Ronald Jones, PhD, Associate, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Fail Again, Fail Better
I am going to tell you that HACK SPACE, NASA’s Space App Challenge is more of a risk than an opportunity. And why? HACK SPACE is an interdisciplinary initiative which means it’s a gamble, and why? Because leading edge research consistently shows us that the most common result of interdisciplinary projects is failure. Just that simple. On the other hand, when interdisciplinary projects do succeed, the results are far more valuable than any mono-disciplinary project has managed to create, and why? The same research tells us that it is only with interdisciplinary success that we see authentically “groundbreaking” innovations. The author and Nobel Laureate Samuel Beckett once wrote: “Fail Again, Fail Better.” Lets get going.