The Seasteading Institute April/May 2011 Newsletter

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The Seasteading Institute – April/May 2011 Newsletter

 

Dear Friend of the Seasteading Institute,

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Vessels are great investments..when done right

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Anyone making a multi-million Dolar investment in building a vessel or a complete fleet of vessels is faced with a critical question: What is the business idea? This leads itself to a number of further questions:

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A letter from the Future of Free Cities conference to its speakers and attendees

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Below is a letter from the coordinator of the Future of Free Cities conference. The Seasteading Institute Executive Director Patri Friedman collaborated on the conference and gave a presentation there on April 4, 2011.

To all speakers and participants of the Future of Free Cities conference, Roatán, Honduras, April 3-5, 2011

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Patri’s Free City Talk Online

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From April 3-5, 2011, The Seasteading Institute Executive Director Patri Friedman was at The Future of Free Cities Conference in Honduras. Patri’s presentation, “Theory of Free Cities and Seasteading” is online to view. In his talk Patri discusses the urgent need to create innovative, competitive governments.

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Economics of Seasteading papers to be presented at the Association of Private Enterprise Education Conference Nassau

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Patri Friedman and Brad Taylor are presenting what we consider among our most important research papers at the Association of Private Enterprise Education Conference Nassau, The Bahamas, April 10-12, 2011. These updated papers explain why seasteading is a powerful lever to improve government and thus make the world better. Continue reading

The Oceans Are Uninhabitable By Humanity…Or Are They?

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The oceans are not only the source of life on Earth, they still host over half of all life on our blue planet. Unfortunately, that half does not include humans. Right now, we only use the oceans to extract resources, transport goods, and have the occasional awesome party with 1,000 entrepreneurs. As Robert Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic, pointed out in his TED Talk, it’s crazy that we have better maps of Mars than we do of our own oceans – which are 55,000,000 kilometers closer.

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The restocking ship

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To combine a profitable business model and a platform suitable to survive in international waters is one of the challenges of the seasteading movement. We have seen in the Sink or Swim Business Plan Contest, that aquaculture (fish farming) is one of the most promising business in international waters. Continue reading