21st Century Galveston©

Architect for the Future of Coastal Cities
Think Tank and Force Multiplier Incubator

“Throughout history, speculation has spurred beautiful, revolutionary science — opening our eyes to entirely new universes. I’m not talking about science that takes baby steps,” says Dr. Eric Haseltine. “I’m talking about science that takes enormous leaps.”*


Galveston Island is 6,000 years old*. Uniquely, Galveston Island is a formidable center of commerce and a center for research and development in the medical industry. City Leaders are reinventing Galveston as a highly rated center for tourism while keeping the charm of small and united neighborhoods. With 50,000 inhabitants, it is a perfect venue to discover and test new global technologies required by coastal cities in the 21st Century.
21st Century Galveston (21st) is a new organization, committed to defining the 21st century technologies, that coastal cities require for the issues that this world will face by rising waters. What are the solutions for the Socio Economic and geopolitical issues we face by the years 2050 and 2075. What do we do with 110 million inhabitants that will be affected by rising tides in the United States alone? 21st Century Galveston is not about Galveston, Galveston is a Petri dish for testing of new 21st Century technologies.
21st will postulate what the next 50 to 100 years will bring. Not as a predictor, yet through a forum of great minds bringing the best in class research defining:

“What occurred to get us here”
Defining the past and control points
“We are here”
Compiling current data
“Where we will be”

Forums for thinkers, researchers, and technology developers defining solutions today for coastal city issues of 2050


21st Century Galveston is the research base for new technologies that define the future of a coastal city and of the health and well-being of the inhabitants. Our findings will be replicable and be shared globally through our “Council of Advisors”. Launch of the first forum in 2025-2026.


As a coastal Think Tank, 21st works to bring to light our island’s and wetland”s greatest issues in these uncertain times.

  • We will engage global expert leaders and researchers, and best practices to provide/announce impactful solutions, and define actionable technologies and socio-economic programs that are replicable in all global coastal cities.
  • Defining best practices, best timing, and sustainable costs for these new solutions will always be the 21st goal.
  • Engage Students and Professors to define impacts to Galveston in the next 50 years.

21st, Century Galveston, through distinguishing the disciplines of arts and sciences, will invite experts to discuss the latest technologies to sustain and improve coastal environments, infrastructure, tourism, education, and social issues, medical technologies, and transportation. Through best process methods and best-known practices, data will be mined and cataloged through IDEF1X.
21st will define and design an implementable “Urban Machine”. 21st intends to define the potential of the Island’s future and discover and offer the implementation of sustainable new technologies which can be replicated in the 35 other coastal states ( http://www.coastalstates.org/ ) and globally. 21st will provide the framework to disseminate this information locally and globally, defining the information infrastructure required to provide basis of rational decision-making processes


Spatial – Geophysical, Urban Planning, Geological, Meteorological, Transportation, Energy

Biological – Oceanography, Medical, land, water, air,

Social – Education systems, planning

Governmental – strategies for disaster, programs for relocation,

Technological – e.g. Wave based turbines for power generation, New type of Sea wall, ecologically defined barrier islands, Architecture and engineering for protective shells, etc.


I. Compile data
II. Generate and Organize the information in time and space a minable data through IDEF1X
III. Define future technologies and Sponsoring Summits
IV. Implement information through proof of concept.
V. Council of Advisors

Galveston will be the Center of Change for these conversations, as the “Venue for big thinkers to think big”.

21st Century Galveston will be that unique center for big thinkers who are designing future technologies for coastal cities throughout the world. In well-publicized Summits that are part think-tank and part laboratory, our members corporate and government leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers, and academics—explore emerging and potentially disruptive technologies to assess their impact on future coastal cities, policy, and society. Four times annually and with a wide-angle view, 21st Century Galveston will scan the future for unanticipated sources of change and evaluate their transformative promise. In dynamic, interactive sessions, debate is stimulated ideas will flourish. 

Comparable Think Tanks

Stockholm Environment Institute 

Managing environmental systems

Growing populations, rapid urbanization, and increased consumption put unprecedented pressure on land, water, and air resources. We show how to manage these resources together to protect food security, human health, and biodiversity.

Reducing Climate Risk

Emissions of greenhouse gases are built into our economic systems. Our research shows the benefits of a low-carbon future and describes how we get there by mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Transforming Governance

The social, institutional, and political setting is vital for improving livelihoods, sustainability- ability and resilience. We provide insights into good governance for sustainable develop- ment in the face of social and ecological change. 

Rethinking Developement

The global economy has brought welfare and prosperity to the world. But it has also depleted natural resources and vital ecosystem services. We set out alternatives for a sustainable future, from the planetary scale down to local, on-the-ground solutions. 


Texas Beyond History

Measured in geological time, Galveston Island is a very young landform that had not yet begun to form as recently as 6,000 years ago, during the mid-Holocene geological period. As compared to today, 8,000 years ago sea level was considerably lower by perhaps 5-10 meters (16-33′). At this time the Texas coastline and earlier barrier islands were considerably farther out into the Gulf by an estimated 55 kilometers (34 miles) at the west end of Galveston Island. An ancestral Galveston Bay existed as a much narrower and deeper feature that formed as sea level climbed in the early Holocene and flooded the deeply incised valleys of the Trinity and San Jacinto Rivers.


Integration DEFinition for Information Modeling is a data language for the development of semantic data models. IDEF1X is used to produce a graphical model which represents the structure and semantics of information within an environment or system. IDEF1X permits the construction of semantic data models which may serve to support the management of data as a resource, the integration of information systems, and the building of computer databases. This standard is part of the IDEF family of modeling languages in the field of software engineering.

Force Multiplier
Each researcher is brilliant in his or her own right, but together the brilliance increases exponentially; it’s a force multiplier, Force Multipliers are tools that amplify efforts to produce more output.

Infinite grid
Taking the concept of Infinite Grid from the development of pixel resolution, 21st Century Galveston will propose the extremes, the infinite edges, and each discipline fills in the space in-between and considers how and where one discipline should transition to another. Just like water changes to steam when its molecules get too far apart,. We nail down the relationships between disciplines and then let the specifics take care of themselves. We don’t have all the answers yet, but doing this will help us ask the right questions.

Current Board Members

Linda Marroquin, Founder

Linda Marroquin, Founder

Fredric Scott, CFO

Fredric Scott, CFO

Potential speakers, organizations, and board members

*Dr. Eric Haseltine
Haseltine spent 13 years at Hughes Aircraft, where he rose to the position of Director of Engineering. He then left for Walt Disney Imagineering in 1992, where he joined the research and development group, working on large-scale virtual-reality projects. In 1998 he was promoted to senior vice president responsible for all technology projects.[1] In 2000, he was made Executive Vice President. Haseltine was head of research and development for all of Walt Disney Imagineering [2] by the time he left in 2002 to join
the National Security Agency as Director of Research. From 2005 to 2007, Haseltine was Associate Director for Science and Technology, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)—that organization’s first—a position he described in a 2006 US News and World Report interview, as follows, “You can think of me as the CTO [chief technology officer] of the intelligence community”. Haseltine is currently president, and managing partner of Haseltine Partners, LLC. He also serves on the advisory board of TTI/Vanguard.

The Next Big Breakthrough


• Maria Ferguson executive director at the Center on Education Policy at George Washington University.
• Kevin Carey director of the education policy program at the New America Foundation.
• Randi Weingarten president of American Federation of Teachers.
• Arne Duncan Former Secretary of Education in the Obama Administration
• Joel Achenbach science reporter, The Washington Post
• Oren Etzioni CEO, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
• Daniela Rus director, MIT’s computer science and artificial intelligence lab
• Shivon Zilis Bloomberg Beta

Urban development and poverty:

• Julián Castro former secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development; former mayor, San Antonio.
Development Innovations Group (DIG) 


• Stan Cox senior scientist, The Land Institute, a non-profit research organization
• Dickson Despommier professor emeritus of public health and microbiology, Columbia University; author of “The Vertical Farm: Feeding Ourselves and The World in the 21st Century”
• Sabine O’Hara dean, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, The University of the District of Columbia
• Will Allen founder and CEO, Growing Power Inc., a non-profit organization based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
• Matt Matros CEO, Farmed Here, a 90,000-square foot indoor farm in Bedford Park, Illinois

Designing for Permaculture by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren
Permaculture A Way of Seeing by Joel Glanzberg
Permaculture Design and Sequence by Tim Murphy


• Greg Miller senior project manager, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Report, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
• Sean Reilly board member of the Louisiana Recovery Authority and former Louisiana state legislator
• John McQuaid reporter and coauthor of three-part series for Mother Jones and also co-author of “Path of Destruction: The Devastation of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms”
• Orrin Pilkey professor emeritus of geology, Duke University. He founded the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University. He is the author of more than twenty books. Most recently, co-authored a book about disappearing shorelines called, “The Last Beach.”
• Rob Moore senior policy analyst for water programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council
• Joseph Vietri director, National Planning Center For Coastal & Storm Risk Management, and the Chief of Planning & Policy for the North Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
• Erosion on Texas’ Galveston Island still troubling
• Coastal Flooding Data
• Coastal States Organization

Future Medical Research and Development:


National Association of City Transportation Officials

• Gabe Klein former transportation head for the cities of Chicago and Washington, D.C.; author of the forthcoming book, “Start-Up City: Inspiring Private and Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun” He is currently a special venture partner at Fontinalis FP, an entrepreneur, and advisor and board member to companies, organizations, and governments.
• Sam Schwartz author of “Street Smart: the Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars”; former chief engineer for the New York City Department of Transportation; head of Sam Schwartz Engineering.
• Tim Lomax chief research engineer at the Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University
• Ashley Z. Hand transportation technology strategists

Urban Development, Policing, Children and Human Trafficking:

• Jennifer Golbeck director of the Social Intelligence Lab and associate professor, College for Information Studies, University of Maryland; author, “Introduction to Social Media Investigation”
• Lt. James Bacon head of the Fairfax County Police Department’s child exploitation unit
• David Finkelhor director, Crimes Against Children Research Center, and professor of sociology, the University of New Hampshire
• Sheryl Gay Stolberg national correspondent, The New York Times