NAF 2015

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Announcing North Atlantic Forum (NAF) 2015

10th North Atlantic Forum | 27th CRRF Rural Conference

Hosted by the Institute of Island Studies
in association with the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation

Building Community Resilience: Innovation, Culture, and Governance in Place

Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
September 17-18-19, 2015

NAF 2015 invites explorations of how various ‘dark horses’ in the broad North Atlantic – including minorities, small towns, peripheries, aboriginal communities, those with little money, status, voice or political leverage – can rise to the occasion and chart liveable futures.

NAF 2015 will examine opportunities for sustainable living that are more likely to emerge from small and peripheral communities – rural, coastal or island – that would otherwise struggle in a McWorld driven by scale economics.

North Atlantic Forum 2015 will serve as a platform for the critical and inter-disciplinary discussion of experiences where those living ‘on the edge’, however defined, show unexpected ingenuity and mettle; and respond cleverly to dire economic straits or public policy negligence. Including:

  • Politically, by developing suitable governance practices; flexing jurisdictional powers; and engaging in multi-level political and (para)-diplomatic relations;
  • Economically, by facilitating small-scale entrepreneurship; promoting investment; creating skill-rich jobs; encouraging inward and circular migration; and developing new forms of human-scaled, place-based, no-growth economies, sensitive to environmental needs;
  • Culturally, by nourishing strong communities that celebrate traditions and encourage artistic expression; sustaining suitable environmental practices; and welcoming newcomers in their rooted yet routed ways of life.

 Contact for more information

2 thoughts on “NAF 2015

  1. I am a member of the Trinity United Church ‘Faith in Action’ Missions team and I’m very interested in receiving more information on this event.

    Thank you,

    Catherine Dickson

    • Hello,

      My apologies, I do not see these comments very often. Please contact Laurie Brinklow for more information. Her contact information is below.


      Laurie Brinklow,
      Chair, NAF organizing Committee
      University of Prince Edward Island, Main 208
      phone: (902) 566-0909

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