World Domination can no longer be contained to a single theater.
This time, we're taking over the whole city.
See our photography highlights from WDS 2011-2013.
Last year, nearly 3,000 people descended on Portland, Oregon for the third annual WDS. It was an adventure like no other, complete with Bollywood dancing, hammock races, non-stop meetups, and our very own world record on the Willamette River.
Oh, and we also had a program... with great speakers and workshops. Jia Jiang told us about his 100 days of risk and rejection. Gretchen Rubin shared the secrets of happiness, and Tess Vigeland taught us about career reinvention. Darren Rowse appeared on stage in a Superman costume... twice.
One year later, we'll be scaling up... carefully. WDS 2013 sold out five months in advance with a waiting list of 5,000 people. At least four hundred people without tickets showed up from out of town just to hang out at unofficial events.
This time, we're prepared — and World Domination can no longer be contained to a single theater. Instead, we're taking over the whole city.
Our main stage events will be held in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, a 2900-seat venue that includes a key feature: thanks to two tiers of orchestra seating, no seat is more than 100 feet from the stage. Even with a large group of awesome people, it will still be intimate.
An expanded set of breakout sessions and smaller workshops will be held in nearby locations. (Field trip!)
We'll have a Highly Sensitive Person Lounge with soothing hammocks and green tea for the introverts.
Speaking of hotels, we're renting out every room in two partner hotels—every guest will be a WDS attendee. Hostels and other shared housing options will also be available.
The city of Portland itself will be on full display, from food carts to craft stores. See hipsters and other people with no obvious means of employment in their native habitat.
Every year, attendees put together private activities that ranged from skydiving to mountain climbing to karaoke. This time, "unofficial WDS" will be expanded to include more than 100 additional activities, including yoga in the park, a 5k run, and a follow-up to our first world record.
The beer, cocktail, and chocolate tours will return, this time in self-guided form. In short, we're doing everything except build our own fortress — it's good to save something for another year.
Best of all, WDS remains a non-commercial, non-sponsored event. It's all about unconventional, remarkable people coming together for a weekend of adventure.
All that's missing is you. Are you in?