Seasteading

Vision

Seasteading is a blueprint for the future.

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Seasteads are simply permanent settlements built upon floating structures. They're tsunami-proof, immune to rising sea levels and can provide a smart autonomous framework for open governance.

The mobility and flexible nature of seasteads makes them ideal for parallel experimentation in governance.

Seasteading in Depth

Seasteading is the concept of creating permanent dwellings at sea, called seasteads, outside the territory claimed by any government. The term is a combination of the words sea and homesteading. No one has yet created a structure on the high seas that has been recognized as a sovereign state.

As an intermediate step, the Seasteading Institute has promoted cooperation with an existing nation on prototype floating islands with legal semi-autonomy within the nation's protected territorial waters. On January 13, 2017, the Seasteading Institute signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with French Polynesia to create the first semi-autonomous "seazone" for a prototype. On March 3, 2018, a mayor from French Polynesia said, in response to a challenger contesting the issue for the May 2018 elections, that the agreement was "not a legal document" and had expired at the end of 2017. The project nevertheless continues, and began a crowdfunding campaign in May 2018.

French Polynesia+Seasteading = Win-Win

Polynesians have a strong interest in resilient programs around sustainable technologies and economic development. The first floating community will have opportunities to partner with the international community to create specific applications for cutting-edge clean technology around energy and water.

The Honotua submarine cable system provides substantial fiber optic bandwidth enabling workers and businesses from all over the world to live on seasteads. A French Polynesian seastead could become an international hub for Blue Economy innovation that creates jobs locally.French Polynesia is an idyllic paradise. The waters and islands are gorgeous. The people are friendly. The government is stable and free from corruption. Crime is low and there are no threats of war. As seasteaders, we would be honored to be welcomed into their nation to work together to build the future.

Leaders

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Tom W. Bell

SEZ Expert

Lotta Moberg

Refugee Cities / SEZ Expert

Joe Quirk

Blue Frontiers

Locale

From Concept to Reality.

In accordance with an MOU signed in 2017, Blue Frontiers, through its collaboration with The Seasteading Institute, completed a set of environmental, economic, and legal studies regarding the development and stationing of sustainable seasteads in French Polynesian waters, subject to a special regulatory framework granting them substantial autonomy.

French Polynesia is one of the promising countries we are cultivating relationships with in regards to stationing seasteads. It is a tropical country of 118 islands in the Pacific ocean, where we have identified a variety of suitable locations. It is outside the hurricane belt, has modern cabled internet connections, and many airline links to major cities including Los Angeles and San Francisco. While one local community has recently expressed opposition, another which is concerned by sea level rise has also reached out to embrace our project, and many more options are also being considered. One of our main goals for the first half of 2018 is to identify a specific suitable location to take the project to. Among our options are uninhabited locations, as well as others where we will establish mutually beneficial relationships with the local community and our growing network of supporters.

Timeline

Timeline

The First Consortium

January 20, 2018

Founders of Gente Brava, a policy and data research organization, met with The Startup Societies Foundation in Washington DC to discuss creating a consortium of partners to rebuild Puerto Rico with sustainable startup cities.

Startup Societies Summit in DC

May 9-10, 2018

This game-changing gathering served as the official call-to-action for consortium partners to unite in support of post-Maria Puerto Rico. Over the course of two days, thought leaders and influencers were selected to develop a concrete plan for Puerto Rican Startup Cities.

Startup Societies Foundation Meets with Partners in Puerto Rico

May 11-19, 2018

Gente Brava and Startup Societies Foundation collaborators gather with international and domestic consortium partners in Puerto Rico. For over a week, all efforts were focused on engaging local groups and leaders to acquire on-the-ground information.

Hack Democracy Summit

July 27-28, 2018

Consortium Founders and Partners will gather in the historic arts district of San Juan to finalize plans for action. Hosted by the Foundation for Puerto Rico at their local headquarters, the Summit will serve as a template for future global initiatives.

The UN Fundraising Summit, NYC

September 1st, 2018

The Consortium will formally present its plan to the United Nations at a fundraising conference in New York City and announce critical leadership roles within the organization. Fundraising for phase one begins.

The First Consortium

January 20, 2018

Founders of Gente Brava, a policy and data research organization, met with The Startup Societies Foundation in Washington DC to discuss creating a consortium of partners to rebuild Puerto Rico with sustainable startup cities.

Startup Societies Summit in DC

May 9-10, 2018

This game-changing gathering served as the official call-to-action for consortium partners to unite in support of post-Maria Puerto Rico. Over the course of two days, thought leaders and influencers were selected to develop a concrete plan for Puerto Rican Startup Cities.

Startup Societies Foundation Meets with Partners in Puerto Rico

May 11-19, 2018

Gente Brava and Startup Societies Foundation collaborators gather with international and domestic consortium partners in Puerto Rico. For over a week, all efforts were focused on engaging local groups and leaders to acquire on-the-ground information.

Hack Democracy Summit

July 27-28, 2018

Consortium Founders and Partners will gather in the historic arts district of San Juan to finalize plans for action. Hosted by the Foundation for Puerto Rico at their local headquarters, the Summit will serve as a template for future global initiatives.

The UN Fundraising Summit, NYC

September 1st, 2018

The Consortium will formally present its plan to the United Nations at a fundraising conference in New York City and announce critical leadership roles within the organization. Fundraising for phase one begins.

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