Lifeboat News #121


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 08/01/12. Copyright 2012 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Eurosymposium on Healthy Ageing

The Eurosymposium on Healthy Ageing will be held December 12-14, 2012 in Brussels, Belgium. Our Sven Bulterijs, Didier Coeurnelle, Aubrey de Grey, David Spiegel, Kris Verburgh, and Jan Vijg will be speaking.
Learn more at

Associate Founder

Sabiha Rumani Malik is now Associate Founder in recognition of her many contributions to the Lifeboat Foundation.
Her Sanghata Global (which Lifeboat Foundation has partnered with) has developed a highly effective solution based on knowledge creation that connects entrepreneurs who know first-hand the pressing and complex problems of poverty with people and resources who can help their creative business initiatives thrive. The Sanghata ecosystem for social enterprise development and investment enables entrepreneurs in the “missing middle”, those ventures that are too large to receive micro-finance funds, and those that are too small to attract traditional venture funding.
Learn about Sanghata Global at

Kickstarter Support

The Lifeboat Foundation is now ready to provide financial and media support for many relevant Kickstarter projects. Send an email to [email protected] with the subject "Lifeboat Foundation Kickstarter" if you have such a project. The last Kickstarter project that we gave such support to is

Earthquake Forecasting

View the slide presentation "Microsatellite Ionospheric Network in Orbit" by our Stuart Eves which discusses earthquake forecasting at

Facebook Contest

We are running a new contest, where the winner will get to have Josef P. Holbert paint an original acrylic on canvas, 24" x 18" of the subject of their choice. You can visit his site at to see the style of his artwork.
To enter, do at least one post in our Facebook group between now and the end of September. Our Facebook group is at

Warning Signs for Tomorrow

Nik Weston has converted the graphics in the report to vector graphics. They are now available on a few items at

The Singularity And Schools

Watch "The Singularity and schools: An interview with Vernor Vinge" at

Interesting Blog Posts

"Accelerating Evolution, Part 3: Burgeoning Biosphere" by Daniel Berleant at
"Enhanced AI: The Key to Unmanned Space Exploration" by Tom Kerwick at
"Complex new world: Translating new economic thinking into public policy" by Farooq Khan at
"Is science reporting biased towards big well funded organizations?" by Benjamin T. Solomon at
"Real Scientist Working in the Field of Propulsion Physics" by Benjamin T. Solomon at

Growing Membership

Recent donations/pledges we have received since our last newsletter:
Brian R. Cartmell: $2,500, Jacqueline Karma Bennett: $2,000, Anonymous: $1,015, Stanley Pecavar: $300, Josef Holbert: $100, Michael Dickey: $85, Sergio M.L. Tarrero: $85, Philippe Van Nedervelde: $85, Kenneth P. Weiss: $85, David Orban: $50, Erwin Franzen: $30, Richard Kane: $30, J. Broadbent: $25, Rick Hubbard: $25, Matthew L. McGuirl: $25, James Bracken: $10, Rebecca R. Cooper: $10, Thomas Dolphin: $10, George Garrett: $10, Charles Hawk: $10, Alexander Macrae: $10, Aaron Mayzes: $10, Philip Morehead: $10, Roland Schiefer: $10, Benjamin T. Solomon: $10, and Ryan Witt: $10.
Our Join Us page at now allows you to pay for your membership anywhere from monthly to every ten years.