TLDR: not just economic development and lifting out of poverty but a broader perspective of CLIMATE EMERGENCY and forced migration.
I need to compliment the level of detail 👍
Apologies if my reply is not as detailed, I just want to cover a few points that stood out to me.
I support the thesis of the Deep Adaptation movement - inevitable near-term social collapse.
I collect links to various extreme weather events, most recently in Iran:
Check this video by Amnesty International: https://twitter.com/greeneniigma/status/1420383736730947586
“We think it is unlikely that charter cities will be more cost-effective than GiveWell top charities in terms of directly improving wellbeing.”
“We don’t believe that charter cities are a cost-effective method to lift individuals out of poverty directly.”
Improving well-being and lifting out of poverty - maybe not.
(malaria, mosquito nets, experimentation with price point that won the Nobel Prize in Economics recently to Esther Duflo)
Climate change and environmental migrants - maybe yes.
Global cooperation and governance at scale.
CO2 efficient building technology (during construction and lifespan for heating and cooling)
Check XPRIZE "Future of Housing":
How many governments are willing to cede enough authority to create a charter city and how might this change over time?
Currently, there are around 200 sovereign states with a United Nations mandate.
I suggest Kazakhstan:
Russians are building a new cosmodrome - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vostochny_Cosmodrome - Baikonur might be available for sale?
The mission was declared a failure after telemetry was lost and the rocket re-entered the atmosphere due to the Fregat upper stage being programmed for a launch from Baikonur rather than the new Vostochny Cosmodrome.
Overall, I believe that Charter Cities is a political problem, not a technical problem.
Technology is there. Capital is there. Critical mass is there. Entrepreneurs are there. Now need to find a country that would like to invite entrepreneurs and capital.
PS. Really great piece. Comprehensive. I will read it again and connect with various organizations mentioned here.