The Martian Trust has been incorporated as a charitable trust board in New Zealand. From July 2017 to September 2017, a New Zealand membership drive will be conducted. Everyone is invited to watch as New Zealand is introduced to the Trust.
A global membership drive, designed to build a core membership of 100,000 by early 2018, will be launched in the 4th quarter of 2017. The official Public Debut (full online functionality) of The Martian Trust is anticipated for the second half of 2018.
During the global membership drive, the current trustees (two Americans, one Canadian, and one Briton) will be replaced by a board of ten Founding Trustees. These Founding Trustees will serve until the trust fund has grown to a point where The Martian Trust is considered established, at which time trustees elected by the members voting their stakes will replace Founding Trustees.
Four Founding Trustees will be named in September 2017, and early New Zealand members will choose a fifth. The sixth and seventh Founding Trustees will be revealed as part of a global crowd-funding campaign conducted during the fourth quarter of 2017. The first seven Founding Trustees will reside in China, Europe, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, and the United States.
The eighth, ninth, and tenth Founding Trustees will be chosen as part of a final stage of building the global core membership in early 2018.
Between now and the end of September 2017, the Chronicles blog will feature posts that provide details on the structure and plans of The Martian Trust, will respond to issues and questions raised during the New Zealand drive, and will welcome authors from the Trust’s early membership. Chronicles posts that are particularly relevant to the global debut of The Martian Trust will be linked here, as will relevant documents and external links.
Please take a look and, come October, join us!