A French businessman has decided to get away from it all and take up residence on an exotic deserted island some 6,000 miles away from home. Enamored with the novels of Jules Verne and the adventures of Jacques Cousteau, Gauthier Toulemonde plans to spend 40 days as a modern Robinson Crusoe.
But rather than whiling away his days making tools and raising goats a la Crusoe, Toulemonde has a decidedly modern agenda. He will be working from paradise via solar and wind-powered computers and satellite phones.
The 54-year-old French entrepreneur will be running his (normally) Paris-based philatelic publication services company, Timbopress, from the tiny palm-tree dotted island that measures in at one half a mile long and a third of a mile wide. Toulemonde intends to keep his whereabouts a secret — with a location revealed only as “somewhere in Indonesia.”
Accompanying him on his adventure will be two solar panels, a computer and a tablet, an HD digital camera and two tents; one to house himself and the other to protect the electronics. Toulemonde intends to live off the land for food, and will employ a seawater desalinator to supplement rainwater for his hydration needs.
At this point, many may be wondering, "Why go take refuge in paradise only to remain connected and work 40 hours a week?" To which Toulemonde explains his desire to increase awareness about how solar energy and modern technology can promote a new way of working.
"And if that means I’ll inhale less CO2, even better," he added.
His adventure begins Oct. 8, and if you read French, you can follow the exploits on his site, Webrobinson, which will presumably be updated regularly … sunlight permitting.
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