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State Leaders Convene for Annual Alaska Dialogue


The Institute of the North's Alaska Dialogue is a three day conversation bringing together leadership from across Alaska to engage with the critical issues facing our state.  Alaska's business, social, political, and cultural leaders will meet at the  Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge Sept. 17-19

2010 Alaska Dialogue

Confronting Entitlement: Fearlessness, Investment and Entrepreneurism in Alaska

The Alaska Dialogue Advisory Committee feels that there is no more critical issue
facing Alaska than addressing that which divides Alaskans. The theme of
Confronting Entitlement speaks to the need for a re‐energized and committed
citizenry that understands the obligation and responsibility inherent to being an
Alaskan. When thinking of Alaska's energy issues, fiscal plan, infrastructure
challenges, and lack of economic development the 2010 Alaska Dialogue will
engage participants in a vibrant discourse about our role as Alaskans.

Please plan to attend the entirety of the Dialogue. This opportunity's value is
found in the shared experience of those who are able to participate fully. This
year's Dialogue will bring in the skilled facilitators of Information Insights to help
participants in their deliberations. While the Alaska Dialogue has had a condition
of non‐attribution, based on Chatham House rules, the Institute is considering
demonstrating participants' commitment to civil civic discourse by recording
and/or televising portions of the Dialogue. Please contact the Institute for more

Special Thanks to Sponsors of the Alaska Dialogue's Emerging Leaders
Denali Commission
Donlin Creek, LLC
RISE Alaska, LLC
And individual contributions from
Carol Comeau, Anchorage School District and
Jack Wilbur, Design Alaska


Friday, September 17

3pm Registration opens and hotel check‐in
6pm Welcome
Margie Brown, President and CEO, CIRI (tentative)
6:10pm The Institute of the North and the Dialogue Process
Nils Andreassen, Managing Director, Institute of the North
6:20pm Group introductions and expectations
6:50pm Framework of the 2010 Alaska Dialogue
Cady Lister, Senior Consultant, Information Insights
7:00pm Dinner
7:30pm Toast - to those who put Alaska first - by Steve Lindbeck
8:00pm Building the next Alaska
Sponsored by Alaska Public Telecommunications, Inc.
· Vic Fischer, delegate, Constitutional Convention
Reflection on founders' intent
· Fran Ulmer, Chancellor, University of Alaska Anchorage
Taking stock - an assessment of where Alaska's at
· Elizabeth Saagulik Hensley, Aide to Rep. Reggie Joule, Alaska State
The next generation and transition to a new Alaska

9pm Adjourn and facilitators' briefing and panel session meeting

Saturday, September 18

6:30am Breakfast buffet opens
7:30am The Alaska Social Compact
· Dr. Steve Haycox, Professor of History, University of Alaska Anchorage
Defining a culture of giving and responsibility
8am Redefining Return on Investment
· John Havelock, former Attorney General, State of Alaska
· Caitlin Higgins, Executive Director, Alaska Conservation Alliance
· Dean Westlake, Director, Village Economic Development, NANA Regional
· Bradford Keithley, Perkins Coie, LLC.

9:45am Break

10:15am An Environment We Want to Live In - Vibrancy vs. Toxicity
Celebrating competing visions and interests
· Susan Anderson, President/CEO, The CIRI Foundation
· Sarah Barton, Executive Vice President, RISE Alaska, LLC
· Brian Holst, Executive Director, Juneau Economic Development Council

12pm Lunch

12:30pm Presentation of questions
· Charlie Cole, former Attorney General, State of Alaska
· Martha Siikauraq Whiting, Mayor, Northwest Arctic Borough
· Steve Heimel, reporter, Alaska Public Radio Network
· Michele Brown, President, United Way (video)
· Larry Persily, Office of the Federal Coordinator for the Natural Gas Pipeline

1pm Breakout groups

Participants will have their choice of the following issue areas to collectively
share information, identify challenges and opportunities, create dynamic
solutions and develop action items. Each group is asked to draft a summary of
their conversation including identification of any project(s) or deliverable(s).

Take this time as well to work on a presentation to the rest of the group Saturday
morning. Presentations should be creative, fun and informative.

1. Developing a framework for quality in governance
Ptarmigan Room
o Demanding excellence on boards, commissions and in public service
o Group Leader - Ret. Judge Karen Hunt

2. Becoming stakeholders in rural development
3rd Floor, East Wing, South side
o Communicating value - expense vs. investment
o Group Leader - Mike Black, ANTHC Environmental Health

3. Creating a thriving, lively and uniquely accountable media
3rd Floor, East Wing, North side
o Solutions‐based engagement
o Group Leaders - Krestia DeGeorge, former editor, Anchorage Press
(confirmed) and Tony Hopfinger, editor, Alaska Dispatch

4. Supporting mission‐driven processes in the public sector
Foraker Room
o Valuing collaboration and power‐sharing in overcoming battles over
o Group Leader - Steve Lindbeck, General Manager, APTI

5. Developing Alaska's resources for Alaskans
Foraker Room
o Maximizing benefits of our natural resources
o Group Leader - Ira Perman, President, Important Work

4pm Break

6:30pm Dinner

7:30pm Fiscal Health - Interest and Education
Sponsored by Perkins Coie, LLC.
Dr. Scott Goldsmith, Professor of Economics, Institute of Social and
Economics Research, University of Alaska Anchorage
Expertise NOT required; this will be a fun, high energy activity for

Sunday, September 19
7am Breakfast buffet opens
8am Small group meetings (reconvene and finalize product/presentation)
9:30am Presentations begin
11:30am Closing Thoughts and Next Steps
· Duane Heyman, Executive Director, Corporate Programs, University of
Noon Adjourn

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