How Will We Govern Ourselves in Space?

What Do Community and the Social Landscape Look Like in Space?

presented by Alex MacDonald, Craig Calhoun, Erika Nesvold, Fred Scharmen

Community is always part of a sys­tem that we some­times can or can­not see or rec­og­nize. And in Gerard O’Neill’s pro­pos­als for these islands in space, those communities…were sup­posed to per­form a very spe­cif­ic func­tion in a larg­er sys­tem. They were sup­posed to be exper­i­ments.

Law & Order, or Game of Thrones? The Legal Landscape of Space Exploration

presented by Yuliya Panfil, Amanda Nguyen, Erika Nesvold, Henry Hertzfeld

I per­son­al­ly am not wor­ried about set­tle­ments. I think they’re so far in the future that we can’t pre­dict what they’ll look like. We can’t even keep human beings, par­tic­u­lar­ly a lot of human beings, alive in space or have real set­tle­ments, the way we envi­sion a colony or a set­tle­ment. I don’t think the lack of sov­er­eign­ty is going to hurt any of this.

What Could be Unsettling about New Settlements?

presented by Russell Shorto, Andrés Martinez, Armstrong Wiggins, Bina Venkataraman

I think we’re already mov­ing into a very—uncom­fort­ably for most of us, into a place where nation-states, gov­ern­ments, are being forced to cede author­i­ty to cor­po­ra­tions. And that is going to, I assume, hap­pen faster and faster. And if you throw in space, if you throw in the lim­it­less­ness of space, then I mean…the sky’s the lim­it so to speak. I don’t know what the…where that takes us.