Learning from the past to shape the future
Nordic Connections explored two issues that threaten contemporary society — catastrophic climate change and nuclear disaster — through dialogue and mutual creative enquiry by young people, university researchers, partner organisations and individual members of the local island communities. The project linked two communities, the island of Unst in Shetland and two islands, Onøy and Lurøy in northern Norway. The islands share histories as well as a deep concern for the future viability of our planet. Through the course of the project we also learned about a range of other common issues and qualities linked to daily life. Partner organisations include: Baltasound Junior High School, Unst; Nord Universitet, Campus Nesna; Northern Isles Community Development, Shetland Islands Council; Onøy/Lurøy Skole; Centre for Island Creativity, Shetland UHI; Moray College UHI; Unst Heritage Centre. As part of the project we produced a prototype immersive dome using a gaming platform, developed by Finlay MacDonald. You can access it here.
The project was funded by the Scottish Government Arctic Connections Fund.
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