LSLLN Summit 2024

Poster for LSLLN Summit on April 24, 2024

Join us for the 2024 LSLLN Summit

Lake Superior Watershed: Reflections, Relationships, and Responsibilities

The summit has three goals: 

  • Share out, and celebrate, the first five years of the Lake Superior Living Labs Network.
  • Explore the question – why do watersheds matter for living well in all that we do? This includes all social and ecological systems – health, economic development, education, energy transitions, food systems, policy, climate, biogeochemical systems, and others.  
  • Create space to connect directly with other people in small groups, who live across the Lake Superior watershed, but engage in similar fields/disciplines. 

Who can Attend? 

Anyone who lives and/or works in the Lake Superior watershed who is keen to meet, learn from, and potentially collaborate with others in the watershed on issues around climate, energy, food, water, land, health, and their intersections.  Folks do not need to already be part of the LSLLN.

 

For Your Musings Prior to the Summit

In anticipation of the summit, we invite you to consider this question –  What do you want to bring to life (or contribute to) in the Lake Superior watershed that would benefit from connecting with others in the watershed? These could be existing or new/messy ideas.

Agenda

Time (CDT)

Time (EDT)

Session Title 

9:00

10:00 

Welcome & The Lake Superior Living Labs Network Headwaters

10:20

11:20

Break

10:30

11:30 

Why Watersheds Matter – Shared Relationships and Responsibilities for Living Well (panel)   

11:30

12:30 

Break 

12:00

1:00

Lake Superior Watershed Connection Chats 

  1. Land-Based and Arts Integrated Education 
  2. Sustainable and Equitable Food Systems 

12:45

1:45 

Break 

1:00

2:00 

Lake Superior Watershed Connection Chats 

  1. Climate Action and Energy Transition 
  2. Community Health 

1:45

2:45 

Break 

2:00

3:00

Lake Superior Watershed Connection Chats 

  1. Water & Ecology
  2. Rural Regeneration 

2:45

3:45

Closing 

3:00

4:00

Done 

Evening

Documentary Screening (Details forthcoming) 

Session Descriptions 

Welcome & The LSLLN Headwaters

In this opening session, we will reflect on and celebrate the first five years of the Lake Superior Living Labs Network – its headwaters. This will include a description of the three key approaches to the LSLLN: watershed thinking, just sustainabilities, and living labs (learning by doing), the initial governance structure, a review of numerous projects completed, and some questions now being explored for future changes. This session will be recorded. 

 

Why Watersheds Matter – Shared Relationships and Responsibilities for Living Well (panel)  

Join us for a panel presentation to expand our thinking on why watersheds matter. You will hear perspectives from different disciplines, sectors, and places on how we think about, learn from, work responsibly in, and build relationships with watersheds. This session will be recorded.  Panelists details forthcoming.

 

Watershed Connection Chats (Six themes total) 

In the afternoon, the goal is to allow folks to connect directly, honestly, and casually with one another across the Lake Superior watershed – to foster connections along themes of interest (not just traditional sectors, disciplines, or jurisdictions).  This is the time to bring your most extroverted self and trust that the other people in the room want to learn and connect with you!  We know the work you do may overlap across multiple themes – we encourage you to join multiple chats if you’re able. 

Each watershed connection chat will begin with a brief introduction, then we will create breakout rooms of 4-7 people (based on attendees’ interests)  where you can chat directly in small groups about what you do, learn what others do, and even share thoughts around complex issues you may all be experiencing. You may meet future colleagues (researchers, teachers, practitioners, community members), find a guest speaker for a course, take away a website, realize that someone in your organization really needs to connect with the person in the room with you, or even jot down a name and email address of someone to follow up with in the future – now doesn’t that sound worth it?  We think so.  These watershed connection chats will not be recorded. 

 

Documentary Screening 

We plan to offer access to view a documentary based in the Lake Superior watershed.  Details will be shared when they are known.