“Where to start (?) because I feel there’s more than !
I am so grateful to this great team who jumped on the challenge and delivered this unexpected result!
Being among the 10 Finalists from 176 registrations it’s all thanks to the Space passion and spirit SGAC members hold within.
Hashtag – Well Done Everyone! 😀
As the Membership Manager I get to read first hand all nominations received as part of the MoM programme, and it is with great pleasure to say that my joy came as soon as I read Harriet Brettle’s motivation for MCDC competition team, late Oct 2020. Thank You Harriet once again!
The competition required a Vision, a New vision of a New Society. Technically speaking this will certainly be accomplished, in the next 100 – 200 years, less or more, but it will come true.
Part of the Commercial Space PG team we needed to complement the great technical presented by our colleagues, but in a different way. We had to build The Vision of a Martian Sustainable society from the economical, demographical, social and governmental side. How we have done it was to carefully assess our current state, here on planet Earth, understand the challenges some of the great states and international companies are faced with, and conduct a different type of research where innovation and disruptive thinking were considered priority. This is because Martians, faced with harsh life conditions, will put their life on the line for the benefit of humankind.
Some different lessons I would like to share are that, not only we did the research on all required topics as part of the competition, followed by the report writing and the final editorial challenge, but we all had to understand the importance of soft skills. We learned about team responsibility and work accountability, sharing ideas, report presentation, and, the most important of all, encouragement. Empowering or encouraging team members isn’t easy, but as soon it is laid out in the conversation, as soon as people hear more often “Thank You, Well Done, Great job”, they pursue the journey with much more enthusiasm. And this was the case for our successful report too! I would personally like to see it being done more often as part of our daily lives, wherever the situation arises.
Therefore my thanks go to the great management and all team members dedication, and as well to my direct team colleagues, members of CSPG, Chaitanya, Harlee and Aleksandar, as they’ve joined SGAC as part of this experience.. and what a way to start volunteering!
We will soon be inviting everyone to read our report, making it available on the SGAC website. As a bonus for those who’d like to read the first 20 selected and visionary papers, The Mars Society will issue a new publication IN 2021 where our report will be called, “The Design of City States on Mars, a Vision from SGAC”.