Pictured is the main auditorium where 500 of us gathered to hear the brilliant speakers...
After an introduction by Chris Guillebeau, we heard from Pam Slim (author of Escape from Cubicle Nation) and Leo Babuata, author behind the super-popular blog Zen Habits.
Rounding off the morning was Danielle Laporte...
After lunch (I ate barbecue at one of the amazing food carts in Portland), we had two break-out sessions. I attended 'Travel in the Developing World' led by Jodi Ettenberg and 'Uncertainty' led by Jonathan Fields.
In the afternoon, we were all surprised with an impromptu Bollywood session. It was fun seeing 500 people get up and dance! (Apparently, I did it too).
Rounding out the first day of WDS were Jodi Ettenberg (who gave her first public speech since high school; she did an amazing job) and Karen Walrond, who talked about the beauty of different. The seven reminders from Karen:
1) We are wired to connect.
2) We all feel different. (Oh, how true).
3) Making comparisons is a colossal waste of time.
4) Create your own story. (I'm still working on this one. As are you, probably).
5) Adventure occurs when we embrace possibility.
6) We don't age because time passes.
7) We are all beautiful. (We need this reminder).
For me, the conference was about the people I met. I couldn't put it better than Sarah Peck:
It’s not about who’s internet famous or not – although there were some pretty famous people there, speaking, lending their thoughts, sharing their ideas. The conference was about bringing together a few hundred people for an -in person summit, “because there’s something special about being in the same place together.” (From the conference schedule). It’s about all of the people and the brilliant, creative minds in the room. From the twitter stream, #WDS was described as a giant melting pot of great minds; like walking into a room with a guaranteed badge of friendship; like a high that you never want to let go of.Sarah also did a superb job summarizing Day 1 here.
Want to read more? Caleb Wojcik wrote a great post: Why You Need to Go To World Domination Summit Next Year. If you're unsure what the conference is about, read his post.
More to come from World Domination Summit in my next post...
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