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Nathalie Mezza-Garcia

Thesis Topic: Governance and Complexity in The Floating Island Project. by Blue Frontiers

Supervisors: Emma Uprichard and Nathaniel Tkacz

My Research

I study governance and complexity in the Floating Island Project, an assembled floating human settlement, that will be constructed on the ocean in Tahiti in French Polynesia, led by the seasteading think tank Seasteading Institute and the company Blue Frontiers, after having signed a Memorandum of Understanding with French Polynesian government.

The Floating Island is a manifestation of the contemporary phenomenon for cuilding decentralized political, economic and technological systems, generated via bottom-up and local interactions. It is also part of the increassing number of startup cities and micronations, which are small entities organized as autonomous regulatory frameworks, public/private partnerships, partial political independence or Special Economic Zones. Likewise, the Floating Island Project reflects the serious engagement with creating human settlements in new types of spaces, such as in Mars, virtual reality, underwater in orbit and on the ocean.

In the Floating Island Project I focus on dynamics of self-organization, nestedness and emergence; part of the core of complex systems theory. Additionally, I look at the role of strange atractors, heterarchical networks and non-equilibrium thermodynamics supporting the creation of this seastead.

This research will allow to better understand the interactive forms of information processing in the Floating Island, on seasteads and within heterarchical. In turn, this will allow the creation of more distributed, decentralized and advanced forms of governance, based on dynamics of self-organization and voluntarism. For this I look at the overall Floating Island Project, with specific attention into the legal, economic and environmental aspects of the Floating Island Project.

I´m funded by Fundación CEIBA.

I´m part of the Global Team of Blue Frontiers.


Maldonado, C.E. & Mezza-Garcia, N. (2016). Anarchy and Complexity. Emergence: Complexity & Organization. 18(1) .

Mezza-Garcia, N., & Maldonado, C. E. (2015). Critica_al_control_jerarquico_de_los_regimenes_politicos: Complejidad y Topología.pdf (PDF Document). Revista Desafíos , 27 (1), 121-158. ISSN: 0124-4035.

Mezza-Garcia, N., Froese, T., & Fernández, N. Reflections on the Complexity of Ancient Social Heterarchies: Toward New Models of Social Self-Organization in Pre-Hispanic Colombia (PDF Document) Journal of Sociocybernetics, 12 (1/2), 2014.

Mezza-Garcia, N. (2014). Towards a World without Nation-States (Hacia un Mundo sin Estados-Nación). Periódico Desde Abajo. April/May. (

Mezza-Garcia, N. (2014). Qué tan Atípica es la Situación de Crimea. Periódico El Nuevo Siglo.(PDF Document) April.

Maldonado, C. E., & Mezza-Garcia, N. (2014). Introduciendo la Complejidad en Política y Relaciones Internacionales Complejidad en Politica y Relaciones Internacionales (PDF Document). Bogotá: Universidad del Rosario. ISSN: 1692-8113.

Mezza-Garcia, N. (2013). Bio-Inspired Political Systems: Opening a Field.(PDF Document) In T. Gilbert, M. Kirkilionis, & G. Nicolis (Ed.), Proceedings of the European Conference on Complex Systems 2012 (pp. 785-812). Springer.

Mezza-Garcia, N. (2013). Self-Organized Sociopolitical Interactions as the Best Way to Achieve Organized Patterns in Human Social Systems: Going beyond the Top-Down Control of Classical Political Regimes.(PDF Document) Undergraduate dissertation, Universidad del Rosario.

Mezza-Garcia, N. (2006). El Libro del Deseo. Periódico San Victorino. Bogotá: April/May.


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Undergraduate Defense: Introducing Sociopolitical Self-Organisation



Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
University of Warwick