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Celebrate with us at the Inian Islands Shindig!

We’ve done it! After three years of fundraising, and a couple years of imagination before that, Inian Islands Institute has finally gathered the full $1 million to purchase the Hobbit Hole property, this incredibly special homestead in the Alaskan wilds.

There’s only one thing left to do: Party!

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Inian as New Stewards of a Permanent Home

The Hobbit Hole homestead, with deep roots as a Tlingit summer camp and more recently a fisherman’s haven, is now a field school for education, science, sustainability, community & culture.

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Listen to Our Story

Inian Islands Institute was featured on Indie Alaska!  Let this breathtaking video, created by Hanna Craig, take you on a journey through our story, from our origins through the bright spark of our future.

Community Campaign Kick-Off

Happy solstice, friends!

Today at 8:39 a.m. Alaska time, our planet’s axis, which at this moment in Earth history is tilted about 23.5 degrees relative to its orbital plane, was tipped maximally towards the sun, as if bowing in deference to our life-giving star.  For most of our readers (all you denizens of the northern hemisphere), that makes this the first day of summer and also the longest day of the year – 18 hours and 41 minutes out at the Inian Islands.  Even those remaining 5-plus hours are plenty bright for a stroll or a paddle, and we won’t see stars or aurora until the darkness returns.  The biosphere is dazzling this day: iris and lupine are in bloom, the sea is cloudy green with phytoplankton, the rufous hummingbirds and humpback whales have arrived and so have the salmon. Read more

The long anticipated launch!

After nearly 3 years of thinking and talking and dreaming about the Hobbit Hole and Inian Islands Institute, after creating our website and business model and advisory council, after bringing our first group of Stanford students out there for a mind-blowing course this summer — we’re finally launching our initial fundraising campaign!  Donate Now!

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Featured in Pomona College Magazine!

Pomona College Magazine, the quarterly publication of my alma mater in Southern California, features Inian Islands Institute this month!  Check out the piece!  We’re in an article about the challenges of launching a new project… Read more

Featured on Generation Anthropocene!

Generation Anthropocene is an awesome project started by my close friends and Stanford peers Mike and Miles.  They tell stories of planetary change — interviewing leading thinkers on environmental issues, and releasing them as a podcast series.  The goal is to explore what it means to be living in this new geologic age, the Anthropocene, where the dominant force on the planet is mankind.  Well, Mike and Miles were running short on material, so they looked me up … Read more