Patri Friedman is executive director of The Seasteading Institute. He attended HMC where he received a bachelor’s degree in math, then Stanford University for an MS in Computer Science and Cardean University for an MBA. He worked for Google as a software engineer from 2004 to 2008, when he left to found TSI. Patri is an avid poker player, a prolific writer on political theory and philosophy, and an active participant in festivals such as Burning Man and Pennsic. Patri has co-founded two intentional communities, an experience he plans to draw on to make seasteading a reality. He writes for numerous blogs.
Jonathan Wilde is finishing his medical training in a blue state in the Northeast and will soon be moving to a red state in the Southwest. He hopes to live in a world in which there are states for every color and wavelength of the electromagnetic spectrum. He is a founder of the blog The Distributed Republic.
Mike Gibson stopped out of the University of Oxford, where he studied moral and political philosophy. He now lives in San Francisco where he is an associate at Thiel Capital and is a vice president at the Thiel Foundation. He received a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago. He has worked for the Atlantic Monthly and has written for Forbes, MIT’s Technology Review and Fast Company.
Michael Strong, educated at Harvard, St. John’s College, and the University of Chicago, has created several high-performance private and charter schools, including a school that was named the 36th best public school in the United States on the Washington Post‘s Challenge Index. The author of The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice, Strong has consulted for hundreds of educational institutions around the world. Prior to his career in education, he was a doctoral student at the University of Chicago working on a dissertation on “Ideas and Culture as Human Capital” under economics Nobel laureate Gary Becker. Strong is currently the CEO and Chief Visionary Officer of Freedom Lights Our World (FLOW), Inc., the nonprofit organization he cofounded with John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market. His latest book, Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems, was co-authored with John Mackey, Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Hernando de Soto, Co-Chair of the U.N. Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor, and others. Michael blogs on entrepreneurial government with an emphasis on privately-managed Free Zones and Free Cities as a path to a Nozickian Utopia of Utopias.
Brad Taylor is an interdisciplinary social scientist in the public choice tradition. He is currently working for The Seasteading Institute and plans to write his PhD in Political Science, focused on competitive government, beginning in 2011.
Will Chamberlain is an assistant speech and debate coach at the University of Oregon and a former research fellow at the Seasteading Institute. He received his B.A. in Economics from University of the Pacific in 2010. He’ll be attending Georgetown University Law Center beginning in the Fall of 2012.
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