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“But one doesn’t wait for a revolution—one becomes it.” Carl Safina

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 May 31 – June 6. It’s free and will be held right here on this site, in a specially created Summit hub. Stay tuned for more details and get ready to reserve your virtual seat!

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...

A Sweet Spot in Time  –  Dr. Sylvia Earle

A Sweet Spot in Time – Dr. Sylvia Earle

“No Water. No Life. No Blue. No Green.” ~ Dr. Sylvia Earle We were honored to have Sylvia Earle kick off our Blue Ocean Summit 2015 on World Oceans Day: In the Summit opening interview, “A Sweet Spot in Time,” Sylvia pulls no punches as she outlines the many ocean...

Summit 2014: Travelling Towards Sustainability

Summit 2014: Travelling Towards Sustainability

Our theme brings together four speakers with over a hundred years of experience in the dive community. As owners of dive travel companies or as marine scientists they have observed the disturbing directions that our ocean environment is taking. They realize the...

Summit: 2015, Global Citizens, Inspiring Role Models

Summit: 2015, Global Citizens, Inspiring Role Models

The Blue Ocean Summit 2015 presents four speakers on the theme of “Global Citizens, Inspiring Role Models”. Our four speakers talk about different ocean issues however they have in common that they inspire people on a Global Level: one has created an Award event to...

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