This Spaceship Earth Inc
SARASOTA FL 34233-2073

To overcome the challenges of climate change by creating crew consciousness (i.e. thinking and acting like the crew of a ship, not passive passengers) in as many people as possible globally, as soon as possible.

CEO/Executive Director David Houle
Board Chair David Houle
Board Chair Affiliation David Houle & Associates
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2016
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Apr 2017
State Registration 0
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $100,000.00
Projected Expenses $100,000.00
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement
  1. To find a small, donated office space to house our headquarters. 
  2. To create local awareness of our mission, we have a major public arts project planned, along with other public events, including several speaking engagements to a variety of local groups. Since Sarasota is our global headquarters, we want to create a positive image of the city to the world – one that positions the city as progressive and a leader in proactively meeting the challenges of climate change.
  3. To hire the people who are currently working for free in addition to their full time jobs. We need these to expand awareness, crew recruitment and gain financial support. Until any large success might alter our thinking, we will be running TSE as a barebones start-up and all paid staffers will be independent contractors in a 1099 relationship.
  4. To implement initial expansion of a global network of chapters (educational institutions, community organizations, and corporations) across America and in many countries. We currently have four chapters – two in Sarasota, one in Jamaica and one in Pennsylvania. Our first year goal is to have 100,000 crew members globally.
  5. To promote crew consciousness, and Sarasota as a leader in the fight against climate change, by booking the two co-founders of TSE and co-authors of “This Spaceship Earth” into speaking engagements around the country, and perhaps internationally, subsidized by corporations and organizations. Since one of the co-founders is David Houle, a globally known futurist who has spoken on 6 continents and in 14 countries, this high profile activity should trigger media coverage, giving our movement, and Sarasota, recognition around the world.
Needs Statement
  1. To have three current volunteers become paid staff. To keep costs down, this will be done on a contract basis with all people working having a 1099 relationship with . $100,000 for first 12 months
  2. Office space in Sarasota (possibly donated) with places for people to work and meet. This would be the global headquarters. $15,000 estimate with no rent, $30,000 with rent
  3. Funds to support costs of national fundraising. This would mostly be travel expenses for presentations. $30,000 for first 12 months.
  4. Funds to purchase crew gear (t-shirts, hats, shopping bags, water bottles) for distribution to volunteers, chapter members and others. $15,000 for first 12 months
  5. Marketing expenses to create awareness of Expenses would include SEO, outbound PR messaging and local events. $20,000 for first 12 months
Background Statement

The organization was catalyzed by the writing of a book. David Houle is a resident of Sarasota, and is the Futurist in Residence and a Guest Lecturer at the Ringling College of Art + Design. David met Tim Rumage, Head of Environmental Studies at RCAD, while giving a guest lecture. After several discussions concerning the challenge of climate change, and the need to mobilize people to confront it, David and Tim decided to write a book. David had previously published six books about the future.

During the course of the two-year project, it became clear that the reality of climate change was rapidly changing. Forecasts for the amounts of CO2 emissions, polar ice melts and sea level rise kept growing. What, in the 1990s, had been forecast as reality in 2050, was already the reality in 2015! A sense of urgency developed. Something more than just writing a book was required. They searched for a clear metaphor that would motivate people to both understand the magnitude of climate change, and to rapidly gain insight into what to do.

It was decided to build on the vision of Marshall McLuhan who, in the 1960s, coined the metaphor of earth as a spaceship. “There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.” This quote from McLuhan has triggered ‘aha’ moments in readers of the book, and audience members.

This Spaceship Earth was launched to create a critical mass of people worldwide who think and act as crew members. This “Crew Consciousness” enables people to see that the only place we have to live is a planetary spaceship. If we use more resources than the planet can regenerate, we have no place else to go, and there is no resupply ship coming. A change in consciousness leads to changes in our decisions and behaviors. It creates a sense of personal responsibility.

A key factor is that the co-founders are affiliated with the Ringling College of Art+ Design. Effectively dealing with climate change requires the design of a sustainable society… one that does not assume access to unlimited resources, and the ability to continually dispose of toxic and non-biodegradable trash. We must redesign energy, transportation, agriculture, production processes and, ultimately, our consumer economy.

This Spaceship Earth is associated with a globally respected design college, located in Sarasota, Florida – the state at the highest risk for sea level rise. Sarasota can be a recognized leader in climate change adaptation and mitigation. We stand at the frontline.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments The goal is to become a globally known non-profit.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Environment
Secondary Org Type Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

We are at a critical juncture in the history of humanity. For the first time, all humans face a single threat that affects us all – Climate Change. We, therefore, have the first opportunity ever to create a global consciousness versus a common foe.

I am a professional futurist. I have written seven books, and delivered over 700 speeches in 14 countries across six continents. I have spoken to or advised some 3,500 CEOs and business owners. I love what I do. So that’s what I’ve been doing since 2006.

As a young man I read “Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth” and “Utopia or Oblivion” by R. Buckminster Fuller, and most of Marshall McLuhan’s books. McLuhan wrote that, “There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.” Fuller felt that without an operating manual, humanity might go down a path toward oblivion. Clearly, that path toward oblivion has arrived – Climate Change. So I am going back to the concepts that shaped my thinking as a young man, and prompted me to become a futurist. I am committed to using my reputation, brand and speaking ability to create crew consciousness ASAP in one billion people.

Now, and for the rest of my professional life, I am devoting myself to recruiting crew members for this spaceship earth. To do so as quickly and affordably as possible, we have two objectives:

  1. To create a global grassroots movement of people who think and act like the crew of Spaceship Earth.
  2. To leverage the financial resources of large corporations and foundations that, for a variety of reasons and marketplace issues, want to also act as crew. The scale of corporate involvement is critical.

Corporate sponsors must not only make a donation, they must commit to a new (beyond anything they are already doing), measurable crew-type effort (e.g. reduce total energy use by 2% per quarter).

The response to the book has been uniformly positive… statements like “I finally understand climate change” and “it changed the way I think. I will now act as crew.” One tool to promote crew consciousness is to provide a free eBook copy of “This Spaceship Earth” for every $5 donated. So a person can donate $10 and have a copy of the eBook to read and one to give to a friend. A $100 donation allows an individual to get a copy and share a promo code with 19 other people. At the corporate level, if a company were to make a $100,000 donation, they could deliver 20,000 free eBooks to employees, customers and suppliers. So, along with my co-author, we are forgoing royalties from the eBook to accelerate and dramatically increase the number of people who read it. This is also a crew action as there is minimal environmental impact from downloading a digital file.

The movement is being promoted via numerous speeches, social media activity, on the ground events, and the creation of TSE chapters all around the world.

The team at is committed to running the enterprise as a lean start-up with costs as low as possible. People will be paid as contractors, not employees. Salaries will be below market. As much as possible, necessities (e.g. office space, computers, etc.) will be obtained through donation. We are a core of committed, passionate people out to do our part to save civilization.

David Houle Futurist/Board Chair of This Spaceship Earth


The two co-founders speak to various organizations in Sarasota/Manatee, in the US and globally. Some examples:

· a TEDx New College conference,

· the bi-annual global meeting of the IACEE including MIT, Stanford, Georgia Tech and 100+ universities. Organizations agreed to ‘partner’ with TSE.

· Rotary Clubs and others in Sarasota

· Ringling College students and faculty

· Annual meeting of Cumulus, a global association of colleges and universities of Art, Design and Media.

· The World Future Society conference where futurists and government organizations expressed interest in working with the This Spaceship Earth movement

· Quarterly conference of the Science and Environmental Council in Sarasota whose members agreed to support the TSE public art event on Lido Beach.

More speaking engagements locally in Sarasota/Manatee, around the US and the around world are planned for the remainder of 2016 and into 2017.

Budget $10,000
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Other Named Groups
Short Term Success

Created initial visibility locally and around the world. Early commitments from people in three global organizations (the IACEE, Cumulus and WFS) and from local groups and communities to work on crew projects.

Every presentation produced positive results towards gaining crew members, developing working relationships and increasing donation potential.
Long Term Success

To expand the collective awareness and the willingness of communities to take proactive action to meet the challenges of climate change. The Sarasota/Manatee community is known for its culture, beaches and lifestyle. We want to expand this perception to influence other communities around the world to develop crew consciousness and mitigate the effects of climate change. 

Program Success Monitoring

Increase in newsletter sign-ups, the documentation of people and organizations who commit to acting as crew, two college chapters formed locally with commitments for more, increasing invitations to speak locally and globally.

Every presentation or group discussion has resulted in people signing up, donating or committing to work with us.

Program Success Examples

A growing number of visits to our web site, sign-ups to receive our newsletter, donations made, and number of people on our ‘crew counter’. Longer term the success will be the change in thoughts, beliefs and actions as a cohesive community takes collective action to solve the issues of climate change.


Establishing high school, college and community chapters of This Spaceship Earth locally, in the US and around the world which develop programs that exhibit crew consciousness (e.g. reducing carbon footprints, changing behavior and usage patterns). Each community, college or high school is free to develop what they want to address their own local problems, promoting creativity and diversity. Eventually the website will be expanded to a platform and will supply each chapter with their own mini-site and the infrastructure to interact with any other chapter.

Budget $7,500
Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Activities
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults Other Named Groups
Short Term Success

Currently there are chapters at the Ringling College of Art+Design and New College. Additional chapters will be developed at USF, other local colleges, and high schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties. We also have our first (and very active) community chapter in Pennsylvania.

For the most part, kids understand the challenges they will need to meet in mitigating and adapting to climate change over the course of their lives. Early experience tells us that many people over the age of 70 also get it, as they are worried about the future for their grandchildren.  
Long Term Success

To enable everyone to take meaningful and collective action sooner rather than later. As children and parents of an adult population, they will influence them to understand the looming threats and to take precautionary measures - to become crew members too and help minimize potential hardships.

Program Success Monitoring We monitor success as we see the degree of growth in the number of chapters, the growth in the number of chapter members, the degree of participation of those members, and, ultimately, the affect they have on their local communities.
Program Success Examples

Our first community chapter in Chester County PA has incorporated “This Spaceship Earth” as mandatory reading for its lifelong learning effort this fall. They have adopted the "crew actions’ on our web site as an inventory from which each member must choose to implement, and monitor on a weekly basis. We view this chapter as a model for other community chapters.

The two local college chapters in Sarasota/Bradenton have enthusiastically committed to working on two art installations on beaches to show what sea level rise will look like in the decades ahead.

Once we can increase funding, we will actively reach out to colleges, high schools, and retirement communities in Sarasota-Bradenton and beyond to create chapters that we will support with web presence and in person meetings.

Program Comments by Organization
To date, all speaking engagement expenses (primarily travel) have either been paid for by the sponsoring organizations or by the speakers. No funds have been used.
Currently we are working with students, volunteers and Sarasota city officials to create two large, public art projects planned for late September and early October. The public arts projects will involve students and faculty from the Ringling College of Art+Design and a significant number of community volunteers. They will be designed to "show, not tell" our This Spaceship Earth and crew consciousness messages. The projects will increase local awareness of sea level rise, and help people to effectively plan for and manage the risks associated with it.

All of our programs, events and projects are designed to:

1. Educate the local community and beyond concerning the real dangers of climate change. Further, how to change actions in simple but profound ways that collectively will make a significant difference.

2. Promote forgiveness. We have all enjoyed the lifestyle that a petroleum-based economy has afforded us. Now we all have to move together to a new lifestyle. Every major change begins with acceptance and forgiveness. We must join together, not waste time and energy arguing.

3. Help people understand that this new lifestyle is ripe with opportunity. There are solutions available today. We just need to work together to make them a reality.

4. Create a growing awareness; the ultimate goal being to enlist a critical mass that will successfully conquer the global problem.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director David Houle
CEO Term Start Jan 2016
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience David Houle is a resident of Sarasota, and is the Futurist in Residence and a Guest Lecturer at the Ringling College of Art + Design. He has spent the last 10 years as a professional futurist. He has written seven books, and delivered speeches on all six inhabited continents and in 14 countries. He has delivered some 700-speeches and presentations since 2007, and spoken to or advised some 3,500 CEOs and business owners. David is globally known as one of the leading futurists in the world today. 
David plans to spend the rest of his professional life as THE futurist on the topic of Climate Change. He wants to ignite crew consciousness in a billion people, directly and indirectly, around the world. We are at a truly critical juncture in the history of humanity in that, for the first time, all humans face a single threat that will affect us all - Climate Change. We therefore have the first opportunity ever to create a global consciousness against a common foe
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 3
Volunteers 3
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Ringling College of Art+Design is partnering with us to stage a public arts project illustrating forecasted sea level rise. Students will be involved in both the staging of the event (it requires many participants) and in documenting the event (via video). The event will occur in late September.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy
Policies and Procedures Under Development
Board Chair
Board Chair David Houle
Company Affiliation David Houle & Associates
Board Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2021
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Jonathan Fleece Blalock Walters
David Houle David Houle & Associates
Tim Rumage Ringling College of Art+Design
Larry Thompson Ringling College of Art+Design
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 25
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 50
Governance Comments by Foundation Organization held only 1 board meeting in 2016.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $100,000.00
Projected Expenses $100,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,735----
Administration Expense$0----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses3.46----
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$0----
Current Assets$0----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$0----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $6,000----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0----
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

We have the briefest of financials posted above for Q1 as we did not receive 501-C3 status (IRS approved),until March 2016. As a newly formed non-profit organization, much of our efforts, to date, have been spent setting up our Florida non-profit educational corporation, establishing our Board of Directors, recruiting volunteers and contract services, and establishing our organization's existence and name recognition.

An initial donation of $5,000 to open the account was made by David Houle, co-founder, as a personal tax-deductible donation. Another $8,000 has been contributed by various donors. 

During this time we also created our web site and logo design. Since this was our ‘development’ period, the “staff” members of TSE.Org worked on a volunteer basis. In addition, the designer of our website and logo did not receive payment as he agreed to reduce his payment and defer it until ThisSpaceshipEarth.Org gets to an acceptable level of funding.

It has been since 6/30/16 that we have started to get donations and have incurred some costs. We are receiving donations from people we don’t know, which is a good thing!

We are working diligently to leverage the Giving Challenge opportunity to grow donations so that we can truly start our mission to create Crew Consciousness in Sarasota/Manatee and globally.

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from compilations.
Nonprofit This Spaceship Earth Inc
Address 5149 SUNNYDALE CIR W
Phone 773 991-5199