Do people care about good public participation?


Do people care about good public participation? This is an important conversation. So we’re asking you:

  • What does good P2 look like?
  • When and why should it be used?
  • Do you think people care about P2? If not, should they?

Be part of the conversation!

We want to hear from you.
So as to bring your ideas into the room in Montreal. Add your comments to this post!

IAP2-LogoInUse-JAN2016 (1)The theme of the IAP2 North American Montreal Conference is “Who Cares about Public Participation”. We want to learn about what good public participation means to you, your city, your infrastructure project, your issues – Climate Change, Health, Education, Community Policing – your country, and so much more!!!

We are thrilled to have many different speakers from around the world coming to Montreal to share their experiences and we know you will learn from both their successes and failures. To learn more please take a look at the Schedule at a Glance.

Please continue to challenge us with other questions and ideas. Tell us your stories. This is your conversation.

To join in:

  • Comment on this Blog post using the Comment box below
  • Send a tweet and see what happens – please use the conference hashtag #iap2mtl16

twittertimeWe also hope that you will join us at the Conference. But you don’t want to wait much longer: the early-bird rate is only in effect until June 30: $550.00 for IAP2 members; $700.00 for non-members. As of July 1, prices jump to $700 and $850, respectively (students pay $300 at all times).

Register here

Remember: Your registration fee also includes your choice of pre-conference events on Wednesday, Sept. 28 – the Indigenous Engagement Workshop and P2 the Québec Way – as well as breakfasts and lunches on Thursday and Friday, and the Core Values Awards Gala Dinner Cruise on September 29.

One more thing…


We need your help in getting the word out about the conversation and the conference. Thanks to our social networks, it’s easy!

  • Follow @iap2cdn on Twitter and retweet our messages, hashtag #iap2mtl16
  • Join the IAP2 Canada Facebook ( and LinkedIn groups and share our posts.
  • If you know of people doing great P2 work, encourage them to apply for an IAP2 Core Values Award. The deadline is June 9.

See you in Montréal!

7 thoughts on “Do people care about good public participation?

  1. I care about P2 because I care about the community I live in, and I like thoughtful communication! I think others should care about P2 because it will create a strong community, and encourages open dialogue. If they don’t care, they should at least know where to find information and get involved if they decide to care or want to care on their own schedule.

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  2. I think that P2 adds transparency to public decision making processes and as such is a tool for accountability and education. The public wants to engage in things happening around them, but there are so many things to focus on. P2 helps bridge that gap. It informs the public about the way public decisions are made, money spent, and can be an incredible force for helping the public shape their world.

    I think all people should care about P2. Decisions will be made & you have the choice to engage and make your voice heard, or live with the decision that is made for you. The public has opinions about things and most times they have great insight into the way their world works…insights that owners may not consider. So, I think P2 is effectively a tool to maintain our democratic system at the lowest levels

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  3. The 1st step to a better future lies in owning our role as deliberators and decision-makers. Next, we must acquire relevant, high quality training — the ‘know-how’ of working through complex and controversial problems. Finally, we need the support of a growing community of skilled practitioners.

    Be the change! Attend IAP2’s 2016 North American Conference in Montreal, September 28-30.

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  4. As citizens, most of us would like to have more say in decisions that affect us. Many of us are busy and distracted, missing some opportunities along the way. Those of us in the profession should know and care about good public participation. But judging from the reaction I get from most people that I tell what I do, the vast majority of people don’t know what p2 is. I am relatively convinced most want good p2, but that does not mean they could say what it is they want. The North American conference – really all IAP2 conferences – give us the opportunity to learn together about how to improve our work. On an annual basis, we take a bit of time out, get together, share our thoughts, and grow professionally. I am looking forward to seeing you there!

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  5. People care about P2. In the rural areas I’ve worked they don’t know what GOOD P2 might be or how to talk about it. The required public hearing is the fall-back P2 method. My Extension colleagues that know more is possible and I look for opportunities to open the door to deliberative, shared-power public participation. It is slow work. That is why I attend conferences. I learn and find encouragement. Your examples of persistence and successes will make a difference in rural Wisconsin.


  6. I care about P2 because I care about people. I fundamentally believe that no one person or organization has the market cornered on good ideas, and I believe in the power of meaningful engagement to bring people together, consider issues and information from different perspectives, and contribute to the creation of something that is so much better than it would have been if created in isolation.


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