Kylie Cochrane, Chair of the International Association for Public Participation (Inside P2 013)

On the show today, an interview with the Global Chair of the International Association for Public Participation, Kylie Cochrane.

IAP2 is a federation of regional IAP2 organizations such as IAP2 USA and IAP2 Canada. Kylie Cochrane is the Chair of the overarching federation. And while we were both at the IAP2 North America Conference in Victoria, she sat down with me to talk about IAP2, its changing structure, major issues in the P2 practice and a look into the future.

Our discussion covered:

  • The change process IAP2 is undertaking;
  • The areas of greatest activity;
  • The enhancement of credibility and respect that has been accorded to the practice of public engagement that has resulted from the establishment of the Open Government Partnership; and
  • The need for P2 practitioners to evolve our practices and tools to keep up with the interconnected activist groups’ sophisticated use of social media and technology.

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Inside P2 010: A new IAP2 Chapter for Canada’s National Capital Region


Canada’s National Capital Region is getting its own chapter of the International Association for Public Participation. And this week’s Inside P2 guest host, Peter Wilton, is leading the steering committee that is launching it.

We talk about plans for the newly established chapter, which include both events and social media channels. If you are a public participation practitioner or research in the NCR, find more information or sign up to participate in the IAP2 NCR chapter.

Peter is a Senior Consultant at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, based in Ottawa Canada. Prior to joining H+K, Peter was a Public Engagement Advisor at the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Originally he hails from Newfoundland, where he earned a Master of Science (MSc) in Applied Health Services Research.

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Inside P2 009: Nothing About Us Without Us is For Us


Integrating real world facilitation with online engagement

Rebecca Sutherns, CEO of Sage Solutions, co-hosts this week’s podcast. 

Rebecca shares her insights into the value of facilitated conversations with stakeholder groups and the challenge of facilitation in an era in which people are more focused on the screens of their mobile devices than to the people who may be sitting only feet away. She talks about integrating the richness and value of in-person experiences with online experiences that will reach larger numbers of people. This presents not only the challenge of asking questions to obtain useful responses across media, but also the challenge of interpreting data sets that will vary in both number and richness of data.

Let’s Talk IAP2

Last September at the IAP2 North American conference in Denver, IAP2 kicked off an examination of its organization and business model. This has been underway at an elite level, driven by a “Change Committee” drawn from North America, Australasia, Indonesia, Southern Africa and Latin America.

This week, IAP2 sent an email to members like us inviting us to provide our input on a set of strategic directions that were established by the Change Committee. The intent is to gather member input via the Let’s Talk IAP2 website for the next few weeks and then for a consensus decision from national and regional affiliate boards at IAP2 in Victoria.

Both Rebecca and I are looking forward to providing our input. However, for me, the fact that IAP2 is consulting members so late in the process, and only consulting members, as opposed to the groups that it is “involving”, such as trainers, or empowering (both of those terms are defined in the IAP2 spectrum) elevates my puzzlement at the top-focused nature of IAP2. It is the only membership-based organization that I have participated in that treats members as peripheral to decision-making. That’s ironic, when you think about the mission and mandate embodied in the organization’s name – the International Association for Public Participation.

IAP2 is important to me — I hope they get it right.

Let’s Talk IAP2 launched August 8 and runs to August 27. Find out more information at Let’s Talk IAP2.

Sidewalk goes off the rails?

Sidewalk Labs is planning to build a model smart community in Toronto. But their approach to community relations and public participation has undermined trust and raised opposition in the community.

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Inside P2 003: The best of times and the worst of times for open government


On this week’s Inside P2, we talk about the shutdown of open.gov, the opening of the Canada School of Public Service armchair sessions to the general public, the IAP2 North American Conference agenda, and P2 learning opportunities you can participate in.

Farewell Open.Gov

The news coverage focused on the Trump administration’s decision to not publish Whitehouse visitor logs. But what fewer noticed was the announcement that Open.Gov would be shut down. And fewer noticed that open.whitehouse.gov has turned into Whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/disclosures. A URL can speak volumes about mindset.

Canada School of Public Service opens Armchair session to the general public

For those who wonder how public servants are being trained to embrace the culture of open government, we had a chance to peek behind the curtains at the Canada School of Public Service Webcast its armchair session “Open Government Starts with you.” Check out the Twitter Moment to get a sense of the discussion.

See you in Denver?

The IAP2 North American Conference agenda has been announced. We’ll profile different sessions and interview presenters in future episodes of Inside P2.

Learn P2 online

IAP2 USA has announced two new online courses – Choose the Right Tools and Participatory Budgeting.

When in Ottawa

Learn how to engage with indigenous peoples at the next IAP2 Third Tuesday #3tYOW session with Bob Joseph.

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Inside P2: Professional development opportunities you shouldn’t miss



On today’s episode of Inside P2 (Inside Public Participation), I highlight some of professional development resources you may want to take advantage of in the coming year.

I cover conferences that will give you insight into today’s best practices in P2 and also provide you with the opportunity to meet face to face with other P2 practitioners from across North America and even Australasia and Europe. I also talk about the IAP2, a professional association that will deliver professional development and networking opportunities. And I point to other online P2 resources you should bookmark.

Links to resources mentioned in this episode:

Conferences

Association

Online Resources

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Inside P2 episode 1: Why IP2, the IAP2 North American Conference and “All Things P”



Why the Inside P2 podcast

Welcome to Inside P2, the podcast for public participation practitioners hosted by me, Joseph Thornley.

Each week I hope to talk to you about best practices, case studies, and research in effective public participation. Sometimes I’ll be on my own. Sometimes, I’ll have guest hosts. And sometimes, I’ll post interviews.

The format of the show will include both a discussion of a principal topic or interview along with one or more brief #IP2Noted items, quick hits on things P2 that I’ve noticed around the web.

I’m also hoping to be joined from time to time by guest hosts who have a unique perspective on on P2. So, if you have some insight or experience that you’d like to share and are willing to illustrate it with case studies or original research, I’d love to feature you either as a guest host or as an interviewee. If you’re interested, please email me at [email protected] or tweet to @insidep2podcast.

#IP2Noted

Finally, this week’s #IP2Noted segment covers:

IAP2 Conference, public participation in Montreal The IAP2 North American Conference is being held September 28-30 in Montreal. I attended this conference in Portland last year – and found it to be the best conference of the year. It’s smallish – 250 people – with two full days of speakers with practical experience. I learned a lot last year and I’m looking forward to attending again this year. The early registration fee is in effect now. Check out the conference Website. If you are a public participation practitioner looking for an opportunity to meet other practitioners and learn from them, this conference may be what you are looking for.

The MandarinAll Things P and public participation has launched All Things P, an online hub dedicated to news and insight about public engagement in Australia. The Australians have been at the P2 game for some time. In announcing the launch of All Things P, Mandarin Publisher Tom Burton writes:

All Things P recognises the need agencies have to rapidly develop their engagement and campaign management skills.

We are bringing together some of Australia’s best practitioners in the fields of communications, user and interface design, engagement, clear communications, marketing, campaign design, analytics, brand management, stakeholder management and modern public affairs management.

Their insights, from the practical to the strategic, will help build a strong community of practice around public sector engagement.

Australia has been a P2 hotspot. So, this site should be useful to anyone interested in P2.

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