Monthly Archives: June 2015

Aquaprenuership Arrives in the San Francisco Bay!

Get ready, everyone–OCEANUS is launching it’s pilot Aquaprenuership program!

Queen of the Fleet, the Fir, and her tender, the Robert Gray (both historic research vessels) are coming to the San Francisco Bay on Monday, June 22nd, 2015, where they will serve in a neoteric capacity as collaborative solution centers, social innovation hubs, oceanic research vessels (focused largely on environmental remediation), and so much more. Abundant with co-working spaces, maker labs, and social salons designed by some of the most creative minds in the bay area, these historic landmark vessels present the perfect opportunity to manifest our collective vision of a sustainable existence.

fir, oceanus, baystead, san francisco

The Majestic Mother Fir

As the Fir is a national historic landmark vessel, it’s only right that we delve into that history a bit. She is the last lighthouse tender created for the now defunct United States Lighthouse Service. Less than a year after her launch in 1939, she was commissioned for the US Coast Guard and sent to the west coast for the majority of her service. The next half a century saw the Fir busy with her duties, which focused primarily on keeping the tens of thousands of navigational aids off the coast in working order. In addition to this, the Fir has saved lives and salvaged the wrecks of other vessels, helicopters, and even an airplane. Only a year before her decommissioning, the Fir extinguished a rapidly burning boat and saved the life of it’s trapped captain.

Robert Gray, Oceanus, Baystead, San Francisco

The Robert Gray

The Robert Gray, was fabricated in 1936 by the United States Corps of Engineers to serve as a research and surveying vessel on the open seas. Did we mention there’s a helipad (because there is)?

Both the Fir and the Robert Gray are perfect for conducting environmental research and development. Massive, at 174’ and 120’ respectively, there is more than enough space to provide for a novel, rich ecosystem. Imagine skipping your morning commute in favor of a stroll to the galley, where innovators break bread and share visions. Afterwards, you might head to work, which, on these vessels, is anywhere you feel inspired. With all that space, your options are broad, and all of them include waterfront property and conscientiously curated neighbors. It’s the ideal habitat for an incubator of ideas, technology, and culture–a dedicated, 24/7, nurturing space to harness collective vision and collaborative process.

At this moment, we are looking for a few things before these research vessels open up to the community here in the bay. We are now focused on berthing the vessels; we have several promising options available, but as always, welcome any input, suggestions, or contacts that any of you may have. We aim to work with top educational, humanitarian, and environmental organizations and thus will be able to be a steward to the bay and her communities. We have amalgamated forces with DRÆM VENTURES, BHuman Social Innovation Center, and other NGO’s, as well as local governments to curate this new research undertaking. This is no small feat but OCEANUS is of the opinion that if you’re not doing something big, you’re doing it wrong.

Our efforts here at OCEANUS have always been collaborative in both form and function. We believe strongly that a united and diverse population produces the best results, and that means drawing from a wide range of talents and backgrounds. It is of the highest importance that the barriers to participation in Oceanus be minimal, and we encourage you to test them. Are you interested in building a positive, dynamic environment with others like you? Perfect, let us know! Efforts, ideas, community support–all things we need from you amazing people here in the bay area, and even moreso, all who believe in the entirety of our initiative across the world.

Applications for both general occupancy will be opening next week; we are currently accepting applications for crew, though. Hit us up at for inquiries, interests, or just to say hello! This is your chance to shape the foundation of a better and brighter future with us; your vision, your style, your touch molding the bricks of this future and the currents of its culture.

We are incredibly proud and excited to be embarking on this venture. The Fir and Robert Gray are themselves special vessels, steeped proudly in a tradition of service and pluck; the community nurtured on them will be just as distinguished.

Keep an eye out for more baysteading news from us in the near future: berth location, occupant application opportunities, and more are on the way!

The waves of change have arrived.

At Novus: Aligning Enterprise with Intent


San Francisco is a special place. The city has a healthy share of thinkers and futurists,  visionaries and entrepreneurs, whose numbers are bolstered by the proximity of Silicon Valley. It’s a vibrant place, brought alive by the creativity of the people moving throughout it. It’s easy to see, why San Francisco was the natural choice for the inaugural Novus Conference.

Themed “Reimagine the American Dream,” Novus drew a crowd of pioneers to The Battery for a day of talks and personal connections. A diverse range of speakers addressed attendees in The Parlor and Musto Bar, ensuring that no matter the individual’s personal interest, there was something to inspire and awe. Oceanus’ own Ari Eisenstat served as a Novus delegate, one of an incredible team headed by Kunal Sood, whom extended an invitation to others in Oceanus’ organization. The amazing group of speakers contained entrepreneurs, activists, artists, futurists, engineers, social wizards, and those whose talents include these and more.

In the Parlor Room, against a beautiful painting by speaker Raghava KK, we heard from Tim Draper on what the future holds, Sonia Arrison and Dr. Joon Yun on life extension, Susan Alzner and Martha Adams on the empowerment of women and girls, and many more, capped off by Steve Jurvetson’s exciting anticipation of a post-scarcity world. Visitors to the Musto Bar practiced breathing with Rabia Hayek, learned about the importance of the large-scale from Ken Feldman, and ended the room’s series with a well-received fireside chat with Sean Ironstag and Ari Eisenstat discussing Oceanus and our very own dream.

With the talks still fresh on everyone’s minds, the Penthouse opened for the Awards Show. Participants were honored for their contributions to humanity; these awards made it clear once again what an incredible, beautiful group of people had been gathered there. These were people who make it their missions to enhance, prolong, better, save, and benefit the lives of others in the world around us.. For this reason, we were honored and overjoyed to interact more after the show. Invaluable connections were made, ideas shared, and dreams expanded as we realized the manifest destiny of humanity.

Novus was an important refresher in the power of innovation and collaboration. Perhaps most exciting of all, we heard about ideas and ideals which not only lay in line with Oceanus’, but expounded upon them. The Novus crowd sets the bar high, and challenges all to leap it–and that’s just what we plan to do.