associate members and IAP2 members from locations where the IAP2 Affiliate does not offer an awards program. Winners will progress to compete in the International Awards Program. Read the release.

Regional Core Values Awards Deadlines for Submission


Project Spotlight: 2018 Core Values Awards

IAP2 Australasia and IAP2 International Project of the Year

Northern Corridor Improvements with New Zealand Transport Agency

The Northern Corridor Improvements (NCI) project in Auckland, New Zealand is a $NZ700 million motorway, local road, public transport and walking and cycling project that aims to improve travel choices and better link its community to local services and the wider region. The award entry was for the planning, design and consenting phase of the project in 2016-17.

The decision to entrench mana whenua, stakeholder and community engagement as a core project process right from the beginning of the planning phases was seen as critical due to the highly complex nature of the project.

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The Lyrics Have Been Updated but the Melody Remains the Same

Lewis Michaelson, Marty Rozelle, Doug Sarno


“It was 20 years ago today, Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play.” Well actually, it was 20 years ago when IAP2 President, Marty Rozelle, President-Elect, Lewis Michaelson and Executive Director, Doug Sarno got together to create a training for IAP2 based on the Core Values. The intent of the training was to guide best practices in the field of public participation, provide legitimacy for our practice and create a sorely needed new income stream for an organization that was struggling financially. Little did we imagine at the time what it would become.

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IAP2 Welcomes Latin America

We are pleased to announce the application for status as Emerging Affiliate with IAP2 from Latin America was accepted and approved by the IAP2 International Board.

Led by co-chairs Martin de los Rios and Jorge Enrique Vega Vargas, the Steering Committee to form the affiliate includes dedicated volunteers with vast experience in public engagement from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. The International committee led by John Poynton and International staff will continue to support Latin America through this journey.

IAP2 Latin America will cover Central America, South America and the Caribbean at its inception with the opportunity for parts of this region and members to develop an interest and create their own region/affiliate in the future.

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2019 IAP2 North American Conference


2019 IAP2 North American Conference Program Announced

This year’s IAP2 North American Conference – 4-6 September in Charlotte, North Carolina – is where you need to be!

Over 50 professional development opportunities, including sessions, workshops and field trips are on tap this year, all geared to the theme, “Leveraging P2 to Create Thriving Communities”. Check them out at the Schedule-at-a-Glance. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.



Early bird registration deadline: June 30

Professional Certification

Upcoming Professional Certification Deadlines for Applications

All IAP2 members in good standing who have completed the 5-day IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation (formerly the IAP2 Certificate in Public Participation course) are eligible to apply.

The Application process is rolling so you may begin your application at any time.


Applications to Become an IAP2 Foundations Licensed Trainer Open May 1

The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) is accepting applications beginning May 1 from individuals in the field of public engagement who are interested in becoming licensed to deliver IAP2’s international training program Foundations in Public Participation.

Participants accepted into IAP2’s international Trainer Preparation program will develop deeper knowledge and understanding of the content of the Foundations course and learn how to deliver the course content. Participants also will augment their knowledge of best practices in adult teaching and learning. Individuals who successfully complete the program will be eligible for licensing as an IAP2 Foundations Trainer.


2019 IAP2 Trainer Licensing
Program Description


To register for ongoing updates about the program, please click here. Or contact IAP2 international’s Professional Development Manager, Cassandra Hemphill, at pdm@iap2.org.


IAP2 Indonesia: Advancing Public Participation & Stakeholder Engagement

International Forum on Stakeholder Engagement for SDGsTo respond to the challenges of advancing the practice of Public Participation and Stakeholder Engagement, various policies and development initiatives impacting both national and local members of the public and stakeholders need to engage the public. Opening space for public participation, particularly for those who are directly and indirectly affected by a policy or decision is not merely complementary to them, but necessary and obligatory.

However, the emerging challenges today are that the experiences of effective public participation and stakeholder engagement are limited and less documented, especially in developing countries. Other challenges are increasing access and awareness of the evidence-based research on public participation in developing country contexts and bringing it into policies and practices at all levels of governance.

At the same time, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets out 17 ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for especially the Asia-Pacific countries that undergo a rapid development and become the hub of global economic activities. In fact, the rapid economic development in this region raises fundamental challenges for achieving the SDGs including income and social inequality, the growing gap between rich and poor, sustained environmental degradation, and declining civic space.


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Journal of Public Deliberation: Call for Papers

For Special Issue on Citizens, Media and Politics in Challenging Times: Perspectives on the Deliberative Quality of Communication

Manuscripts due on 31 July 2019.

Growing anti-immigration attitudes, rising nationalist tendencies, landslide victories of populist figures as well as the dissolution of national and supranational entities – these are just some of the multiple political and societal challenges western democracies are facing nowadays. These challenges have been said to affect the way citizens, the media and political actors communicate among and with each other. More specifically, concerns about the deliberative quality of these communications have been put forward. While this observation has so far been corroborated by a series of isolated studies, which produced not more than a few islands of analysis, an integrative and comprehensive perspective on the deliberative qualities of citizens’, journalists’, and politicians’ communication is yet missing.

The special issue Citizens, Media and Politics in Challenging Times: Perspectives on the Deliberative Quality of Communication thus addresses this gap in the literature by systematically bringing together different strands of research on the deliberative qualities of citizens’, journalists’, and politicians’ communication.

Read the full release

Journal of Public Deliberation is a peer review, 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."

Upcoming Events


2019 Conferences

International Training Calendar - 2018 - 2019

Click here to review the calendar online.


Calgary, AB – Planning, Techniques
Edmonton, AB – Planning, Techniques
Halifax, NS – Planning, Techniques
Kamloops, BC – Planning, Techniques
Ottawa, ON – Planning, Techniques
Toronto, ON – Planning, Techniques
Vancouver, BC  – Planning, Techniques


United States

Chicago, IL – Planning, Techniques, 
Strategies for Dealing with Opposition
and Outrage in Public Participation
Denver, CO – Planning, Techniques
Salt Lake City, UT – Planning, Techniques
Shepherdstown, WV – Planning, Techniques

United Kingdom

London – Planning, Techniques


Adelaide, SA, Brisbane, QLD, Melbourne, VIC, Perth, WA, Sydney, NSW – Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation
Adelaide, SA, Brisbane, QLD – Planning, Techniques

IAP2 has been conducting outreach and introducing public participation to decision makers around the world. The half-day Public Participation for Decision Makers course can be tailored to meet the needs of the organization. The course is included in the planning for the April International Forum on P2 and Stakeholder Engagement for Sustainable Development Goals, on offer at the 39th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment in Brisbane and the 2019 Planning Congress of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) in May and November in Melbourne, and made available as a pre-conference workshop at the 2019 North American Conference.

Online Webinars Available 

Career Center


The IAP2 International Career Center is a valuable resource for candidates looking to find a job, land an internship or generally explore the public participation profession. Employers ranging from mid-size municipalities and small consultancies to large, multi-national corporations can utilize the free-service to promote opportunities within the practice of public participation around the world. Use the Career Center to help us build a robust, international P2 community. Sign on today!

Opening with the UN: The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) is seeking a consultant to conduct preparatory workshop for Major Groups and other Stakeholders on their engagement in the 2019 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. Learn more...


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Do you love P2? Would you like to be part of building a robust global professional organization? Do you reside outside of an IAP2 affiliate region? If so, click here to learn more about how you can help promotes the Core Values of Public Participation around the world.

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