What we're about

This group is for anyone interested in innovations in governance, seasteading and/or mariculture.

Political Innovation? What do you mean by that?

By political innovation, we're referring to any of the following and more:

• Special economic zones (SEZs)

• Making voting systems more representative and efficient (Moving away from "first-past-the-post" voting to other systems, like proportional representation, ranked-choice voting etc.)

• Studying and, if at all possible, reversing the worsening of government over time (termed demosclerosis by journalist and author Jonathon Rauch)

• Improving governance through intergovernment competition. In other words, forcing governments to behave better by empowering people to move to jurisdictions with better governance.

• Improving governance by making legal systems "open-source" and portable.

Seasteading? What's that?

For the past several decades, many scientific researchers, entrepreneurs, political theorists, environmentalists, adventurers and engineers have quietly worked toward the economic development and human colonization of the world's oceans. After many years of incubation and aided by the connectivity of the internet, the people behind these ideas are starting to network, collaborate and realize their dreams in real-life.

This group is for anyone and everyone who is interested in seasteading and mariculture. Whether you're just curious or are 3D-printing your 20th seastead as we speak; whether you're a weekend-DIY-hacker holding a solder gun or a seasoned marine engineer who designs oil rigs; whether you're mildly concerned about politics-as-usual or you're an activist who is organizing the national movement toward ranked-choice voting: seasteading may be for you!

How can I learn more about these ideas?

I've included a list of books below, by subject. I am trying to write some articles that condense all of these ideas as much as possible, which I'll post later.

Books on the Political Innovation and Especially the Flaws of and Potential Improvements to Current Modes of Government

• Demosclerosis by Jonathon Rauch

• Free Private Cities by Titus Gebel

• The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics by Alistair Smith and Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

• Your Next Government? From Nation States to Stateless Nations by Tom Bell

• Why Nations Fail: the Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by Acemoglu and Robinson

• The State in the Third Millenium by Hans-Adam II

• Creating the New City of Sandy Springs by Oliver Porter

Books on Seasteading and Protoseasteading

• Simple Solutions for Planet Earth, Parts I and II by Patrick Takahashi

• Seasteading: How Floating Nations Will Restore the Environment, Enrich the Poor, Cure the Sick, and Liberate Humanity from Politicians by Quirk and Friedman

Books on Generating Power at Sea

• Oceanic Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) by Patrick Takahashi and Andrew Trenka

• Fundamentals of Ocean Renewable Energy

Books on Other Kinds of Exploration With Overlap to Seasteading

• The Case for Space by Robert Zubrin

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