Check out our recorded webinars, podcasts, and video footage from past events to learn practical skills, listen to inspiring stories, and stay digitally connected and informed. To view upcoming webinars and other virtual convenings, click here.

Coastal Maine Voices: Summer 2020 Virtual Events

This summer the Island Institute hosted a series of coastal conversations in a virtual format to engage and inform island community residents and our supporters. Throughout the series, we featured panels of representatives from Maine’s unbridged islands and coastal communities who discussed their views on current challenges and emerging solutions for Maine’s lobster fishery, climate change, broadband, and the creative economy.  Learn more about the series and the full schdule here, and view video of the completed presentations below.

Looking to the Future—Hannah Pingree on Maine's Path Forward

Join us for this special online event as Island Institute President Rob Snyder and Hannah Pingree, director of the Maine Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, explore bigger picture insights on the pandemic and how climate outcomes for Maine can be aligned as we look to the future. Additional conversation include economic activity along the coast of Maine, broadband’s path forward, the state of affairs in Augusta, and general questions about life on the island. 

Island Columnists—The Dynamics of Island Life, Explained by Island Insiders

Join us for this special online event as we engage in a lively rapport with four of The Working Waterfront’s island columnists gathering to talk about the unique qualities of their communities. We tackle the delicate but critical relationship that has always existed between year-round islanders and seasonal residents, explore how island towns govern themselves, and hear some of the lessons our island columnists have learned as they tell their community’s stories each month. 

Our Maine—Perspectives from Five Fine Art Photographers

Take part in a special online visual journey and conversation with five fine art photographers as we explore perspectives on Maine through each of their lenses. 

Let's Talk Lobster—Challenges and Opportunities of a Core Maine Industry

Learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing Maine's lobster businesses in 2020, and the recent impacts felt by this core Maine industry. We discuss the shifts and challenges that are reverberating through the industry in a number of ways, from market depletion to workforce safety, as well as opportunities arising from hard times. 

Commercial Currents Podcast

Listen to small business owners on Maine's coast discuss solutions to challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Webinar - Community Learning for ME Website Launch and Virtual Tour

This webinar offers a quick virtual tour of the new Community Learning for Maine (CL4ME) website. CL4ME is a Maine-based web resource that aims to support schools, organizations, and communities through crisis-schooling and beyond, working together to build long-term school-community collaborations and vitality. This tool unifies Maine’s unique organizational assets to support a wide variety of instructional methods and programs that connect what is being taught in schools to the surrounding communities.



Webinar - Building a Resilient Business in Uncertain Times

This virtual panel discussion cuts across sectors and brings together Maine business owners and community leaders who are working hard to respond effectively to the global pandemic. During this video conference, a panel of local business leaders addresses the pivots and innovations they have been working through during this time. Come hear what they're doing to be agile and resilient during this time of uncertainty.



Webinar - What the World Can Learn from Maine's One-Room Island Schools

Mandy Metrano, Monhegan Island's teacher and Yvonne Thomas, Island Institute Education Specialist discuss the lessons that can be learned by remote island schools. With schools closed and digital learning as the new normal, there are tips to be learned and resources to be shared that can address the complexities and challenges that come with remote educational relations.



Virtual Learning Projects and Protocols from the Outer Islands TLC

In this follow-up to our webinar, “What the World Can Learn from Maine’s One-Room Island Schools,” participants will gain a more in-depth understanding of the specific components of the Outer Island Teaching and Learning Collaborative (TLC). We share the processes and protocols we use for virtual student academic/social collaborations and professional learning and support for teachers.



Webinar - Get Paid Online

In our increasingly cashless world, and during the global pandemic, small businesses have been trying to find ways to get cash in the door. This workshop is an overview of ways to take a payment using the power of the internet




Waypoints 2020

4 Videos

The 2020 Waypoints Forum offered an opportunity to address the multitude of challenges facing our coast. The theme, "Courageous Leadership in Disruptive Times" tied in the importance of courageous leadership with the workforce and economy of Maine's working waterfronts which will be pressured as never before in the coming decades.


Broadband Summit 2019

8 Videos

Maine's annual broadband summit is focused on inspiring and empowering community leaders to address the challenges of bringing reliable, high-speed internet to Maine. 


Shoreup 2019

5 Videos

ShoreUp Maine 2019: Sea Level Rise—Who Pays and How? was a daylong conference highlighting innovative strategies to help communities pay for projects to increase their resilience to sea level rise and severe storms.


Artists and Makers Conference 2019

6 Videos

The 6th annual Artists & Makers Conference  welcomed close to 200 artists and makers from across the state to Hedges Hall at Point Lookout in Northport for a full day of information, networking, and presentations tailored to the needs of Maine's arts-based businesses.


Waypoints 2019

4 Videos

The Island Institute hosted the third annual Waypoints Forum, an afternoon of discussions focused on the future of our coastal and island communities and the challenges facing Maine's rapidly changing coast. The theme—"Intersections and Impacts—Collaborating for Maine's Changing Coast"—highlighted the defining issues impacting our working waterfronts, our workforce and economy, and our coastal communities preparing for threats from sea level rise and climate shifts.