T H E
F U T U R E
NINE YEARS IN THE MAKING
In celebration of our first decade as a community, we move now toward a manifesto. For years, our work has woven together culture, practice, engagement, the arts, and technology. Together, we have braided the thoughts, ideas, and products of makers, thinkers, artists, and creators across the globe.
We understand, deeply and viscerally, that a community is more than the sum of its parts.
And so, we have written our manifesto and established the core pillars of Summit, a distillation of nine years of experiments, experience, and evolution.
THE SUMMIT MANIFESTO
Great communities are founded on the Principle that In Working Together, Individuals Can Create A Whole Far Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts.
Community shapes our world, from the simplest single-celled organisms to the most sophisticated social structures. It informs evolution itself.
But what does community mean today, in the era of the megalopolis? When a friend is synonymous with a digital avatar of someone you’ve never met, on a social network built by code instead of by words and deeds?
We live in a time when the power of community to change the world—and the urgent need for it to do so—is unprecedented. Influence has been democratized: Entrepreneurs, artists, innovators, and activists now drive societal change at speeds that were once unimaginable.
Summit is an organization dedicated to building community. We have devoted our life's work to Summit because there has never been a better opportunity for leaders from diverse fields to share ideas and create products, partnerships, friendships, and movements to uplift and expand our understanding of and impact on the world.
The Future Will Only Be As Great As The Communities That Shape It.
That Diversity Generates Better Ideas And Forms The Strongest Foundation For A Peaceful, Globalized World.
The Best Way To Build Community Is To Create Surreal Environments And Events That Allow People To Freely Exchange Ideas.
The Most Powerful Community-Building Technologies Are The Dinner Table And Campfire.
That Businesses Should Not Only Produce Valuable Products, But Also Generate Valuable Social Impact.
That The Highest Purpose Of A Leader Is Not To Amass Followers But To Create New Leaders.
That We Are In The Era Of The Polymath, A Time When More People Have More Knowledge About More Topics Than Ever Before.
That The More Great People You Meet, The More Great People You Will Meet.
t h e
C o m m u n i t y
We are thrilled to announce the upcoming launch of our new Summit Member App. Until now, our curated community has relied on destination events for connection, communication, and evolution.
In 2017, we will also unveil our global events calendar, offering a variety of local city events and worldwide excursions throughout the year.
These new components of Summit Membership will allow us to better serve the community and uphold its shared values while providing deeper connections and more consistent engagement around the world.
P O W D E R
M o u n t a i n
Five years ago, we dreamed of building an alpine village for the Summit community.
Today, that dream is real.
We’ve built six miles of roads; twenty-two miles of mountain-biking trails; and three new chairlifts. We've built and run our own restaurants, our ski lodges, and chalets. This summer, we began construction on our first homes in the new village, and next summer we’ll be breaking ground on Main Street, atop of Powder Mountain.
But you know what really matters?
We’re building you—we’re building us—a home.
Our public mountain town at Utah’s Powder Mountain will be a year-round home to an active and ongoing program of events, celebrations, and explorations. A home to the emergent culture of creativity, collaboration, and entrepreneurship that is exemplified through Summit.
W H A T ' s
n e x t
Next year, Summit will build the next evolution of our flagship event, our New World’s Fair.
We’ll be bringing together the best minds and the best idea-makers across all disciplines, with the ambition to build the thought leadership event of our new and connected era.
The future will only be as great as the communities that shape it.
We invite you to meet the next generation of thought and culture. A generation you’re a part of. A generation you’ve co-created.