Way back in 2011, 400 adventurers gathered in Portland, Oregon to consider an important question, “How do we live a remarkable life in a conventional world?”. Embracing the core values of Community, Adventure, and Service, the event was called the World Domination Summit.
8 years later, our once “little” community has grown to over 10,000 adventurers representing all 50 states and over 40+ countries.
We’ve broken world records, learned to Bollywood dance, faced our fears, found true connection, challenged conventionality, and supported each other’s dreams.
If you’ve never been to a WDS before, check out this short recap video from this year’s events:
At this year’s gathering, we made an important announcement that we’ll produce two more years of our epic annual gathering. Next year is WDS 2019, and then WDS 2020 will be our 10-year grand finale!
Naturally, not everyone was in attendance at this year’s event—so I wanted to explain a bit more about this decision.
First, for those of you who missed the announcement or just want to see it again, watch this 7-minute video (below):
Second, here are some answers to questions i’ve been asked recently:
Why is WDS ending?
Nothing lasts forever. When we started WDS, there wasn’t anything like it. Almost every other conference or event was overrun with sponsor logos. Speakers pitched their products from the stage. Swag bags contained junk items that most attendees immediately discarded.
We wanted to make something different, and we succeeded. Now, there are numerous conferences and events that contain elements of the WDS “DNA” in different forms.
Also, we want to end on a peak, not just go on forever. We want to celebrate what we’ve made and look forward to something new.
Why announce the end two years early?
Some people just come to WDS because it’s a fun experience, or to network, and that’s fine. But for others (including many of our team and ambassadors), this gathering has become very special.
Rather than just say “It’s over,” we wanted people to be able to prepare for the end, and also to join us in finishing well.
Is WDS being sold?
Nope. It’s not being sold and it’s not for sale. For our final two years, we’ll continue to operate on the same model we’ve had from the beginning: all profits go to the WDS Foundation, a 501(c)(3). The Foundation will then continue to operate until all its distributions have been made.
What happens next?
We’re not sure! Two years is a long time. There’s no secret plan and we want to focus on putting together a fantastic experience for 2019 and 2020.
How can I get involved with the final two years?
If WDS has meant something to you in the past, please plan to return at least one of the years.
If you’ve been waiting for the right time to attend WDS, now is the time. Everyone that attends WDS has a major role in creating the experience for that year. In other words… we need you!
If you’d like to be notified when tickets go on sale next for WDS 2019, sign-up at the following page (link below).
WDS was never just about an event. It has been and will forever be about community. It’s been an unforgettable story so far—and I truly believe the best is yet to come.
I look forward to celebrating with you in 2019, 2020, and beyond.