192: New Worlds: Peter Young’s Quest to Build Autonomous Cities

Peter Young interviewed by Mikkel Thorup on The Expat Money Show

Peter Young is the Managing Director of the Free Cities Foundation. He leads the operational management of the foundation, with oversight over project delivery, communications and finance.

Before joining the Free Cities Foundation, he spent most of his career based in Beijing, supporting trade links between the UK and China.



  • How the growth of countries like Hong Kong, and Singapore have been so successful and why most countries chose not to adopt this kind of system even though they find them inspiring.
  • Focusing on building a new Hong Kong and a new Singapore to give more people the choice regarding the kind of place they want to live in and what that might look like for the future.
  • What do Honduras, El Salvador and West Africa have in common when it comes to governments and how their history can change what’s coming.
  • What is a ZEDE? What do they do? Where are they located? And why should you even care?
  • Where is the focus now for Free Private Cities? What can be done to ensure they are successful and that governments don’t come along and wipe them out with the stroke of a pen!
  • Countries and projects that have ZEDEs, like Honduras, and what happens when they are started by a government that is no longer in power. 
  • How all the work that goes into building a ZEDE can be disrupted and why having a strong legal foundation is so important.
  • El Salvador… how are things on the ground with their adoption of Bitcoin?
  • Panama and cryptocurrency. What does the future hold for this Latin American country? 
  • Living in the most efficient and effective manner possible and what that can ultimately look like in the years to come.
  • Lastly, we talk about Free Private Cities. What does the organization stand for? How do they work? And how do they actually help and make changes in these countries? 



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I know you will enjoy this episode that I had with Peter Young. There is a ton to unpack here with understanding and implementing Free Cities around the world. 


About The Host, Mikkel Thorup

Mikkel Thorup; the host of The Expat Money Show, has 20+ years in continual travel around the world, visiting more than 100 countries including Colombia, North Korea, Zimbabwe and Iran.

His goal now is to help Expats just like you to generate additional streams of income, eliminate your tax bill, and take advantage of offshore structures so you can travel the world freely and never have to worry about money again.

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