interviews Joe Quirk about the exciting prospect of maritime autonomy

Emil Ekvardt from interviewed Joe Quirk, President of The Seasteading Institute as part of their ‘ Talks With… podcast. This series is an antidote to negative news stories that aims to shed light on organizations and experts whose work is making a positive impact on the world.

Successful societies: a virtuous circle

Could readily available technology solve political stagnation, overpopulation and rising sea levels? Joe Quirk discussed the many advantages of building autonomous cities on our oceans.

Most of the world’s waters belong to no single territory. The Seasteading Institute plans to build new societies on their surface, each one free to make its own laws. The mobility of seasteads would allow communities to grow naturally; seasteaders would vote with their house, joining the most promising societies and leaving those that least suited them. Building on our oceans has an added environmental benefit. Joe explained that seasteads restore aquatic ecosystems, providing a great site for coral and other marine life.

Listen to the whole interview to find out more about the floating city project and the legal hurdles you might face when declaring yourself independent at sea. You can also make a donation. is an organization that is changing the way people think about charity, development, and organizations. They’re leading the next generation of charitable giving with their completely remote and radically transparent team. Find out more.