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Matthew Spencer (M, 36)
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    The $1000 Seastead Design Contest
    Or open source design for independent micronations.

    The idea is this: The Seasteading Institute, a non-profit organization conceived about a year ago by Patri Friedman and Wayne Gramlich, is proposing a framework that would make it possible to permanently settle on the ocean. Their vision, inspired by the culture of web 2.0, is to crowd-source the development of government.


    What they have done is designed a bare platform, called a seastead, that is about the size of a city block. They are encouraging everyone to share their idea for a permanent civilization on the ocean through The $1000 Seastead Design Contest (submissions due May 1st, 2009). Contestants are to expound upon the platform in any way they see fit – "It may be a hospital, a casino, a residential community, a cricket stadium, or something entirely different." The idea is to share and to collectively reach this goal. Designs for the seasteads will be released under a Creative Commons license.

    Wendy Sitler-Roddier

    [They are] hoping to create a platform in the sense that Linux is a platform: a base upon which people can build their own innovative forms of governance. The ultimate goal is to create standards and blueprints that can be easily adapted, allowing small communities to rapidly incubate and test new models of self-rule with the same ease that a programmer in his garage can whip up a Facebook app.

    As compared to other projects of this nature, The Seasteading Institute is trying to build a modular framework which allows for many different ideals. Because they don't focus on one specific model that could fail, the project is much more sustainable. Although I do not particularly subscribe to Libertarianism, I have interest in projects like this for their forward thinking ideas. The Seasteading Institute is not responding as much to climate change, but to societal change. Maybe there is something we can learn from their model.

    Wed, Apr 8, 2009  Permanent link
    Categories: architecture, Seastead, Floating
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         Wed, Apr 8, 2009  Permanent link
    I love this idea, except I don't know about one thing. This sort of unintentionally sounds half-serious, but... What about pirates?

    Then what also must be considered are the issues of privateers, and colonial aggression.

    It's really too bad that these pirates never succeded:

    With Sweden's waters becoming less pirate-friendly, the Pirate Bay looked for warmer climes. In January 2007, it reportedly tried to buy Sealand, a platform in the North Sea off the Suffolk coast, which claims national sovereignty. After that fell through, the Bay raised money to buy an island, but the plan was never realised.

    wiki article on sealand

    wiki article on micronations

    Also: Spacesteads?
    marianne     Thu, Apr 9, 2009  Permanent link
    I hope the final projects will be better than those proposed here... awful. You have this utopian idea of living on the middle of the ocean, and the proposals here are like boring and uninspiring "green" projects on dry land (except for the blue "water" part... instead of green grass)... come on !
    LED     Thu, Apr 9, 2009  Permanent link
    I like the idea and I think it is a solution to live far from not polite people.
    Maybe dmitridb should plan a system against pirates and win the conquest!
    I will try in the anthropological sense.