Lingering Drought, Native Clout And Reaching Out

A sampling of sessions at the 2015 IAP2 North American Conference

Portland Oregon Skyline Mt Hood Black and White Illustration

From Aboriginal relations to the environment, engaging a city to engaging the US Navy, a sumptuous smorgasbord of sessions awaits at this year’s North American Conference in Portland, OR.

The drought in California, which is now in its fourth year and recently prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to take the unheard-of step of ordering water rationing, is the focus of Craig Moyle’s presentation, Answering the Angry Farmer. This session looks at the San Joaquin River Restoration Program and the benefits gained when people understand the “influences” of a project.

Why are these ladies celebrating? “Indigenous Corporate Collaboration” will tell you!

More and more, resource-extraction companies are learning the necessity of engaging with Aboriginal communities. In Indigenous Corporate Collaboration, Anne Harding of Suncor Energy and Dr David Lertzman of the University of Calgary will propose a framework for effective ethical indigenous corporate collaboration and share some early findings of their research into Suncor’s 15 years of collaboration with four First Nations in Canada.

You can also hear how the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet has been building trust among US interests from Alaska to Hawai’i and the Marianas in Pacific Fleet’s 8 Steps to Trust. Alison Turner of Katz and Associates shares the strategic approach taken to addressing often polarizing issues.

And this one promises to be a lot of fun: in How Do You “Espresso” P2?, Theresa Gunn of GCI invites people to brainstorm ways of explaining to someone in 25 words or less just what it means when you say, “I’m a Public Participation practitioner.”

The Conference is also offering some fascinating pre-conference and extra-curricular workshops, like a session on “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Portland-style” on Wednesday, Sept. 9. It’s FREE for conference registrants, $75 for IAP2 members and $100 for non-members. You can register here. Please note that participation in this event is limited so please make sure that you register early.

You can find out about all the sessions in the Schedule-at-a-Glance, which is now online. Register now, and qualify for the Early-Bird conference rates. See you in Portland!

Why is Portland considered weird? To us, it’s just normal; but how about …

  • Voodoo Donuts
  • Stark’s Vacuum Cleaner Museum
  • Shanghai Tunnels
  • You can’t pump your own gas

Lots more! Come to the Conference and find out!

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