The Global Summit V ~ Rio 2016: Game On!

This August 23-28, as the Olympic torch fades, THE GLOBAL SUMMIT™ will light up its next transformational conversation on the front lines of social, economic and ecological change.  

Carrying forward the transparency imperative from The Global Summit IV lens on Women, Power, Money, & Politics in 2014, and experience from the third Summit at the London Olympics in 2012; The Global Summit V in Rio de Janeiro enrolls players into the metaphor of ‘Global Games’, igniting team genius to catalyze bioregional impact around Climate Economics, Whole Health; Education for All; and Thriving Cities.

Blending a fertile field of emergent local ideas with cross-sector innovation games, world-class art and music performances, hands-on workshops and next generation technology, our 5th biennial promises to be our most significant yet as we integrate being, thinking, doing and fun to forge holistic solutions in the face of our toughest challenges.

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Launched in 2008 in San Francisco and hosted every other year by facilitating organization, Empowerment WORKS and a diverse group of cross-sector partners, THE GLOBAL SUMMIT™ is a Social, Economic & Environmental Forum providing a neutral platform for worldwide collaboration towards a healthier, culturally rich and sustainable future. It is  grounded on the belief, “Through collaboration, powerful changes can happen.”

Primary goals of THE GLOBAL SUMMIT:
  1. Integrate, innovate and apply more transparent, inclusive and accountable governance systems that empower all people to have their voices heard in shaping solutions to the issues that affect them.
  2. Advance our universal framework for sustainable community development along with delivery of vital educational tools enabling local self-determination, and effective collaboration across civil society.
  3. Find and spread breakthrough technological and social innovations with the power to foster sustainable livelihoods and regenerate the planet’s ecosystems upon which all life depends.


Why participate:

  • Gain vital tools, connections and partners to build an ecologically thriving, socially just, and economically robust world
  • Create your dream team — meet the world’s leading innovators across media, technology, art, education and business
  • Join an extraordinary global community of Partners In Empowerment (PIE) – greater than the sum of our parts

What delegates have to say:

“We succeeded. There’s always more – yet we moved the ball forward in a big way.” – Greg Wendt, Sustainable Assets Advisor/ Manager

“I feel lucky to be a part of this amazing group of people.   Participating was transformational for me in that I finally saw myself as a visionary too. I am eager to bring all a can to this project.”  – Angela Karegeannes, Owner, Feeding You Organic Catering

“You assembled an amazing group of people. It was a pleasure to be there and I look forward to hearing about the next Summit.”  – Kim Weichel, President UN Association San Francisco

“Thank you for a wonderful and successful summit – I am left feeling hopeful, energized and ready to take action to move our agenda forward.” – Bruce Dear – CEO/ Owner, Pure Bamboo

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