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August 7, 2017

Conference Talks – Marc Collins, Neil Davies, Serge Planes

This series of talks features the Tahitian visionary who saw it all in his mind before he made it happen. Business leader, serial entrepreneur, and former Minister of Tourism Marc W. Collins explains why he felt it was vital that he spearhead seasteading in the Pacific. Note the humility and thankfulness that characterizes Polynesian leaders. It’s uncanny to realize Polynesians have been seasteading for centuries, and Marc has been training for this role his whole life.

We also treat you to two world-class marine biologists, Serge Planes and Neil Davies, who take us into the wonderful world of coral as we explore how seasteads can live in harmony with marine life— and even help it thrive.

If Marc hadn’t reached out to us, we would never have discovered this extraordinary community of seasteaders living in paradise.

Marc Collins
Former Minister for Tourism, Co-founder Blue Frontiers 

Why Tahiti?

“I love my country, and I wanted to prove that this was the right place for such a project…It’s not just about French Polynesia. It’s about our cousins in the Pacific.”

First minute in French, remainder in English. Marc explains why French Polynesia is strategically located to lead the Aquatic Age– with a global vision that includes Antarctica.

He shares a surprising video message from the President of France at the end.

Neil Davies
Director of UC Berkeley Gump Station, Moorea 

Polynesia FIRST – Floating Infrastructure Research and Development

“We heard yesterday [French] President Macron invited American climate scientists to come to France. I have news for you, Mr. President. We’re already here…

“This project matches perfectly with French Polynesia’s research and innovation framework. So it’s a very good fit. And you can see a lot of potential for collaboration between the local organizations and The Seasteading Institute…

“This is really the hope for sustainable development for the planet.”

 

Serge Planes
Director of the CRIOBE (CNRS – EPHE -UPVD) 

Coral Reefs and Seasteading

“The overall coral reef of the world? Not than much. Actually .2% of the ocean. But by conserving .2% of the ocean, you’re preserving 30% of the biodiversity of the ocean…

“We may receive funding for a large mobile platform with a full laboratory which we can transport to any place on the reef…From that platform we can investigate for any amount of time…

“I am interested in seasteading…because it requires innovation in how to make the system self-sufficient, to take care of energy, waste, and everything we need, to continue doing research on site.”