World Domination Summit: The Revolution Begins in 253 Days


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!


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  • kit says:

    I’m excited to come back out to Portland (it’s been too long!) and am signed up. I vote for a running tour of the city!

  • Chris says:

    Thanks Kit! I’ve actually thought about doing a running tour… we’ll see.

    Everyone else, the site is running a bit sluggish because of everyone trying to check it out. We’re working on the issue – just keep checking back and it should be better soon!

  • Kirk Kittell says:

    Congratulations–you know you’re going to have a good showing for the summit when the crowd knocks down the database in their rush to get in first.

  • Andrew Hayes says:

    Wow, what a great announcement (and just for my birthday, eh, Chris?). Off to signup – whoop!

  • Gillian says:

    Yay!! I signed up. I don’t know where I will be physically, emotionally or professionally by then…but I’m excited to find out where this will take me. Good luck Chris!!

  • Brad says:

    Trying to sign up… getting database error. Did the rush to sign up over run the server?

  • Steve says:

    Congrats Chris!

    I’ve never been to the Pacific northwest, but I’m excited to head up there! Just booked my spot at the Summit.

    You’re building an empire, I’m building a rebellion…but I think we can coexist for this weekend 🙂


  • Etsuko says:

    @Andrew – happy birthday!

    I signed up! So excited! Honestly I didn’t even take the time to admire how beautiful the site looks – and now that I have my spot secured I wanted to go back and read, and it’s down again 🙂
    Oh well, I’ll have to do that later sometime.


  • I’m glad you’re holding the summit in PDX! Looking forward to coming “home” for it next June.

  • Rick says:

    Thanks for a great opportunity. I have set the goal for my wife and I to attend. Now we will work on earning the money and telling others about this. I will be looking forward to this every day until then.

  • Tyler says:

    You know I’ll be there!

  • I’m there! This will be my first time on the West Coast and I can’t think of a better reason than to meet up with people who are just as crazy as I am.

  • I’m locked and loaded. Can’t wait for this event.

  • Anita says:

    Excited for the event!

    Chris, I recently discovered your blog, got the book(finished it and loved it!) and continue to be amazed by the steps you are taking to do the things that you want. I vow to myself not to just keep saying that I will take different steps, but will do it! Thank you!

  • Deborah Aguiar-Velez says:

    I tried to sign up, but I got a database error. I am using Firefox as my browser.

    I am definitely going, but you have to make sure your site is working so I can sign up.


  • Steve Eason says:

    This is great! This is going to happen right in my back yard. That’s great. However, I’ll have to wait a little before I can sign up. June is a crazy month for my family. (4 birthdays in that month, a dance recital, this year a graduation and father’s day) I’ll have to see if I can shuffle some things around. I look forward to attending if I can!

  • Brett Holt says:

    Definitely thinking about it, but it’s a little difficult to commit this far out when working in the emergency management field.

    Nonetheless, Portland is a great town and I couldn’t think of a better location for such a monumental event!

    Keep on rockin’ in the free world Chris and others!

  • Dude, I’m so ready for this. Congrats again, loving the whole deal… 🙂

  • Leah says:

    This looks awesome. I did not even have to think about it…..there was just a big YES jumping up and down in my head.

    I am off to get some other cool peeps I know to register too.

  • I want to be there! It sounds marvelous:)

  • Jared says:

    Signed Up! Can’t wait!

  • Wow sounds amazing! It’s so fun planning live events and workshops. I have my first pilates, yoga, surf retreat launching next week in Troncones, Mexico! Meeting clients from all over the world in one place is fantastic. I look forward to signing up and meeting everyone.

  • Marvin says:

    Thought about it for 2 seconds…ran it by my wife…she thought about it for 1 second…and we both agreed we NEED to go to this!

    Chris, thank you so much for organizing what looks to be an awesomely over-the-top un-Convention!

    I finished AONC in two days, and am right now re-reading it to get all its goodness in my noggin again!

    June 2011 can’t come soon enough!

  • Kay Ballard says:

    Yay! I’m in!

  • April says:

    Sounds like an awesome event! I’ll be there! I want to sign up but get an error when I click on the link above. Help!

  • Ella says:

    just waiting for student loan to come in!! Finger’s crossed in the next week and let’s hope registration will still be open! So excited!!

  • Wyman says:

    I just bought my ticket. Are you going to send info on cheap housing for the awsome event? I will drop my wife off to visit the grand kids in Eugene while I attend. Very excited. Hope my grand-daughters college graduation is not on the same weekend.

  • Jason Dudley says:

    Oh man I want to come to this so bad. I live in Australia and my final university exams for my law degree start 5 days after the event. Could I fly the 7286 miles from Australia to Portland for the weekend and then pop back for my exams? Someone convince me 😀

  • Tim Green says:

    I love the map showing where people are coming from!

    I’m not ready to commit yet, but the long notice, concept and timing which coincides with when I want to return home (to Canada) for a visit.

    I’m keeping an eye on this event and may soon add Japan to your world map;-)


  • Lily M says:

    Just paid up. Am I the the first one flying in from Indonesia? Actually, most likely I will be stopping by Vancouver first and then flying in from there.

    So looking forward to it.


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