Whew. The Tusk is relieved to have my first ever stage production/lecture series/brain party/mass sleepover/international fly-in/livestream/video-on-demand/plus five meals for hundreds completed. I’ve been to plenty of public gatherings, but I have never, ever organized such a thing myself. So it is with wonderful relief and many thanks to hundreds that I report Cosmic Summit 2023 was, by all accounts, a roaring success. Here some vitals statics for the first-time event.
Cosmic Summit 2023:
- Tickets went on sale for $499 in late November ‘22 and sold out in sixty days, five months before the show
- 46 states and 16 countries bought seat tickets in Asheville
- 14 million social media interactions
- 360 attendees were seated
- 200 refunds followed the setback
- 15 speakers, 20+ hours of content, 15-part Video-on-Demand
- Five meals
- 125 room block sold out, Crowne Plaza Asheville sold out
- ~80/20 out-of-state to in-state
- >1500 $49 15-part 20 hour Video-on-Demand packages sold and selling here
- Crowd photos here.
The attendees, just as expected, were simply wonderful people. As the host you get a pretty good idea who is coming, but it was exciting to see my most optimistic assumptions fulfilled by thoughtful, curious and courteous people from all over the world. Some of them were readers of this blog, like Mr. and Mrs. Walter Horsting, who popped up in the flesh after a decade of digital friendship. And Marc Young, of the Comet Research Group,who we flew in from Adelaide-to-Asheville.
The AV producers XL Mediaworks and AVL Solutions, in coordination with howtube.com, did an incredible job. I am a lighting freak in my home and, though I know nothing about stage lighting, they made the room fun and beautiful. The camera work and scene production was flawless for such an event, as you will see. And howtube.com’s quick work to the edit the huge recording into 15-parts left the event in great digital shape moving forward. Thank you Mike Robertson.
The speakers? My lord what can I say? These fourteen people had good reason to pull out after the collapse in attendance. Not only did they not cave to their best interests, they doubled-down and made the show better than it would have been given the original cast. I feel like I just lived an episode of Glee. Each of them is invited to return.
The lectures will not be lost to the internet. They are being sliced, diced, and scattered into dozens of clips beginning to appear on all social media @cosmicsummit. These two videos yesterday are approaching a combined 1 million global viewers.
My goal is to have tickets for Cosmic Summitn2024 for sale within a month. #CS24 will be held in my hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina, at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center and Sheraton Four Seasons. Dates coming soon.
Longtime subscribers to this website, the Asheville audience, and the VOD buyers, will also be soon invited to be Complimentary Founding Members of a paid global affinity group we are calling the Cosmic Circle, The offer comes with a free CS23 VOD and my heartfelt thanks.
It was more than fun, #cosmicsummit was an amazing experience in which both speakers & attendees delved into diverse topics from diverse speakers with diverse educations. GREAT job MC’ing @JahannahJames! Thank you @CosmicTusk @CosmicSummit23 for organizing #cosmicsummit 2023.
Thank you for a WONDERFUL Weekend! Cosmic Summit 2024!!!!
Hi EVERYONE!!! I was watching on the live stream. I’ll definitely see you next year! COSMIC SUMMIT 2024!
Just got home from Cosmic Summit 23. WOWWW what an amazing conference! Investigating ancient mysteries and blowing holes in modern explanations.
What an epic event, love the people! #cosmicsummit
You energized the whole room! Thank you! #cosmicsummit
Fantastic weekend George, I watched all the livestream and can just say congratulations
It was definitely worth the trip!
This morning as soon as I got to work, a supervisor had to show me how to use a new computer system and I was wondering if I could absorb even more new information lol
The staff did a great job!
CS23 was really great. I am so glad I took the plunge to attend. Met some great people, got to interact with Randal, Ben, Micah, et al… It was remarkably energizing to be in a room with a few hundred like/open minded folks
What an epic weekend!!
Thanks to everyone for a great time and a wonderful event!
Just made it back to Knoxville. What a blast. Thank you all for the wonderful weekend. I hope to see you all next year at CS 24.
Sooooo good to be amongst such kindred kind and curious truth seekers!
Had an amazing weekend! Drove 8 hours last night to land in bed at 4am! Thank you all for the amazing conversations. I look forward to continuing those!
Amazing event! Looking forward to CS2024 and meet ups after my liver begins functioning again. Great work to all presenters and organizers!
Hi guys, loved being among you all. See you next time.
It was great meeting everyone! What a fantastic weekend!
Still feeling so inspired by the weekend, all the great new friends we met as well as inspirations from all the intriguing speakers. Took us about nine hours to drive home, but sketched some new art with pyramids the entire way home ha ha more to come!
Great presentations by everyone! Good job putting this thing together George.
My brain filed for divorce last night! Lol now it’s work time to plan more shows with only one brain cell.
Thank you so much for an incredible weekend! I can’t Thank You enough for such an amazing presentation by so many amazing speakers!I look forward to the next meeting..I will be here.., Thank you again)… …Mr and Mrs George Howard, Thank you
This was such an awesome introduction into this realm of knowledge that we experienced. Unbelievable weekend. Thanks again, yall
Can’t really put into words just how special this event was for me. I have so much renewed hope for the future but most importantly for my children’s future The hard work and dedication put into this event definitely shows. I look forward to many years of the Cosmic Summit!! Wonderful and amazing work guys and gals!!!
Good night. I’ll never forget today!!
I walked all night from Henderson airport to the Cosmic Summit.
This was an amazing time and it was great to meet so many amazing people! `Thank you everyone and I can say “I found my people!”
I just want to tell you want an amazing time my wife and I had at the Cosmic Summit. The phrases “hit it out of the park” and “exceeded expectations” come to mind. It was a pleasure to meet you and everyone else. Everything about it was outstanding. Blown away for the first go round of the event.
It was an immense honor to sit before many great researchers discussing their respective topics around Earth history.
My son and I had the pleasure of attending the summit. I just want to say thank you!!! What a wonderful experience full of fascinating information and great people.
Very much looking forward to hearing about the next one.