Building Community with a Cause
Building Community with a Cause
By Cameron Cler
At Summit, we strive to build a culture dominated by creativity, collaboration and community. As our community has grown, we have collectively invested in causes near and dear to our core mission. Our goal is to enhance the natural beauty of the mountain and share this magic with others. Building a development on the mountain has made us experts in conservation, minimalist design and balance. In conjunction with building homes, we have fostered a community of passionate residents. This community was the basis for our nonprofit arm, The Summit Institute. The Summit Institute’s mission is to apply creative solutions to real-world challenges related to the environment, education, the arts, health, and social innovation.
What does it mean to have a community with a cause? On Powder Mountain we dug into the themes that resonated most with our interests and surroundings. Naturally being on the mountain provided inspiration for executing conservation projects and approaching our developments from an eco-friendly perspective. We also realized what made our time on the mountain so special were the people that called the mountain home. Bringing brilliant minds together to solve real-world problems gave our community purpose. Finally we felt we needed a creative side to complement our left-brained activities. We birthed the Summit Institute Art Program with art pieces benefitting the entire mountain and surrounding Ogden Valley.
What we are passionate about:
We created The Summit Institute Art program to enhance the natural beauty of the mountain. Artists-in-Residence create pieces that become public art available to residents and visitors of Powder Mountain and Ogden valley. By welcoming new residents regularly, we experience a variety of formats and pieces ranging from temporal snow and ice work to sculpture to music. Bringing art to the mountain serves to increase interactions between the residents and their neighbors.
In our community, we have experts, innovators and creators across a variety of fields. That diversity leads to conversations around social innovation, cutting-edge technology, and scalable solutions. Coming together for weekend gatherings, the community shares ideas and builds together to create a culture of collaboration and creativity. At Summit you always have a seat at the table when discussing important issues such as education, globalization, or reverse aging. We welcome you to come join a gathering with our innovative community.
Before the development on Powder mountain began, Summit ran the Mountain Architecture Prototype (MAP) design competition, which challenged architects, engineers, and artists to design sustainable cabins that were sustainable, eco-friendly, and part of the mountain ethos. The Summit community is committed to conserve the land’s natural resources and space. Powder mountain homes are limited in size to preserve the beauty of the mountains. By incorporating nature functionally into the design, Summit homes are in balance with the surrounding landscape.
As you narrow down the causes your community is passionate about, hold a dinner or community meeting to brainstorm. Bring in subject matter experts and leaders in your fields of interest and form ideas for tackling issues with innovative solutions. Working together towards a cause will bring an intentional vibe to your community.