Frequently Asked Questions2018-07-19T02:50:38+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Simultaneous interpretation will be provided to all with the intention to bring voices of Amman to the world.

Content itself in the main SEED Change Forum (live streamed panels and dialogues) will be an even mix of Arabic and English.

The interactive workshops (Impact Streams) will be mostly in Arabic given that the majority of participants will be native Arabic speakers.

Almost the entire production and volunteer team is local, with Arabic as first language.

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.

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.  Ultimately 1/3 of the participants will be featured Voices.

To keep doors open for the diverse change agents The Global Summit exists to unite, honor the energy of our volunteers, and remain independent from undue influence of donors and corporate partners, everyone is invited to contribute reasonably to costs of organizing and producing a highly interactive, content rich 3 day program and cultural Reception with performances, lunches, dinner etc.

That said, given Featured Voices’ contributing role, and expected support in outreach, discounts are offered as needed (just as budgets of delegates determine their Tuitions). Another consideration is that Voices are often in a better place financially to contribute than delegates.

Moreover, featured Voices receive additional PR and exposure from the Summit.  Bottom line, we aim to foster a culture of contribution where all are contributing in the best ways they can.

We are looking for Sustainable Results. How do we know we have them?

In delivering the 7 Stages paradigm and training (within and beyond events), Local Communities are socially empowered and economically integrated in the global community. Dependence on foreign partners is reduced & social benefits increase. 7SS (tools and an enhanced partner coordination organizing system) benefits non-profits in reducing duplication through locally-led collaboration strategies. Emphasizing in-kind resources and use of what stakeholders have, it is not dependent on funding to create solutions.

For specific 2016 outcomes, see Rio Reports and stay tuned for outcomes presented live & online at #Amman2018!

In summary, as of July 2018, 5 biennial Global Summits and a full scale Local Summit have united and built the capacity of 1,200 + cross sector impact leaders across 4 continents (North America, Europe, Africa, South America), sharing best-practices, advancing scalable solutions to the most pressing issues of our time – from climate change to gender equity.

  • Direct deliverables:
    • Over 1200 delegates and volunteers learned tangible community development skills and advanced sustainability goals
    • Social innovation contest provided mentorship and evaluation tools for over 100 projects worldwide
    • Scholarships to over 150 youth leaders impacting employment, energy, climate and other challenges
    • 64 novel solutions published impacting food, energy, health, housing, education, and H20
  • On-going outcomes (and ripples):
    • Community Health information platform advancing policy change and holistic education across Brasil
    • Citywide urban permaculture network forged in Rio de Janeiro with Catalytic Communities & other orgs
    • ‘Pulse of the Movement’ media collective and webcasts series spreads year-round solutions
    • African Local Summit’ in Ghana, April 2012 – 100 leaders exchanged local solutions for Millennium Development Goals
    • Spin-off event, Green Economy Think-Tank fosters hundreds of green jobs in across USA

With the implementation of our 6th and most promising 2018 program, including the Global Pitch and input from local collaborators in UNDP Jordan, Shams Community, and others, we’re gearing up to deliver, measure and report more quantifiable results.

In addition to evaluating the experience of diverse participants across the summit, as well as peer selected Champion outcomes, we internally measure results in advancing 3 mutually-supportive objectives in our whole system approach to a sustainable world.

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.

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.

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.

No. We are intending to compliment it however.

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 improve its structures, but not to replace or be any kind of alternative.

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, Empowerment WORKS hosts a variety of collaborative programs such as Pulse of the Movement webcasts, Social Impact Salons, and other local solution oriented events.

In 2016, we hosted our first hackathon to drive summit outcomes forward, and launched our first Coopetition to promote local solutions.

In 2018, we’ll step support of Summit and virtual outcomes with an IMPACT 365 team to mentor our 12 Champions, post Hackathon — which is now 2 days with a pre half day pitch training.

Immediately after the summit, we’ll share key outcomes globally on 2 online portals; the first Sphaera.World, simplifies information for broadest sharing, and another emphasizes the ongoing development, uniquely developed to support collaboration in with the ongoing goal of supporting and tracking impact between summits. See G(O)LOCAL to learn more (and sign up for Coopetition 2018)!

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”.