It’s not what you think.
Or maybe it is.
World Domination Summit
This week I’ve been a participant at an incredible conference in Portland, Oregon, that brings together nearly 3000 creative, adventurous, community oriented people who have a vision of making the world a better place. The World Domination Summit is in it’s fifth year, (this is my second year attending) and it is one of the most innovative programs I’ve experienced. Brain child of New York Times best selling author Chris Guillebeau, it’s also really hard to describe. Let’s just call it an unforgettable experience.
So what happens when you gather 3000 creative people who are motivated to make the world a better place?
A heck of alot of fun for one!
We were treated to live music, we danced Bollywood (I kid you not!), we set FIVE world records, there were small workshops on a variety of topics, as well as a number of “meet-ups” for like-minded people to connect and collaborate. It was like a petri dish for creatives!
Heart + Mind = Inspiration
The bulk of the weekend is spent in a historic theater listening to a series of talks by lively speakers who have succeeded in bringing unusual visions to life. We heard from writers, artists, software developers, grief counselors, doctors and more…but the thing they all had in common was a calling to use their talents not just to make a buck, but to create change by looking at things from a new perspective. Everyone on the stage shared a bit of their heart.
For example, after Dr. Lissa Rankin got fed up with the medical establishment, she created the Whole Health Institute to educate doctors on how to operate (pun intended!) from a more humane viewpoint. Photographer Jeremy Cowart saw through the superficiality of snapping hollywood stars and took his camera to Rwanda, where he photographed genocide victims alongside their families’ killers, post-mediation. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room when those slides were shown.
The point is that we all have talents and gifts. We can use them to feed ourselves, or we can use them to feed the world, literally or metaphorically. With all the advancements in technology in recent years, if you have a message to share, the world is your oyster. When you recognize that we are all connected, then sharing your gifts becomes simply a way of enlarging your view. Then we all benefit.
We were all asked a question this past weekend:
How do you live a remarkable life in a conventional world?
World Domination Summit is a funny name, and I definitely got some bizarre looks when I told people what I was doing in Portland. But world domination happens whenever a new trend takes over. Apple tapped into it. The Crusades tapped into it. So did Hitler. To me that name simply acknowledges the historical fact that humans tend to follow the example of other humans. Why not lead with something positive?