I just recently found out about Ephemerisle as well. While I’m not certain it was in any way productive towards advancing seasteading as a lifestyle or anything more than a party, it sure would’ve been nice to know about it with enough time to plan for attending. You would think that STI would have promoted it specifically to the people who have been following their efforts for years.
Basically, STI hasn’t done much for seasteading other than some media hype that has turned negative as much as anything. Although it’s still true that there’s no such thing as bad publicity.
I think the best bet for someone who is serious about seasteading is to organize local interest groups and local events. Those of us lucky enough to live close to access to the ocean are best able to organize such a thing. @jwliberstead and I still haven’t managed to meet IRL and we live right across town from each other. People get busy- don’t expect fast movement on anything.
In the meantime, if you’re serious about seasteading, you’ll read up on everything you can learn about boats and support systems that enable human life in the ocean for whatever period of time, and probably should do some boating. Dealing with the vagaries of the marine environment at some level is the only way to develop the skills you’ll need to be a seasteader.
Personally, I’ve done an immense amount of reading, thinking, and recently a good bit of boating and unfortunately, some marine repair work on our 27’ Bayliner cabin cruiser. We’ve joined a yacht club that mostly consists of middle class/working class people and have permanent moorage on the Columbia. I’m looking into sailing vessels as well and intend to take sailing lessons. For many years I’ve been following societal trends and developing self-reliance skills: I actually teach a lot of these skills to people now, and I have become a professional expert and certified trainer on emergency management, disaster preparedness and security.
One thing I see about these kinds of festivals and gatherings is a lot of free-loading party-goers are probably not going to advance the cause much. Less-hyped local workshops are more likely to do so. That’s where STI could have been incubating things for a long time now, but I don’t see any evidence of intent to do so. A lot of us would pay a reasonable fee to attend a workshop, it could be self-supporting with the seed money they received.