Tips from The Trainers: Mary E. Moreland

Mary Moreland
What’s on your P2 bookshelf?

Here’s a list of books (in English this time) on my P2 reference bookshelf, some old, some new, some read, some waiting to be read:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility: An Implementation Guide for Business, recently revised and includes an easy to read chapter on Stakeholder Engagement (free on-line, Government of Canada).
  • Crowdsourcing by Daren C. Brabham, (Speaker, 2013 IAP2 NA Conference)
  • Blocking Public Participation: The use of strategic litigation to silence political expression by Byron Sheldrick, 2014.
  • A must-have techniques “history” book: The Deliberative Democracy Handbook, editors, John Gastil & Peter Levine.
  • Public Meetings: Connecting Community Engagement with Decision-Making from IAP2 Australian trainers: V. Twyford, S. Waters, M. Hardy and J. Dengate, 2006.
  • Don Lenihan’s Rescuing Policy: The Case for Public Engagement.
  • Facilitation Handbooks by Canadian authors D. Strachan, M. Pitters and P. Tomlinson: Making Questions Work; Process Design; and Managing Facilitated Processes.
  • From Dr. James Creighton, one of IAP2’s founders, a classic textbook: The Public Participation Handbook.
  • Wicked Problems and Social Complexity; by Jeff Conklin.
  • My latest P2 interests are linked to learning about “Design Thinking” starting with Danish author Christian Bason: Designing Policy; and Leading Public Sector Innovation: Co-creating for a Better Society.
  • And for fiction lovers with a P2 passion: Late Nights on Air, by Ottawa writer Elizabeth Hay, with its 1975 backdrop featuring the Berger Commission holding its celebrated public hearings on building Arctic pipelines.
  • Next up: Learning about facilitation using LEGO: “Serious Play” – to foster creative thinking through team building.

Mary Moreland, a career federal public servant based in Ottawa, is starting an assignment with Industry Canada’s Service Lab. A member of IAP2 since 2003, she has been delivering IAP2 training since 2005 in French or English following the first training academy held in Kananaskis, Alberta.

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