Smart and Sustainable: Lessons from Fogo Island

Part of the Progress in IS book series (PROIS)


Globalization and centralization of economic activity are increasingly challenging the viability of many communities distant from the world’s economic centers. One category of places that encounters economic challenges is islands, because they face higher costs and have long served on the periphery of the economy. One example of community and non profit action used for social and economic change is Fogo Island, a small island located off the coast of Newfoundland, with a unique approach to local development led by the Shorefast Foundation. Fogo Island is an excellent example of innovative policy, community action, and sustainable practice that informs planning for islands in general. Using a tourism and culture based model that features sustainability and heritage preservation, Fogo Island serves as a valuable example of ways to harness community assets and motivation for regional development.


Fogo Island Island territories Isolation Development Adaptation Creativity 



This article relied, in part, on the valuable field work undertaken by Kenneth E. Corey and Marie Corey on Fogo Island to support an ongoing study of the island’s social, economic and cultural development.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Planning, Design and ConstructionMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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