Dichotomy? I wish it were only a dichotomy. What we have here is a heard of cats…
There is the staff that doesn’t get on or talk to the forum and a forum of individualist that won’t listen to anyone else because they know what needs to be done. The result is no investors and a lot of talk. I know this syndrome, I know it very well, the Libertarian party is chock full of it. That’s why libertarians can win any debate while losing every election. But they all know best.
This forum is a natural hang out for libertarians but until you are able to make changes in you, the world will continue to change around you and leave you talking about a 250 year old constitution which has failed because there isn’t enough 250 year old people to keep it alive.
What does this group have to offer anyone? How about investors, what do you have to offer them? The only reason to make anything is for its functionality. We are talking about cost per square meter but how people are going to make a living is not even considered. I don’t care how pretty you make it, I was a licensed realtor and if you are talking a location that has nothing but blue water, I can’t help you. But we don’t even have blue water, just blue skies.
So, if you think you are building a real estate project, forget it, it won’t work. But a marina? yea, that will work because there are already boaters and they already have a need that we can satisfy.
Freedom and ideals can come along for the ride because it is an added attraction. However, a floating city as a libertarian escape, is a pipe dream, legal or other wise. You have got to be able to make a living. Your seastead has to be like a homestead. The homesteaders went out to get a business. Back in the 1800 and early 1900, most people had a farm, they made their living off of their land. They fed and housed themselves on their homestead and raise beef or sheep to sell to the market. A homestead is a business, not nation building, not a real estate opportunity, it is a business. If a seastead is ever going to work, you have to treat it like a business.
As a business, you can get investors, it is done all of the time. So what does an investor look for? A reasonable return without excessive risk. A village in the ocean, that has never been done before, that is a risk. A floating sphere that people live in, that has never been done before, that is a risk, People that have never put together a project of this type before that is a risk. And the risks grow. I would not invest my retirement on something that scary.
Start slow, go with what they know. You point to Venice, it is a city in the water but close to shore. We are going to build a Venice but further out at sea, that is believable. Investors may want to get in on that. Before you build anything you have got to build trust. You can’t do that by winning a debate. Cooperation is the single biggest key to any successful endeavor.
If you want to talk about something, talk about what your goals are. Write them big on the forum. This is what we are all about and what we are going to do. Then, come up with a mission statement and then a business plan. You do that, you will get your investors because investors are of the business world.
What will most like happen is everyone will continue to pull in different directions and nothing will get done. Then one day archer-daniels-midland will decide that they want to farm the oceans and a seavillage will be built and it will grow and there will be people making a living in the oceans and the Seastead what-ever will have lost it’s opportunity to do anything and everyone will move on.
Now this was a lecture only by its length. But I’m a teacher, I teach investing. I feel that I can do a lecture on investors and how to attract them because that is what I do for a living. It is reasonable that I would know something about this field. So everyone can get pissed off at me for sharing what I know from experience because it isn’t the way you see it, or we can do something different and change the momentum.
Right now we have a weird soccer game that is played on a round field with no goals anywhere. The players are wearing themselves out physically and emotionally but there is no hope of winning, there is no hope of scoring. There are no goals. If we get goals, there is a chance to achieve them. No goals and you get a lot of people running around kicking things.