Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Core Values Awards

Are you getting enough recognition for the work you do to engage citizens? Do you think you have the most innovative project or your organisation or agency is the world’s best in conducting public participation?

If so, how about entering the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) 2010 Core Values Awards. You could be standing in Scarborough in the UK in October receiving your award from an international judging panel.

Do you do P2 better than any one else? Are you using P2 tools and techniques to engage citizens in decision-making that will stand the test of time? Are you dealing with intractable problems that just won’t go away and because of your approach you are now breaking through with solutions?

Each year IAP2 hosts annual awards to promote excellence and innovation in public participation practices.

There are bound to be potential winners in the GovLoop network who are facing challenges and are overcoming them through public participation.

To see what won last year and to read through the submissions check out the Annual State of the Practice Reports If you think you can do better than those; then you may well be a winner in 2010!

All details Get your submission in before July 16th 10:00am (Eastern) and get the worldwide recognition you deserve.

IAP2 would like to thank all our networks for their support in promoting these awards and in particular govloop an on line network for government agencies and staff in the USA, all the judges who are being led by co-chairs: 2008 Project of the Year Winner Geoff Wilson (Canada) and Prof. Lyn Carson (Australia, University of Western Sydney).

Monday, June 14, 2010

Seeking Skilled and Talented Trainers

At present IAP2 is finalising the call for the delivery of a Train-the-Trainer course in the Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation program in Australia and South Africa.

The course in Australia will be held on Thursday 5 August 2010 in Melbourne and in South Africa on Thursday November 4th in Johannesburg.

Applications for the Train the Trainer to be held in Australia are now open and close on June 30th.

If you wish to be considered for selection please contact and an information pack will be forwarded to you.

Train-the-Trainer dates for the Certificate in Public Participation program are being finalised and it is expected that there will be one in Australia in November and one in early November in South Africa. Additional Train-the-Trainer courses for both Certificate and Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation will be offered in the Northern Hemisphere in 2011 with locations likely to be UK and North America.

Monday, June 7, 2010

New life in IAP2

IAP2 has given many of us great things: new skills, career opportunities, international connections and friendship.

But how many of us can claim an IAP2 link to one of life’s most precious gifts - a baby? Welcome to the world Charlie Louis Butteriss!

This little person was born a few weeks ago to Amy Hubbard and Crispin Butteriss in Melbourne Australia.

Crispin will be known to many on the community engagement scene for his collaboration with IAP2. His company, Bang the Table, is a regular sponsor at IAP2 conferences. Bang the Table also provided the pro-bono support for the recent online member engagement program.

Amy was the Coordinator of the Victorian chapter of IAP2 Australasia during 2008 - 9. It was Amy’s active presence on the IAP2 front that led Crispin to contact her in June 2008 to talk about online engagement. In response Amy organised for Crispin to present to the Victorian committee.

Three months later, while the rest of us were dancing the Ceilidh at the IAP2 conference in Glasgow, Amy and Crispin were catching up again - at the bar outside – and no doubt discussing the finer details of running a world cafe, the benefits of open space and the SpeakOut method.

Amy and Crispin both attended the IAP2 Australasia conference several weeks later in Adelaide and caught up again, this time to talk about wikis, iphone apps and deliberative forums. There seems to be an engaging pattern emerging here!

So that they could keep the conversation going smoothly, Crispin decides to relocate from NSW to inner city Melbourne in October 2008 and then in January 2009 he moves in with Amy. They have a heck of a lot to talk about.

Today Amy and Crispin own a house in a leafy Melbourne street which they share with baby Charlie who was born in April. Oh that's right, Charlie is about to attend his first big IAP2 event on June 11 in Perth. The West Australian chapter are running an event on innovation and Charlie is the youngest IAP2er to register. The committee are discussing a new infant member category. Charlie might be bit small for all this just yet – but as the IAP2 baby he can take advantage of all those Aunties and Uncles….there is no shortage of willing arms ready for a cuddle.

To send a message of congratulations to this fabulous IAP2 trio go to or

Desley Renton

President IAP2