So I just got here today and introduced myself in an old, yet still active introduction thread:
After reading through some more of the most recent topic threads, I gotta say it’s a little depressing.
First impressions are that there some people that want to do something, but are pretty cynical about what can be done and some other people that seem to be doing things, but don’t have a lot more to show for it than concept art. Different people have different ideas about what seasteading even is, what they want to get out of it and what the over all goals of the movement would be. But a lot of people seem to think that anything will require insane amounts of money to even get started.
But I did come across this one thread/comment, which got me thinking:
Setting aside the differences between what Burners are trying to accomplish and what seasteaders are trying to accomplish, I do think this community could borrow some of their principals:
- Radical Self Reliance
- Communal Effort
I’m not discounting the other principals, but I’m ignoring them for the sake of trying to avoid points of philosophical contention.
What I’m saying is that I think this community needs an immediate communal effort participating in radical self reliance.
What I imagine is picking a coordinate at sea and a date some time in the future and then everyone who is able put together your idea of what a prototype seastead is, or just get on a regular old boat, and go. Just freaking go and lets see what happens, maybe only a few people show up in yachts, maybe there will be a bunch of awesome new technology to actually show off.
We can stay for a week having these conversations in real life, those who make big claims can put up or shut up, there can be demonstrations of technology or just more presentations of the same pie-in-sky utopia videos Then we can have a closing party and everyone can sail back to wherever they’re from and come back here to have some discussions about what we learned.
Obviously a lot planning will need to happen ahead of time and some kind of overarching organization would be helpful, but it won’t be as hard as trying to create a new nation and it’d be a stake in the ground that people can rally around. It’ll be at sea, not on a web forum and everyone can have a chance to get their feet wet (ha!) and see if it’s really something they want to be a part of.
Maybe I’m just as naive and idealistic as any other newcomer, but even if only 5 ships got together, it’d be a start. Say what you want about the people who attend Burning Man, or the culture (I’ve never gone myself), but what I see is something that started 20 years ago with just a small group of people expressing themselves in the desert to a real community that builds an entire city of tens of thousands in a harsh climate and then takes it apart within a few weeks.
What they did from the bottom-up is not all that dissimilar to what I think we’re trying to do, except we seem to be trying to do it from the top-down, hoping billionaires will swoop in and just make it reality. Why not flip the script? Why not just see what happens when a bunch of people jump on boats and meet to create a temporary community in the ocean for a couple weeks? Couldn’t that be as likely a place to start with seasteading as multi-million dollar floating islands?
Thanks for anyone who read this far and doubly thanks for anyone who has constructive feedback of some sort. I’ll be first to say I don’t mind taking a leading role in creating this if there is interest, but probably have less community organizing and nautical experience than many others. What I will say that is I’m earnest and honest and will do everything in my power to make it a reality if there are really people behind me.