Free Private Cities: A Market-Oriented Solution to the Problems of Government Intervention

Authors: Alexander D. Voss & Hynek Fencl     Abstract Free Private Cities (FPCs) are a new model of governance in which a purely private, investor-owned company provides the services of a State in a...

Introducing the Course on Alternative Governance

In partnership with Looking Glass Education, the Free Cities Foundation has developed an introductory course on the topic of Free Cities and innovation in governance. Titled "The Course on Alternative Governance", the...

Six New Chapters – Free Private Cities: 3rd Edition

A lot has happened in the last five years in the world of autonomous and free cities. The time has come for a new edition of Titus Gebel’s book Free Private Cities: Making Governments Compete for You! Dr. Gebel’s book...

Seasteading: The Movement, History, and Perspectives

Lee este artículo en españolIn human imagination, the sea has always remained a symbol of freedom and independence — a sentiment with deep roots in both history and psychology. It was precisely that desire for freedom...

Sark: A Small Island with Huge Potential

I am working to buy real estate for around GBP 100m, put an ambitious and carefully considered investment plan in place for sympathetic refurbishment and development, and float the resulting company on the stock...

Odesa’s Economic Miracle: This 19-Century Free City Holds Lessons for Ukraine’s Recovery

Ukraine’s largest seaport, Odesa, has been making headlines recently — for a grim reason. In the past month alone, Russian drones and missiles have disfigured a fair share of the city’s UNESCO-listed historic centre,...

Honduran ZEDEs: Their Past and Future

Lee este artículo en españolLeia este artigo em portuguêsThe ZEDE law in Honduras was repealed in April 2022 and with it, one chapter of the history of innovative governance has come to an end. This does not mean that...

How Free Cities Help Alleviate Poverty

“How would the disadvantaged be taken care of?” is usually one of the first questions asked by people who hear about alternatives to today’s states. Although people differ in their views on how care should be provided,...

Why a Citizen Contract Is Better than a Constitution

Abstract From their state, most people demand – at least – protection of life, liberty and property. In exchange, they are willing to pay for it. So why not put the relationship between citizen and state on a purely...

What are Free Private Cities?

Free Private Cities revive an old European tradition to which we owe much of our diversity and innovative power: They combine urban autonomy and mobile cosmopolitanism. Time and again in Europe productive people have...
The Future of Citizenship and Residencies

The Future of Citizenship and Residencies

The history of residencies and citizenships is deeply intertwined with the development of human societies, governance, and international relations. It's a complex topic that spans from ancient civilizations to...

Free Cities at Vitalia 2024

Free Cities at Vitalia 2024

Vitalia 2024 is a pop-up city hosted by the ZEDE Próspera on the island of Roatan off the coast of Honduras. Pop-up cities are temporary communities that bring together innovators from various industries to learn and...

The Future of the Market of Living Together

The Future of the Market of Living Together

To understand how the future might look, we need to understand the past. Specifically, we must understand the past as it is unfolding into the present and the future. In that vein, we begin this analysis looking to...

Constitution of Consent

Constitution of Consent

The Constitution of Consent Contest was held in mid-2023 and organized by Max Borders. Intended to jumpstart and accelerate a conversation around the best forms that emerging models of consensual governance could take,...

Honduran Free Cities vs. Rogue Government

Honduran Free Cities vs. Rogue Government

Two of the most autonomous Free Cities in the world are Próspera and Ciudad Morazán in Honduras. As Zones of Employment and Economic Development (called ZEDEs for their Spanish acronym), they have faced fierce...

Africa’s New Cities Summit

Africa’s New Cities Summit

Africa stands on the brink of a profound urban transformation, poised to add 1 billion people to its cities by the year 2050. Projections suggest that by 2100, the continent will host 13 of the world's most populous...