Fletcher Arctic  VI
Medford, MA
February 17-18, 2017

Fletcher Arctic VI, a TEDx-style event, will showcase the ideas, stories, and initiatives of people who live and work in the Arctic. The conference will bring together inspiring leaders, innovative business people, expert scientists, and artists from the pan-Arctic region. Building on the school’s interdisciplinary approach, Fletcher Arctic VI will be a forum to engage in conversation and spark open and constructive debate between speakers and participants, providing deep insights into this unique and rapidly changing region. We will question the dilemma between economic development, social protection, and environmental conservation in    the wake of climate change. We will also think about the diverse ways well-being can be improved in northern communities, while registering socio-cultural dynamics and governance and security issues.

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Since 2012, the annual Fletcher Arctic Conference has provided a forum to address the implications of an opening Arctic. Past conferences have paid particular attention to the diverse environmental, cultural, and scientific challenges posed by the changing Arctic, drawing upon the insights of conference speakers including President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson of Iceland, then-U.S. Senator John Kerry, and Ambassador Mark Brzezinski. In 2016, the Fletcher Arctic Conference convened more than 200 participants from diverse backgrounds to engage on key Arctic issues.