Arctic Societies of Well-being

Organized by the University of Iceland 26. August 2016

Saturday, October 8, 14:30-15:30

Location: Esja, Harpa Fifth Level

In this session, suggested sustainable well-being indicators that have been proposed will be presented. Light will be cast on on natural resource exploitation and opportunities for young people having hope for the future.

During the 20th century, gross domestic product (GDP) became the key parameter to distinguish successful countries from unsuccessful ones, determining global economic policies and also status. This has led us to the global warming predicament we are in now. There is therefore a need to foster a development model focusing on human and ecological wellbeing, rather than narrowly defined economic output.

Facilitated discussion will be run on the importance a new development paradigm, where the wellbeing of people and the environment of the Arctic are at the forefront. The outcome of the discussion will be summarized and sent out to the participants, so that they can use the knowledge gained back home in their communities.


  • Kristin Vala Ragnarsdottir, Professor of Sustainability Science, University of Iceland
  • Alan AtKisson, President & CEO, AtKisson Group, Sweden