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Why Summit?

The world's many problems are matched by the world's many solutions. Summit connects communities with significant deficits to the resources, assets, and capabilities they need to solve their problems. Summit is a nongovernmental organization (NGO) based in Utah, USA. As the Sustainable Mountain Development and Conflict Transformation Knowledge & Action Network, we are focused on three main areas of work: Knowledge, Action, and Networking. Learn More

Why Mountains?

Upon seeing the name of our organization, one may wonder what "sustainable mountain development" means and why the reference to mountains is a part of our identity and mission. Summit, along with many other organizations around the world, seeks to address a deficit in global understanding and structures that have, until recently, failed to give sufficient attention to mountain ecologies and communities, and the relationship of mountains to the rest of the planet. It is critical to understand that even as Summit developed from a concern for the lack of due attention for mountain peoples and geographies, we now give our entire attention to the planet and its peoples across ecologies, geographies, and political boundaries. This is simply to say that we are unbounded in our concern for sustainable development and conflict transformation everywhere. Learn More

Summit Innovation Labs

Our Summit Innovation Labs (or “collaboratories”) will bring experts, policy makers, government officials, practitioners, and multilateral leaders (including United Nations officials) together to solve concrete material problematics where the solutions are feasible but not yet strategized. For example, we are planning annual Summit innovation Labs to bring an end to global slavery, to provide water security in Haiti, and micro-hydroelectric power technologies to Central Asia.

Summit Research & Development Peacebuilding Centers

In addition to building knowledge, Summit is committed to the use of that knowledge in innovative projects across the planet. We are already building inventive projects in water and energy security in Haiti, economic opportunity and education in West Africa, and conflict and peace data management in the Balkans. Our plans for Summit Research, Development, and Peacebuilding Centers are underway, as we seek funding for them.

Summit PeaceTech Catalogue

In addition to our database, Summit is building an unprecedented collection of peace technologies. This includes inventions, innovative strategies, and technologies that are sustainable and contribute to global sustainable development, human security, capacity building, and peacebuilding. The Summit Peace Tech Catalogue will be published online and in print, and widely available, allowing the purchase of important technology in developed countries for less developed countries. We plan on partnering with retailers to advance the proliferation of this life-giving technology.

Your Gift to Summit is a Gift to the World.

Summit Team members make vital contributions to our work. You will participate in democratic and inclusive Team meetings, and be empowered by the open and inviting commitments we hold and environment we provide. Your voice will be heard, your contributions will be welcomed and appreciated, and you will be encouraged to find your own path, pursue your own dreams, and add your creative energies to our work. Summit Team members do not follow directives as much as they share their energy and vision with a Team committed to your success. We want your experience with us to be exciting and rewarding, and we will work with you to make that happen. Learn More

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Vault 7 Part 2: Dark Matter

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Vault 7 Part 2, or "Dark Matter", is the second installment in a series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Codenamed "Dark Matter" after one of the cyberweapons revealed in this installment, this release exposes a collection of the CIA's hacking toolset that deal directly with, among other things, strategies allowing the attacker to enable persistent surveillance/access to the device being targeted.

Vault 7 Part 1: Year Zero

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Vault 7 Part 1, or "Year Zero", is the first installment in a series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

At 8,761 documents and files (obtained from a network in Langley, Virginia: the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence), Year Zero is the largest dump of information on the CIA.

Summit Strategic Plan/Timeline

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November 2015

Grant submitted to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Carnegie Corporation of New York [co-authored with partners at Northeastern Illinois University, USA; George Mason University, USA; the Peace and Justice Studies Association (offices at Georgetown University, USA); the University of Tromsø, Norway; the University of Ngozi, Burundi; and the University of Rwanda, Rwanda].

No President Should Have Absolute Authority to Launch Nuclear Weapons

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Yes, it's true that President Trump could, on a whim, launch a nuclear attack without having to ask anyone first -- but the real question is: Why should *ANY* one person have that much access to start a nuclear war?