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Could Offline Communities Be The Next Big Thing?
Andy Ellwood / Forbes / June 4, 2013
The migration from offline to online of our social lives has taken different manifestations over the past decade and has given the term “social network” a new meaning. But if we’re being honest, social networks are nothing new and have existed for millennia in all cultures and in all shapes and sizes. But the trend of social networks that has caught my eye recently is that of the intentional communities being formed around a specific geographic location.
The Mountain: When the team at Summit Series made their motto “Make No Small Plans” they were not messing around. As of this year, only 5 years after their hustle filled founding event, they are now the proud owners of a mountain. A whole mountain. It is a place that their members are purchasing homes and they will continue to host and curate events from entrepreneurs and big thinkers from around the world. The people that I know that have been involved with Summit Series from the very beginning see this as just the next step on fostering the deep level of community they’ve all come to appreciate and rave about from any time spent with their “Summit family.”
The Downtown: ”It is something you feel the need to be a part of once you understand the vision for what it is becoming.” This is the way that Suzie Baleson, a former financial executive from New York City, described her decision to leave her career behind and move out to Las Vegas to be a part of the Downtown Las Vegas Project. Even just a quick glance at the home page for the project will give you a sense of how ambitious this venture is, but for those that have relocated their companies or are founding new ventures there, it is the only place they could imagine building out their own visions along side this growing community.