I went to speak to Cesar Harada the inventor of ‘Open sailing’, a project which is based on the idea that we could potentially all live on the sea. He explained his process how he got to his concept and where this project will go in the future.
He started his research with looking at global threats (earth quakes, tsunamis, nuclear disasters and other big threats). So it sort of started off as a jeopardy study. This brought him thinking about safe places and where people could find shelters in order to survive such disasters. He started studying individuals perception of threats and started to rationalise them. One of the places that came to his mind is water as a safe place to hide.
He started to think of a safe place in case a nuclear disaster would break out in the UK and where the best place to hide is. He figured out that it would be lakes in Scotland, due to their altitude the air wouldn’t be that radioactive and poeple could be hide under a shelter underwater. He made a prototype at the site to try it out. It wored with a plastic sheet where oxygen would be pumped in from underneath to create an air bubble.
After this experiment he went to Marrocco to go on a military survival camp at a nuclear submarine factory where he learned more about surviving techniques.
From there he started thinking about what would happen after the survival. So he began talking to expertises of the field of living and surviving at sea. The idea of living at sea has been around for centuries, but never has been taken seriously on a bigger scale. The question how we could actually live at sea arised. From that point the project became much more positive. It became a huge project which he wouldn’t be able to carry out with help from other various backrounds. So he created an online platform which turned the project into an open source network, where people can make their own contributions to the project ‘Open sailing’
At the moment he is working on other stuff at the moment (like the oil spill crises in Mexico), but the website still exists - and his idea of living at sea is brought up with realistic aspects. It takes a lot of time and energy, and I was amazed how much he has already done to make his idea actually work…