The Seas Beckon

The Seasteading Institute has a busy fall season coming up with their second annual conference and the Ephemerisle “floating festival of politics, community and art.”

Credit: The Seasteading Institute, Paul Spooner - Concept Art

The Seasteading Institute Second Annual Conference

Date: Monday, September 28Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Location: Cathedral Hill Hotel – 1101 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA | Google Maps


Image Credit: The Seasteading Institute, Paul Spooner – Concept Art

The Seasteading Institute second annual conference will provide an opportunity for seasteading enthusiasts and newcomers alike to learn, discuss, and explore the future of seasteading. The three-day conference will include social activities, talks and workshops, special TSI member events, and a unique seasteading strategic simulation.

Conference attendees are also invited to join TSI for our first-ever floating festival, Ephemerisle, conveniently scheduled for the weekend following the conference. To be held October 2-4 in the Sacramento River Delta, Ephemerisle will celebrate political experimentation, community, and art. Join us as we take our ideas to the water!

To learn more and register for the conference, please visit us here: Early registration ends September 13, so sign up soon!


Date: Friday, October 2Sunday, October 4, 2009

Location: Sacramento River Delta (the lagoon inside Headreach Island) CA USA | Google Maps


Ephemerisle is the first-ever floating festival of politics, community and art. The festival will launch October 2, 2009 in the Sacramento River Delta in California.

Participants will bring their crafts and their ideas to build an eclectic temporary village of boats, rafts, barges, junks, and other floating structures. A large central platform will be provided as a common space to come together. We’ll have music, dance, open mic performances, even classes on how to build your own floating platform… and on Saturday night, a community feast to begin the evening’s festivities.

But this is just the beginning: This will not be a spectator event, though there will be plenty to see. Participants will bring their own art, activities, ideas, and love of community and freedom. You will define what Ephemerisle turns out to be.

We aren’t content to simply dream of a freer world. We want to live it. Ephemerisle will be the first step.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a fiction writer and poet, with his first published poem forthcoming later in 2017 from Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (, on Goodreads (richardleis), his (@richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).