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yeah. imagine if things like this happened more – more than just a side project in school. imagine if we trusted youth/everyone/7 billion – and called that school. funded by public education. only measurement.. healthy/happy people.

Human history is basically a list of things that couldn’t be done, and then were done.

Boyan Slat (Delft, 1994) combines environmentalism, creativity and technology to tackle global issues of sustainability. Currently working on oceanic plastic pollution, he believes current prevention measures will have to be supplemented by active removal of plastics in order to succeed. Besides leading The Ocean Cleanup, Boyan is an Aerospace Engineering student at the Delft University of Technology, and is an avid photographer and diver

At age 14, he was awarded the Best Idea of South-Holland award, and a Guinness World Record.

In 2012, The Ocean Cleanup Array has been awarded Best Technical Design at the Delft University of Technology, and became second at the iSea Clash of the Concepts sustainable innovation award by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.


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Boyan Slat (born 27 July 1994) is a Dutch inventor, environmentalist and aerospace engineering student who works on methods of clearing plastic waste from the oceans. He designed a passive system for concentrating and catching plastic debris driven by ocean currents. This won a prize for Best Technical Design at Delft University of Technology and he has established a foundation — The Ocean Cleanup — to further develop and eventually implement the technology. Initially, there was little interest but, since his TED talk, How the Oceans can Clean Themselves, went viral, he has attracted thousands of volunteers and $2M of funding for pilot installations. In 2014, he won the Champions of the Earth award of the United Nations Environment Programme.


the ocean cleanup site:


oct 2015 – shared by Ahmed on fb:

interview with Jared Leto sept 2015

there are a lot of people who do care about these issues but they think on a way too small/partial scale.. we may be worse off by doing very little than nothing

holacracy law – systemic – via leapfrog..

there’s quite a lot at stake if we screw up

life is the greatest invention this planet has ever seen

i like diving w life.. not plastic bags..

(plastic clean up) the message has always been ok we can’t clean it up.. so the best we can do is not make it worse.. if that were truly the best thing.. i don’t know that i’d be that passionate about what i’m doing here..

why would you move through the oceans if the oceans can flow through you.. current pushes plastic toward center… increasingly concentrated.. could even walk on water..

on personal level.. that day.. we could go out on a boat

progress is impossible w/o change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything – George Barnard Shaw

our priority should be to fix this planet before we fix another one..

i’m sure we can do it.. just are we fast enough…


this isn’t (doesn’t need to be ) rare.

imagine – facilitating authenticity…

finding all the geniuses inside.. waiting to be seen/heard/loved.


jack et al

and imagine if we called – facilitating curiosity – school – in the city – as the day?

7 billion such researchers/entrepreneurs/happy people.. no?


jet lag ness


Amsterdam > Toronto > SanFran > New York > Amsterdam > Jakarta > Singapore > Taipei #InfiniteJetlag


Boyan Slat (@BoyanSlat) tweeted at 8:35 AM – 3 May 2017 :

Very excited to announce we just raised $21.7 million to start pilot testing @TheOceanCleanup! (

Boyan Slat (@BoyanSlat) tweeted at 8:40 AM – 3 May 2017 :

.@TheOceanCleanup Thank you Lynne and Marc @Benioff, as well as @juliusbaer @DSM @peterthiel for the incredible support – thank you for sharing our mission. (

Boyan Slat (@BoyanSlat) tweeted at 8:41 AM – 3 May 2017 :

.@TheOceanCleanup @Benioff @juliusbaer @DSM @peterthiel But wait until you see what we’ll unveil next week. It’s like magic :) (


Boyan Slat (@BoyanSlat) tweeted at 5:12 AM – 11 May 2017 :

Looking forward to today’s announcement! We’re live from 1.45pm ET / 7.45pm European at (

will not go away by itself

imagine a turtle ness

not only does plastic stay in ocean.. it becomes more harmful overtime..

science of people ness

instead of going after the plastic..we let the plastic come to us.. let the ocean clean itself

let’s do this firstfree art-ists..for (blank)’s sake

how do you go about engineering something this new and this uncertain.. you have to do it iteratively

iterating detox ness

first have to really understand the problem

problem deep enough ness

hurdles are why we iterate in the first place.. that’s what led us here

findings in failings ness

to catch the plastic .. act like the plastic

imitating nature in her manner of operation- John Cage

as long as there’s a diff in speeds (slower).. we will catch the plastic.. elegance of design.. making it even simpler

mech simple enough ness

one massive system into a fleet of many smaller systems

system open enough ness

this is how we’ll rid the oceans of plastic

a nother way – short bp

instead of cleaning 42% in 10yrs we can clean 50% in 5 yrs

a nother way – short

when i started.. everyone told me there was no way to clean up what was already out there.. we will do this

a nother way – short bit

we will be launching our first clean up program – not in 2020 – but within the next 12 months


Boyan Slat (@BoyanSlat) tweeted at 5:28 AM – 12 May 2017 :

Here are a few more advantages to the drifting mooring design that did not make it to yesterday’s presentation: (

Boyan Slat (@BoyanSlat) tweeted at 5:32 AM – 12 May 2017 :

1) Because of its modularity + the system already works at a small scale, the MVP now only costs millions instead of hundreds of millions (

Boyan Slat (@BoyanSlat) tweeted at 5:35 AM – 12 May 2017 :

2) Because the systems only slow down ~20%, the downward force on the plastic will be smaller, allowing us to catch smaller pieces (

Boyan Slat (@BoyanSlat) tweeted at 5:37 AM – 12 May 2017 :

3) The anchors and floater will be made out of HDPE, and we’re confident that the systems can be made out of recycled plastic themselves (

Boyan Slat (@BoyanSlat) tweeted at 5:39 AM – 12 May 2017 :

4) Many smaller systems pose a much smaller obstruction to shipping than one massive fixed system. Systems will be like ‘vessels’ themselves (

Boyan Slat (@BoyanSlat) tweeted at 5:48 AM – 12 May 2017 :

Interesting statistic: Hawaii collect about 80 tons of plastic/yr. One cleanup system will be able to collect this amount every ~7 months. (


The first ocean cleanup system is scheduled to be deployed in 2018.
Watch the full unveil here:


Boyan Slat (@BoyanSlat) tweeted at 4:43 AM – 14 Sep 2017 :

Our scientific paper on the reconnaissance of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has been submitted! Results are sure to make some waves…. (


Boyan Slat (@BoyanSlat) tweeted at 5:28 AM – 27 Dec 2017 :

The no. 1 challenge for @TheOceanCleanup is that its technological novelty requires a highly iterative development process, while on the other hand its scale and cost (our minimum viable product is a 2000ft-long system) limits our iteration speed. (

Boyan Slat (@BoyanSlat) tweeted at 5:32 AM – 27 Dec 2017 :

@TheOceanCleanup Scale model tests and sub-system prototypes somewhat allows us to break through this trade-off, but some of the key assumptions (e.g. the plastic-system interaction and system behavior) can only be validated at full scale. Which makes the next 12 months quite nerve-wrecking ;) (

begs global re set.. refocus where we spend our energies..

@parisvega @TheOceanCleanup Forgot to mention that, but indeed >95% of experiments we do are virtual. But model output is of course as good as the input, and we’re still stuck with the unknown unknowns. Nothing beats the real deal

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UN Environment (@UNEP) tweeted at 1:30 AM – 12 Jan 2018 :

Oceans 🌊
Cover 3/4 of the 🌏’s surface
Contain 97% of the 🌎’s water
Represent 99% of the living space on the 🌍 by volume
We need to protect them to achieve the #GlobalGoals: (


Boyan Slat (@BoyanSlat) tweeted at 7:58 AM – 27 Apr 2018 :

This was the original title of our recent Great Pacific Garbage Patch paper, until Nature’s editor advised against it.

size matters


The world would be a better place if more problems would be seen, not as struggles between groups of people, but as challenges to be solved.
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and even better.. if ie: cure ios city.. perhaps then.. not even many of the challenges/problems in the first place

what the world needs most is the energy of 8b alive people who grok what enough is