WEBINAR REWIND – November – Charlotte Encore: “Walk it Like You Talk It – Youth Empowerment and Racial Equity”

Our first “Charlotte Encore” – a presentation from the previous IAP2 North American Conference that attendees told us should be shared via webinar – brought back the Thursday lunch keynote speakers. Liz Styron and Kaleia Martin of YES! Youth Empowered Solutions challenged us to consider the intersection of racial bias and marginalizing young people. (Read more) Liz and Kaleia show that, even if everything else is equal or a non-white person has an advantage, race puts that person at a demonstrable disadvantage. Race, they’ve learned, is the number-one deciding factor in health and life outcomes.

Communities of people of color tend to be regarded as “expendable”, as seen in the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, which is predominantly black, or the coal-ash pits in North Carolina, which are located at or near predominantly black communities.

There is an urgency to address the situation, they say. Because today’s youth are tomorrow’s decision makers, it’s vital that critical thinking and critical awareness be nurtured now. Instead, what they are seeing is young people “turning off” as they see the environmental emergency around the world and feel powerless about it. That, in turn, leads to nations that are suffering, economically, spiritually, culturally and civilly. Young people – the under-18 set — need to be “invited to the table” where their ideas will be welcomed and considered and acted-upon.

Youth, they assert, doesn’t mean lack of wisdom, and age doesn’t necessarily mean a “wisdom advantage”; working in a true partnership, with youth at the center – and not “poster children” or “token young people” – leads to more sustainable movements.

Already, there are indications that this kind of partnership can bear fruit. A recent visit by climate change activist Greta Thunberg to North Carolina brought attention to the situation in that state, drew North Carolina’s own youth activists into the spotlight and led to changes in the state’s climate policies. (Kaleia was, herself, invited to the Governor’s Mansion to be recognized for her work in climate change.)

So how does all this relate to Public Participation? Kaleia and Liz make the case that you can’t do P2 properly without marrying youth empowerment with racial equity. How do you do it? Watch the webinar and let them explain more. IAP2 members can access the webinar – and the webinar archive here.

WEBINAR REWIND: October 2019 – IAP2 Projects of the Year

Two projects, which focused on equalizing conditions for everyone, were featured in the October learning webinar. The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the Portland (OR) Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) were named IAP2 Projects of the Year for Canada and the USA, respectively, at the 2019 IAP2 Core Values Awards. Portland went on to win the International Project of the Year award, as well.

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Help your community thrive! Come to the IAP2 NA Conference!


P2 “muscles” aching and sore?
Time for a pick-me-up?
Relief is just over six weeks away!

Ask anyone who has been to an IAP2 North American Conference: they’ll tell you it’s a once-a-year, valuable, not-to-be-missed event where they re-charge, acquire new tools and techniques, network with old friends and meet new ones!

The 2019 IAP2 North American Conference(Sept. 4 – 6, Charlotte, NC) promises all of that … and more!

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Contribuez au dynamisme et à la prospérité de votre communauté! Participez à la Conférence nord-américaine 2019 de l’AIP2!


Vos « muscles » de P2 sont endoloris?
Une remise à niveau s’impose?
Nous avons la solution pour vous, et elle commence dans six semaines!

Tous ceux qui ont déjà assisté à la Conférence nord-américaine de l’AIP2 s’entendront pour vous dire qu’il s’agit d’une occasion annuelle à ne pas manquer, où ils font le plein d’énergie et de connaissances ainsi que l’acquisition d’outils et de techniques, en plus de renouer des liens avec des amis de longue date et de faire de nouvelles rencontres.

La Conférence nord-américaine 2019 de l’AIP2 (qui aura lieu du 4 au 6 septembre à Charlotte, en Caroline du Nord; présentations en anglais seulement) promet tout cela… et même plus! Continue reading

Less than 2 months to the 2019 IAP2 North American Conference!


You don’t want to miss Charlotte 2019!

With an unprecedented selection of sessions, workshops and field trips, the 2019 IAP2 North American Conference(Sept. 4 – 6 in Charlotte, NC) is promising to be the best yet! This is your once-a-year opportunity to learn, share and network with others in the public participation community, so register now and don’t miss out! Register here. (En anglais seulement.)  Continue reading

À peine deux mois avant la Conférence nord-américaine 2019 de l’AIP2!


Charlotte 2019 : un rendez-vous à ne pas manquer!

Proposant une sélection sans précédent de séances, d’ateliers et de visites sur le terrain, la Conférence nord-américaine 2019 de l’AIP2 (du 4 au 6 septembre, à Charlotte, en Caroline du Nord; présentations en anglais seulement) promet d’être parmi les plus intéressantes à ce jour! C’est votre occasion annuelle de faire le plein d’apprentissages, de partager et de réseauter avec d’autres acteurs du domaine de la participation publique, alors inscrivez-vous dès maintenant pour vous assurer de ne rien manquer! Inscrivez-vous ici (en anglais seulement). Continue reading

2019 IAP2 North American Conference — are YOU participating?


Up to 300 Participants!
> 40 Sessions!

Workshops, Field Trips and Engaging Speakers!
Something for all at the 2019 IAP2 North American Conference!

In just two months, the P2 world will converge on Charlotte, North Carolina — and we mean the world will converge: attendees from across North America, Australasia, Asia and Africa, and session presentations from practically one pole (Finland) to the other (Australia). Will you be a part of it?

If so, we’re excited to see you … We have just over 50 spots left and then we will be sold out – so don’t delay. Continue reading

Conférence nord-américaine 2019 de l’AIP2 – y participerez-VOUS?


Jusqu’à 300 participants!
> 40 séances!

Ateliers, visites sur le terrain, conférenciers captivants!
De tout pour tous lors de la Conférence nord-américaine 2019 de l’AIP2!

Dans deux mois, les acteurs mondiaux de la P2 se réuniront à Charlotte, en Caroline du Nord. Et ce sera sans contredit un événement mondial, puisque nous aurons des participants de l’Amérique du Nord, de l’Australasie, de l’Asie et de l’Afrique – ainsi que des présentateurs venus pratiquement d’un pôle (Finlande) à l’autre (Australie). Serez-vous des nôtres?

Si c’est le cas, nous avons très hâte de vous voir… Il ne nous reste que 70 places et l’événement affichera complet par la suite, alors ne tardez pas. Continue reading

FIVE DAYS LEFT to save! IAP2 North American Conference!


2019 North American Conference starts with diversity focus!

Register now and SAVE: early-bird pricing ends MONDAY!

“Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.”
– Verna Myers

Register today! Hotel Reservations
Schedule-at-a-Glance Conference Details
Become a Sponsor! Sponsorship Application

The 2019 IAP2 North American Conference (Sept. 4 – 6 in Charlotte, NC) promises to be much more than sessions and presentations. You don’t want to miss Day One — Wednesday — with its field trips and workshops!

Plan to attend the workshop on Race, Equity and Inclusion, to gain practical tools for taking that step past diversity and focusing on inclusion. In the Driver’s Seat goes into the relationship between P2 and transportation; and — new this year, the P2 for Decision-Makers Workshop, goes into the how-to, why-to, when-to and when not to engage the public on policy and project decisions.

Something else new this year: SESSION THEMES — so you can make the most of your time!

Tips, Tools, Techniques
Race, Equity, & Inclusion
Advocating for Good P2
Youth Engagement
Online Engagement
Cities & Policing
Cities & Communities
Reaching the Hard to Reach
Politics & P2
Empathy & Sensitivity
Creating a Culture of P2
Planning for Good P2
Indigenous Inclusion

Whatever themes you choose, it’s all about “Leveraging P2 to Create Thriving Communities”. The Schedule-at-a-Glance shows what’s in store, like The Art and Science of Online Engagement— designing a process and making sure “seldom-heard” communities are included. Learn about the campaign to spread the message of P2 far and wide through The Ambassador Program; or learn how to overcome built-in racial inequity in P2 processes with Let’s Talk Race: Operationalizing Racial Equity Principles Within Community Engagement.

But unless you have money to burn, DON’T DELAY! The early-bird deadline is Monday, July 1, so register here, and save!

Remember: if you’re a student, staffer at a not-for-profit or new community advocate, you may qualify for a scholarship. Find out more and apply here.

Welcome to our new sponsors! Bang the Table joins the list of exhibitors at this year’s Conference, while IAP2 USAIAP2 Canada, the Greater Los Angeles and Colorado Chapters are all sponsoring scholarships to encourage a new generation of P2 practitioners.

That’s just one of the many sponsorship opportunitiesthis year, including the exciting new Conference app, which keeps everyone up-to-the-minute on Conference events, and is an excellent way to get your business name in front of hundreds of potential clients. Find more information here, and download the sponsorship application form here.


 Thank you to our 2019 Conference Sponsors!

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Show your commitment to P2,reach new customers or get up-close-and-personal with existing ones! Download the sponsorship package to get started today!