Frequently Asked Questions2019-09-12T03:44:24+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Global Summit is bi-lingual, English and the local language where it is held.

Simultaneous interpretation is provided on the main-stage of the Innovation Forum main stage to bring local voices to global audiences.

Translation & Interpretation in interactive workshops of the Innovation Forum (Impact Streams) will cater to the majority of participants.

Almost the entire production and volunteer team is local, speaking local languages.

NOTE: In our Brazil summit we translated the entire site, and find that google translate delivered the same results with far less technical challenges. We apologize for any oversight and are always looking for more support – volunteers and pro-bono technical partners in live and written translation.  

We collaborate with UN agencies (UNDP; UNESCO; UNICEF etc) in program content, outreach and creating development opportunities for Summit Leaders who advance shared goals of peace, sustainability and human rights.

As part of the Summit’s year-round policy action research efforts, we are ultimately working to compliment the UN global nation state based policy system with the empowerment of a global citizen super power.

With its small, decentralized and flexible structure, The Global Summit serves to crowd source what’s working, innovate, experiment and re-design a few out-dated policy, philanthropy and technology systems.

Through concrete, evidence based outcomes from each Summit that can inform the development of new approaches and policy systems, and by sourcing input from communities who do not have direct input into global policy making systems (other than through their governments), The Global Summit Initiative is dedicated to provide relevant information to support the UN mission and promote systemic solutions.

What’s unique:

  • Volunteer and partner driven, The Global Summit is free from corporate, political, religious, or any singular agenda – just a better world.
  • Results-based Design – Beyond talk, 70% of the program sessions work to engage leaders in collaboration action around tangible solutions.
  • Beyond Philanthropy – While the status quo to change the world relies on donor funds to support pre-determined programs; The Global Summit calls upon on the most vulnerable stakeholders to identify local needs, and builds a system for global partners to advance community-based solutions.
  • Community Access – 1/3 of limited seats are saved for grass-roots Voices and Leaders scholarships so those affected by issues addressed are heard.
  • Synergistic Diversity6 sector Partners In Empowerment (PIE) framework strategically unites, and creates powerful value added partnerships.

As an evolving event series and movement we strive for:  100% of Humanity – 100% Participation – 100% Action – 100% Impact.

Please see our Team Page for a list of team leaders, organizers, advisers, as well as architects and founding community of 2008.

YES!  Here’s why:

Distinct from a large conference with a few speakers, The Global Summit is a forum of activated leaders where everyone has a voice.  In the Forum about half of the participants will be featured Voices or informally presenting their skills and solutions.  While scholarships and discounts are offered as possible, everyone is invited to contribute a financial minimum to make the Summit a success for all.

We are hugely grateful for all forms of support, and do our best to foster a culture of contribution, greater than the sum of its parts.

In 2007 after participating in the World Social Forum in Kenya, the The Global Summit’s social architect was inspired by the possibility for global events to foster greater systemic change. 

What could participants achieve year round with scalable collaboration tools, rather than the usual ‘nothing’ when people go home?  

What if the world’s disparate social, economic, and environmental movements — inclusive of all sectors, disciplines, and greater diversity of its citizens — could find common ground. Could we at least begin TO WORK TOGETHER TO ENSURE A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR HUMANITY? 

In 2008, 200 founding visionaries united in San Francisco and laid the foundation for a system of collaboration with the potential to change the world.

Using advances in communication to empower new voices to be heard, harnessing the power of collaboration and social innovation to strengthen the resilience of empowered local communities; The Global Summit continues to evolve as a world-wide call to action to build a world that works for 100% of humanity.

The moral imperative to protect the web of life – upon which all life depends – calls for going beyond the status quo of fighting single issues to shifting our predominant power over, linear thinking paradigm to whole system empowered collaboration.

Today’s most pressing challenges, such as Climate Change, (irreparable) species loss, and human population now over 7.6 B+,  displacement being the highest since WWII, and half the world living on less than $2.50 a day; are inextricably linked, and thus, sustainable solutions require collaborative global action — driven and owned by local communities.

While local stakeholders are most affected, most motivated and best informed to respond, top down approaches limit creative self-determination and wastes billions in duplication of efforts (in addition to being financially unsustainable as the vital services of non-profits and governments are shackled precisely when needed most). 

We’re running 3.0 software on a 1993 hard drive.  While faced with new challenges in this era, we have developed equally powerful social and technological solutions. Our ability to survive into the next millennium calls not for incremental change but critical mass transformation and realization of a new operating system that works for 100% of Humanity. 

‘Why “The” Global Summit?’  A capital The reminders us to strive for the ultimate diversity and inclusivity required.

Maintaining the administrative base is a volunteer-based, a sustainable community development organization called Empowerment WORKS (EW) is the official producer. Devoted to being a catalyst for collaboration, EW is smaller than most of the Partners in Empowerment (PIE) involved, and sets forth a unifying structure and process, harnessing the unique strengths of each Partner to co-create something none can do alone.

While the central frameworks and process are extensions of Empowerment WORKS asset based community development approach, each summit is truly brought to life by volunteers and partners who commit to each event and related community programs.

Now with the iteration and lessons of six summits, to realize the capacity needed to reach billions in Tokyo 2020, The Global Summit invites a high capacity coalition of production partners, reflecting dynamic governance system in its founding principles enabling greater participation and impact.

The Global Summit has three mutually-reinforcing objectives:

1) Empower all voices to be heard in addressing humanity’s most pressing issues – through applying advances in ICT, getting direct input from those most impacted and transparently sharing this info with the public and policy influencers and forums with the power to shape our collective future;

2) Advance a universal framework for sustainable community development, see 7 Stages to Sustainability;

3) Find and spread the world’s most sustainable technologies & social innovations.

The Global Summit does not do all this, but brings together the best of those who can and will.

What’s the connection? The Global Summit is not officially affiliated with the International Olympic Games. It is connected with independent athletes and civil society organizations on a voluntary basis with the purpose of elevating Global Goals for humanity with the mass awareness of 3 Billion people who watch the Summer Games.

Carrying forward The Global Summit mission throughout the year, facilitating organization, a growing community of Impact 365 engage in action research and collaborative media such as Pulse of the Movement webcasts.

To build the traction for summit direct outcomes In 2016, the Summit added a Hackathon to create implementable prototypes, it also launched the first Coopetition as a local solution challenge.  2018 in Amman Jordan, local partners with the support of TechStars hosted a full scale Hackathon and Pitch night with on line voting.

In 2020, the collaboration portal with the ongoing goal of supporting and tracking impact between summits. See G(O)LOCAL!

Previous follow up & warm up plans

African Local Summit

  • In the first African Local Summit April 2012, The Global Summit community access partner, The Needs Report gathered citizen input into the issues that mattered most to their communities via cell phone voting.
  • In Spring 2017, Empowerment WORKS and local partners launched a regenerative investment strategy for post-earthquake Nepal.

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Glossary of Terms

Sustainable development is defined as balancing the fulfillment of human needs with the protection of the natural environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but in the indefinite future. The term was used by the Brundtland Commission which coined what has become the most often-quoted definition of sustainable development as development that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” From Wikipedia more

The Global Summit’s model of policy making is defined by consent based agreements, mutually supportive collaboration process of consensus and draws from best practices in negotiations, and socially transformative family mediation.

Considering the world, including its human inhabitants, from OUTSIDE or BEYOND the limits defined by national borders, language constructs, cultural training or “realities”.

Accounts for and allows for all human perspectives, and relates to every human being from the same place. Relates to language, culture, politics, customs, (also age, gender, physicality, economic status, etc.). as circumstances, similar to clothing — sometimes useful, sometimes limiting, and always changeable and ever expandable.

“We’re all in this together,” shifting, expanding, and transforming–in the natural flow of life. There is no “them”.