Greetings, friends and readers. As mentioned recently, I have a modest proposal: next summer, let’s take over Portland, Oregon with a small army of remarkable people.
With that in mind, the World Domination Summit is now available for (very limited) registration. You can now learn more or sign up to brave the Oregon trail as one of the Pioneer attendees.
For more info, head over to the brand-new World Domination Summit site, or read the short Q&A below.
Next June is a long time from now! Why are we getting started now?
We start now because it’s no small thing to host a real-life event with hundreds of people. I’ve rented out the Portland Art Museum, which is usually sold out for June weddings up to two years in advance. I expect the event to be fully international, with people coming from all over the world. I’ll also be flying in speakers and workshop leaders, who need plenty of time to plan their schedules.
I also know that all of you are living busy lives and doing fun things too. This way, more people will be able to plan ahead for next June. (And if too many people want to come, well, that’s a different problem… see below.)
Who will be coming?
In short: hundreds of people from all over the world who are interested in unconventional life, work, and travel. The best thing about any AONC meetup is all the other people who come out. The summit will be like that, but with a bigger group—and instead of being from the same city, they’ll be coming from many different countries.
Will it sell out right away?
I really have no idea. The first print run of the AONC book (7,500 copies) sold out in 36 hours—but then again, it was a $10 book, and this is a weekend conference. So I figure we’ll start now, take the first 150 attendees for a “Pioneer” discount, then see what we need to do after that.
If I register now and can’t go, can I get my money back?
You can get your money back up to 60 days after registration. If something happens after that, we can’t refund the payment but you can transfer your registration to someone else at no charge.
How awesome will this event be?
Incredibly awesome. Seriously awesome. In fact, it will probably be beyond awesome—and if you come, it will be even better than that.
When will you post the full schedule?
Probably not for a while. I have a local team working on this project with me (it’s not only the cat these days, thankfully), and we’re ramping up the planning now that the book tour is underway. From our side, we’re working with the mayor’s office, the Portland tourism office, and numerous local businesses to put on a good show. And of course, we’ve got a few surprises we’re saving for closer to the date.
That said, a big part of the event will be created by the attendees themselves. At least half of the workshops will be decided on by confirmed attendees several months prior to the event, and in the evenings we’ll be going out on the town in a variety of tours. So if you need to know absolutely everything, that won’t be possible for a while.
If you’d like to be a Pioneer and brave the Oregon trail, sign up over here and you’ll save $50. If you’re not ready yet, just hang tight and hopefully we’ll still be able to take registration at the regular price (still very affordable) for a long time to come.
This project fits into the category of bigger-than-me things I’ve been working on recently. It’s also a bit scary (I’ve never hosted an event of this size or rented out an entire art museum before), and more than a bit thrilling. Whether you come to Portland next year or not, if you’ve read AONC for a while, thanks for helping to bring the project to the point where I could take action to do this.
I’m really excited. And I hope to see many of you in Portland!