Frequently Asked Questions 2018-04-12T14:55:48+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

In 2007 after participating in the World Social Forum in Kenya, the The Global Summit’s social architect was inspired by the possibility for a an event 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.

Humanity is at a crossroads. Climate Change is causing tipping-point (irreparable) species loss and record breaking natural disasters – further contributing to human displacement being the highest since WWII. Moreover, with population having doubled since 1965 – from 3.2 Billion to over 7 B+, and half the world living on less than $2.50 a day, while Billionaires could solve it but don’t, something’s gotta give. The physical limits of our planet and moral imperative to protect it and the web of life upon which our own, and future generations, depend, call for conscious, collective transformation and action on every level –  transcending politics, religion, or any other ‘isms’ that divide us from achieving human security.

These enormous global challenges are inextricably linked and require collaborative action driven at a local level. While local stakeholders are traditionally most affected as well as being most motivated and informed to solve them – the status quo top down system limits local creative self-determination and wastes billions in duplication of efforts. Additionally, these systems are financially unsustainable as the vital services of non-profits and governments are shackled precisely when needed most. 

We’re running 3.0 software on 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. 

The Global Summit goes beyond the status quo of fighting single issues and dedicates itself to shifting our predominant power over, linear thinking paradigm (which is destroying us) to that of mutually supportive empowerment and systemic solutions.  This may seem like an overwhelming task for some, but it calls upon many, and needs to be done, so it might as well be now, and it might as well be us.

‘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 (TGS) is free from corporate, political, religious, or any singular agenda, just a better world.
  • Results-based Design – It get immediately beyond talk, with the majority of the program empowering participants’ collective action when they go home.
  • 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 – The Global Summit employs a 4-part global access strategy applying advances in communications technology to ensure the voices of those most affected by the issues addressed are heard.
  • Synergistic Diversity – While most forums target one market demographic, applying Empowerment WORKS’ 6 sector Partners In Empowerment (PIE) framework, The Global Summit 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, sustainable community development organization called Empowerment WORKS (EW) is the official producer entity. Serving as a steward of the whole which is greater than the sum of its parts, EW is smaller than most of the Partners in Empowerment (PIE) involved, and serves as the catalyst for a collaborative 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, each summit is truly brought to life by volunteers and partners who commit to each event and related community program.  Now with the iteration and lessons of six summits, to realize the capacity needed to reach billions in Tokyo 2020, The Global Summit is expected be more and more held by a 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.

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”.