In an effort to give back some of what I received at TEDGlobal, I’ve acquired the license to organize and curate TEDxArctic on March 19, 2011.

The theme will be “Higher Learning” — in the broadest sense — because Canada’s northern territories are waking up to the fact that they’re suffering from the lack of a university. What a truly Northern university might look like is a question we’re starting to address.

Meanwhile the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation — the real diplomatic heroes in this effort — have put out this nifty map, plotting all the many universities in the Arctic, with a glaring absence over Canada’s vast Northern expanse. I’ve always loved circumpolar maps, anyway. Gives one a different perspective:    The Northern Gap (1)

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