Matt discovered The Seasteading Institute while searching for similar ideas to his Isle of Orleans concept, a floating island located in Lake Pontchartrain about 10 miles from its North shore. The lake is a 630-square mile estuary whose South shore outlines a large portion of the Greater New Orleans area. Upon learning about the Seasteading movement, the concept immediately resonated with his pre-existing affinity for aquatic space development. His professional background as a director of supply chain services to the oil and gas industry, contacts to offshore engineers and contractors, and a law degree, make him an excellent ambassador to the Seasteading movement.
Matt sees an opportunity for disparate and typically philosophically opposed forces not colliding but combining value propositions in a symbiotic way:
“The island could have tourist attractions renowned in this region, for example, hotels, art and music venues, restaurants, located down the street from a university’s coastal research station – all of which potentially constructed with off-grid technologies such as solar, wind, and possibly hydro. Buy-in for such a project would conceivably be had by incorporating the cultural amenities valued by the region and its visitors.”