SUMMIT ALUMNI

A Sampling of the 76 Summiters You’ll Meet Here…
Recognize these Faces?

“We’re right at that critical point… never before could we know what we now know. Never again will there be a chance as good as what we now have to take action, to do something. Everybody can do something.” ~ Sylvia Earle

Welcome To Blue Ocean Summit

Blue Ocean Summit is our signature community event. Since 2014, this online Summit has brought to you the inspiring stories of over seventy ocean change-makers. Our Summit is all about stepping into ocean change, and explores a broad spectrum of issues, solutions, and immediate actions we can take to be the change we want to see in the sea.

We’re On a Voyage To A Better Blue Planet

To guide us on this virtual journey to a better blue planet, we interview those who are deeply involved in ocean change. Some of our Summit alumni, a.k.a. “Summiters” are well known ocean leaders like Dr. Sylvia Earle and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Other speakers are lesser known but their stories are equally important; these below-the-radar active ocean people inspire us to do what we can, with what we have, from where we are.

Bringing Ocean People Together

Participant or Summiter, the Ocean People we bring together hail from around the world, from the fields of science, art, film & photography, travel & tourism, recreation & sports, lifestyle & health, business & innovation, philanthropy, conservation, policy and media. These are your people, explorers, innovators, activists and wayshowers all.  Our Summit gatherings remind us that solutions will come from unusual places, uncommon leadership and unexpected collaborations.  And there is hope.

Stayed Tuned For Summit 2018

Summit 2018 is slated for Oct 8 – 12. It’s free and will be held right here on this site, in a specially created Summit hub. This Summit has been designed to contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goals #14 (Life Below Water) , #4 (Quality Education), #8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), #9 (Industry Innovation and Infrastructure), #12 (Sustainable Consumption and Production) and #17 (Partnerships for the Goals) from the global goals to transform the world by 2030. Stay tuned for more details.

Be at the Head of the Line.

Portions of this Summit will be live, allowing a limited number of participants to connect directly with Summiters. Reserve your Live Virtual Event Ticket right now until they disappear. General Summit Hub Admission Tickets will still be available to those who miss out on the limited Live Virtual Tickets.

Please note that online Summits are much more complex than physical venues: General Summit Hub Admission Tickets are available now for a limited time to allow us to focus on preparing and serving our ticketed participants. Thank you in advance for supporting this one-of-a-kind event with a monetary donation of your choice.

Liz Taylor: A Deep Dive Into the Disconnect

Liz Taylor: A Deep Dive Into the Disconnect

For 2016 Blue Ocean Summit speaker Liz Taylor, it’s probably no surprise she found her way into a career dedicated to ocean exploration and conservation. With a mom like Dr. Sylvia Earle, Liz undoubtedly knew more about the intricacies of the Florida coastline than...

Mehgan Heaney-Grier: Channeling Passion to Ignite Change

Mehgan Heaney-Grier: Channeling Passion to Ignite Change

Adventure is the driving force for 2016 Blue Ocean Summit speaker, Mehgan Heaney-Grier. “It [adventure] fuels me,” Mehgan told Summit host, Laurie Wilson. “It makes me happy. When I’m happy, I have that much more to tap into and give back.” Mehgan’s adventure in the...

Our Plastic Seas: There is No Away  – Dianna Cohen

Our Plastic Seas: There is No Away – Dianna Cohen

“Plastic is this incredibly useful material, and I feel that when we design things with intended obsolescence in mind—single use, disposable ideas in mind—we are treating a valuable material in an irresponsible way” ~ Dianna Cohen What started out as a career in art...

Liz Cunningham: The Hope She Found

Liz Cunningham: The Hope She Found

A harrowing kayak accident off the coast of northern California nearly cost author Liz Cunningham her life. Left at home recovering from her injuries, Liz was faced with a newfound fear of the ocean she had once loved; yet at the same time, she became more curious...

Jaws Revisited and the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards

Jaws Revisited and the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards

In 1975 the Jaws phenomenon transformed ocean awareness and awakened a huge interest in sharks. Few movies have had the enormous impact that Jaws had and the myth of the killer, rogue shark, unfortunately still lingers today.   Fortunately, Jaws propelled Peter...

2 Minutes in Sherman’s Lagoon –   Jim Toomey

2 Minutes in Sherman’s Lagoon – Jim Toomey

 “Saint Peter said something to the effect of, “We’re getting an awful lot of sharks up here what’s going on down there?” And he said, “Well they’re killing all the sharks on planet Earth.” So Saint Peter sent him back down to earth and said, “You’re not ready to die...

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