Most of the Arctic, like most of the world, is commonly owned. With ownership comes the obligation to manage our resources for the benefit of the total. To do that, we must understand the reality, the richness, and the responsibility of the North.

– Governor Walter J. Hickel, Founder

Institute Sponsors Successful TEDxAnchorage Event

TEDxAnchorage brought some of Alaska’s best and brightest together to present their world-changing ideas in support of stronger partnerships, innovation, and more resilient, sustainable communities. The focus of this year’s TEDx event was: Livable Communities and the Human Condition, a theme that the Institute of the North, the event’s primary sponsor, believes is critical to Alaska. The event was open to the public and was held on March 19th 2011 at the Performing Arts Center in Anchorage. Nearly 150 people attended the event over the course of the day, with many more following along on Twitter.

"The Institute's interest in TEDxAnchorage - and this year's theme - reflects a commitment to Alaska's commons. If the commons is a space that we all "own" or share collectively, then one way we can support that is by providing platforms for individuals in our community to share their Idea Worth Spreading,” notes Managing Director of the Institute, Nils Andreassen.

The Institute of the North, a national leader in Arctic research and advocacy, whose mission to educate on the ‘reality, richness, and responsibility’ of Alaska’s commons, means examining the factors that add up to Alaska’s quality of life and supports a deeper understanding of our common assets and obligations. This includes the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity, and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities – all of which were topics of discussion.

Some presentations spoke to past and current innovation and development, while others asked the audience to look to the future and consider our collective potential. Stories from artists, as well as performances, filled the day with inspiration and art.

“I would like to thank the Institute of the North, as well as our other community partners, sponsors, volunteers, speakers and audience members for making the 2011 TEDxAnchorage a success.” TEDxAnchorage coordinator, Carolyn Kinneen, said following the event. “Please stay tuned to our Facebook page, ‘TEDxAnchorage,’ for information about next year!”

The Institute of the North is also host of the Emerging Leaders Dialogue in June, which this year takes place in Kotzebue. Participants will have an opportunity to further explore the theme of Livable Communities and the Human Condition. Visit to register.