The development of free-floating offices, for-business seasteding: Here’s why and what we’ll get if set objectives right.

Businesses are going to set sail and have office blocks with staff floating in seasteads on the open ocean off the shore.

What will it take to start building free-floating off-shore offices and make them an affordable option even for startups and small businesses? What benefits will businesses get from it?

The discussion got started with the idea to help job creation by enabling entrepreneures to attract international staff into seasteads to be built - in a post "Seems an opportunity for seasteading: build off-shore floating office blocks, pack them with staff, have the staff produce added value ... " on Reddit's seasteading subforum:

Providing those in IT business whose interests were affected give their support to a likely project, what prevents constructing off-shore offices on the ocean from going ahead?

This idea got support from an amazing redditor BlueFrontiers - and also raised questions:

I agree wholeheartedly. It feels like an ideal time for Seasteading to enter the picture. American entrepreneurs are dismayed to wake-up and find out that the American Government is no longer propelling their small businesses forward but rather actively holding them back.

The conditions are ripe for new conditions and new special economic zones to enter the picture. Truly, a new frontier.

Regarding this article specifically, do you see an opportunity for Seasteading that we can act on?

Ok, if seasteads have the potential to best serve the interests of entrepreneurs, let's go over ways to make it reality. We really do see an opportunity for seasteading to act on.

At the core is the development of free-floating offices, that is for-business seasteding. We really haven’t got much time, and must just shoot off. Here’s why and what we’ll get if set objectives right.

America is a nation of immigrants. American government however tries to crack down on immigration because it has to listen to the population. Public opinion holds it – not surprisingly - that “they will take our jobs” and “we don’t know who come into the country”; fears are various. Businesses are in need of highly skilled immigrants. But immigration is a sensitive issue.

It is clear governments must be wary of any of new policies on it if they are to stay committed to keeping the country safe.

So there must be a comprehensive law in place that encourages building floating offices in off-shore waters where immigrants can work. If they don’t enter the mainland and stay off shore, in cities on the open ocean, governments are going to be happy. Populations are to uphold this kind of policy.

But to what extend should governments encourage companies to invest into constructing floating office blocks and to what extend impose regulation?

It is in nations’ economy interests to build seasteads, to have companies built them, as doing this activates the economies, more product is created, more people are employed. If you don’t go into it, others will do. The logic is pretty simple. In international waters anyone can have constructions floating, call them ships or seasteads. There are many nations in the world who are eager to boost their economies; some of them knows how to step up economic growth.

So if American companies don’t start building free-floating cities on a large scale right now, they are running the risk of finding themselves behind others, ones who can build faster and cheaper.

A new law to come to secure business interests of entrepreneurs needs to keep this in view. The rules of the game should rely on unleashing private initiative and the spirit of entrepreneurship.

I personally will protect competition. I am going to build at the equator a space launch system of a wholly new type, one having a long launch path 2000 km long raised above the atmosphere. I intend to set up this system along with an independent state and pursue the recognition of our sovereignty. We will provide services of launching to space on a regular basis – to nations, nation’s space agencies, to companies and everyone who need to get to space from the ground.

The space launch system to be built in our independent state cannot be placed elsewhere other than at the equator on the open sea. So the pursuit of gaining independence and recognition comes naturally as our goal and as a form of guarantee from other world powers that while they secure our place among world powers we secure the implementation of technological objectives to secure the very future of all humanity in space, give hope to all the nations and people that space exploration will bring well-being for all.

Launch Loop, a ground-to-space launching utility was first proposed by great inventor and thinker of our days Keith Lofstrom.

With this kind of objectives we will eventually need to have sound research work done in respect to engineering and maintaining large ocean-based structures able to stand up to severe conditions in the ocean among many other things. So we’ll need to have a great deal of research and development centers working on these problems.

And the outcome from this research work can benefit seasteading as a whole vastly. Resultant new materials and methods of building strong, robust and reliable constructions along with technologies to maintain them efficiently in the ocean will help us to get prices on floating homes down for the middle as we aim to scale up seasteading for all. Also various ocean-based services will be established to be of value and help for those setting sail for ocean living in the future.

So in my program governments won’t be sitting out. They are going to become active players in the field, setting in motion research and development centers in the first place.

One among goals of a new independent state to come is to give all nations equal opportunities for space launches; nations are at risk of running large bills for not having plans to go to space, but with having Launch Loop in operation we’ll give them all a hand and this way our independent state will be in a position to offer product for export to get secured our existence in the long run. We don’t want nations to fall behind and from the very beginning we are going to have all governments involved into cooperation aimed at speeding up seasteading.

So first thing we do is get nations and governments interested in seasteading. If they themselves get to activities on designing, planning and developing seasteads they stop holding businesses in this area back and start feeling like ones in the business. They must get at it.

Next, what is the first step to take in regard to this particular issue raised in Reuters’ article? First businesses need to learn a lesson from what’s happening. Entrepreneurs need to have an organization that will prop up job creation, one helping bring talents from around the world. What’s more, an organization able not just say that jobs in seasteading are good because more taxes are collected but able to make governments want to get the whole spectrum of benefits seasteading can provide to governments themselves. That is address the question of how governments – and finally states – can benefit directly from seasteading. Trade benefits might be among the most effective ones.

If it is found that seasteading can provide the solution to problems future governments will have to wrestle with – and make populations happy about it – this organization needs to be set up.

What do you think? There are many questions opened in this piece. What are your ideas on them?

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I managed to patch up a couple of thoughts of mine about what the goals and purposes of this new organization should be. I plan to publish the article in some major outlets and newspapers and then have dialog between governments and businesses activated. At the moment I am seeking a collaboration with authors in publishing perhaps a series of articles in diverse newspapers.