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The Seasteading Institute ambassadors are volunteers committed to promoting the seasteading vision and representing the organization. Each ambassador’s efforts are crucial to the success of The Seasteading Institute’s movement building campaign. Ambassadors take on an important role representing the organization and advocating on behalf of the movement at conferences, schools, other events, online and through other special assignments. We seek to maximize the usefulness of any ambassador’s unique skill set.


+Who can serve as an ambassador?
Anyone who believes that the world can be improved through seasteading can apply to be an ambassador. Ambassadors are expected to have a fluid understanding of the organization’s mission, vision and strategy. They should be able to persuasively articulate these elements in order to encourage more people to join the seasteading movement.
+Why serve as an ambassador?
Serving as an ambassador will be a rewarding experience for anyone inspired by the possibilities for seasteading to help humanity by propagating innovative startup governments. Ambassadors benefit from great opportunities to engage with interesting people at conferences and events. Whether you are ready to move to a seastead now or just excited to have seasteading exist, being a seasteading ambassador is not only experientially rewarding, but it is fun too.Ambassadors receive recognition.Serving as an ambassador provides someone with a greater level of visibility in the seasteading community. Ambassadors receive recognition throughout the year in a variety of ways:

  • - Listing on the Seasteading Institute’s Ambassador web page
  • - Recognition in the organization’s email newsletter
  • - Introduction and recognition at seasteading events where they volunteer

Ambassadors will also be provided with business cards with their names on them to aid in networking on behalf of the organization.

+What kind of commitment does the ambassadors program require?
Ambassadors are asked to make a one-year commitment to the organization. During this year the work is likely to be sporadic. That is, at times ambassadors may find there are several obligations over a short period, while at other times there may be lulls without much to do. How much work an ambassador puts into the program will depend on how proactive she is in seeking opportunities to promote seasteading. There will likely be times when the organization finds an event in an ambassador’s local area and requests the ambassador’s attendance on our behalf. But the more proactive one is, the more publicity we will receive — which we appreciate.As part of the year-long commitment to be an ambassador, we expect ambassadors to do one of the following, or a combination thereof:

  • - Represent seasteading at events and/or host educational/networking events four times
  • - Post something online/write letters to editors of papers/magazines twice monthly
+What kind of assignments are ambassadors asked to complete?
It is the responsibility of ambassadors to stay well informed of The Seasteading Institute’s progress, since they will be serving as a liaison between the organization and the general public. Ambassadors are asked to:

  • - Table at conferences, schools and other events
  • - Give presentations when possible to interested audiences (if the ambassador is comfortable with public speaking)
  • - Host networking/educational events
  • - Actively promote seasteading through as many online channels as one can by generating buzz in chat rooms and blogs
  • - Spread seasteading stories to networks such as Facebook, Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Yahoo! Buzz, etc
  • - Assist The Seasteading Institute staff on a project basis
  • - Suggest and actively seek out opportunities to promote seasteading
+Do ambassadors have to adhere to a particular political philosophy?
No. People from any political philosophy are welcome to apply to the ambassadors program, as long as they are excited about the idea of enabling many groups to experiment with a variety of innovative political systems. The Seasteading Institute as an organization is apolitical, even though it is made up of many people with strong political beliefs. The goal of the organization is to enable the creation of thousands of seasteads that will experiment with a variety of innovative political ideas. There is room on the high seas for many different beliefs, and there is room in our ambassador program for many beliefs as well. That said, ambassadors can choose to only represent The Seasteading Institute on occasions where they are comfortable interacting with others.
+What is the application process?
The online application is linked here and below. Ambassador candidates should familiarize themselves with the Seasteading Institute’s mission, vision, strategy and primary website pages. Prospective ambassadors are required to submit a short essay (less than 500 words) explaining their desire to be one of The Seasteading Institute’s ambassadors.
+Where do I sign up?
Ambassador candidates should fill out this form. A member of our team will contact you shortly afterward.

Ambassador Team

  • Anders Arfelt

    Tervuren, Belgium – LinkedInFacebook   Anders Arfelt has a rich history working with ocean industries and is planning to assist in our outreach to regulatory bodies and maritime organizations. He is currently director for a Dutch protection and indemnity insurance specialists company, where his specialties include maritime risk management for ocean vessels. Previously he was a senior international affairs officer at the Baltic International Maritime Council (BIMCO), the chief officer responsible for the development of emergency organization at Norwegian Cruise Line, and a maritime casualty manager and investigator at Skuld P&I. Anders holds an unlimited master’s certificate for oceangoing vessels.   “I strongly believe that the solution to many of the problems experienced globally can be found in the maritime domain,” states Anders. “Therefore, I really want to make full use of my vast maritime experience to further the objectives of The Seasteading Institute. I have practical maritime experience from sailing the largest oil tankers ever built, to sailing cruise ships with thousands of individuals on board, to organizing and assessing safety and investigating accidents. I have lobbied for the shipping industry in relevant international and global institutions in order to seek to influence regulators and administrators. I am convinced that the experience and business models used in the traditional shipping industry, as well as their regulatory framework, will provide many of the solutions required to establish maritime industries and eventually seasteads.”

  • Allison Marks

    Los Angeles, California, USA   After graduating with honors from the University of California at Los Angeles, Allison received her Master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Allison is dedicated to disseminating innovative principles and practices of proprietary government in order to enable humankind to create a peaceful, stable, and durable civilization – a goal that has thus far not been achieved. Allison lives in Los Angeles and works as a marketing professional. Outside of work and the Seasteading Institute, she enjoys dancing, writing, running and yoga.   “Humankind’s technological progress has far exceeded its social progress. This explains why we have the capacity to launch rockets into space or discover the composition of an atom, yet we are still plagued by the same problems as ever – war, corruption, famine and poverty. When the founding fathers of the United States of America declared We don’t need a king, and established a democracy, this signified a monumental step forward in the direction of human freedom. But even a democracy does not allow for absolute freedom, for in a democracy, the minority is bound by the will of the majority. However, proprietary government offers an alternative. In proprietary government, people may choose to subscribe to goods and services in the same way they subscribe to non-governmental goods and services – by comparing the price and quality of items offered by a variety of competitors. I volunteer as an ambassador with The Seasteading Institute because I feel it is paramount to disseminate to the world a new vision of “government” – one that is proprietary, and that allows humankind to enjoy lasting peace and freedom.”

  • Vivien Sin

    Chicago, Illinois, USA   Vivien is the founder and president of EnvisionDo (www.envisiondo.org). She is an economics major at the University of Chicago. She spent two years at United World College with students from 100 different countries, who are all selected based on their potential to “make the world a better place”. This experience prompted her to start EnvisionDo at the end of her first year out of a desire to ignite more action-oriented idealism among students. She currently serves on the board of Chicago Club for Alternative Investment, Chicago Society, Outside the Lines, and a number of other organizations. She is passionate in entrepreneurship and is fascinated by the fast-paced and solution-driven culture of the start-up world. She is committed to creating more models in which sustainable business strategies could be combined with social causes. She is also strangely obsessed with elephants and dreams of opening an orphanage for baby elephants whose parents were killed by poachers.   “I am passionate in the startup industry, and what I have learnt from the startup industry is that there’s no failure. The word for failure is “pivot”, meaning that it’s an opportunity for one to learn and develop. I believe this is why the tech industry is so vibrant- experimentation allows the industry to try, fail and therefore, learn quickly. I had a dream of being the Secretary General of the UN when I was young, but that dream was shattered when I learnt of how inefficient many NGOs and institutions are. This sentiment is applicable also for governments. I believe current governments are truly inefficient, and The Seasteading Institute’s solution of providing a platform for experiments of political policies truly appeals to me.”

  • Lasse Birk Olesen

    Denmark & Singapore – LinkedInFacebook   Lasse Birk Olesen is an engineering student and columnist. He has been a friend of The Seasteading Institute since 2009. In the past he has arranged for Patri to speak in Denmark to an audience of more than 100, has given six of his own seasteading talks, administered our 2009 seastead design contest, written three letters to the editor about seasteading, and arranged three seasteading meet-ups in Copenhagen. As an official ambassador he has already given a talk to a group of 30 people.

  • Charles Peralo

    Rock Hill, New York, USA – LinkedInFacebook   Charles is a high school student that has been involved with Monticello Eco Club, the Gary Johnson presidential campaign, Our America, GOProud, the Phillips Campaign, and his own online startup company called Streams and Bubbles. His interest in both politics and business has led him to be actively involved with seasteading. In August of 2011, Charles appeared as guest on the Adam vs. The Man news show to promote seasteading.

  • Dan Dascalescu

    Silicon Valley, California, USA   Dan is CIO of the first commercial seasteading venture, Blueseed. Born and raised in Romania, Dan moved to the Bay Area in 2005, after getting his degree in computer science. Dan is an active promoter of seasteading, secular humanism, rationality, critical thinking and free market ideas, and attends events related to emerging technology, psychology, skepticism, behavioral economics and transhumanism. Before serving as a seasteading ambassador, Dan founded the Quantified Self forum and worked as a software globalization engineer for Yahoo!.

  • Julian Le Roux

    Cape Town, South Africa – LinkedInFacebook   Julian became interested in seasteading when he heard Patri predict on the BBC One Planet radio show that seasteads would attract two types of people—skilled migrants from developing countries, and entrepreneurial pioneers. Julian notes, “I am both those people.”   “In my lifetime, over a million skilled individuals have fled South Africa due to problems created by seriously dysfunctional government. No doubt they went through immense stress and struggle to obtain work permits, residency and citizenship—all to be ruled by states that are only slightly better. For me, even an early seastead sounds like a superior prospect.” Seasteading also brings out Julian’s entrepreneurial spirit. “The business opportunities and challenges genuinely excite me, to say nothing of the technological and futuristic aspects. As an anarcho-capitalist, the chance to try revolutionary ideas and institutions that are prohibited on land is tantalizing. Actually living in a truly free society, that would be a dream come true…The end goal of seasteading is to catalyse technological progress in the industry that needs it most—the most important industry of all—governance. The effect this could have on global quality of life, and the course of human history, cannot be overstated.”

  • Jules Wellinghoff

    Washington DC, USA   Jules Wellinghoff is an undergraduate student at Oberlin College majoring in Biology. His main areas of interest are human health, infectious diseases, and biologically-based technologies. He is excited about seasteading from an interest in intentional communities, the positive effects it could have on established governments, and its potential role in medical innovation by providing the opportunity to avoid burdensome regulations.   “My reasons for supporting seasteading are its potential to allow for new types and scopes of intentional communities, its ability to enable innovations in medicine and increased patient choice, and its likely role in improving governments of established countries… I am very much in agreement with The Seasteading Institute’s stated belief that seasteading will improve established governments. Seasteading will allow for experimentation and competition in government structure which everyone, seasteaders and citizens of established countries alike, stand to benefit from. Further, I have witnessed how massive groups often result in inefficiency and lack of creativity in projects compared to small, tightly-knit groups. I believe that seasteading will allow for increased advances of all varieties by allowing people with shared motivations to more easily form communities united around common objectives.”

  • Ryan Garcia

    San Diego, California, USA   Ryan is an attorney and entrepreneur originally from Waimea, Hawai’i, and now residing in San Diego with his lovely wife Marlo. He advocates for the Seasteading Institute in order to contribute to the establishment of new international communities where individual freedom can be realized. .   “I am an ambassador for The Seasteading Institute so that I may positively contribute to the establishment of new international communities where individual freedom can be realized to an extent yet unseen by humankind. The emergence of even a single polity committed to coercing none and treating all equally will inspire a sorely needed socio-economic and political reformation worldwide, leading to greater freedom and prosperity for more individuals.”

  • Tony Dreher

    Nashville, Tennessee, USA   Tony discovered seasteading while researching Panarchism and thought it was absolutely brilliant. Shortly afterwards, while working toward an MPA at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he became the Institute”s first intern.   “I just really love seasteading – the tabula rasa-ness of it, the whole sci-fi pioneer angle, everything. I want to make connections with the first-movers in the seasteading industry. I’ve got a decent number of big ideas I want to see executed and this is the crowd to take them to…seasteading only has a couple of decades before it really blows up, so if I want to be known as one of the visionaries, as one of the harbingers of a radical new world paradigm.”

  • Philipp Kalwies

    Germany & Austria & Switzerland   Philipp Kalwies is a entrepreneur from Hamburg, northern Germany. He began a study of international economics at the Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg, but quit in order to pursue a career as an entrepreneur in Hamburg, giving sales trainings for sellers and taking responsibility for the promotional marketing of big hardware companies. As an anarcho-capitalist from birth, yearning for liberty, he always wanted to build his own anarchistic state. When he incidentally found seasteading he was immediately in favor of it and organized a talk by the Institute’s founder Patri Friedman in Hamburg. In 2010 he organized the largest libertarian conference ever in Germany, at which Patri also spoke. Philipp has written articles for libertarian magazines and also gave a talk about seasteading to 250 members at the annual academy of the high IQ society Mensa in Germany. In 2011 he will speak again.

  • Angelo Adam

    New York, NY, USA – Google+   Angelo graduated from NYU in 2008 with a bachelors degree in International Politics. He has studied and worked on three continents, and is a dual citizen. His first experience in entrepreneurship was after graduating from college, when he and a friend thought it would be a good idea to start a startup company in their free time. Starting his own business showed him the inherent rewards and challenge of building a website, marketing, sourcing manufacturers, and creating a legal framework for a company. He plans on utilizing these lessons in future endeavors.   “The goals of The Seasteading Institute are in accordance with my personal philosophy. While my personal goals are to build a social platform to increase public participation in governement, I share many of the long term goals in common with the Institute.”

  • James McBennett

    London, England – WebsiteLinkedInFacebook   Interested in design, architecture and entrepreneurship, James has studied at the Architectural Association, University College Dublin and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragment of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and has worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, de Smedt Architects and Kohn Pedersen Fox.   “I believe design will play a pivotal role in the success of each seastead and I hope to explicitly highlight the new opportunities and design potential of living at sea.”

  • Andrew Stover

    Hiawatha, Kansas, USA   Andrew graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) with a BS in Global Security and Intelligence Studes, and is now attending Kansas State University to pursue a degree in Entrepreneurship. While at ERAU, he was the Treasurer of the Student Government and the founder of his school’s chapter of Young Americans for Liberty. He has experience working for the US Department of Defense, and also started his own intelligence company, www.ironsightsintel.com.   “The idea seems crazy, and that’s what I like about it. Going to the moon once seemed crazy, but the men whose footprints still remain up there in the dust are now considered heroes. I greatly desire to be part of this project, to be a true pioneer of this new philosophy, boldly going where no one has gone before. More than a job, I desire a purpose and the means to sustain it.”

  • Joey Cline

    Indianapolis, Indiana, USA   Joey currently resides in Indianapolis, IN and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Logistics & Global Supply Chain as well as a Six-Sigma Black Belt and has served in leadership roles in retail, international, and manufacturing industries. He is also the co-Founder of a product and services company called Myrmidon Industries Inc. (www.myrmidoninc.com) His volunteer work includes a child abuse prevention group, animal rescue, and he is a supporter of conservative political efforts. Joey enjoys a particular interest in history, evident in his company’s name, and is an award winning power-lifter.   “When correct vs. incorrect becomes less important than the agenda regarding governance and society, debate is no longer effective or worthwhile, as a solution is thus no longer attainable. We are at a time where the need of this testing ground for ideas regarding governance and law, outside the strains of overwhelming regulation and skewed by tainted marketing efforts, is crucial. I am very eager to help the seasteading initiative grow and succeed.”

  • Aleš Nohel

    Bratislava, Slovakia – LinkedIn   “I have been dreaming about this concept since I have been able to comprehend the size of oil rigs and restrictiveness of governments. I know this is a great proving ground for self-sufficient human colonies that are based on the newest of technologies that can help us prepare for colonization of space and avoid the mistakes of the past. This concept will enable the new countries to leap and bound over existing nations as it happened during the industrial revolution. I would like to be a part of this revolution as I see it as a great opportunity to forward a good cause. The concepts and hurdles are challenging in a way that is similar to those we will face when expanding into space commercially and thus a great opportunity to use my skills and learn to apply them to tough negotiations. I hope to open the eyes of those who doubt the possibilities and benefits of seasteading. With various crises sweeping the world, this may be the best way to introduce new philosophies and socio-economic concepts without much of the resistance one would experience in trying to shift established political and cultural systems throughout the established states. I am eager to be part of this revolution as I like to challenge the status quo.”

  • Chelsea Brown

    Jacksonville, Florida, USA   Chelsea was actively involved with Junior ROTC and Girl Scouts in her hometown in Wisconsin. She moved to Florida for college where she is majoring in English with minors in art history and psychology. She is thoroughly interested in Government and strives to spread share her interests with others.   “We, as inhabitants of the same planet, should be promoting new and innovative ways of thinking and living. Government should not be a constant, but a revolving notion that the people of such governing body determines. Each person should have the right to live within the government of his or her choice. I have chosen to be an ambassador for The Seasteading Institute because I want to help others think creatively and become interested in their government. This institute has the ability to change the way the world is run and how people think about their government. I am proud to be a part of that change.”

  • Ryan Hartmann

    Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA – LinkedInFacebook   Ryan is a documentary filmmaker who has produced a reality TV pilot and is currently producing 2 feature length documentary films to be released within the next few years. He has worked with an established music producer to do behind-the-scenes video production. Always the entrepreneur, he has Independently raised money for his projects, all of which he has an acute personal passion for.   “I am an ambassador because, A) I am happy to volunteer with something I really believe in, B) I like networking with others who are potential leaders/supporters of our cause, C) to have an active role in the organized seasteading movement and, D) to spread the word. I love introducing people to things that can improve their lives.”

  • Manolis Katsouris

    Athens, Greece   Manolis is currently a high school student in the Hellenic-American school of Greece in the International Baccalaureate. He’s attended several tournaments for his school’s Forensics Debate club, is a member of the M.U.N (Model United Nations), and attended the Political Committee in the Edinburgh Conference. On weekends he tutors children in immigrant schools and volunteers at the Greenpeace organization in Greece. Manolis writes for the school newspaper monthly and plans to study engineering.   “I strongly believe in political autonomy and societal justice in the sense that people have inherent rights to do what they desire, as long as they do not harm others. We live in a world where politics influence and shape our everyday lives. Being an Ambassador at the Seasteading Institute enables me to make a real, tangible change in the future of our globe. I am happy to be at the forefront of human progress and gain access into the constantly beating heart of international affairs.”

  • Kimberly Blozie

    Brooklyn, New York, USA   Kimberly Blozie is a scientist, fundraiser, writer and entrepreneur. She has a Bachelors Degree in Biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire and graduated with honors from Columbia University with a Masters of Science in Fundraising Management. Kim has co-launched, one nonprofit organization, Guernicaproject.org, which brings awareness to the multi-generational impact of war and one business, TrialX.com, an online, clinical trials matching and information service. She also recently managed the development department of the New York branch of EnlightenNext, an international, philosophical, nonprofit organization. For the past four years, she was the Manager of Clinical Research at Columbia University’s Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. Kim currently resides in New York and is working on a screenplay and science fiction novel.   “The world is ready for The Seasteading Institute. While there continues to be profound advances in technology, science, art, and philosophy, our shared values and agreements — the law and government by which we abide has not moved forward as quickly and often times seems destined for more paperwork and fine print. I am a Seasteading Institute ambassador because I am committed to bringing about a more evolved culture. Experimentation is essential to exploring the best way forward, and seasteads will offer a safe and peaceful means to do just that. Also, I can’t think of anything more exciting to pioneer together.”

  • Oliver Cojo

    Valladolid, Spain   Oliver is currently studying the last year of a Double Joint degree in Law and Business Administration at the University of Valladolid, Spain. Between December 2010 and June 2011 he worked as a research assistant at the department of “Business Organization and Product Marketing” at the university, collaborating on various scientific investigations that tried to figure out how internet and new technologies have changed consumers´ habits and influenced their decisions.   “I collaborate with the Seasteading Institute because I strongly believe in the idea that making the world a better place to live in is possible. However, this goal is not achievable only by promoting some ideas or by developing new theories about how that better world could be, but it is necessary to find the way to bring those ideas into the real world and to go from the “could be” to “this is.” This is precisely what the Seasteading Institute is doing. In other words, the Seasteading Institute has found the way to overthrow the barriers to entry of the “government industry,” to compete face to face with current governments and make possible new ways of governing. Imagination the only limit to this amazing project. Moreover, one of the fields with more possibilities to grow in the near future is that of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), a field I am very interested in that tries to find new ways of resolving conflicts beyond the current court system. An ADR system has many possibilities of being expanded in autonomous ocean communities.”

  • Will Chamberlain

    Eugene, Oregon, USA   Will Chamberlain is a debate coach at the University of Oregon, and a co-author for the Let A Thousand Nations Bloom weblog. He graduated from University of the Pacific in 2010 with a B.A. in economics, and finished his senior year ranked #2 in the nation in NPTE parliamentary debate. In 2009 he worked for The Seasteading Institute as a research associate, and spoke at the 2009 Seasteading Conference on public choice theory and seasteading. He is planning on attending law school beginning in the fall of 2012.   “I believe very firmly in the importance of the seasteading movement, and am happy to be a part of it again. I believe the ambassador role perfectly suits my skillset and I am pleased to advocate for the institute.”

  • Alex Modzelewski

    Kailua, HI, USA   Being a surgeon, a member of a quintessential libertarian occupation, allowed Alex to travel and work around the world. From his native Poland he reached his present home in Hawaii, on his way observing people and their various political systems. Alex terminated his medical career a few years ago in order to promote new ideas based on extreme personal freedom and individual responsibility. He has had three novels dedicated to this subject published, in addition to some theoretical articles (see Scribd.com).   “People display amazing resourcefulness coping with their political masters but—so far—I have not encountered a government which would not benefit from some very substantial improvements. Why are we so stuck in the unsatisfactory—rooted in the 19th century—political system? One reason is lack of alternatives; all habitable land had been seized by powerful, military-backed plutocracies; they do not welcome any significant innovations. I believe that imaginative scenarios are important for “a common man” to realize that his or her option are much wider than conventional beliefs allow.”

  • Alexis Campestre

    Lake Jackson, TX, USA   Alexis graduated from Texas Tech University with a BS in International Economics and a Minor in French. His number one passion is exploring the world around him. Currently he is working on a start-up seafood supply business as well as a political action website. He likes to read, write, and discuss freedom.   “My primary reason for applying to be an ambassador of the Seasteading Institute is to promote the principles of liberty and freedom, and to create a methodology that may be used to spearhead an initiative in leading the globe in a direction of eco-friendly, economic prosperity.”

  • Matt Pritchard

    Astoria, NY, USA   Matt is an actor and small business owner living in New York City. He’s drawn to the prospect of introducing competition and the price system into the field of government, and enabling new forms of spontaneous social order.   “This idea has the potential to revolutionize the world. These are big ideas, and I want to be a part of implementing them. When Seasteads start becoming more productive than landed operations, I want to know that I had a hand in making that happen. I want to help spread what could be the next big idea, and launch what could be the most profitable industry in human history.”

  • Alex Merced

    Brooklyn, NY, USA   Alex Merced is a Libertarian Activist and Economic Theorist who blogs from AlexMerced.com and is active with the Ron Paul Campaign. He currently works as a securities licensing instructor on wall street training the younger generation to enter the financial industry.   “I am big on building alternative governance structures for the purpose of learning how society can coordinate its functions, and I spend much of my time teaching people the value in such efforts and would like to get more involved in making it happen.”

  • John James Pritsiolas

    Hempstead, New York   John James Pritsiolas is an undergraduate student at Hofstra University currently working at attaining a degree in both Finance and Information Technology. As a second generation Greek-American, he acknowledges the power of the market and is inclined as a budding entrepreneur to increase the quality of life for every individual. With that being stated, he is infatuated with technology and enjoys being an early adopter of a plethora of devices. On his spare time, he pursues his various interests in economics, history, and legal theory. As someone who enjoys maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle, he is also a very passionate ice hockey player as well.   “I’m an ardent believer that Seasteading will bring about an advent in ground breaking medical research as well as expanding the frontier on alternative energy.”

  • Baoguang Zhai

    Boston, Massachusetts LinkedInFacebook Baoguang Zhai is a sophomore at Tufts University. He is originally from Beijing, China. In high school, he was a short film producer, a soccer player and coach, and an environmental engineer. He also co-founded Co-ng.com, a niche-focused social network for Chinese students abroad, organizations and internship providers. He learned about seasteading in the Summer of 2011, and has since then created a development plan for the ocean industry and designed an ocean-based algae energy cultivation system. He is convinced that seasteading has the potential to change the world, and will work on it until the vision is realized.

  • Mario Rueda

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands LinkedInFacebookPersonal Website Although Mario was born in Colombia, he considers himself a World Citizen. He has lived in five countries,   speaks Spanish, English, Italian and Portuguese fluently, and has some knowledge of French and Mandarin. He has worked since he was 19 to pay for his studies and his traveling. From working as a gardener and a housekeeper to a forensic engineer, Mario has successfully built his own international career path. Mario enjoys getting inspired by TED lectures and non-fiction books, particularly on the subjects of leadership, social psychology and futurism. Three of his greatest hobbies are bartending, socializing and dancing. Mario sees himself as a connector. He dreams with living in a more united world — a visa-less territory.

  • Henry Mariano

    Los Angeles, California LinkedIn Henry Mariano is the Co-Founder and CEO of Harvest Energy. His primary focus at Harvest Energy is acquiring strategic, operational, and investment partners while strategizing the company’s overall direction through its applications.   Before joining Harvest Energy, Henry worked at a W.H. Murphy (WHM), a boutique investment bank. At WHM, Henry assisted several clean tech startups create business plans and executive teams while introducing institutional/strategic investors and initial distribution networks. Prior to W.H. Murphy, Henry founded Crane Capital, a commercial investment placement firm focusing on commercial and investment related debt. He received his Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco and holds FINRA Series 7, 63, & 24 licenses. In his spare time Henry enjoys sparring, surfing, and automobile engineering and racing.

  • George McHugh

    Austin, Texas FacebookLinkedIn George McHugh is a supply chain management major at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of business; he will be graduating December 2012. George founded The Mises Circle on his campus, a group to fill the function of a “counter-economics department” until a course or seminar on Austrian economics is offered at his university. The group is rapidly growing in popularity. During the 2009-2010 year, George was a Rotary Youth Exchange Student Ambassador in Belgium, where he lived with three local families, attended high school, and learned a new language and culture. “I’ve been a big advocate of seasteading ever since hearing about it in 2008.”

  • Kenny Tan

    Nashville, Tennessee - FacebookTwitter Kenny Tan is currently a sophomore at Vanderbilt University, majoring in Economics, with a minor in Computer Science and Financial Economics. Kenny founded the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at Vanderbilt within the first weeks of his arrival on campus. In addition to making the YAL chapter at Vanderbilt one of YAL’s most active chapters nationwide, Kenny also serves in Vanderbilt Student Government as the Area Representative for Alumni Lawn. He is currently a senior columnist for the Vanderbilt Torch, the conservative/libertarian monthly campus publication, and a staff reporter and opinion columnist for the Vanderbilt Hustler, the semiweekly official campus newspaper.

  • Greg Eckert

    Seattle, Washington - LinkedInECK Properties, LLC. Greg Eckert is a licensed Architect and Real Estate Broker working in the greater Seattle area. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Masters in Architecture and minor in Business. Greg is fascinated with city design and wishes to be a part of positive/progressive development, laying groundwork for the future. Greg is also interested in promoting the creation of hybrid space architecture, blending virtual space with physical space, to open up new possibilities for online retail and more, perhaps in conjunction with seasteads.

  • Faruq Hunter

    Atlanta, Georgia - WebsiteFacebookTwitterLinkedIn Faruq has spent more than 18 years in the international business scene in over 48 countries. As an individual with natural survival skills and an unrelenting sense of curiosity, Faruq worked odd jobs in Clevelend, Ohio to raise the money for his first international trip for his collegiate studies as a 14 year old high school graduate in the International University of Africa in Khartoum, Sudan. The trip sparked a lifelong love for exploring international business opportunities and for experiencing the richness of other peoples’ culture first hand. Faruq co-founded his first software development company in 2001. During this period he consulted with companies such as Bellsouth, Coca-Cola and Delta to spearhead efforts that saved some of the country’s most prominent mid-sized businesses millions of dollars. He has also spent a considerable amount of time working throughout Southeast Asia, The Middle East, Northern Africa, Central and South America and Eastern Europe. He has held positions as Chief Operations Officer, Chief Technical Officer and VP of Operations with various international companies. Now on his third passport at the ripe age of 34, Faruq spends 65% of the year traveling through over 25 countries as the President of Global Operations for GeniusCo, promoting and establishing branches for GeniusCorps. GeniusCorps is the world’s first Global IT Services group that focuses on empowering IT professionals, IT companies and the companies that sell to them. In simple terms, the internet empowers the world, GeniusCorps empowers the guys who build the Internet and Faruq Hunter is one of the individuals who empower GeniusCorps. Not the average job for not the average person. He works on the principle that detailed analytics and strategic planning have to be met with bold, consistent and aggressive action to achieve international success.

  • Aditya Bakshi

    New Delhi, India - Facebook Aditya Bakshi serves in the Merchant Marine as a Chief Officer and has sailed on all kinds of vessels and all around the world. He brings his extensive knowledge and experience of the maritime industry, and has authored technical papers on maritime security as well as a book, titled “Terror on the High Seas.” More recently, Aditya penned a graphic novel series, “Indian War Comics,” and has received a good response. The series gives a real-life portrayal of martyrs and terrorist incidents affecting India, to promote an anti-terror sentiment, and encourage his people to rise above their differences. As an ambassador, Aditya hopes to assist the mission of seasteading by providing technical advice in his key areas of expertise, and promote the vision through graphic novels, animation and other outreach. Lastly, Aditya believes that seasteaders will go down in history as the pioneers of the “Aquarian Age.”

  • Gabriel Rothblatt

    Melbourne Beach, Florida - LinkedIn - TwitterFacebook - Terasemian Gabriel is originally from Washington DC where, as a child, he observed his father pioneer the Satellite Communications and Biotechnology industries as well as the LGBT movement. After studying Political Philosophy at UVM Gabriel heeded the advice of the most successful people he knew, who all regretted not having children earlier in life, and moved to Homewood, AL with his wife, where they had four children. Gabriel, a self-proclaimed ‘professional amateur’ is currently a US Congressional Candidate in FL-8, the Space Coast of Florida. He is passionate that the answers to our most perplexing problems will be found at sea, and that the resources of the Space Coast are the most fertile ground to launch seasteading from.   “From sustainable technologies to innovative political systems seasteading represents a hands-on approach to our future.”

  • Niraj Dalmia

    Oxford, England - Facebook Niraj Dalmia is a veteran performance management consultant for multinational clients in 14 industries across 12 countries. He has also designed solutions using technology to reduce carbon footprint and is actively researching on the relationship between corporate responsibility and strategy. Outside of work, he is a guitarist with the Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada) and has been a social volunteer for UN and a school for the blind. Having lived in eight countries and as an avid documentary-maker, he enjoys connecting with diverse people and believes in living life abundantly. Niraj is a CA (India) and CPA (USA), is currently pursuing an MBA from Oxford University’s Said Business School and plans to take that forward with a Master of Science in Management Studies degree from MIT.   Niraj believes that The Seasteading Institute provides the best solution for our race to emerge out of the national boundaries that constrain human potential.   “As Einstein put it – ‘We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – I strongly believe in the Seasteading Institute and aim to help make it the revolution of this century.”

  • Chance Stoodt

    Bowling Green, Ohio - Facebook - WebsiteTwitterLinkedIn Chance Stoodt studies Political Science and Philosophy at Bowling Green State University. In 2011, he organized a Young Americans for Liberty chapter on his campus from scratch, and it is now the most active political group on campus. Additionally, Chance has a weekly column in the school newspaper, “The BG News,” where he writes opinion pieces on politics and philosophy, and their application to students’ everyday lives. This year, Chance will be serving as a campus coordinator for Students for Liberty, whereby he will promote the organization and liberty movement in his region.   “Throughout the course of human history, mankind has developed tools to overcome obstacles. From the wheel and airplane to evolve transportation to the modern movements like the Seasteading Institute, we continue to progress to a more efficient and overall improved lifestyle.”

  • Abi Noda

    Chicago, Illinois - WebsiteTwitterLinkedIn Abi Noda is a software engineer, product designer, and entrepreneur currently working (as of August 2012) on the technology team for the 2012 Obama re-election campaign. He is the co-founder of OrangeQC, a software company which provides mobile quality control solutions for the healthcare and facility management industries. Prior to founding OrangeQC, Abi was a Technical Lead at Doejo where he managed digital ventures and client projects for Groupon, Today’s Chicago Woman, and Ice Cream Man. Abi is focused on the application of technology in politics, government, and education.   “Technology has changed the way we connect and identify with each other at a personal, national, and global scale. As the ebb and flow of the world’s citizens change, it has become increasingly evident that the political systems that control us are inefficient at representing and serving their respective citizens.”

  • Alessio Nanni

    Rome, Italy - FacebookWebsiteTwitter Alessio Nanni is an artist and activist with many passions, from animal rights to environmentalism to micronations. Alessio is currently working on a series of projects to raise awareness and accelerate changes that would protect the entire planet’s inhabitants, both humans and animals. He is founder of a political party in Italy working for animal rights, and seeks to one day establish a seastead to advance the party’s objectives through demonstration instead of argument.

  • Chad La Tourette

    Stanford, California - FacebookLinkedIn Chad La Tourette studies Earth Systems at Stanford University, and is very passionate about playing a direct role in the future of the oceans, and humankind’s place in their colonization. Chad views seasteading as a unique and promising vision for protecting the health of our oceans without having to worry about the burden of some of the most crippling environmental regulations. As an environmental studies major, he has researched the economic collapse of fisheries across the globe. He believes permanent ocean colonization will be crucial in aiding our understanding of the overall health of the ocean, and will help us prevent the further collapse of major ocean resources in the future.

  • Sean Hickman

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands - FacebookLinkedIn - Twitter Sean Hickman has been interested in topics such as politics, governance, and international affairs since a young age. Having been raised in a region in Spain where there is a significant separatist movement, he also became interested in geopolitics and challenges to current political systems, developing a skepticism towards the geographical and territorial status quo in the world, and noticing the obvious inefficiency of the international political system. Having taken many international relations and politics courses at his university in Amsterdam, Sean had the chance to write papers and present on secessionist movements, new country projects, and challenges to the international political order. During his research for a papers in early 2011, Sean came across The Seasteading Institute, and was instantly intrigued by its mission, the reasons behind it, and its strategy for accomplishing it. He feels especially strongly about the need for innovation in politics and governance in the 21st Century, and in January 2012, he volunteered to write a research paper on flagging options for early seasteading ventures. Now that Sean has completed his Bachelors degree, he is eager to continue contributing as an ambassador.

  • Josiah Tullis

    Portland, Oregon - WebsiteFacebook Born and raised near Portland, Oregon, Josiah is always looking to get involved in emerging technologies and entrepreneurial opportunities. He has served his community not only in political arenas, but also by joining local Startup networks, including a new community, the PDX Think Tank. Online, Josiah satisfies his hunger for future studies by moderating forums dedicated to speculation of and discussion regarding emerging technologies and future studies.   “For as long as I can remember I’ve been infatuated with futurist city and government models. My interests in public policy and future studies have fueled my dream of revolutionary infrastructures that enhance civilization and the human experience. Though technology accelerates at an exponential rate, my fear is that governments and legislation are falling behind, even hindering progress… I’ve spent a considerable amount of times studying futurist politics, and now I want to help implement them. I love to spread ideas I’m passionate about, and The Seasteading Institute is one of them.”

  • Veronica Brieno Rankin, LL.M.

    Austin, Texas - GeoSeq® WebsiteLinkedIn Veronica Brieno Rankin, LL.M. is Founder and President of GeoSeq® International, LLC, and an Associate Editor for Oil, Gas, and Energy Law (OGEL) Intelligence. A former Commissioned Officer of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Corps, she possesses unique ship handling experience in actual offshore environments. She completed three years of education toward a PhD in Geology at Michigan Technological University, and earned her Master of Laws degree at the prestigious Centre of Energy, Petroleum, & Mineral Law & Policy at the University of Dundee in the United Kingdom. Previously, she earned her BS degree in Earth Science at University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Veronica was an Invited Expert Reviewer to 4 IPCC reports leading up to the organization’s 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Co-Laureate Award.   “I strongly believe that if we can maximize the surface area that comprises our jurisdictionally underdeveloped maritime environment, we will be able to offer a technologically sustainable future without compromising our planet’s carrying capacity.”

  • Jarrett Benkendorfer

    Gilbert, ArizonaLinkedIn Jarrett Benkendorfer recently graduated with honors from the University of Arizona with a degree in Political Science. He serves as a Precinct Committeeman in his home state of Arizona, and also works as a respite provider for children with autism. As an undergraduate, Jarrett was extensively involved in student government and spent much of his academic focus on philosophy, politics and law. He came across the Seasteading Institute while writing a paper on how the principles of Austrian economics could benefit developing societies. Immediately, Jarrett became enamored with the social scientific ideas of creating seasteading communities, in which different ideas for governance can be demonstrated as effective or ineffective.   “International crises have sparked outcries in regions across the globe, but social scientists and politicians are unsure what policies and systems need to be in place in order to promote peace. Seasteading is a pioneering venture that can promote freedom, and I would very much like to become a part of the process.”

  • Austin Hawkins

    Gill, ColoradoBlogFacebook Born and raised near Denver, Colorado, Austin Hawkins has consistently sought out new challenges and adventure. After graduating from high School in May, Austin reluctantly began to continue his education at University of North Colorado due to conformity and outside pressure. However, as Fall approached, he quickly realized he was going to be spending the next four years of his life wasting time as a marketing major, when in reality he wanted to write for a living and gain real-world experience. Soon after school began, he dropped out and started working on short stories and a novel. Due to his interest in political science, Austin was drawn to The Seasteading Institute where he hopes to engage in politics in a more direct and participatory manner, rather than simply observing it from afar. In addition to his writing ambitions, Austin has studied film and acting and is seeking investors for a documentary film project focused on religion and its effects on culture.

  • Dannie Bolden

    Washington D.C.   Dannie Bolden is a Sophomore at Howard University in Washington D.C., where he is currently majoring in Political Science. Dannie Bolden was born in Anchorage, Alaska where his early years consisted of learning and interacting with his grade school peers and instructors. During this time he developed Philanthropia, which is a love of humanity and the world. Having lived in many different parts of the country, Dannie has had the privilege of meeting many great and influential people. These people, along with his Philanthropia, have driven him to work hard towards ensuring a better future for the world. Some of these people, including fellow students at Howard University, have stated that the future of America holds limited opportunities for them. Dannie hopes to counter this notion by presenting the message of seasteading to his community. Dannie hopes to inspire everyone to meet their full potential, and to pursue the great treasures that lie ahead for humanity. “At this point in history, it is the most opportune time for any person seeking to tap into the next undiscovered job sector to analyze Seasteading. Seasteading, in my opinion, is one of the next revolutionary advancements to be unleashed in this new era of humanity. It is important to hop on board now, and to not get left behind. As an Ambassador I will ensure that no one will get left behind.”

  • Mathieu Blondel

    Côte d’Azur, France   Mathieu Blondel is a real estate agent living in Côte d’Azur, France, with previous experience in the restaurant business as well as agricultural and environmental engineering and banking. Prior to developing concept for a restaurant and selling two franchises, Mathieu worked for a French bank, and then for an FAO program, developing rurual credit for Haiti. As a coastal dweller, Mathieu is fascinated by constructions on the water, and is convinced that the future of humanity lies in colonization of the oceans. He believes the transition from fishing on the ocean to farming on the ocean represents an exciting stage of development, and wishes to participate in the establishment of the first city on the water. As an ambassador, Mathieu plans to study the present opportunities and obstacles to creating a seastead structure off the French Mediterranean Coast.

  • Yang Fan

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Website - LinkedIn Yang came from China to study at New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he received his a Master’s degree in chemistry in 2009. Before he came to America, Yang spent his gap year serving as an educational development volunteer in Indonesia and started a donation project called “Traveling around the world through sending books” in the National Parks area of Sukamade, East Java. He currently works as a scientist for a pharmaceutical company in Philadelphia. Prior to this, he interned in two boutique investment firms in New York City. Outside his work, Yang has been practicing as a venture catalyst and leading a variety of venture capital/entrepreneurship/non-profit sector initiatives, such as organizing the Social Entrepreneurship, Philanthropy and Chinese Diaspora Unconference in the U.S. State Department, and initiating the MIT-CHIEF Mentorship Program, and OriginSociety.com (see website, above).   “I believe innovation begins with collaboration; it means eroding the boundaries between all the existing models until something emerges that has aspects of each. That’s what I see The Seasteading Institute doing – it’s not just a movement, but also a spirit and philosophy.”

  • Filippos Lymperopoulos

    Athens, Greece - Website - Facebook Filippos Lymperopoulos is currently an International Baccalaureate student at the Hellenic American Educational Foundation (H.A.E.F.). He is a member of his school’s M.U.N. (Model United Nations) and has attended THIMUN and the Edinburgh Conference as a delegate of the Environmental Committee. He was also a volunteer of Lifeworks International in Ecuador and the Amazon Rainforest, and is an editor for his school’s newspaper. Filippos has participated in conferences with the Unesco Club, was his school’s ambassador in the ACSTAC Technology Conference, and is a co-founder of the websites www.bethechange.com.gr and www.mathitesendrasi.gr. He has also participated in a Greek-American Exchange Program, served as President of his school’s Student Council, and plans to study engineering. As an ambassador, Filippos hopes to recruit intelligent and thoughtful collaborators, whose priorities do not only aim at technological and scientific advancements, but also fall within a framework of ethics that safeguard the common good. “Seasteading in its optimal form could provide a new sort of modern utopia, in the ancient Greek sense of the word, where excellence is the empowering force, thus creating knowledgeable, sophisticated citizens who take pride in working for the common good.”

  • Kyle Simpson

    Kalamazoo, Michigan  – Personal TwitterBusiness Twitter Kyle Simpson was born and raised in Michigan, learning quickly of the beauty of the world. Raised on a lake, he took his first swim lessons when he was 8 months old, and is a “water-baby” in every respect. Kyle lived a privileged upbringing, something he believes everyone deserves. He joined the ambassadors team because he is tired of engaging in mere thought experiments, and wants to see seasteading fleshed out into the light of day, to see the world take a giant leap into the future, and to reveal what humanity can be. Kyle is currently majoring Physics, with a specialty towards Electrical Engineering, and minoring in Mathematics at Western Michigan University.   “I envision this as a new golden age, where society rises up, and sheds off the shackles of its past limitations. I see global education as a crucial step into enlightenment of the world, and I think a Seastead will be one of the first communities to offer itself up to world, for the greater good.”

  • Max Signae

    Brooklyn, New York  Max Signae, M.D., Ph.D. is a doctor, a father, an artist, and a scholar. He has a medical degree as well as extensive scientific research experience from a number of Universities encompassing several countries around the world such as Russia, The Netherlands, Canada, and the United States. Max holds a dual citizenship, has travelled extensively, and has studied and worked with both military and civilian populations in numerous countries around the world. This has enabled Max to develop an appreciation for the diversity of cultures and an interest in international communities and various political systems.   Ever since Max learned about The Seasteading Institute, he felt its concepts perfectly reflected his personal philosophy towards multicultural communities, his understanding of the effect seasteading can have on established governmental regulations, and its potential role in medical business and medical/scientific innovations and increased patient choice and quality of care. Max supports ideas based on personal freedom and individual responsibility and is an open-minded and appreciative collaborator.

  • Tal Tsfany

    Alpharetta, GA Facebook - LinkedIn Tal Tsfany is currently a Vice President of Amdocs, a leading global telecommunications IT and software provider. He is also a board member of a fast-growing startup, Base, which is working to redefine the world of customer relationship management (CRM). A 42-year-old husband and father of three, Tal moved from Israel to Atlanta, Georgia in 2006. By the age of 27, he was the CEO of a 650 person test preparation company. Tal is also a co-founder of the Ayn Rand Center in Israel, and is writing a children’s book and screenplay based on an Objectivist philosophy, including its epistemology and ethics.   “Seasteading could be the next step towards a securing a future of total individual freedom for my kids and many other kids. I believe that with the intellectual power that can be recruited and the technologies that can be leveraged, this vision has a good chance of materializing in the mid-term future.”

  • Leonhard Weese

    Hong Kong - Blog Leonhard comes from a small but fairly autonomous region in the mountains of Italy, where he learned early how well small local governments perform when compared to their centralist counterparts. He went on to study economics in Vienna, prompting an interest in the ideas of competitive governance and seasteading. Leonhard currently lives in Hong Kong, where a metropolis struggles and strives between an authoritarian government and a laissez-faire economy, and where moving onto the waters seems like a very logical next step. Since earning a Masters degree in statistics, he has been working with a small data collection/analysis startup as a data miner, and is currently engaged in a promising idea around mobile microevent management (imagine a mobile, spontanous version of meetup.com). Leonhard hopes to arrange a meetup group in Hong Kong for people who are interested in discussing political philosophy. He also plans to promote the vision of seasteading through boat tours, taking advantage of the city’s industrial harbor and existing boating culture to create attractive events.   “I believe the people in Hong Kong who are curious and supportive of the idea should be regularly brought together, and maybe one day we can move out of the Pearl River Delta into the unchartered territories of the South China Sea.”

  • Alexander Kreindler

    Madison, Wisconsin - LinkedIn Alexander Kreindler graduated in 2012 from the University of Wisconsin, where he studied mathematics, philosophy, and computer science. A world traveler, Alexander lived in France until the age of two and then in Frankfurt, Germany until he was 16. As an undergraduate, he started a student-run hedge fund, worked on Wall Street, and developed a strong interest in complex systems and political philosophy. Alexander is currently the co-founder and CEO of a social media startup, WomStreet. He hopes to create awareness of and spread this vision through his travels and connections to influential people.   “Today we have the technological know-how to produce systems that make sure all humans can live long, interesting, healthy lives, that aren’t consumed by mundane jobs that do not further anything – and without consuming the Earth in the process! It is time for the technological revolution that will enable this to happen. It is time to go out and experiment, to stop thinking and start doing, and that is why I love this project.”

  • Bob Iofis

    San Jose, California Bob Iofis is an experienced professional in the Silicon Valley high-tech industry, currently working for a venture capital firm providing technical evaluation on potential investments in the areas of thin films semiconductors, energy generation, and energy storage thin film applications. Originally from Soviet Union (Latvia), Mr. Iofis moved to California in 1992. Besides his work with the VC firm, he is actively involved with the community of Russian-speaking professionals based in Silicon Valley, with members from all over the United States. As an experienced R&D high-tech commercialization professional, Mr. Iofis is at the forefront of the emerging VC industry in Russia, in other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and in Baltic countries. Mr. Iofis has over 20 years of high technology engineering experience in the semiconductor equipment industry and over 10 years of project development management experience in energy sector. His last years focus is on renewable energy projects assessment. He holds a MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnical University of Riga, Latvia. Mr. Iofis was awarded the Humanitarian Award by Friend Ships Unlimited, Louisiana-based charitable non-profit.

  • Josip Šimecki

    Krasic, Croatia Josip Šimecki is co-founder of a related Croatian nonprofit organization, Qualitas Vita, whose goal is to improve the quality of life using current and futuristic technology. His primary education was in IT and electronics, but he continues to educate himself in the areas of biology, neurobiology and renewable energy. Through his nonprofit, Josip hopes to bring people to a common forum to explore projects and ideas like seasteading. The abundant coastline and more than 1,000 islands in Croatia give this endeavor a particularly high chance of success, measured by the number of participants in seasteading-related projects. Josip envisions seasteads initially specializing in human resource-type services, such as IT, software development, etc., with low cost of infrastructure and commercial end products. These settlements, he thinks, will eventually give rise to food and energy production, research hubs, more advanced infrastructure such as bridges or tunnels, and eventually full-fledged cities and nation-states. However, he believes there are considerable political, economical and technological questions which need to be addressed before such ventures take place, and hopes his work as an ambassador will unlock some solutions to these questions.

  • Adam Barger

    Adam Barger is the founder and CEO of WebStarts.com, with a passion to improve social conditions through free-thinking and technology. In addition to founding several businesses and other endeavors in the technology sector in his adult life, Adam helped start a community center in Honduras that provides education and cultural development to children. Adam is a husband and father to four boys ages 13-19; he is working to advance seasteading because he wants for himself, his children, and his future grandchildren to grow up in a free society. A lifelong questioner of the status quo, Adam envisions freedom as living in a peer-to-peer society, where people must win each other over to their ideals to affect change, and where they can freely agree to disagree.

  • Alfred Amanor

    Accra, Ghana – Facebook Alfred Amanor lives in the city of Accra, in Ghana, where he works as a consultant and technician in Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Currently, he is completing his last year towards a Professional Diploma in Network Engineering. Alfred seeks to spread the word of peace among his friends and colleagues, and sees the seasteading ambassadors program as a way to help promote freedom and equal rights among citizens. He is particularly eager to recruit young talents to contribute to our efforts to develop new nations and conduct experiments with governance for the benefit of all citizens. Having seen the way people live comfortably in the fluid environment of the Amansuri wetlands in Ghana, Alfred is eager to see what can be accomplished on a larger scale on the ocean. He believes that seasteading can eventually help reduce the cost of living, cure diseases, and of course, promote new innovation in governance.

  • Jeff Fong

    Oakland, California Jeff Fong has lived in many different states, spent time in numerous countries, and seen the difference good rules can make. As an athlete, he also saw how the rules dictated the nature of the game. When Jeff was exposed to this same idea in the realm of political economy – that rules matter – the logic of seasteading seemed straightforward. Jeff has extensively studied the concepts of competitive governance, and has written about decentralized government and the importance of federalist experiments for Policy Mic, the world’s largest news site for and by millennials. He also collaborates with groups and individuals in the related Startup Cities movement. As an ambassador, Jeff seeks to engage the public with ideas motivating competitive governance in general and seasteading in particular. “Ultimately, our problems may be less about always having the right answers and more about learning how to ask the right questions.”

  • Jeffrey Cole Copeland

    Atlanta, Georgia - Facebook Jeffrey Cole Copeland is an undergraduate student in Political Science and Public Policy at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the founder and President of Young Americans for Liberty at GSU and campus coordinator for Students for Liberty. After graduation, Jeffrey plans to attend Law School. Along with his scholastic obligations, he works with his family’s chemical distribution company.   Jeffrey originally became interested in the seasteading concept in 2012, soon after discovering the campaign for charter cities in Honduras.   “The Seasteading Institute is one of the few organizations that I believe will benefit mankind and not just individuals.”

  • Sean Andrews

    FacebookLinkedIn Originally from Atlantic Highlands, NJ, Sean Andrews earned a BS in Economics and Political Science from the US Air Force Academy. Upon graduation he served as a Financial Management & Acquisition Officer where he has held positions in financial services, comptrollership, and acquisition. In 2012, Sean earned an MS in Cost Analysis. He is currently deployed in Afghanistan, serving a one year tour. Sean has been involved in various entrepreneurial ventures to include human relations & media, and plans to execute several more projects in the near future. Sean believes seasteading is the future of urbanization, and that the coastal urbanization efforts in Singapore, Tokyo, Dubai, and Amsterdam signal the natural growth of cities – toward greater utilization of floating solutions to meet market requirements. This natural inclination should be embraced with broader vision and goals. Seasteading will provide diverse political organization and counter the tendency for institutional convergence. As an ambassador, Sean plans to host campus meetings exploring research areas, and spark enough interest to energize a campus organization designed to promote awareness, research, and excitement for seasteading. “Institutional competition allows us to progress our ethics, enhance our creativity, and enrich our ingenuity.”

  • Chris Corbishley

    London, England - TwitterLinkedIn - Website Chris is an organizational scholar, currently carrying out a PhD at Imperial College Business School in London, which focuses on organizational economics and business model design. His research looks specifically at how multinationals design themselves to operate efficiently in low-income and geographically distributed markets, such as India and China; environments characterized by weak institutional infrastructure. His research interests also relate to national innovation systems and the role of universities in fostering localized technology and economic clusters. Prior to starting his PhD, he worked as a journalist for the BBC World Service in Paris and the Independent newspaper in London. He has also spent time in advertising, in the digital arm of the WPP group. Chris also holds a degree in history and political science from King’s College London.

  • Ragnar Ahman Lifthrasir

    Dana Point, California - LinkedIn Ragnar seeks to further the goals of The Seasteading Institute by leveraging his career in real estate development. Following the financial crisis in 2008, Ragnar worked for several years acquiring and repositioning distressed residential properties. As the market evolved, he transitioned into finding and underwriting urban infill, mixed-use developments in core southern California markets. Currently, Ragnar insures commercial real estate against defects in title. Ragnar earned a Masters in Real Estate Development from Columbia University. His international experience includes work in Costa Rica and Panama, where he sees great potential for seasteading.   “I’m an Ambassador because I want seasteads to get built. Peace and prosperity are impossible without meaningfully controlling a piece of real estate. All terra firma is claimed, each piece chained by its own unique flavor of political system monopoly. Monopolies produce inferior products and high prices, be they cars or governments. So as mobile, autonomous real estate, seasteads will hack the land monopoly, creating peace and prosperity via terra aqua.”

  • Reece Johnson

    New York, New York - LinkedIn Reece Johnson is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with a focus on international security policy. He recently returned from India, where he has been doing research and planning for the Tibetan government-in-exile since 2012. Prior to this, Reece worked at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where he developed a strong sense of how international relations is conceived and practiced through the eyes of policymakers, scholars, and business leaders. He sees the positive potential for seasteading experimentation zones that test the boundaries of governance through improved technology, competition, and dynamic geography, but also recognizes that an international system of competing sovereign states poses larger structural constraints on the viability of seasteading. As an ambassador, Reece wants to help tackle these challenges by framing the Institute’s project in terms that make it both attractive to policymakers and a legitimate object of inquiry for international relations scholars.   “How we contextualize seasteading in a system of sovereign states that is frequently defined by power politics, cheating, and pathological violence is eminently important for determining how these states will view, use, and sanction it as a practice.”

  • Nima Kaz

    Brazil & Canada - LinkedIn - Facebook - Website Since the 2006 founding of Ocean eXchange, a boutique consulting and training firm, Nima has been primarily involved in startups and projects focused on social, environmental, and economic responsibility. He is a speaker, activist and teacher involved with various entrepreneurial, corporate and professional organizations as an instructor of the English language, communications, sustainability, invention,and innovation. Nima has been involved in the organization of many events and conferences including the Inventors Circle monthly seminars, the Community Power Conference, the Great Canadian Inventions Show, and an array of others in social finance, impact investing, technology, entrepreneurship, and sustainability.   With multidisciplinary experience across various markets and industries in both private and social sectors, Nima serves on the boards of directors at the Innovation Initiative Co-op, the world’s first nonprofit co-op for inventors, Trillium Energy Alliance, a community energy enterprise, Green Energy Ontario, a renewable energy developer, and Football For Kids Foundation, an initiative focused on spreading the wealth of football for the benefit of all. His latest startup, currently being developed in Brazil, is ImpacTour.org, an award-winning social enterprise focusing on validated social responsibility in travel and tourism.

  • Zoltan Istvan

    San Francisco, California - LinkedIn - Facebook - WebsiteTwitter - Google+ Zoltan Istvan, an American-Hungarian best-selling author, began a solo, multi-year sailing journey around the world at the age of 21. His main cargo was 500 handpicked books, mostly classics. Zoltan has explored over 100 countries—many as a journalist for the National Geographic Channel—writing, filming, and appearing in dozens of television stories, articles, and webcasts. His work has also been featured by The New York Times Syndicate, Outside, San Francisco Chronicle, BBC Radio, and many others. In addition to his award-winning coverage of the war in Kashmir, he gained worldwide attention for pioneering and popularizing the extreme sport of volcano boarding. Zoltan later became a director for the international conservation group WildAid, leading armed patrol units to stop the billion-dollar illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia. Back in America, he started various successful businesses, from real estate development to filmmaking to viticulture, joining them under ZI Ventures. He is a philosophy and religious studies graduate of Columbia University and resides in San Francisco with his daughter and physician wife. Zoltan recently published The Transhumanist Wager, a fictional thriller describing apatheist Jethro Knights and his unwavering quest for immortality via science and technology. The novel was recently a #1 bestseller in Philosophy and Sci-Fi Visionary on Amazon.

  • Franco Cortese

    Thorold, Ontario, Canada - LinkedIn - FacebookGoogle+ Franco Cortese is a futurist, author, and editor, who has researched and written widely on the subjects of transhumanism, overpopulation, and the solutions to rapid depletion of resources and living space. Among other positions, Franco holds the title of Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, Affiliate Researcher at the ELPIs Foundation for Indefinite Lifespans, Director of the Canadian Longevity Alliance, and Executive Director of the Center for Transhumanity. He has written for H+ Magazine, the Journal of Geoethical Nanotechnology, India Future Society, Serious Wonder, Immortal Life and The Rational Argumentator, and edited a compendium of 150+ essays from more than 40 authors, titled, “Longevitize!: Essays on the Science, Philosophy & Politics of Longevity.” As an ambassador, Franco seeks to write about the use of seasteading to minimize the problematic demographic consequences of life-extension therapies.   “I believe that Seasteading, and the construction of Very-Large-Floating-Structures (VLFS) in general, constitutes one of the most promising solution-paradigms for freeing up more living-space and resources. 75% of the earth’s surface area is water; thus seasteading has the potential of increasing available living-space and resource-space by an astounding 300%.”

  • Damien Serre

    Paris, France - LinkedIn Damien Serre is a leading researcher in urban flood resilience and risk management in Europe. He recently founded his own company, RESCUESolutions SAS (Resilience Engineering, Science of Complexity, Urban Environment), which aims to design methodologies and tools capable of assessing different type of risks and producing more resilient cities. His research asks how cities can bring the concepts of resilience and complexity to bear on the management of risks and infrastructure, and seeks to translate the input of risk managers, architects, urban planners, and city populations into an efficient strategy for capacity building. He has led several large studies for the European Union, is coordinator of “Paris résiliente,” and was scientific director of RESILIS, a research project to improve urban resilience. “I strongly believe in floating cities as a means to design more resilient cities or new territories unexplored at this time. The Seasteading Institute is very innovative in this domain, and given my background and business I can’t stay outside this original initiative.”

  • Tony Smith

    Washington D.C. - Facebook - LinkedIn Anthony Smith is an undergraduate studying International Studies at American University in Washington, DC. He has a passion for international relations, particularly US relations with the developing world, and is an experienced and passionate orator who enjoys leading and taking risks. Anthony sees a desperate need for greater experimentation in government because of the continuing trend of globalization and decline in political innovation. He believes our current governmental systems and political ideologies are based upon 20th century concepts that do not account for revolutionary new technologies such as the internet and global telecommunications.   “Seasteading will be an important part of the future geopolitical landscape, and I want to be at the forefront of that development.”

  • Egor Ryjikov

    Moscow, Russia - LinkedIn - Facebook Egor Ryjikov is originally from Minsk, Belarus, and has lived in Moscow, Russia for the last 17 years. He is a founder and a managing partner at Weber CoMechanics, a group of companies based in Russia involved in production, integration, supply, service and engineering of robotics and other industrial production equipment. He is also involved in several startup ventures relating to publishing, as well as R&D and production of scientific and medical equipment.   After university, Egor lived for 2 years in Auroville, India, where he did volunteer work in the city – one of the world’s largest and oldest intentional international communities.   He is interested in robotics, management, aquaponics, additive manufacturing, engineering, business, diplomacy and architecture.   “I came to the idea of seasteading during a trip to Shanghai in 2005. Since then I keep coming back to thinking about this concept and believe that it could be the biggest thing since invention of a gun powder.”

  • Lili Smith

    Oakland, California - LinkedIn - Facebook Lili Smith graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from U.C. Berkeley in 2012, and is currently collaborating with other visionaries and designers while carefully deciding where to pursue a Master’s in Architecture. Her decision to enter into the design field was a direct result of her intuitions and visions from an early age relating to the harsh realities of the world’s political and environmental situations. She is thus taking her next steps with a humanitarian focus in mind, and seeks to spend her energy and talents with like-minded thinkers, working on projects that are solving major quality of life issues that we will all face, including rising waters, hunger, water scarcity and government breakdowns across the globe. Lili’s experience also includes working in closet and kitchen design specification and sales, commercial and residential real estate finance, design assistance for Architects, set design and contract design work in Revit.   “I believe the key is to think far enough in advance to properly transition large groups of people into new ways of living, by developing adaptable, alternative methods of long-term shelter, sustainable food growth, and efficient water recycling.”

  • Peter Parsley

    Winter Park, Florida - Facebook Peter Parsley is an international affairs student at Rollins College and guerrilla filmmaker. He comes from a family of entrepreneurs and small business owners, and has been vigorously studying free market economics, political philosophy, and alternative psychology since 2008. The art of influence and persuasion have played a major role in his life, making him eager to use his skills for the promotion of The Seasteading Institute, through Youtube videos and organization of events with local and on-campus groups. “My goal as an ambassador is to facilitate the message of The Seasteading Institute by whatever means possible.”

  • Bjoern Christian Wolf

    Germany - FacebookLinkedIn Bjoern Christian Wolf is a recent graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, currently living in Germany. While at LSE, he founded TEDxLSE and organized a start-up competition for students (European Student Startups). His political beliefs focus on freedom, civil liberties and voluntary market-based exchange. He was elected President of the LSE Hayek Society and a frequent visitor at the Adam Smith Institute and the Institute of Economic Affairs. Bjoern believes seasteading will lead to enormous waves of innovation – especially in areas that have been hindered by states so far, such as flexible payment methods – and will ultimately further human progress.   “Seasteading combines the dynamics of the start-up world with political possibilities classical liberals could only dream of. Their existence will set free productive potential and force established governments to become more competitive.”

  • Robert Radek

    Białystok, Poland - FacebookLinkedIn Robert Radek is a graduate of the University of Białystok, where he received his masters degree in Polish and international real estate law in 2011. Since then, he has worked as a manager in a jewelry workshop and has organized and founded The Netsprig Foundation, which is focused on researching new internet technologies like crowdsourcing, local and crypto-currencies, social media and e-sports. Robert is passionate about innovation, technology, history and peaceful cooperation. “Seasteads will be an example to the whole world of a peaceful way people can co-exist and work together.”

  • Diana Bond

    Santa Monica, California – FacebookWebsiteLinkedIn After learning about The Seasteading Institute through the Jon Stewart show, Diana immediately signed up to be a volunteer to live on a seastead. A few years later, she volunteered at The Seasteading Conference in 2012. The experience was so inspirational, she decided to assist the Institute in furthering their goals whenever possible. In her early years, Diana was placed in the Gifted and Talented Education program (GATE). However, a mysterious illness, later diagnosed as Behcet’s Sydrome, caused excessive school absences and her subsequent removal from the program. Although the illness continued to derail her educational goals, she persevered and taught herself critical skills that have proven to be quite valuable. As a result, she has earned the reputation as one of the most adept volunteers at providing edits and feedback on the upcoming seasteading book, as well as overall feedback on the the Institute’s mission and strategy. Diana is living proof that alternate systems of education can compete with well established and respected educational institutes and their respective degrees. She would like to help The Seasteading Institute prove that systems of governance can similarly compete with existing forms of government to make the world a better place. “I believe that everyone has the same set of needs, but not the same opinions about how to address those needs. Instead of allowing our differences in opinion to divide us and slow down progress, I want to work towards creating diverse systems of governance that will inspire and enable cutting-edge innovation in the fields of food and energy production, medical care, and water conservation/purification.”

  • Eduardo Morelos

    Mexico City, Mexico – FacebookTwitter - LinkedIn Eduardo Morelos is currently Manager of the Wayra Academy in Mexico City, a global startup accelerator and seed fund looking to promote entrepreneurship in Europe and Latin America. After graduating from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, France, where he earned a Master’s degree in Bioscience Engineering, he joined an R&D medical device company based in Mexico City. He has gained solid experience in assessing new business opportunities, operations management, and intellectual property matters, and so far has contributed to create and advance a portfolio of +25 technology startups. As an ambassador, he hopes to create a long-term commitment to The Seasteading Institute by participating and adding value through special assignments in Mexico and Latin America.

  • William Nava

    Brooklyn, New York – Facebook William is a writer, award-winning filmmaker, multi-media artist and voluntarist advocate. William is currently working on an ambitious agorist initiative, Pressing the Button:: a website that serves as a directory of all services typically provided by the government – police, defense, education, social security, etc. – with commentary that demonstrates how these services already are or can be provided more cheaply and efficiently by peaceful individuals, businesses, and communities. The ultimate goal of the project is to encourage readers to engage with peaceful alternatives to government services, thereby eroding the state’s jurisdiction over every aspect of our lives.

    William’s current artistic passion is the “accompanied monologue” – spoken word blended with music. In 2012, he wrote, performed, produced and edited a 90-minute album of all-original accompanied monologues. He now co-produces a bi-weekly podcast of accompanied monologues, with new writers and musicians every episode.

    William graduated Cum Laude from the Macaulay Honors College. “I am an ambassador for the Seasteading Institute because I’m committed to the existence of a truly free, peaceful and voluntary society in my lifetime.”

  • Tyree Shelton

    Huntsville, Texas – Twitter Tyree Shelton is a 19-year-old college student and aspiring filmmaker with ambitions to advance seasteading, and in doing so, make a statement about what he believes – that humanity needs a platform for new experiments, experiences and opportunities. After first hearing about the idea, he felt compelled to use his voice to persuade people around him of the benefits of seasteading. “Bringing awareness to a subject that can be misunderstood is exciting and amusing. I love convincing people that the “impossible” can be possible, and the things that don’t seem so ordinary are actually compelling and intriguing in the same way.”

  • Phil Rocquemore

    San Ġiljan, Malta – Twitter - Website - Facebook - LinkedIn Phil Rocquemore is a self-optimizing poker researcher who uses online poker games as a testing ground for his research into poker strategy and decision-making. Phil blogs, lectures, writes articles and details his adventures hacking his cognition and habits at cardquant.com. He holds degrees in Physics from the University of Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania, which he attended on a Thouron scholarship, and has represented the English national bridge team. He never turns down an invitation to dance. “I am a Seasteading ambassador because I believe that building new, floating, autonomous city-states presents mankind’s best opportunity to promote the rights of the most valuable and most vulnerable minority: the individual. One of the key challenges with new, paradigm-shifting projects is articulating their value to a group that doesn’t yet understand the concepts involved, or is even openly hostile. My skill-set makes me ideal for pitching seasteading to others, since I will always remain composed in dialogue, even when the stakes are high.”

  • Falade Oluwatoniloba

    Ibadan, Nigeria – Falade “Toni” Oluwatoniloba holds a degree in Pure Chemistry from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and an MBA from the Metropolitan School of Business Management in Whales. He has a passion for public speaking, and getting young people to understand the importance of natural preservation. Toni sees potential for seasteading bioremediation technology and governmental experiments in or near his home country Nigeria, where the sprawling Niger Delta has become greatly polluted.

    “It is my delight to be part of a legacy for the next generation – to usher the next generation into something more beautiful and better than ours. Ultimately it is about touching lives, reaching out to people, and making the world a better place than I met it.”

  • Charlie Deist

    Berkeley, CA – TwitterWebsiteFacebookLinkedIn Charlie received his bachelor’s degree in economics from UC Berkeley in 2011, and worked for The Seasteading Institute from 2011 to 2014. He discovered seasteading while facilitating a seminar on Milton Friedman through the DeCal program (Democratic Education at Cal), and quickly began to see government as an industry sorely lacking competition, imagination, and experimentation. This perspective allowed Charlie to put aside his disagreements with peers on controversial political issues, and work toward solutions that everybody wants but nobody gets — prioritizing seasteading technology as the lever for this change.

    “I can imagine no greater calling than the enabling of dynamic, technologically-advanced, and legally autonomous floating cities. I believe seasteading offers the single best opportunity to achieve freedom in my lifetime.”

  • Brock Pilgrim

    Naples, FL – - WebsiteFacebookLinkedIn

    “I am a futurist and I believe in disruption in regards to social, entreprenuership, resources, media, technology, currency and innovation, Since the existence of man, there has always been a political and social order that has left man to be controlled by its policies/bureaucracies and its laws. The Seasteading Institute is one of those modern movements to empower political and social change, promote global and innovative ideas, for those who yearn to be truly free from the shackles of laws that hinder us.”

 

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