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 16 August 2018
IAP2 International News

IAP2 Change Process

IAP2 members have told us they want IAP2 to develop and promote best practices and advocate for engagement. They want an organisation that champions for meaningful and credible engagement from leaders and government. We’re creating this.

We’re engaging members on proposed changes and recommendations. If adopted they will ensure we focus on advocating for and growing engagement around the world – in new regions as well as with new tools, techniques and technologies.

Bang the Table is providing an online engagement platform for all IAP2 members to participate in an online discussion about these proposed changes and recommendations. Click here to access the portal. We’re really excited about our IAP2 future. What do you think about this?


Calling for an International Year of Engagement

Catch the wave with us!

Through our partnership with UNESCAP, IAP2 has the opportunity to collaborate with partners to submit a proposal to the United Nations for an International Year of Engagement.

A year focusing on engagement could promote action on three fronts:

  1. Build awareness and focus attention on other aspects of an enabling environment, for example legislation, institutional mandates, education;
  2. Build capacity for engagement, benefitting from proven methods; and
  3. Help support the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Learn more and register your support today at www.yearofengagement.com

IAP2 Career Center
Certificate, Certified, Certification
... subtle differences within the work of IAP2

IAP2 works to advance the practice of public participation by organizing and conducting professional development activities to serve the learning needs of members. Participants who completed the Certificate in Public Participation training (subsequently revised and renamed the Foundations in Public Participation program in 2016) received a certificate of completion to demonstrate they had completed the program. Over time people began to use the certificate to make the claim that they were certified public participation professionals. This article lays out the framework for how the words Certificate, Certified, and Certification are used within the work of IAP2.


IAP2 Around the World

Kylie CochraneIAP2Podcast: Kylie Cochrane, Global Lead for Communication and Stakeholder Engagement at Aurecon and IAP2 International Chair shares her thoughts on the future of government and public engagement.

IAP2 Australasia Releases Winning Pitch for the Practice Projects

Earlier this year IAP2 Australasia invited affilitate members to put forward ideas that benefitted IAP2 Australasia members and met the three pillars of IAP2 Australasia’s Strategic Plan: advocating for engagement, strengthening engagement networks and/or advancing professional development.

Ten submissions were received with 92 members then voting on which projects should receive a portion of the $100L on offer. Click here to see which projects will now become a reality.


IAP2 North American Conference ... Sold Out!

Hopefully you didn’t drag your feet about registering for the 2018 IAP2 North American Conference in Victoria. The maximum of 320 was raised to 365, and shortly thereafter the conference sold out. At the end of September, IAP2 Canada will report back on the conference and include copies of the presentations. In the months that follow watch for some of the conference sessions as monthly Webinars available worldwide. 


IAP2 Australasia October Conference: Shake It Up! 
 ... registrations are now open!

The October conference will build on IAP2’s reputation for offering a dynamic, interactive and targeted program that supports professional development and enhances the practice of project communications, community and stakeholder engagement. "Shake It Up!" will be attended by IAP2 International Board of Directors, International Core Values Awards winners, and delegates working across a diversity of industries in Australia, New Zealand and ASEAN countries. Register now to secure your spot at the 23 – 25 October conference on the Gold Coast at the InterContinental, Sanctuary Cove.


IAP2 Canada quietly deploys major website updates

With only a brief mention in the midsummer newsletter, IAP2 Canada released major updates to their website. With 750+ members IAP2 Canada advances good public participation practice and supports practitioners. Learn more.

Trainer Development Program Update

IAP2’s Licensed Trainers are not just passionate about public participation. They are highly qualified practitioners who have honed their P2 knowledge and skills. They share the expertise they’ve gained with beginning through advanced P2 professionals in IAP2’s signature courses. Several IAP2 Trainers have distinguished themselves by earning the coveted CP3 or MCP3, an honor bestowed by qualified colleagues that recognizes their competencies against more than 30 criteria. Click here to learn more.

Upcoming Training & Events - Fall 2018


Fall Conferences

International Training Calendar - Fall 2018

Click here to review the calendar online.


Sydney, NSW – Planning, Techniques, and Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation


Calgary, AB – Planning, Techniques

Edmonton, AB – Planning, Techniques

Kelwona, BC – Planning, Techniques

Toronto, ON – Planning, Techniques

Vancouver, BC – Planning, Techniques

United Kingdom

London, UK– Planning, Techniques

United States

Asheville, NC – Planning, Techniques

Chicago, IL – Planning, Techniques, Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation

Salt Lake City, UT – Planning, Techniques 

Denver, CO – Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation


Online Webinars Available Worldwide


Career Center Openings

  • Community Relations Specialist 1 (Limited Term) – Oregon City, Oregon
  • Senior Management Analyst – San Jose, California
  • Community Engagement Project Manager – Toronto, Ontario
  • Project Coordinator/Associate – Portland, California
  • Associate - Oakland, California
  • Senior Associate; Director/Senior Director – Portland, California
  • Public Involvement Specialist – Lincoln or Omaha, Nebraska


Post or search career openings in the field of public participation in the IAP2 Career Center.

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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