If you are reading this, then welcome to the home of the Pulse Expedition.
To Design Phase
This is the phase of the expedition where we get to dream about what turning the impossible into the possible looks like.
To start conversations not for the sake of talking but rather so we can listen.
'Hearing' with feet
Research has shown that elephants communicate with low frequency sounds. These sound waves travel through air and underground. They receive and triangulate the two signals with their ears and feet.
The kind of listening that helps us to unlearn so we can re-learn new ways of unlocking our collective potential to achieve our mission of becoming the first ever clean powered vehicle to circumnavigate our earth over land and sea.
Lessons from a squishy blob
The unassuming jelly, a creature fine tuned for efficiency over 500 million years. It has been shown that jellyfish recapture some of the energy that they spend on motion.
You may be asking why?
But we would rather focus on the why not!!
Like most modern expeditions, the Pulse project began with a spark of inspiration, originating in the actions of the curious dreamers, inventors and navigators who came before us.
Polynesian Voyaging Society
Hōkūleʻa was modeled on the traditional Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe, waʻa kaulua. In 1976 a team completed a voyage from Hawaiʻi to Tahiti using only traditional navigational techniques, thus demonstrating the art and ability of international travel practiced by the early Polynesians.
Voice for Nature
In 2010 Plastiki sailed from the Pacific to call attention to plastic in our oceans and exemplify possible solutions to the problem. The crew departed from San Francisco in March 2010, and journeyed for more than 11,000 nautical miles across the Pacific ocean to arrive Sydney four months later.
Around the world in 72 days
In 1889, inspired by the book Around the World in Eighty Days, determined 25-year-old journalist Nellie Bly set out to see if she could complete the (then fictional) journey. Travelling by way of steamship, train, horse, donkey and rickshaw, with little more than the clothes on her back, Nelly completed the 40,070 km circumnavigation in 72 days.
Most widely travelled girl
In 1922, adventurous 16 year old Idris Galcia Hall followed her dreams to explore; joining an around-the-world vehicle race. Later known as Aloha Wanderwell, she was the first female to circumnavigate the globe in an automobile, clocking up 380,000 miles, across 80 countries in the 1920s. She became known as the “world’s most widely travelled girl.”
First female circumnavigator
In 1766, a time when women were forbidden to board French Naval vessels, “herb woman” Jeanne Baret found a way. By disguising herself as a man, she boarded a ship alongside her renowned-botanist lover, earning her place on an expedition. Despite the challenges that ensued, Jeanne returned to France full circle in 1775 aboard a different vessel, thereby becoming the first recorded woman to circumnavigate the globe.
Piccard and Jones
Breitling Orbiter 3
Breitling Orbiter 3 was a balloon piloted by Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones. It was the first balloon to fly non-stop around the Earth. The expedition launched from Château-d'Oex in the Swiss Alps on March 1st, 1999. THey landed a fraction shy of the Great Pyramids, 80km north of Mut, Egypt, just under 20 days later.
Walsh and Piccard
On 23 January 1960, Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard descended into the Mariana Trench and reached Challenger Deep in the submersible vessel Trieste. The dive, reaching 10,916 meters below sea level, was a world first and still holds a depth record. This elusive part of the ocean remains a mysterious place that few on earth will ever experience.
The Last Navigator
A Micronesian navigator from the island of Satawal, Mau Pialug lived from 1932 until 2010. He was one of the last original knowledge holders of non-instrumental wayfinding for open ocean travel. This art had been passed sown to him through generations of oral tradition. In the 1970s he shared this knowledge with the Polynesian Voyaging Society to help revive the practice for future generations.
Ben Carlin was an Australian explorer who circumnavigated the globe in his amphibious vehicle Half-Safe. He set out from Montreal, Canada in 1947, and completed the journey in 1958.
We recognize that to find a new path, you have to understand where you come from and be brave enough to unlearn, think and act differently.
Which is why at the heart of Pulse, outside of being an audacious expedition in future mobility, we are driven by an insatiable curiosity to explore Human Potential.
Potential we can only really start to see and more importantly feel when we slow down, stop and listen to each other.
We call this kind of exploration:
Because when we really listen to each other we will always find that we have more in common than not. It’s these shared values, that we are excited to explore — and more importantly — share, as we build not only the Pulse Vehicle but our storytelling platform.
Music That Moves Us
Music activates different parts of our brain, can improve health, mood, memory and compliment the creative process. Here are some of our favourites. Enjoy!Listen
A New Kind of Listening
Can we uncover new ways of listening through a broader awareness of communication? Bees share directions to abundant pollen sources through dance.
A platform whose vision it is, to unearth stories of hope, possibility, wonder and awe.
Your stories and those around you.
Schooled by Fish
Masters of Collaboration
Have you ever felt your heart in tour throat as an ominous shadow darts below?… On closer inspection it turns out to be an artful school, operating collectively optimising for survival.
Collectively empowering us all to unlock our human potential.
Billions of Ears
How Many Ears?
There are a lot of ears on the planet these days… And we've barely begun counting the porpoise and penguin ears. Hazard a guess?
It’s what we call progress for Humanity.
However, upon our previous expeditions, we learned that the surest way to succeed is recognizing and trusting the power of our community.
In thriving forests trees are connected by fungal networks. Underground mycelium connects with roots to form networks that transport nutrients and chemical signals between trees.
In other words, nobody is as smart as everybody.
The power of collective wisdom is one of our guiding principles to solving the unknown. So to this end, over the course of the next 12-18 months, we will be reaching out to you and our community
to unlock and assemble the necessary tools required to turn Pulse from a dream into a reality.
Share your PULSE Concept Vehicle with us…
Create your vessel using the arrows below, or send your own sketch our way.
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
~ Buckminster Fuller