August 13, 2013

Randolph Hencken Interviewed on

  • How is a ‘seastead’ different from a ship?
  • Why is the ocean a better bet than charter cities/startup cities on land?
  • What can you do on a seastead, that you can’t do in America, that is worth doing?

The Institute’s Executive Director, Randolph Hencken, answers these questions and others in an interview by


3 Comments on “Randolph Hencken Interviewed on

Shari Shepard
October 15, 2013 at 11:49 am

‘As a non-profit organization, our role is not to build seasteads ourselves, but to set the stage in order to empower others to do so.’

I find it very telling that the Dreamers are unwilling to fund the concept. Funny, EVERY INVESTOR with which I conduct business insists on a specific percentage of ‘skin in the game’ by me!

Where is the Skin of the Founders? They should fund the first ‘Seastead” setting the foundation for Future Communities if they fully support the concept.

‘Thou dost protest too much…’ is my brewing thought as you gather yours!

Ken Sims
October 15, 2013 at 8:36 pm

You mentioned yourself one of the big reasons why it is not the mssion of The Seasteading Institute to build a seastead … ‘non-profit organization’.

To be sustainable, a seastead needs to be for-profit, but as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, TSI can’t do that.

That’s one of the reasons why Blueseed is a completely separate entity from The Seasteading Institute.

October 16, 2013 at 9:19 pm

There is a very thin line “out there”,…
On the high seas the notion of “non-profit or for-profit” don’t mean a damn thing. Technically speaking, TSl can float a seastead out there, fly their own flag and run it as they please.

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