Wish I Were There: World Domination Summit 2011

 

Chris Guillebeau
One my main pursuits in life is throwing parties, and by “parties,” I mean: connecting people with other people (through events, social networking, etc.) and with ideas, opportunities, etc. Making connections. I’m a connector. It’s a spiritual practice for me.

In the category of events, I’ve been fortunate to be involved with some really amazing ones.

One event I wish I were involved with is happening this weekend in Portland, Oregon — the first annual World Domination Summit. Organized by The Art of Non-Conformity author Chris Guillebeau, WDS is asking one simple question, “In the face of overwhelming pressure to conform, how do we live a remarkable life in a conventional world?” In short, how you can be “pursuing big goals while changing the world.”

I love that question, and I love what Chris and Jolie Guillebeau are doing, inspiring so many others (like me) to pursue our passions and to make the world a better place at the same time.

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Posted on 06-03-2011

Comments

  1. Gene Shiau says:

    June 3rd, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Before rising up and starting a revolution to dominate/change the world, perhaps we should clarify for those who are not familiar with Chris’s work:

    “What are examples of the pressure of conformity that Generations Y & Z are facing?”

    Two corollaries of the above question is, “How do you define extraordinariness? What are you committed to in making the world a better place?” Oh, did I mention that each question needs to be answered in 140 characters or fewer? ;)

  2. Steve K. says:

    June 3rd, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Hmmm, great questions, Gene. Since we’re not on Twitter right now, I’m not sure why there would need to be an 140-character limit on the replies … but I’m game to give it a try … in three tweets:

    1)
    Pressure of conformity: “the American dream” = desk job working for a company, family, 2 cars, mortgage on a house, etc.

    2)
    Define extraordinariness: something outside the ordinary, different, unconventional, risk-taking, dream-following, passion-pursuing

    3)
    What does “making the world a better place” mean? Helping not harming other people, the planet, etc. Restoration and renewal of all things.

    How’d I do? What would your three tweet-length answers be?

    Anyone else want to write their tweet-answers to these questions?

  3. Gene Shiau says:

    June 3rd, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Ah-a, the 140-character limit is a trap, of course. *wink* Since we are on the subject of conformity, I had to bait it. After all, isn’t Twitter just another conformity tool–the conformity of forms? Yet we are fine with it, and we snicker (guilty as charged) at those who cannot say everything in 140 characters or those who don’t @reply properly.

    The American dream is so Boomer. I don’t know why anyone still quotes it in the context of Gen Y & Z. In fact, I suppose everyone who was raised on Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman in the English class has come to the smart disillusionment of the American dream. That includes a lot of Gen X as well.

    In reality, we are generally happy to be lost in what our peers are doing — Snap a photo of the lovely dish I cooked! Take a vacation cruise to the South Pole! Be an entrepreneurial affiliate-marketer and work for yourself!

    I think all the smack talk of “conformity/the American dream” is just a scapegoat for that hollowness in us, that resentment of being transient and small in this 13-billion-year-old universe.

    I am an intra-preneur. I don’t reinvent the wheel, and I would happily work in/for a larger machinery for change. Now THAT is a hard sell for some benevolent dictator-wannabes. ;)

  4. Steve K. says:

    June 3rd, 2011 at 11:56 am

    It’s interesting, Gene, because I’m an “intra-preneur” too (I like that term!). I work within existing systems all the time. I think you’re right that some of this talk can be escapist and shallow. I hope that’s not the case, and it certainly doesn’t have to be.

    And I certainly have respect for you and others who are willing to work hard within systems and structures to affect positive social change.

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