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Oceanus Presents: Newtopia—Ephemerisle’s First Ever Eco-Island of Change!

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Oceanus’ Ephemerisle RSVP Application: Newtopia: Eco-Island of Change

Welcome to our land of the extraordinary—a place where architecting better models of existence is our prime directive, where environmental sustainability is our passion, and where positive transformation is mandatory. In this realm of unbridled dreams and endless opportunity, strong and ever-lasting connections are forged and anything is possible.

Join us, July 11-17, in co-creating this floating eco-utopia where United Nations ambassadors exchange titillating ideas on floating tea lounges with Architects of Awe from events like Burning Man; where revolutionaries dance under the moonlight with community organizers to the electric vibrations of a more promising tomorrow; where innovators of bleeding edge technologies collaborate with Silicon Valley impact investors over margaritas made by mind controlled blenders; where exemplary musicians coordinate their rhythms with breathtaking visual projections mapped by brilliant artists for all to enjoy.

Immersed in this exhilarating, one-of-a-kind experienceyou will be transformed.

Through mist and vibrant turquoise waters, a vision appears:

What is Oceanus?
OCEANUS IS: a collaborative community of Doers, Thinkers, Dreamers, Disruptors, and Visionaries joining forces to enact positive change for the betterment of planetary existence.
OCEANUS IS: a new and innovative approach to seasteading and environmental stewardship–an economical and technically viable venture for transforming plastic debris into non-toxic, habitable environments in international waters.
OCEANUS IS: the meta–a network of networks, a community for communities, we are the space in between points, the connectors, the intangibles.
OCEANUS IS: a platform–of perpetual possibility, a mechanism for countless previously unimagined visions to sprout from, manifesting solutions to the most critical challenges of our time. 

We are the movers and the shakers of the world, moving across the waters and shaking archaic systems to the ground. Join us, let’s move and shake together, for united, our brothers and sisters, we are unstoppable.

Visit us on Facebook: Here! 

What is Ephemerisle?
EPHEMERISLE IS: an annual week-long gathering (July 11-17) on the Sacramento River Delta in sunny California, brimming with creators, innovators, and change makers there to indulge in their water-based joys in an ecstatic celebration of life–all while collaborating, ideating, and architecting better models for the future!
EPHEMERISLE IS: Burning Man meeting Life Aquatic in a completely free, decentralized, and deregulated zone, where ephemeral islands are constructed and enjoyed for the duration of this one of a kind event!
EPHEMERISLE IS: an experimental floating celebration of community, learning, art, seasteading, and differing forms of governance.

Be an architect of a more excellent tomorrow–join us in the creation of this better model.
Oceanus Ephemerisle Facebook group:
 FB Group

symbiosis oceanus ephemerisle

Warm waters and beautiful energies–your tribe awaits you.

What to expect:
The 2016 AQUA Conference!
Idea sex!
A mobile floating tea sanctuary!
The forging of mighty connections!
A highly curated festival experience!
Amphibious dance floors!
Art exhibitions!
Floating hot tubs!
“Dolphin Tank,” the social entrepreneurship pitch competition!
Super awesome art boats!
A truly meaningful aquatic adventure of a lifetime!
and so much MORE!

What NOT to expect:
Drunken buffoons.
Uninspired moments.

Important Process for Attendance!
Super excited? Can’t wait to be a part of co-creating this amazing experience? Ready to jump in and swim?

*OCEANUS’ 2016 EPHEMERISLE RSVP APPLICATION: Newtopia: Eco-Island of Change (limited space available)*

As with all of our events, there is no monetary barrier to entry, but there is an application process. We are more interested in who you are and what you can contribute, to both the co-creation of this experience and the continued development of our projects and initiatives (whether that be monetary contribution, physical build efforts, creative expression, music, project management, technology, brain power, etc.). This is not a spectators environment. Participate, for that’s what the future we bring is all about. 

(more details below!)

Party with a purpose:

For more detailed information regarding a slew of things, follow the clicky links (which will be constantly updated as the event approaches)!
-The 5.5 acre island NE of San Francisco we are developing into an eco-retreat/collaborative community space (our hub for orchestrating and building this event)- Island of Change
-Newtopia event itinerary- Event Itinerary
AQUA Conference speaker list and signup process- 2016 AQUA Conference
-Music/Performance/Artist lineup- Newtopia–Music/Performance/Artist Lineup
-Vessel information (lineup, sleeping spaces available, etc.)- Vessel Lineup
-Super cool and awesome projects (including idea submission)- SUPER COOL AWESOME PROJECTS!
-“Dolphin Tank,” social entrepreneur pitch competition (lineup+submissions)- Dolphin Tank
-Collaborative Partners- Partners
-Price breakdown- Price Breakdown

Just as it takes the efforts of an entire community to come together to throw the most amazing experience the water has ever seen, so too does architecting new models of a better and brighter tomorrow. Let this be the first of many steps in that direction of the future for us all.


PS: We have mermaids!

See you on the waves and in the future, beautiful people–Newtopia awaits.

Question? Input? Email us: designthedream@oceanus.blue

Visit our website: www.oceanus.blue

Visit us on Facebook: HERE!

Oceanus’ 2016 Ephemerisle RSVP Application: Newtopia: Eco-Island of Change

Is your contribution to the co-creation of this future a monetary based contribution?
Paypal: www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=8RJCNZY8W639C
Bitcoin: www.coinbase.com/OceanusBlue

Come–be amazing with us! 🙂 

#PartyWithPurpose #Oceanus #Ephemerisle #AQUA

OCEANUS: Project Delta


robert gray ephemerisle

Welcome home–you have found your tribe.

oceanus project delta

The Ephemerisle Experience

In late July of this year, history was made as Oceanus embarked on an epic voyage to Ephemerisle on the 1936 research vessel Robert Gray. Ephemerisle is an annual week-long gathering on the Sacramento River Delta, brimming with highly creative, intelligent, and successful people there to showcase, and indulge in, their water-based joys. In the weeks preceding the event, dozens of crew members lived and worked aboard the Gray and its 170ft counterpart, the Fir, putting incredible amounts of heart and soul into preparing the vessels for this monumental event… and it showed!

The Oceanus Experience at Ephemerisle:

By the end of the week, we had hosted over five hundred guests for our first ever Oceanus Aqua-conference, with glowing reviews and highly useful lessons to take away. Among the offerings provided was “Dolphin Tank”, a social entrepreneurship pitch competition, panel discussions, keynote speakers, art exhibitions, cook-offs, amazing musical artistry, and passionate conversations and ideation in our very own helipad hot tub!

Robert Gray Ephemerisle

Drone footage of the Oceanus experience at Ephemerisle.

The Gray also provided a valuable resource for testing sustainable living practices, as well as educating our guests on the principles of environmental stewardship and social innovation. And, as our primary vessel filled to capacity, with hammocks swinging from the rafters and soft conversation accompanying the ship’s rocking, we had an opportunity to ferry our guests to the newest addition to our fleet, the 300ft cruise ship, Aurora.

Floating Social innovation Hub 

robert gray aurora cruise ship

2010: Like siblings, the majestic Aurora and her tender, the Robert Gray, make their way together from the Port of       San Francisco to Stockton.

She was the jewel of Germany, heralding an age of pride and presence for a country still striving to mend its international image from the devastation of World War II. The first diesel-electric, Maybach-engined vessel Germany built after the conflict, the Wappen von Hamburg had all the latest in technology and style, launching in 1955 as the most technologically advanced and luxurious cruise ship to exist at the time. Since then, she’s changed hands and names over half a dozen times, traveling the world as the Polar Star, Xanadu, and more, to finally arrive as the Aurora off the coast of California… and right into Oceanus’ open arms.

At this moment, Aurora sits expectantly in Stockton, ready to be used as a conference center, private retreat, and social innovation hub on the Sacramento Delta before her historic re-entry to the Bay. With a 1,600 passenger capacity with sleeping spaces for over two hundred people, conference rooms and office areas, workshops/makerspaces, incubator space, a large pool, a grand ballroom, and much more–the Aurora is our baysteading dream come to reality.

Where do you dock a majestic ship like this though, you ask? She docks at home, of course!

Our Island of Change

Oceanus’ most recent collaboration to date is with Stone Cove Youth Camp, on architecting the future of Stone Cove Island in Suisun Bay (about 30 minutes northeast of Oakland), a five-and-a-half acre base, replete with an entire fleet of boats all its (and now our) own. Riverboats, houseboats, sailboats… all that’s missing is a cruise ship. With ownership extending fifty feet into the water surrounding the island, our concern of where to dock the Aurora, while undergoing our restoration and retrofitting process, is no longer a problem (with the end game of having her docked at the Port of San Francisco, of course).

stone cove island

Stone Cove Island

Stone Cove will serve as our launching point, eventually housing the equipment used to build and assemble our HexaPod prototypes (our unique hexagonal modular floating platforms created from recycled ocean plastic), as well as functioning as an easily accessible base for research and development on all things related to the Oceanus dream of clean oceans, total sustainability, and vibrant community.

Our vision is to be home to a broad spectrum of human beings (and close affiliates). To entice, we plan to offer co-working and co-living spaces, makerspaces for techies and machinists, places to encourage art, creativity, play and growth, and areas to promote humanitarian, environmental, social, and political enhancement. And the over-arching theme? Sustainable, intellectual, and joyful environments, from bottom to top. And from there, we can prototype our 3D printing systems to recycle devastating ocean plastic into enlightened floating communities!

Empowerment and inclusiveness are at the heart of our principles, and in that spirit, we at Oceanus are putting a call out to you: Thinkers, Dreamers, Doers, Creators, and Visionaries of the world. Take part in our Aurora: Design the Dream challenge! What would YOU like to see promoted aboard our collective vessel? Share your vision with us, and join us for our  next Aqua-conference on October 24th aboard the Aurora. This event will feature phenomenal minds promoting their dreams, and lead into the pre-Halloween event of the year, all hosted on-site in the Aurora’s glorious ballroom. Submit entries to designthedream@oceanus.blue in the form of documents, videos, audio recording, or whatever captures the spirit of your proposal in its fullest extent!

Some key design topics:

  • Clean Energy
  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • Waste Recycling
  • Technology Manufacturing
  • Creative Production
  • Bay Area Remediation
  • Community Governance
  • Maritime Navigation
  • Restoration and Maintenance
  • Innovative Events
  • Safety and Risk Management
  • Culture Creation
  • Inducements of Awe

Thinkers, Dreamers, Doers, and Visionaries of the world: the platform for you to shine, and shine together, is here–in an unparalleled and awesome environment of heightened consciousness cultivated to inspire awe and aid in your creative constructs; Oceanus has arrived.

See you on the waves and in the future. Your tribe welcomes you home. Come and be amazing with us.

Look For: Oceanus at Novus

May 22, 2015 at The Battery in San Francisco – www.novus.conf.com

The future is in your hands.

The future is in your hands.

An evening of stirring, inspirational talks with successful visionaries out to change the world? Count us in! Novus invites the public to reimagine the American dream, and presents an impressive host of speakers and presenters to act as lanterns. Oceanus was immediately enthused at the opportunity to hear from fellow pioneers, and then further thrilled to be invited to speak at the conference. Our mindset going in: reimagine the worldwide dream.

Join us Friday, May 22, at The Battery in San Francisco, for a fireside chat with Sean Ironstag (founder of Oceanus) and Ari Eisenstat (Novus delegate, founder of Draem Ventures, and Oceanus board member), as we discuss what it means to us to truly be progressive and create a better, higher model of society. We look forward to an open and engaging atmosphere, and the opportunity to connect with similarly ambitious people. See you there!

New Fungi Discovered In Amazon Capable Of Eating Plastic Pollution!

garbage patch

One of the biggest problems facing the earth today, plastic pollution, could soon meet its match if students at Yale University are able to breed a recently discovered plastic-eating fungus on a large scale.

The group of students, part of Yale’s annual Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory with molecular biochemistry professor Scott Strobel, ventured to the jungles of Ecuador. The mission was to allow “students to experience the scientific inquiry process in a comprehensive and creative way.” The group searched for plants, and then cultured the microorganisms within the plant tissue. As it turns out, they brought back a fungus new to science with a voracious appetite for a global waste problem: polyurethane.

The common plastic is used for everything from garden hoses to shoes and truck seats. Once it gets into the trash stream, it persists for generations. Anyone alive today is assured that their old garden hoses and other polyurethane trash will still be here to greet his or her great, great grandchildren. Unless something eats it.

Plastic pollution, exemplified by the giant floating patch of trash of immense size in the Pacific ocean, is highly detrimental to the world’s ecosystem because it breaks down extremely slow. In fact, plastic doesn’t actually biodegrade, what they do is they photodegrade–under the influence of solar UV radiations, plastics break down into ever smaller particles called microplastics:

This presents humans with a challenge that must soon be met, considering much of our plastic trash ends up in the ocean where it breaks down into toxic microplastics, winding up in sea life. Not only is this dangerous to the sea life, but it’s also dangerous to people because we end up consuming these very fish which we are poisoning with our trash.

Many groups and organizations have been formed to clean up plastic that ends up washing ashore on our beaches, but the vast majority of plastic pollution ends up in the ocean. This is why Oceanus is focusing on Oceanic cleanup, not beach cleanup. The planet has a growing addiction to cheap and industrious plastic, increasing in use exponentially every year with no end in sight. Something must be done–this is why the discovery of plastic-eating fungus is so exciting.

On an expedition to the rainforest of Ecuador, students from Yale’s Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry discovered a previously unknown fungus that has a healthy appetite for polyurethane. This fungus, Pestalotiopsis microspora, is the first one that is known to survive on polyurethane alone, and it can do so in an anaerobic (oxygen-free) environment, which suggests that it could be used at the bottom of landfills.

The discovery was published in the scientific journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Researchers were also able to isolate the enzyme responsible for decomposing the plastic.

It isn’t exactly clear how this fungus will be implemented in bioremediation, but one can almost picture condensed floating plastic areas out at sea covered in mushrooms which will eat the plastic trash then sink into the ocean.

It’s also important to wean ourselves away from petroleum based plastics because they require many many resources just to manufacture, and pollution doesn’t start or end with the trash in the gutter. Many other sustainable options are available which could used instead, like hemp based or other plant based biodegradable plastics. Plastic awareness and restaint is also important, but cleanup is imperative. 

 With the advancements we are making in science and technology, there is no excuse not to act, no excuse not to heal our oceans, no excuse to promote the death sentence of humanity via lack of action.

We at Oceanus are currently looking into not only natural compositions that have the possibilities to break down plastic, but also nanotechnology, as well as plasma gasification (turning plastic into fuel)–not to mention our prime objective: recycling these marine plastics to form floating platforms outside of government control in which to foster life and freedom.

Original article by Nick Bernabe