Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Social Media Stream at San Diego Conference

P2 practitioners are finding the take up of social media critical in their practice and in engagement of stakeholders. This year's international conference is picking up on the tools, techniques and issues that are shaping public involvment around the world. See below for the social media sessions and check out the whole program at www.iap2.org

Web 2.0 Tools
Dr. Crispin Butteriss, Bang the Table, Newcastle Australia
Web-based engagement is sustainable for both process and practical reasons. It provides a new and broader public with an opportunity to get involved in conversations about places and issues that affect them. It also reduces travel requirements by allowing citizens to join conversations from home or work. This session will explore workshop online community engagement through a series of case studies.

Facebook: Fad or Failure?
Martin J. Cowling, People First—Total Solutions, Melbourne Australia
This session outlines the social networking technologies, their potential and actual usage and poses some questions as to whether these technologies are a temporary phenomenon or represent a fundamental shift for those engaged in raising public participation.

Social Media
David Messerschmidt, Public Affairs Media Group, Seattle, WA USA
Public participation takes place in a new communications environment that includes “legacy” print and broadcast media, social networks, bloggers, “citizen” journalists, mashups and new online tools that pile into the toolbox everyday. To be sustainable practitioners managing public participation processes need both access to and an understanding of these new tools.

Social Networking Solutions
Karen Franz, San Diego Coastkeeper, San Diego, CA USA
Soumya Chennapragada, San Diego Coastkeeper, San Diego, CA USA

The purpose of this session is to explore the strengths and weaknesses of social networking tools for nonprofits wishing to engage communities in a collaborative dialog to protect environmental health building upon on a complex data set. The environmental data presents a lens through which social networking tools are applied for community engagement.

Amelia Shaw, Translink, Burnaby, BC Canada
Patti LaCroix, MA Catapult Media, Halifax Canada
Kirsten Koppang-Telford, Translink, Vancouver, BC Canada
Showcasing public transportation in Vancouver, this session will report on a recent e-consultation pilot project undertaken by TransLink as part of its 10 Year Plan consultation process. Central to the pilot project was an exploration of how e-consultation could support the development of stronger, durable decisions that improve the quality of life for today and future generations in our community.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Social Media and P2 in California

The tools and techniques of social media are being applied by P2 practitioners to draw in new people to public participation. It is more than teaching an old dog new tricks - it is applying new technologies and techniques to the well-established and viable essence of IAP2 - the core values, spectrum and code of ethics.

This week in California two IAP2 mini-symposia have showcased and demonstrated check out this one from San Francisco. There will be more of this coming up at the conference later in the year - as it is a major thread running through the conference Sustainable Decision-Making - the price and promise of public participation.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Write White House Policy

Contribute directly to shaping President Obama's Open Government Directive. This online wiki-esque tool will enable you to input directly into the final document. Make your mark and bring an IAP2 practical perspective to this critical work - closes in 5 days ! Click here

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

San Francisco, California

California's Governor tweets about P2:

"I love public participation so I want to hear your ideas for solving our budget, no matter how radical. Use #myidea4CA. from web " But he's not the only one - last night in San Francisco the IAP2 Northern Californian Chapter hosted a mini-symposium.

A wide cross section of practitioners attended from new graduates to seasoned experts. It was a chance to learn about the macro with a case study from the UK on a national government approach to P2 and the micro with a technical application on empathy in communications. The diversity of information shared included a story from the outback of Australia to the high tech web-based tools being applied in the White House. The breadth and depth of the input was enriching and valued by all participants - demonstrated by the event going over time!

This was a significant networking and professional development opportunity that IAP2 offered its members and colleagues in the field by the Northern California Chapter.

Photos and files from the event will be uploaded in due course.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Core Values - Judging in Progress

Congratulations toBold everyone who has made a submission to this year's Core Values awards. Our judges are busy reviewing submissions from UK, USA, Canada, Thailand, Ghana, South Africa and Australia.

The judging team is led by Geoff Wilson, winner of last year's Project of the Year, with Capital Health, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Geoff is joined by:
Dr Patricia Wilson, University of Texas, Austin USA
Chad Foulkes South Coast Shire, Victoria, Australia
Lynne Gillette, US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, USA
Sandy Heierbacher, National Coalition for Deliberation and Dialogue, USA
Sandra McBrayer, The Children’s initiative, San Diego, USA
Dr. Alice Siu, Center for Deliberative Democracy, Stanford University USA

Julie Wilcox from last year's Organisation of the Year, South Nevada Water Authority reflected on the value of acknowledging public participation and the value of sustained engagement with these words: " Since its creation in 1991, the Authority has demonstrated a sustained commitment of engaging the public in major policy decisions. Indeed, the best decisions are often made when the public is involved in shaping them.

As you all know, consensus-based decision making is never easy. It takes time, effort, and a willingness to set-aside personal interests for the sake of a greater good. The Authority itself was established, to put an end to the in-fighting and competition that was occurring among water agencies in Southern Nevada’s Las Vegas Valley. Under General Manager Patricia Mulroy’s direction, the Authority was designed as a consensus-based cooperative agency, focused on managing water on a regional – not local – basis.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority includes in its membership the seven largest water and waste water agencies and each has one member on the Board of Directors. Each agency – no matter the size – has a veto power. So the smallest member, which only delivers 2 percent of the water, can not be taken advantage of. Consensus is required in all administrative decisions.
In Southern Nevada, we rely on the Colorado River to meet 90 percent of our water supply. Nevada received the smallest allotment of Colorado River water under the Colorado River Compact of 1922 – less than 2 percent of the River's water – because the Colorado River was allocated primarily on the basis of agricultural potential. But Nevada and its arid lands discovered a different way to develop as a community.

The American West today bears little resemblance to the West of 1922. The entire West has exploded with population increases and is suffering from a devastating 8-year drought. In order to meet the challenges this brings, we must seek to involve all interests in finding solutions to complex problems. We must do this regionally by working with our neighboring states and locally by engaging our citizens because the best decisions include the voice of the community.
We are so very proud to be recognized by those who, like us, value and demand opportunities for public participation in policy issues of any community. We applaud all here tonight for embracing this vision and we are proud to pursue it with you. Thank you for extending to us the Core Values award of IAP2 Organization of the Year.

Based on recommendations of its citizen committees:
· The Authority successfully developed a funding plan to build more than $2 billion in regional water infrastructure just in time to meet community needs. Because the plan had been vetted and supported by a broad-based group of stakeholders, it received 72% of the vote when the plan was considered during a general election..
· The Authority achieved its goal of 25 percent conservation of total water use four years ahead of schedule. Following the completion of this goal, a subsequent committee set a new goal, which we are on track to achieve ahead of schedule. This year, Southern Nevadans are using 15 billion gallons less water than they did five years ago, despite the addition of 400,000 new residents during that span and more than 40 million annual visitors.
· We have also developed and implemented the largest direct-injection artificial recharge program in the nation to protect the Las Vegas Valley groundwater aquifer.
· The Authority stepped up and began coordinating efforts to restore the ecological functions of the Las Vegas Wash, which conveys treated effluent and stormwater back to the Colorado River. These efforts have included construction of 10 erosion control structures (reducing total suspended solids by more than 50 percent), stabilization of 5.5 miles of bank, and revegetation of more than 175 acres of wetland.
· We are currently in the process of implementing major recommendations to develop additional supplies to meet future demands. This has included successful negotiations with other states for increased flexibility on the Colorado River and the development of unused groundwater supplies that are available in our state.

Public participation shapes nearly every policy decision considered by the Authority. Even today, we still rely on the recommendations and policy directions of current and past public processes. The best decisions are made when they account for the voice of the community as a whole. Thank you again for extending to us the honor of IAP2 Organization of the Year."

We look forward to announcing this year's batch of winners and celebrating their success at this year's Core Values event in San Diego as part of 17th International Conference.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

White House Open Government Stage 1 Wrap Up

Check out the review of Phase 1 of the Open Government directive brainstorming phase from the White House Do you think the IAP2 principles / core values for public participation are "lofty"? Across the world they are being applied by practitioners in public policy, community settings and in commerical enterprises.

This week applications closed for the international core values awards and attracted entries from Ghana, South Africa, UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Thailand. All entries demonstrated how they are applying these core values in public participation. The judges now go to work to assess the organisation and the project of the year that best reflects the application of these values. The new category for innovation will in its inaugural year focus on the use of web-based technology. Results will be announced in time for celebrations at the Conference in San Diego.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Core Values Awards - Extended to June 8th

Do you know of an organisation or project that demonstrates excellence in public participation?
The annual Core Values awards are remaining open for one more week and will close on June 8th when the judges will begin their work! So far there are submissions from Ghana, Australia, USA, Thailand and Canada - so get yours in to let everyone in the global P2 community know of your world class work.
Award winners will be announced in San Diego as part of the 17th International IAP2 Conference.
All the information to submit your award winning application is found on the IAP2 home page - just follow the links!