Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Space Party Network

Organization and Structure 

      The idea of developing a Space Party was first launched in the article “Do we need a Space Party?,” written by Annalee Newitz on the futurist website I09, in September 24, 2013. Within a year Newitz wrote this article, space enthusiast, futurist, and transhumanist began organizing on social media and discussing the values, goals, and structure of the Space Party. The Space Party structure is a global movement without a leader or hierarchy. Early in the Space Party’s development, activist saw the Green Party’s network of parties known as the Global Greens as a model for creating the Space Party. Activists are encouraged to support and collaborate with their national Space Party and the worldwide network of Space Parties.

 Goals and Values 

  1. Developing political and social cooperation worldwide.
  2. Defending humanity from existential threats such as an asteroid impact; nuclear warfare; or a chemical, nano, or Biological disaster.
  3. Developing a spacefaring culture and civilization and establishing permanent space settlements. Raising the quality of life with technology, i.e. life extension, ending world hunger, and better health. 
  4. Promoting ecological and technological sustainability.
  5. Developing a culture of education, science, health, and human rights.
  6. Promoting space as a policy issue.
  7. Encouraging supporters to begin organizing a qualified Space Party in every jurisdiction.
  8. Encouraging Space Party supporters to run in elections as a write-in candidate if a qualified Space Party has not been formed in their jurisdiction.

Space Party Activist

“My personal belief is that space travel should be accessible to anyone who is serious about wanting to get in the action. It's not easy, it's not cheap, and it's not safe, but it's worth it. Forming a new colony should be the interplanetary version of seasteading. People who are dissatisfied with their current situation should be able to strike off on their own and stake their own claim on the understanding that freedom isn't free. This methodology will probably form a decentralized crazy-quilt of space colonies and there will be many failures, but the successes can be held up as proof of what humanity can accomplish when we're willing to do what it takes to accomplish a major goal.” –  Heidi Hecht, USA, Mars One. 

“I am interested in exploration and mining resources from other planets. Make space revolution -open working places and progress.” - Denis Isic, Croatia.

*This article was transcribed from the January 1, 2015 Space Party Newsletter.