Cool stuff from the IAP2 Monthly Webinars

Each month, our Learning Webinars present a great opportunity for you to learn all sorts of new approaches and ideas that can work for your P2 projects. Case in point: the February webinar, which featured Core Values Award winners David Plouffe of the City of Calgary and Carolyn Lukensmeyer of the National Institute for Civil Discourse in the US. (View the webinar here.)

David showed how a customized “card game” tool helped connect City of Calgary employees right across the workforce in the “Corporate Cultural Transformation” project (IAP2 Canada Organization of the Year). The “game” is “Group Pattern Language” by Groupworks, and you can find out more about what it might be able to do for your project online or emailing contact@groupworksdeck.org.

Carolyn’s project – the Creating Community Solutions Alliance – is still going on, encouraging conversations – particularly among young people – on mental health issues. “Text. Talk. Act.” involves text messaging, social media and face-to-face discussion to help people decide how to strengthen mental health in their families, on campuses and in communities. Two more events are coming up, on April 14 and May 7. You can get – more information at www.creatingcommunitysolutions.org/texttalkact. NB: if you plan to take part in the April 14 or May 7, please note that the text number from Canada is 778-588-1995.

Our next two webinars promise to be exciting and stimulating ones, too. On Tuesday, March 10 (2pm Eastern), we’ll look at means of gathering feedback from an audience quickly and accurately, particularly in emotion-charged settings like race relations. Michael Lickers, Senior Advisor of Aboriginal Relations at Suncor Energy, and Dr David Campt, whose forte is in facilitating discussions on racial issues (he was part of President Bill Clinton’s “Race Initiative” in the 90s) join us for “Audience Response Systems in an Emotional Setting”.

Click here for more information and to register.

Then, in April, we’ll hear from Down Under on setting up a framework for citizen engagement. Desley Renton of the City of Melbourne, Australia, will tell us about their project, which was honoured last year by the entire IAP2 Federation as Project of the Year. Join us on Tuesday, April 14 to learn more about why Melbourne citizens are reputed to be the most engaged, anywhere. Note the starting time: 4pm Eastern/1pm Pacific due to the time difference with Australia. Find out more – and register – here.

As always, our webinars are free for IAP2 members and just $50 for non-members.

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