One of the great things about ambition is that it inspires others who have the ability to make sense of ambiguity and who can contribute to the development of complex ideas. I've met some cool people and had some interesting conversations this past week. Through these interactions I've gained a deeper perspective on what we're trying to achieve and more clarity on the overall vision.
On Friday, I met up with an engineer who works in open-source robotics and designs some of the most sophisticated humanoid and hexapod robots in the world. One result of our conversation-turned-brainstorm-session is the idea of focusing all of the energy on the zero-net-energy (ZNE) vessel project and turning the entire process into an interactive, immersive web-video series that would be part of the robust web platform we are creating. The restoration and refit of a vessel like the USCG Cutter will bring together teams of people who will work together to develop innovative systems. Interactive media will allow viewers around the world to not only watch the process unfold, but to participate in problem solving and collaborate with the community created by this project. Regular live streaming broadcasts and uploaded clips will show real examples of diverse teams working together to overcome challenges. When our crew needs to learn about regulations or some important detail associated with the project, viewers will learn with us as we connect with various agencies to find answers.
On Saturday, I met with some folks who know all about the ins and outs of acquiring a large vessel to incorporate into an organization. They purchased a 150 foot former US Navy tug boat and then found some land to lease where they could park the vessel. They operate a collaborative arts organization called Green Anchors that has a very welcoming and open-source style vibe. We explored the idea of a partnership and talked about different possibilities to include their tug in the ZNE refit project and ways our organizations can work together. The land they lease is the first lot adjacent to Cathedral Park in St. Johns on the North side of the bridge. There is a lot right next to theirs that is owned by Port of Portland. Both properties were once the site of a shipbuilder who built ships for the US Navy in WWI and WWII. The PoP lot has a pair of dolphins/pilings in the submerged land in front of it, exactly like the ones Green Anchors has their tug boat tied up on. This could be a perfect spot to park our vessel and start a collaboration with the neighbors.
It's great to know that there are likeminded groups of people who see the potential for this ambitious vision and who want to be involved. Stay tuned for more updates.