Thursday, May 9, 2013

Creating an Epicenter of Innovation: Welcome to Eden

After only five short years of being in existence, the progressive organization founded in 2008 by entrepreneur Elliot Bisnow (Bisnow Media) and know as Summit Series has found a permanent home in a place all too appropriately named "Eden." 

Eden, Utah is home to Snow Mountain, the largest ski resort in the United States. The plan is to build 500 single family homes, a small mountain village with a recording studio, art galleries and bohemian retail shops, a few boutique hotels, a members-only lodge and a mountain-top activity center. In addition, plans for home shares, need-based lodging and subsidized cabins are in the works for those who cannot otherwise afford the lavish resort. Rather than taking a traditional real estate developer's approach, they are applying the "disruptive ethos" of Silicon Valley to the project, building local partnerships and integrating with the local community, while trying to preserve the mountain's natural beauty.

The idea behind Summit Series is simple: if you bring creative, innovator, influential people from all walks (e.g., entrepreneurs, artists, politicians, thought leaders, activists, etc.) together, then amazing things will happen. Since its inception, Summit Series has hosted the likes of Sir Richard Branson, President Bill Clinton, Mark Cuban, rapper Jazzy Jeff, John Legend and Russell Simmons, just to name a few.  Summit Series has managed to capture and cultivate the creative spirit, and there is no telling where having a permanent home will take the group.  As stated on their website:

"Summit's mission is to catalyze entrepreneurship, address global issues, support artistic achievement, and build community in an effort to make our world a more joyful place."

Or as co-founder Jeff Rosenthal puts it, Summit is about "great people doing great things." What better place to do that than, well, Eden?

Read more about Summit's purchase of Powder Mountain here:

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