Reversing Climate Change
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A podcast about the different people, technologies, and organizations that are coming together to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reverse climate change. We also talk about blockchains.
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21: Joe Quirk, Managing Director of Blue Frontiers
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"If you’re trying to change the world in the marketplace, the market of providing a service compels bad people to behave well. If you’re trying to change the world through politics, the political process compels good people to become more corrupt in order to succeed." Joe Quirk is the co-founder of Blue Frontiers, Seavangelist with The Seasteading Institute, and the co-author of Seasteading: How Floating Nations Will Restore the Environment, Enrich the Poor, Cure the Sick and Liberate Humanity from Politicians. Joe’s "a-ha" moment on a cruise ship coupled with his tenth Burning Man experience led to a collaboration with Patri Friedman and an interest in leveraging the power of variation and selection in governance through sustainable floating cities. These seasteads would solve for sea level rise as well as innovation in governance, allowing aquapreneurs the space and freedom to test their ideas. Today, Joe sits down with Ross, Christophe and Paul to explain how seasteading facilitates innovation and Blue Frontiers’ role in establishing such floating islands. Joe discusses the benefits of seasteading for coastal and island nations impacted by climate change and Buckminster Fuller’s concept of pollution as ‘resources we’re not using.’ They talk about what’s next for Blue Frontiers, including its upcoming token ICO and the SeaZones project. Listen in for Joe’s insight around affecting change through voice or the choice to exit and learn how seasteading would allow for both, facilitating much-needed innovation in governance as well as carbon removal. Resources Blue Frontiers It’s Not You, It’s Biology: The Science of Love, Sex, and Relationships by Joe Quirk The Seasteading Institute Seasteading: How Floating Nations Will Restore the Environment, Enrich the Poor, Cure the Sick, and Liberate Humanity from Politicians by Joe Quirk and Patri Friedman Call to the Rescue by Joe Quirk Blue Frontiers Podcast Blue 21 Exit, Voice and Loyalty by Albert O. Hirschman Your Next Government? by Tom W. Bell Startup Societies Foundation Key Takeaways [2:10] How Joe came to be a Seavangelist Power of variation and selection doesn’t occur in governance Floating cities would allow people to ‘vote with house’ Solve for social, environmental problems through innovation [10:39] How seasteading facilitates innovation Aquapreneurs move beyond current boundaries, regulations Create better systems and scale ideas quickly [14:15] The idea behind Blue Frontiers Sustainable floating islands with unique governing frameworks Hosted in French Polynesia under decentralized maritime law [19:40] How seasteading benefits island, coastal nations Proposes ways to adapt to sea level change Experiment with innovation in governance [20:48] Paul’s takeaways from his tour with Blue Frontiers Culture of explorers, seasteading is next logical step Harvesting kelp could support seasteads and remove carbon from atmosphere [28:21] The concept of pollution as resources we’re not using Conceived by Buckminster Fuller Aquaculture techniques can restore coastal environment Blue 21 creating societies in harmony with how nature itself works [32:37] What’s next for Blue Frontiers SeaCoins ICO SeaZone in French Polynesia using best practices of special economic zones [38:47] The two ways to affect change Having voice OR ability to exit Seasteading allows for both More choice creates better service