NORTHERN LEADERS, ARTISTS, RESEARCHERS, WRITERS GATHER IN GERMANY TO DISCUSS AND DEVELOP ARCTIC PERSPECTIVE INITIATIVE STRATEGIES
September 28, Dortmund, Germany
A three-day open-space conference was held in Germany at the HMKV Phoenix Halle, gathering some of the worldʼs top thinkers, leaders and artists dealing with the Arctic region, its geopolitics and inhabitants. The participants shared ideas concerning the sustainability of the circumpolar region intertwining a variety of perspectives and topics such as: culture, ecology, technology, autonomy and traditional knowledge. The group decided on several directions for strategies of collaboration between northern communities and the Arctic Perspective Initiative (API) in order to further their mandate of ʻproviding greater autonomy through strategies of open systems sharing.ʼ
Ideas to be put into practice include a community based workshop and lab that will provide outreach and education facilities for learning techniques of fabrication, hands on technology repair techniques, new media authoring and literacy, a system of hydroponic community gardens that will be powered entirely from renewable energies and many other exciting proposals. API focuses on empowerment through the authorship, ownership and use of enabling technologies both traditional and contemporary. The workshop was decided to be built in Igloolik, Nunavut, and will serve as a model of autonomy, energy independence, community learning, and artistic production for the community as well as to house experts in order to share their knowledge with and learn from the local inhabitants as an ongoing process of exchange between northern and southern experts.