The Seasteading Institute Announces the First Annual Ephemerisle Festival of Politics, Community, and Art

The Seasteading Institute is excited to announce that public registration is open for the first annual Ephemerisle Festival, being held October 2-4, 2009 in the Sacramento River Delta. Ephemerisle is a floating festival of politics, community, and art in celebration of political freedom and diversity. Opportunities to connect, learn, and play will abound: there will be music, dance, open mic performances, and even classes on how to build your own floating platform.

Ephemerisle will not be a spectator event, though there will be plenty to see. Participants will shape the festival’s very foundation by bringing their boats, rafts and unique homebuilt floating structures to expand the event’s central platform. They will also bring their own art, activities, and ideas to shape the Ephemerisle experience.

This event has been over 8 years in the making. Back in 2001, tired of people talking about alternative social systems instead of trying them out, TSI’s founder Patri Friedman envisioned a floating festival in international waters. Participants would gather to temporarily live their own utopian visions, and return enriched and inspired to turn those dreams into real societies. In 2009, this dream will finally become a reality.

Ephemerisle will provide a fun and innovative venue for the public to get their first taste of seasteading. We intend to stretch Ephemerisle every year, growing it in size and duration, and also moving it further and further out towards international waters, until it becomes a de facto seastead city. We aren’t content to simply dream of a freer world: we want to live it! This will be a long process — but it starts this October.

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About TSI: The Seasteading Institute is a California nonprofit corporation that is in the process of applying for recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. TSI’s mission is to establish permanent, autonomous ocean communities to enable experimentation and innovation with diverse social, political, and legal systems.


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    Technological Solution To Political Problems

    One of the great things about this idea is that it’s a technological solution to a political problem. Humans are no good at changing human nature, and human nature, plus the nature of political systems, is why governments function poorly. Yet we are fabulous at solving engineering problems. Well, dynamic geography shows us that we can dramatically improve government merely by solving the engineering problems posed by seasteading. As cryptography makes it almost impossible to censor free speech and communication, seasteading will make it very difficult to exploit a trapped citizenry.


    So why is Ephemerisle a “Festival of Politics, Community, and Art” instead of a “Festival of Engineering”?



  2. Looking over the list of speakers and talk titles it does not seem like there is anything on Engineering at this years conference either.   I really think the quote above from the book beta is right on.  I think engineering is the key to seasteading and all that will follow seasteading.    

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