Maine Islands Coalition Virtual Meetings
Ongoing — private event
We are holding weekly 1.5 hour virtual convenings for Maine Islands Coalition (MIC) members, community leaders, and state legislators to share resources and communicate community policies and approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic and raise challenges that can be addressed by the larger group or shared to a wider platform. To see the minutes from previous meetings and learn more about the MIC, click here.
Get Out the Vote: Engaging Your Community on the Internet Bond
Tuesday, April 28 and Friday, May 1 — private events
This online workshop is designed for Maine broadband supporters who wish to be involved in building community engagement for the upcoming vote on the broadband bond. Attendees will be provided with instruction and resources to build knowledge and support on how to effectively activate their communities. Click here for details.
Building a Resilient Business in Uncertain Times
(On Demand Recording)
Thursday, April 16 — public event
This 1.5 hour virtual panel discussion cut across sectors and brought together Maine business owners and community leaders who are working hard to respond effectively to the global pandemic. A panel of local business leaders addressed the pivots and innovations they have been working through during this time. Speakers included Gabrielle Melchionda, founder of Mad Gabs; Ben Martens, Executive Director of Maine Coast Fishermen's Association; and Maggie Moore, founder of Maggie Bokor Jewelry. Conversations covered what each of these leaders are doing to be agile and resilient during this time of uncertainty.
What the World Can Learn from Maine's One-Room Island Schools
(On Demand Recording)
Tuesday, April 14 — public event
During these unprecedented times that directly impact every one of us, we can look to Maine's smallest and most remote schools for inspiration as well as practical help. In this webinar, Monhegan Island teacher Mandy Metrano and Yvonne Thomas, education specialist at the Island Institute, shared stories and lessons learned from the Outer Island Teaching and Learning Collaborative (TLC) and the Monhegan Island School that directly apply to the current crisis.
Island Ferry Convening
Thursday, March 26 — private event
This 1.5 hour virtual meeting for ferry service operators and water taxis was held to share how each is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, ask questions, and learn from each other. Outcomes included shared policies between group members, distribution of an opt-in group contact list so that service operators could contact each other ongoing, and identification of ways in which the Island Institute can be helpful during this time.
Aquaculture Group: Oyster Listening Session
Thursday, April 2 — private event
A two-hour listening session was held to provide local oyster farmers the chance to share how each is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and give them the chance to ask questions and learn from each other. Goals of this meeting were to uncover near-term and mid-term needs, learn from each other, share resources, and share a contact list for members who wish to connect outside of the meeting.