For nearly three years now, I’ve been a part of the “action team” for this little thing called The World Domination Summit. Maybe you’ve heard of it.
I haven’t talked much about it here because tickets always sell so fast there’s never been a need to actively promote it.
In our first year, we brought 500 friends to Portland for a weekend to answer the question, “How do you live a remarkable life in a conventional world?”
We didn’t really know what we were doing, but we gave it our best, and the event went off without a hitch (that anyone noticed).
The first year of WDS was so popular, it’s since grown by leaps and bounds. Last year, we doubled the size from 500 to 1,000 people. We rented a bigger space, partnered with more local venues, took over entire hotels, and recruited an army of volunteer “ambassadors.”
This year, we’re doing the same and stepping up our game again. In July, we’ll triple the size. 3,000 people from all over the world will join us in Portland for the third annual summit. Once again, we’ll spend a weekend getting to know each other, listening to inspiring stories, and continuing to answer the question:
How do you live a remarkable life in a conventional world?
So far, the question is one that each of our attendees has explored on their own—a personal endeavor.
But this year, with thousands of people coming to town, we wanted to find more ways to answer that question together as a community. We wanted something big, something fun, and something at least a bit silly.
Here’s what we came up with:
Introducing The World Float: Our World Record Attempt (You’re Invited)
At 9:00 AM on July 5, 2013, World Domination Summit attendees will team up with local Portlanders to descend on the waterfront of the Willamette River near Downtown Portland armed with inner tubes to set the world record for the longest floating human chain.
The current record was set in 2008 by a group of 542 Italians. To break it, we need to recruit at least 600 people to come take part with us. That’s where you come in.
To give you an idea of the scale of this event, our chain—when assembled in a straight line—will span nearly half a mile (805m) from The Hawthorne Bridge to the Steel Bridge:
To make it all happen, we’ve teamed up with the U.S. Coast Guard, The Portland Fire Dept., more than 30 kayakers and water safety experts as well as a strategic inner tube and life jacket supplier.
We’re not kidding around!
If you’ll be in Portland on July 5th, I want to personally invite you to join us. You can claim your ticket here:
This is a not-for-profit event, and the $20 we collect from each participant goes directly to recouping our costs for the inner tubes (what you’ll be floating in) and life jackets (what’s going to save your life if you fall out) that we’ve pre-purchased for each person.
We created The World Float to bring WDS attendees together with the city of Portland but—whether or not you fit either of those groups—we want you to join us if you’ll be here.
If you’re the type of person who likes to work together with others to make big things happen, you’re invited. If you can’t be here but still think this is a “cool thing,” I hope you’ll take a second to help us spread the word.
More details are available over on the event sign up page.
And lots of thanks to Will from Popina Swimwear for working tirelessly to make this happen. Will and I have been working to make The World Float a reality since October of last year—a long time coming.
Hope to see you in Portland in July!