We want your thoughts on “Connected: An Autoblogography”!

| 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; […]

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).

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  • Meredith Mengel

    This film was a much-needed invitation to pause, breathe and consider. Technology is developing at a manic pace. There are simply more devices, applications and services coming at us than we can process,  not to mention the ideas and information they deliver. The questions of when we should use technology, how often and for what tend to get completely lost in the mad scramble to keep up.

    “Connected” poses a challenge to employ technology mindfully, connect with intention, and unplug now and then.

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  • http://www.opennasa.com/ skytland

    I now understand why the Sundance reviews were so high for this film.  As an organizer, and a pre-pre-screener, I had the chance to watch the film twice and it really got me thinking.  The fundamental brilliance of the film was how effortlessly Tiffany Schlain weaved interdependence, culture and technology together to create both an intellectual and emotional experience for the audience.  The creative use of animation, archival footage, and bold graphics, makes this a very engaging story.  There is really something for everyone in the film and as the credits start to role, you have the urge to share your thoughts on living in an interconnected world with others.  This is exactly what happened at the screening last night; a number of people from the audience continued the conversation well into the evening.

    • http://twitter.com/jenngustetic Jenn Gustetic

      It was a great addition to the summit.  Really got folks thinking about how technology not only affects their work, but their lives, and society as a whole. Made technology work seem even more important and re-framed the conversation to how our individual choices affect so much. If was a nice moment of self-reflection in the middle of a techie-summit. Great idea to screen it and thanks to the filmaker for allowing us to do so!

  • http://twitter.com/jonverve Jon Verville

    A film that made me think about how our connectedness has advanced us and how it has given us some serious challenges. I think it was very appropriate and relevant to the IT Summit and tied in very closely to many themes, including the implications of technology and how just adopting a new technology does not mean it will be used as intended or expected.

  • http://twitter.com/alliewolff allison wolff

    I really enjoyed this film. Wish there was slightly more focus on the theories, although the personal elements were touching. Definitely made me think.