LONGYEARBYEN SAMFUNNSDIALOGER / LONGYEARBYEN COMMUNITY DIALOGUES
May 14th 2020
In many ways, Longyearbyen is in a time of change. There are challenges, but also opportunities, for the future of the town. In order to create an inclusive and sustainable community, there is the need for a forum where people can come together and exchange about their perspectives and ideas for the future. We believe that creating a space for a public exchange about issues that impact the community will be essential to finding the right solutions for those who live here.
Who we are
In connection with LPO Architects' project Rett Plass Rett Form, Longyearbyen Lokalstyre and Store Norske began discussing the possibility of developing a circular economy based on the reuse of various building material for the town. Since then, the Svalbard Social Science Initiative was asked to join them. Now, we would like to invite the town’s residents to participate in Longyearbyen Community Dialogues.
The Community Dialogues will be a series of 3-hour discussions that will each address a single topic such as housing, use of nature, tourism, etc. Each dialogue will be publicly discussed in an open forum.
The Dialogues are meant to be constructive, community-based discussions about the future of Longyearbyen. Different opinions are encouraged and respect for alternate views is essential.
How to participate?
Each topic will be debated between a group of local residents – some of whom may be experts in the topic or simply concerned citizens who want to contribute their perspective. All interested residents are invited to actively participate in the group discussion, or to listen in and contribute with questions and comments either in person (if meeting in a large group is possible) or online. Each meeting will be announced in the local newspapers (Svalbard Posten and Ice People) as well as posted on Facebook, together with an open call for participation.
When and where?
The dialogs will be held in Longyearbyen, every third Wednesday of the month. The meetings will be streamed live. The topic and place of the discussions as well as the link to the stream will be announced in the town’s newspapers and on Facebook beforehand.
The first meeting, to discuss Svalbard post Korona - what now? takes place in Longyearbyen Kulturhus on Wednesday May 27 from 17:00-20:00.
Link to the Facebook event:
The discussion will revolve around the following questions:
Do we want to go back to the way things were before the crisis?
What should we do different? How
What is the way forward for Longyearbyen?
A summary of the dialogue will be published after the meeting, including reactions and questions.
Are you interested and would like to participate? If so, please feel free to send us an email at email@example.com.
Longyearbyen befinner seg på mange måter i en brytningstid. Det er flere utfordringer, men også muligheter, hva angår byens framtid. For å skape et inklusivt og bærekraftig samfunn ser vi behovet for et forum hvor folk kan møtes og utveksle sine perspektiver og ideer for framtiden. Vi mener at et rom for offentlig debatt om tema som angår Longyearbyensamfunnet er nødvendig for å finne de rette løsningene for dem som lever her.
Hvem er vi?
I forbindelse med LPO Arkitekters prosjekt Rett Plass Rett Form, har Longyearbyen Lokalstyre og Store Norske diskutert mulighetene for en sirkulærøkonomi basert på gjenbruk av byggematerialer for Longyearbyen. Siden ble Svalbard Social Science Initiative spurt om å bidra. Nå ønsker vi å invitere byens innbyggere til å delta i Longyearbyen Samfunnsdialoger.
Hver Samfunnsdialog vil bestå av en tretimers diskusjon og verksted hvor ett tema, som bolig, turisme, bruk av naturen eller lignende, blir tatt opp. Dialogene vil bli diskutert offentlig i et åpent forum.
Dialogene er ment å være konstruktive, lokale diskusjoner om Longyearbyensamfunnet og dets framtid. Ulike meninger er velkomne og respekten for andre perspektiver er essensiell.
Målsetningen med disse dialogene er å skape rom for en bred debatt, hvor ulike stemmer får komme til orde. Disse ønsker vi så å sette sammen til en nyansert meningsytring som kan brukes som grunnlag for innspill til både lokal- og sentralpolitikken.
Hvert tema vil bli diskutert av en gruppe innbyggere – deriblant eksperter på temaet og andre personer som ønsker å komme med sine innspill. Alle byens innbyggere er velkomne til å enten delta aktivt i diskusjonen eller å bivåne den som tilhører med mulighet for å komme med spørsmål og kommentarer, enten personlig eller på nett.
Hvor og når?
Dialogene finner sted i Longyearbyen hver tredje onsdag i måneden. Hvert møte blir direktesendt på nett. Møtestedet, link til sendingen og temaet for diskusjonen blir annonsert i aviser og på Facebook på forhånd.
Den første dialogen, hvor vi diskuterer Longyearbyen post Korona – hva nå?, finner sted i Kulturhuset onsdag 27. mai, fra kl. 17:00-20:00.
Link til Facebook-eventet:
Diskusjonen vil dreie seg om disse spørsmålene:
Vil vi tilbake til alt som vi hadde før krisen?
Hva bør være annerledes? Hvordan?
Hva er veien videre for Longyearbyen?
Et sammendrag av møtet, inkludert reaksjoner og spørsmål, vil bli publisert i etterkant.
Er du interessert og ønsker å delta? Ta gjerne kontakt med oss via mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
REPORT FROM THE SSSI WORKSHOP AT THE SVALBARD SCIENCE CONFERENCE 2019 IN OSLO
March 18, 2020
The workshop report from the SSSI workshop at the Svalbard Science Conference in Oslo in November 2019 can be downloaded here.
SSSI WORKSHOP IN LONGYEARBYEN IN DECEMBER 2020
March 18, 2020
The SSSI received funding from the Svalbard Science Forum / Svalbard Strategic Grant for a workshop in Longyearbyen in December 2020. More information will follow!
FIRST SSSI WORKSHOP AT THE SVALBARD SCIENCE CONFERENCE IN OSLO
November 15, 20
The SSSI organized a one-day workshop as a side meeting to the Svalbard Science Conference in Oslo in November.
The workshop brought together a group of 23 people, including a representative from Longyearbyen Lokalstyre, AECO, the Norwegian Research Council, and researchers from various institutions.
The day began with keynotes by historian Thor Bjørn Arlov (NTNU and UNIS), Peter Hemmersam (Oslo School of Architecture and Design), Annlaug Kjelstad, Head of the Planning Department at Longyearbyen Lokalstyre, and anthropologist Thomas Hylland Eriksen (UiO). The second session consisted of flash presentations by researchers working on issues related to Svalbard. In the third session, the relationship between research and local communities on Svalbard was discussed and possible ways of cooperation between the SSSI and local communities and stakeholders on Svalbard were addressed. The fourth session focused on current and potential research in the social sciences and humanities focusing on Svalbard. It mapped current and emerging topics, identified research gaps and explored the methods being used and potential methods not currently in use. After a short wrap-up, the day ended with a house-keeping session in which the future agenda of the SSSI was discussed.
A report of the workshop will be published on this website soon.
The SSSI also had a "social science corner" during the poster presentation, where most of the active SSSI members exhibited their research.
We would like to thank everyone involved in the workshop. A special thanks to the Svalbard Science Forum/Norwegian Research Council who funded the workshop. We're looking forward to what's next!
SSSI SIDE MEETING AT THE SVALBARD SCIENCE CONFERENCE 2019 IN OSLO
November 1st, 2019
The SSSI will organize a side-meeting to the Svalbard Science Conference 2019 at Scandic Fornebu, Oslo, on November 4th 2019.
The workshop will bring together people from the local communities in Svalbard and researchers from the social sciences, arts and humanities studying the human dimension of living in Svalbard. Together we will look at the past, present and future of living on Svalbard and present current research projects that focus on the human dimensions of the dynamic changes underway there.
Through workshops and group discussions, we aim to strengthen the ways in which social science and humanities research can work with and for the Community, as well as to consolidate the network and plan future activities.
The SSSI workshop is supported by the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC), and funded by the Svalbard Science Forum.
SURVEY FOR CONSULTATION ON THE UPCOMING MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR CENTRAL SPITSBERGEN
September 19, 2019
For the next two weeks SSSI researchers are gathering evidence to contribute to the consultation on the upcoming management plan for Central Spitsbergen, including the areas closest to Longyearbyen, Nedre Adventdalen. If you live in Svalbard or visit often, please fill in our online survey and have your say, it would be really great to be able to have a wider range of views contributing to this process and the Governor’s office have expressed that more of this kind of knowledge is needed. There are only 15 questions and the survey is open until 25thSeptember, just follow this link to Google forms: https://forms.gle/fsFMwfQ5hQQS3KE38
PRESENTATION OF THE SSSI AND CURRENT PROJECTS IN LONGYEARBYEN LOKALSTYRE
September 20, 2019
On Monday, September 16th, Zdenka, Lisbeth, Cecilie and Alexandra had the pleasure of presenting the SSSI and ongoing research projects connected to the SSSI during the last meeting of the current Longyearbyen Lokalstyre, the local elected government of Longyearbyen.
The feedback from the local politicians was positive, and we will be featured in the local newspaper Svalbardposten soon.
THE NORTHERNMOST OVERTOURISM?
September 20, 2019
30th August Dr Sam Saville presented a discussion piece on the concept of ‘overtourism’ and whether this can be observed in Longyearbyen at the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference in London. Her slides (which also feature other SSSI members photography) and paper can be viewed on her website.
BLOG POST ON DISASTER DIPLOMACY IN THE ARCTIC
September 12, 2019
In a recent blog post, Patrizia Duda writes about disaster diplomacy. Read the blog post here:
LISBETH IVERSEN ON THE ARCTIC SAFETY CONFERENCE
June 9, 2019
In a recent blogpost on the website of INTAROS, Lisbeth Iversen writes about the Arctic Safety Conference that was held in Longyearbyen 13-15 May 2019.
Check out the post here:
PRESENTATION OF THE SSSI AT THE SCOTT POLAR INSTITUTE
May 20th, 2019
On Thursday the 9th of May, Sam Saville and Dina Brode-Roger were invited to join the Scott Polar Research Institute’s Polar Humanities and Social Sciences (PHaSS) meeting in Cambridge, UK. After presenting their individual research projects, they then presented the newly created Svalbard Social Science Initiative (SSSI) and were pleased by the warm welcome they received. These kinds of exchanges are essential to developing a strong collaborative network amongst researchers in the polar regions because they create awareness of current research projects and research issues, facilitate communication and pave the way for future collaboration. After the meeting, the discussion continued over lunch with three of the PHaSS doctoral and post Doc researchers.
Pictured at SPRI, from left to right: Johanne Bruun, Henry Anderson-Elliot, Dina Brode-Roger, Samantha Saville, and Morgan Seag
PREPARATIONS FOR THE SSSI SIDE-MEETING AT SSC19 STARTED
May 8th 2019
The SSSI is happy to announce that we have received funding for organizing a side-meeting during the Svalbard Science Conference taking place on Nov 5-6 in Oslo. Thanks to the Svalbard Science Forum for supporting us!
LISBETH IVERSEN ON HER LATEST STAY IN LONGYEARBYEN
May 5th, 2019
In a recent blogpost on the Website of INTAROS, Lisbeth Iversen writes about her stay in Longyearbyen in March.
Check out the post here:
SVALBARDPOSTEN ON ZDENKA AND HER PROJECT
May 3rd 2019
Zdenka and her project were featured in Svalbardposten! Check out the article here:
PROSJEKTET BOREALIFE TRENGER EN LOGO!
24. april 2019
Er du mellom 12 og 17 år og flink i grafisk design?
Jeg trenger en logo til mitt to år lange sosialantropologiske forskningsprosjekt som handler om endringene som skjer i Longyearbyen. Logoen vil brukes i en e-postsignatur, diverse dokumenter, vitenskapelige tekster, nettsider, i markedsføring og andre steder/ting som er relaterte til mitt prosjekt. Logoen må være enkel og fengende, og skal inkludere ordet "borealife".
Her er noen stikkord til inspirasjon: Longyearbyen, klimaendring, smelting, globalisering, livet i Arktis.
Vinneren får en upcycled hettegenser etter eget ønske, håndlaget av en ung tsjekkisk motedesigner, Kristina Fngrlnd (Instagram: k_fngrlnd).
Send meg din logo i elektronisk format til
email@example.com eller kast din originale tegning med navn og kontaktinfo i postkassen min (Sokolickova, Zarsky) i Vei 219 8D.
Søknadsfrist er 17. mai.
ZDENKA AT THE ARCTIC WORKSHOP IN STOCKHOLM
April 18th 2019
Zdenka presented her project at the Arctic Workshop in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 4.
Check out her presentation here: https://prezi.com/view/kufcPS6MmEDOaTN9RmE5/
April 1st, 2019
On April 1st, the newly founded SSSI (Svalbard Social Science Initiative) launched its website (no April's fools!).
This website is intended to bundle information about social science activities, projects and researchers working on issues related to Svalbard.
Image: Dina Brode Roger