October 11, 2019, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Join the Island Institute and islanders from around the world for this panel discussion during the first-ever Virtual Island Summit, Oct. 6-11.

Small, isolated communities face a host of challenges, including limited financial and human resources. As  environmental and economic disruptions escalate worldwide, how do we ensure that island communities aren't left behind? Network weaving is a strategy that can add capacity and accelerate the pace of problem-solving in places where time and resources are limited. Thoughtfully designed peer-to-peer engagement can facilitate the solutions sharing, leadership development, and personal relationships to help island communities thrive in the face of change. 

  • Suzanne MacDonald, Chief Community Development Officer, Island Institute 
  • Roger Berle, Founding Co-Chair, Maine Islands Coalition 
  • Michael Childers, Chair of the Steering Committee, Great Lakes Islands Alliance 
  • Matt Preisser, Lake Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
  • Stephanie Nowers, Co-Facilitator, Islanded Grid Resource Center
  • Mark Glick, Tenure Track Faculty, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii
  • Alexis Chatzimpiros, Samso Energy Academy/Tentou Project, Denmark
About the Virtual Island Summit

The first-ever Virtual Island Summit is a free and entirely online event designed to connect global islands to share their common experiences through a digital platform. Join islanders from around the world to share ideas, good practices and solutions. See the full agenda and learn more here.