Such an awkward name for what remains an incredibly un-awkward event… This Thursday, at 8am, Drew and I are going to be boarding a plane for Portland, Oregon for the long awaited and highly regarded 3rd annual World Domination Summit 2013!! The World Domination Summit, started by Chris Guillebeau, is the world’s premier gathering for travelers, entrepreneurs and artists of all kinds. What unites this diverse group of people is an interest in answering the central question of “How do we live a remarkable life in a conventional world?”
When Drew and I bought our tickets, we had both just left our full-time jobs, bought tickets to Europe (which we are leaving for next Thursday!) and well, didn’t really have plan except to “Make Things Happen.” I had debated about buying my ticket but when I heard that the 1st round of 1,000 tickets sold out in the first 13 minutes, I knew there had to be something special about this, something that I didn’t want to miss out on. Luckily we got in on the second and last round of 1,000 tickets, which were gone in an hour.
Last year’s event kicked off with a sprawling opening party, complete with sumo wrestling, an outdoor ping-pong competition, a “dunk-a-blogger” booth and food carts parked on both sides of the street. This year’s opening party takes place at the Portland Zoo! Activities to be announced, and the following morning we will attempt to break a World Record for the the longest floating human chain, random right? This record is currently held by a group of Italians, who achieved the record with more than 500 people in 2008, at this point there are over 3,000 WDS attendees, odds are looking good!
There is an awesome lineup of speakers scheduled to steal the stage too. I am having the hardest time deciding which ones to go to! Unfortunately, each person can only attend 2, but luckily we have a great group of friends from college (Go Gators!) who are joining so we can all swap notes. The workshops at the top my list include: