Ricardo Radulovich: Radical Social Entrepreneur
March 7, 2013 by chdeist
Ricardo Radulovich – Professor of Water Science, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grantee, Sea-Farmer, and Senior Aquaculture Specialist for The Seasteading Institute – can now add “Radical Social Entrepreneur” to his long list of laurels. Today’s featured article on the Radical Social Entrepreneurs website, authored by seasteading ambassador Ryan Garcia, explains how Radulovich’s open-source seafarming project aligns with a broader framework for setting audacious goals while embracing the uncertainty and complexity of the modern world.
Ever since the rise of the celebrity technology founder, entrepreneurship has become something of a buzzword. The term social entrepreneurship denotes the same sort of risk-taking and business decision-making, but applied to societal, cultural and environmental goals (the social entrepreneur is often found in a small village, using micro-credit to provide clean drinking water or labor-saving devices to those who need these things most). But are the phenomena of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship living up to their full potential, or do we need a more radical approach?
Zachary Caceres is editor of Radical Social Entrepreneurs, a new initiative of the FLOW Project, and he believes that traditional social entrepreneurs are indeed developing powerful new physical technologies. However, he also sees the impact of their technology being hindered by the lack of innovation in social technologies. That is why Caceres and the rest of the RSE team are bringing attention to people like Radulovich, whose business models strike at the root law, governance, culture, community and education.
Radulovich’s radical vision of a Blue Revolution does not depend on a highly specific climate for its implementation or any other set of conditions for that matter, besides a large salt-water body and some willing “sea-farmers”. His plans to spread knowledge of low-cost sea-farming technology in open-source fashion can therefore alleviate food and water shortages in 18 out of the 26 countries with an “alarming” rating by the Global Hunger Index. Furthermore, utilized as a business solution for early seasteads, sea-farming has the potential to accelerate the rise of startup nations on the high seas (our favorite social technology).
We are grateful to Radical Social Entrepreneurs for providing Garcia with an outlet to present Radulovich’s project, and we are bookmarking the site in anticipation of future collaboration.