Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Global Summit strives for:  100% of Humanity – 100% Participation – 100% Action – 100% Impact.

  • Volunteer and partner-driven, The Global Summit is free from corporate, political, religious, or any other singular agenda.
  • Results-based design – 70% of the program aims to engage leaders in collaborative co-creation of tangible solutions.
  • Beyond philanthropy – The Global Summit calls upon the most vulnerable stakeholders to identify local needs and builds a system for global partners to advance community-based solutions.
  • Community Engagement – 1/3 of the participant seats are secured for grass-roots Featured Voices by providing a targeted scholarship to allow all voices to be heard.
  • Synergistic Diversity6 sector Partners In Empowerment (PIE) framework strategically unites and creates powerful value-added partnerships.

To serve as a globally trusted platform for the participatory development of a regenerative society, whereby vastly diverse actors at all levels may realize their highest vision and potential in creating a better world.

See also, Mission & Goals

The Global Summit live events are held in English and the local host language.  For virtual and live events, simultaneous interpretation and/or written translation is provided as resources allow, in as many languages as possible.

We welcome more volunteers and pro-bono technical partners to have more voice heard.

Featured Voices are selected by program team members (normally volunteers) in consensus with the Voices themselves, who are working in related areas. 

Devoted to providing a trusted platform for authentic perspectives, as an open policy, The Global Summit separates revenue advertising from content choices.

To further reduce corporate influence, The Global Summit does not offer speaking rights as a benefit to potential funders.

To prevent the organizational tendency of forums and events to shape their agenda to funders, we do not use the word Sponsorship, but rather offer opportunities for impact aligned support.  It is possible for donors and funders to end up on stage, but we are serious about it not being a pay to play situation.

With shared global goals for peace, sustainability, and human rights, The Global Summit collaborates with UN agencies such as UNDP, UNESCO, and UNICEF, in program content, outreach, and creating opportunities for participants.

To complement the UN, in collaboration with like-minded efforts, The Global Summit, serves as a testing ground for new approaches and technologies advancing transparent, locally-driven governance.

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

It depends. For events with paid registration, selected Featured Voices often pay partial or full fees, as able. If not able, but the content is needed for the message, we cover expenses as possible if needed.

In 2007 after participating in the World Social Forum in Kenya, The Global Summit’s social architect was struck by the need for our world’s social, economic, and environmental movements — inclusive of all sectors, disciplines, and greater diversity of its citizens — to find common ground, towards a better future for all.  

In 2008, 200 founding visionaries united in San Francisco and laid the foundation. 

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How confident are you that the status quo of incremental change will get us where we need to be in 10 years?

Critical mass transformation for a regenerative society requires:

  • Citizen OWNED principles  advancing bioregional resource-based economy
  • Transborder, cross-sector collaboration (this is not going to happen in silos)
  • A transparent supply chain with integrated life support centered policy and economic system 

‘Why “The” Global Summit?’  The capital The reminds us to strive for the ultimate diversity and inclusivity required to make the leap to a self-determined, ecologically sound, socially just world.

What do you believe is possible? 

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Carrying forward The Global Summit mission throughout the year, a growing community engages in action research and collaborative media such as Voices365 webcasts.

Each year testing, creating, and learning, The Global Summit evolves its program ecosystem to accelerate mutually supportive collaborations.

In 2020, the collaboration portal will be multiplying actions between participants outside of summit curated programs. Sign up to get started with Impact Games at G(O)LOCAL!

A sustainable community development organization called Empowerment WORKS (EW) is the official producer which sets forth a unifying structure and process, harnessing the unique strengths of a high capacity coalition of production partners.  Essentially the transnational team and partners opperate as a do-ocracy, embracing principles of dynamic governance – transparency, effectiveness, and equivalence.

While not officially affiliated with the International Olympic Games, The Global Summit is connected with independent athletes and civil society organizations on a voluntary basis with the purpose of elevating the Global Goals for humanity.

The Global Summit embraces the values of the Olympic Charter:

Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will, and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life-based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of a good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.

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”.