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Fostering convergence to address complex Arctic climate challenges: Identifying opportunities with the Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) Program

May 24, 2022 @ 10:00 am to 11:00 am AKDT

Speaker: Twila Moon, Navigating the New Arctic Community Office (NNA-CO)

Convergence research brings together diverse participants to craft – together – new languages of understanding and form new perspectives and solutions pathways around complex societal challenges and opportunities. Convergence is an intentional, careful process requiring relationship building and open sharing of individual perspectives so that groups can create integrated pathways to make progress together, often towards community-level activities or applications. Rapid climate change in the Arctic is causing unprecedented environmental shifts that are intrinsically connected with complex social and community activities and concerns, from food security to infrastructure, conservation to geopolitics. The NSF-funded Navigating the New Arctic Community Office (NNA-CO) is supporting new and future Arctic-focused convergence research. One activity of support is development of four Convergence Working Groups that will bring together researchers, local experts, and engaged community representatives to work together on a focused, self-formed project; for example, hosting community workshops, creating shared Arctic Data Center portals, developing policy briefs, or crafting science storytelling products. The Convergence Working Groups themselves will attempt to apply convergence concepts and act as test beds and examples for best practices. The process for Working Group formation has already been available for community feedback, with an ongoing workflow aimed to solidify areas of focus and participation by early 2023. Join this webinar to find out more about convergence research, formation and activities of upcoming Convergence Working Groups, and broader opportunities for cross-community interaction within the NNA-CO.