In 2007, a small group of people began an intentional, collaborative experiment in open, transparent, and direct communication about your space program. Our goal was to enable your direct participation in exploring and contributing to NASA’s mission.

Many of us have since begun new adventures. This site will remain as an archive of the accomplishments of the openNASA experiment.

Sean Herron

Earlier tonight, we hosted an advanced screening of the acclaimed Sundance documentary Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology at the NASA IT Summit.

In “Connected“, Tiffany Shlain, award-winning filmmaker and founder of The Webby Awards, traces interdependence througha history, discovering surprising links between right brain and left; honey bees and stress; hormones and happiness; technology and nature; progress and consequences; and parents and children. The result: a personal film with universal resonance.

If you liked the film, you can also see Tiffany speak at tomorrow’s TEDxNASA@SiliconValley, which will also be streamed online here.

You can view the trailer below:

We want to know how you enjoyed the film and what your thoughts are on how it relates to NASA’s continually growing exploration of collaborative technologies. We’d love to have a discussion in our comments on this topic and other ideas from the themes seen in the film. Some potential areas for discussion:

  1. How does collaboration at NASA mirror the idea of connectedness shown in the film? Can our ten centers be seen as the trees in the forest with a common system of roots?
  2. There was a large emphasis in the film on the impact NASA has had on both the filmmaker and the world. What ability does NASA have to influence collaboration and inspiration on others? How can we, as an IT organization, contribute to this?
  3. How do you as an individual feel you fit in with the bigger mission of NASA? How do you see yourself as critical to our success?
  4. Perhaps most importantly: did you like the film? What thoughts do you have on the creator’s life adventure and her way of illustrating it to the viewer? Would you like to see more of these types of screenings at future NASA events?
We look forward to talking with you about the film and hearing your thoughts, ideas, and feedback! Use the comment fields below to discuss (note that all comments are moderated - we will work to review and approve comments as quickly as possible).