I used to read the news every day—a lot of news, from a lot of different sources. But after the election, quite frankly, reading the news made me depressed. I went on a media fast and put my head in the sand, largely out of shock and dismay but also for general self-preservation.As time went by, I struggled a bit with this position. I definitely felt better in not knowing which particular racist or anti-science person was being appointed to various positions of high influence on any given day. And all of a sudden, I had a lot more time! Still, I didn’t want to be completely uninformed, especially in the midst of our country’s institutions being torn to shreds. Read More
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“Everything worth doing takes time. You have to write a hundred bad songs before you write one good one. And you have to sacrifice a lot of things that you might not be prepared for. Like it or not, you are in this alone and have to follow your own star.”Read More
Link: The Earth Awaits
If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Oh wait... most of us can live just about anywhere.
Sure, you might not be able to pack up and leave tomorrow (or maybe you could), but with enough resourcefulness, with the right passport it’s not that hard to leave your home country and establish a new life elsewhere. Many readers have done it.
A new free site called The Earth Awaits offers to help you kick the planning into another gear. You tell it which factors are important to you, and it gives you customized recommendations.Read More
If you've read my blog for any amount of time, you've probably heard me mention Jonathan Fields. He's been a good friend of many years and we've been part of many events together, from speaking at SXSW in Austin to all six (!) WDS's from 2011-2016 in Portland. I've probably learned more from him than anyone else in the world of publishing and community building—and I know a lot of people!
His new book is out today, and it's great. Instead of asking for his life story or what we can learn in this book, I wanted to ask him three simple questions: why this message, why this book, and why now?Read More
For six years, we’ve brought together kind and remarkable people from all over the world for a summer gathering known as the World Domination Summit (WDS).
Next year we’re doing it again, and—though I know it sounds crazy—the team and I are just as excited (if not more!) about the upcoming adventure.Read More
"It feels very old-timey and theatrical to say 'This experience has changed me' but still things do happen that change us. When those things happen we can’t go back in time, we can only go forward or face the uncertain ambivalence between the past, present and the future."Read More
Every year for six years, I’ve been part of a team that produces an annual gathering in Portland, Oregon. It’s a lot of work and a lot of fun. Rather than share my own recap, I usually prefer to let our attendees share their perspective—so without further ado, here's our second batch of reviews! (See Round 1 here) Read More
Every year for six years, I’ve been part of a team that produces an annual gathering in Portland, Oregon. It’s a lot of work and a lot of fun. Rather than share my own recap, I usually prefer to let our attendees share their perspective. All of these posts are unfiltered and uncensored—take a look and learn more of what WDS is all about!Read More
Earlier this year I went on the road to meet readers in 30 cities across the U.S. and Canada. At each stop, I talked with interesting people and heard a lot of stories.This short film was produced by my hosts in Victoria, Canada. They captured the event very well, especially the audience engagement and connection. Read More
Yesterday was the final day of our week-long World Domination Summit!This year was absolutely fantastic, and in the weeks to come I'll be sharing a number of unfiltered attendee reviews, along with videos from many of the main-stage speakers. Until then—and while I'm still sleeping real hours for the first time in a week—here's an initial, visual look at some of the awesome things that occurred this year.
If you’ve been following along for a while, you're probably familiar with WDS, also known as the modestly titled World Domination Summit. For the past five years, I've been fortunate to produce this awesome summer gathering in Portland, Oregon with the help of a small-but-mighty team in Portland, Oregon. Since we began, more than 10,000 people have participated in WDS from all over the world.
Last year we celebrated our five-year anniversary and decided to try something new for 2016. Over the years we've learned that two big reasons people come to WDS are to meet people with shared interests and experience some of what the great city of Portland has to offer. Since we can only hold a limited number of people in the main theatre during the big weekend, we've come up with something new: WDS Connect.