Today is April, 2018. We began to organize our efforts 3 years ago this month and it looks for all the world like we are back to where we stared with little energy to make anything work.
While The Seastead Institute was focused on designing a floating island, the east coast group (forum) thought to begin as a collection of individual boaters on smaller platforms. We thought to begin as old western towns began - with a handful of necessary businesses such as a general store, restaurant/bar and other such concerns.
We thought to begin with barges until the Seastead Institute had designed and built their floating island. While looking for candidate barges, we found one already decked out and designed 90% of what we thought that we would need. It was over priced but it would take years off of our pilot project.
We had some pretty good minds working on this rather simple concept but the Marinea.org website is just about all that remains. What was missing? We knew that we had only a little money and the project would take far more than we had to begin with. We however believed that if we could get TV news time, we would find both investors and a customer base. This is where I failed. I was counting on a group of people that would ‘in theory’ benefit the most by helping us with a little publicity.
I can now tell you what not to do. The libertarian party is beyond worthless and they also lost my support. TV news is one way to make the project take off, the other is to get a large financial backer that can start us off with $15 million. Once we get going, we could pay the initial start up money back but it will take some time.
All of our projects take start-up money and a little public exposure. When even one breaks through, the dam will have been breached and there will be quite a flood afterwards. But how can we break that ice? We have some of the most creative people on this forum that I’ve ever come across before. I think we just need to identify the obstacles to starting a simple homestead gathering then fix it. This group can do it but we have to turn our focus to getting the first boats into the water. How to make a floating island is a distraction at this moment, we need a visible community to begin in the Caribbean area so more people will think to get involved.
We need a financial backer or TV news exposure. Is there any other ways to get the first boats in the water?
All ideas are open but bake-sales are out. What about loans? Anyone know about this angle? Please let us hear your ideas.