Greetings campaign supporters. We have had to order additional bumper stickers and shirts to fill the demand for all of you who contributed to our campaign and have elected to receive your perks. We expect to have all the perks in the mail by the beginning of December, and we appreciate your patience waiting for your items.
If you have not filled out this form and provided us with your address yet, please do so (we sent this out by email a few weeks ago):
The Seasteading Institute
Wow! We are still in awe of the sheer number of funders that stepped up to give a total of over $27,000 – more than 135% of our original goal. Thank you to so much to all 291 people who contributed to its success, either financially or by spreading the word. We can feel the wind picking up beneath our sails, and are ready to move boldly ahead to the next components of the project.
Now that DeltaSync's design and feasibility study has been fully funded, the money raised above our goal will be directed toward our equally important diplomacy efforts.
Your rewards will be processed ASAP and you should receive them some time in October (save for the forthcoming seasteading book, which will be released in 2014).
Once again, thank you!
We'll see you on the high seas,
We want to spread the word about this campaign as widely as possible before it close at 12 PM Pacific time on Friday. We're asking all those who have already donated to share this link with your friends. We'll give away a priceless autographed copy of “How to Start Your Own Country” by Erwin Strauss to one random sharer. Just go to Facebook or Twitter, and write a post with #FloatingCityProject in it. We'll search for the hashtag, and pick a winner at the end of the campaign.On behalf of The Seasteading Institute, thanks for your commitment to this project. ~Randolph Hencken
A big thanks to all of our contributors for helping us surge past the $20,000 goal with more than a week remaining in the campaign. With matching funds from the Thiel Foundation, the design and feasibility component of our Floating City Project is fully funded! We are grateful for your support and look forward to sharing DeltaSync's design and report with all of you.
There are two primary reasons to still donate if you haven’t already – each as important as raising funds for the design. 1) We have all seen ultra-successful crowdfunding campaigns – our community has the opportunity to signal our combined strength and market demand to those who will invest in the development of the seastead. 2) Additional donations will be allocated to the diplomatic component of our project, seeking a host nation for our floating city.
Please keep sharing this campaign with your network and encourage your contacts to give.
We are seeking meetings with influential people in governments of coastal nations across the globe. We have identified 20 countries we believe would consider hosting a seastead within their territorial waters, while still granting the city substantial autonomy. Our list of countries is being kept confidential for the time being, to prevent media and other second-hand sources from misrepresenting our intent or presuming we have secured a deal with one of the nations.
There are several reasons for seeking a host country for the first floating city. 1) It will be less expensive to build a seastead engineered for relatively shallow and calm waters, 2) it will be easier for residents to travel to and from the seastead, as well as to acquire goods and services from existing supply chains, and 3) a host nation will be able to protect a city within its territorial waters from interference by other nations.
If you are able to connect us with influential people in a coastal nation as a foot-in-the-door for more formal meetings with government officials, please contact Randolph Hencken at email@example.com.
Onward to a floating city!
When we complete the first phase the Floating City Project we will work with a partnership of investors and developers to further our plans and ultimately begin building the world's first floating city before the end of the decade.
Thanks again everyone! We are thrilled by the show of support.