Turning Our Attention to the Ocean

A conference on September 28 at Tufts will bring experts to address ocean geopolitics, sustainability, and innovation
an ocean-going container ship
“The ocean is truly the last frontier for innovation, sustainability, and geopolitics,” said Bhaskar Chakravorti. Photo: Ingimage
September 24, 2018

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The ocean—source of food and energy, vital shipping route, and arena of environmental and security concerns, as well as business opportunities—will be the focus of a one-day conference at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy on September 28.

The Ocean’s Turn will examine maritime issues through keynotes, TED-style talks, and panel discussions addressing geopolitics, sustainability, and innovation. Sessions include “Ocean Plastic: Can Supply Chains Save the Sea?” and “If Offshore is Seen as an Energy Panacea, What Does It Mean for the Ocean?”

Speakers will include Paul Greenberg, the New York Times bestselling author of Four Fish; Michael Goltzman, F97, vice president for environmental global public policy at the Coca-Cola Company; Laura Beane, president and CEO of Avangrid Renewables, a wind project developer; and Mariann Naess, director of North American operations for Nordic Aquafarms.

“In business, ‘Blue Ocean Strategy’ means competing in uncontested spaces,” said Bhaskar Chakravorti, dean of global business at Fletcher and executive director of the Institute for Business in the Global Context, the conference host. “I think it’s time that metaphor became reality. The ocean is truly the last frontier for innovation, sustainability, and geopolitics. Let’s make the Blue Ocean real.”

The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 28. Registration is free.