Reinventing NASA: Internal Video Aimed at Changing Culture

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 10, 2009 in Science |

What makes this video amazing is that not only does it address what was once a taboo subject at NASA (embracing innovation) but in a bold step towards transparency NASA is making this video public and putting it on YouTube for the entire world to see. I applaud this as the agency has been facing criticism of being too bureaucratic, and this video shows the right stuff to having the correct mindset to change.

The video was produced by astronaut Andrew Thomas for an agency retreat last month and it follows an engineer who gets hit at every turn when trying to suggest something better. The script is based on existing accounts from NASA employees and contractors, and in some cases events that Thomas witnessed himself. Speaking for myself I hope NASA does more of this — it would help build political support for the organization when it needs it the most.

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