At The Seasteading Institute, we work to enable seasteading communities – floating cities – which will allow the next generation of pioneers to peacefully test new ideas for government. The most successful can then inspire change in governments around the world.
This is an audacious vision that will take decades to fully realize. We strongly believe in incrementalism – breaking this huge vision down into manageable, practical steps. Our current strategy centers around the Floating City Project, through which we are crafting practical plans for the world’s first seastead, designed around the needs of actual potential residents, and located within a “host” nation’s protected, territorial waters.
We are expanding all aspects of our research this year through our Floating City Project. The project is drawing on the expertise of our internal advising team and outside firms, like DeltaSync, a Dutch water architecture firm. Our survey remains open for prospective pioneers to give us their input, so we can tailor the seastead to potential residents preferences. We expect to collaborate with investors and developers to actualize the first seasteading community within the next few years.
Bettering the world through seasteading requires the support and actions of a large and diverse community. This is why we put great effort into building our movement. We reach out to the public by cooperating with the media and being featured in numerous news articles; working with a small squad of volunteer ambassadors; speaking at conferences; writing blogs and newsletters; and hosting meet ups, conferences and other events.
The Poseidon Award is our prize for the establishment of the first independent seasteading community – the seed for the world’s first ocean city-state. Our current expectations for the Floating City Project places the completion of the first seasteading community with a few hundred residents before the end of this decade. Although this will be after the original goal to give out the Poseidon Award by 2015, it will be a major milestone for the seasteading movement to represent critical progress and is achievable in a relatively short period of time.The Poseidon Award will include the Poseidon Monument, a physical tribute to the first seasteading pioneers. It will have inscribed on it the names of The Seasteading Institute Argonauts — major donors who have helped make the seasteading movement a reality.
The technology to foster the fluid mechanics of voluntary societies is at hand.
The Seasteading Institute is a nonprofit think-tank working to provide a machinery of freedom to choose new societies on the blue frontier.
The most successful floating cities can then inspire change around the world.