Director of Galactic Outreach
The last week of June I had the pleasure of attending the NewSpace conference in San Francisco where I met a new friend Dennis Stone. Dennis is the President of World Space Week and asked if I would be interested in helping get the word out. I suggested Director of Outreach as my title since I will be assisting with marketing efforts and recruiting volunteers. He didn't seem to think that covered the scope of my support, and things progressed from there. Director of Galactic Outreach. It has a nice ring, don't you think? Some Pinky and The Brain undertones that I am really relishing.
What is World Space Week? Additional information can be found at www.worldspaceweek.org
Since it's United Nations declaration in 1999, World Space Week has grown into the largest public space event on Earth. In 2016 there were more than 2,700 events in 86 countries, celebrating the benefits of space and sharing excitement about space exploration. With it's new Theme “Exploring New Worlds In Space” WSW aims to inspire even more events around the world in October 2017.
“The General Assembly declares 4 to 10 October World Space Week to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition” --UN General Assembly resolution, December 6th, 1999
Who else loves WSW besides the United Nations, NASA and me? Buzz Aldrin, Anoushesh Ansari, Tom Hanks, Elon Musk and Bill Nye "The Science Guy", who all sit on the Board of Directors. See who else sits on the board http://www.worldspaceweek.org/organization/board-of-directors/
How can you be involved?
1. Get on social media. Use your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, or preferred platform to talk about WSW. You can plug an event you're attending October 4 - 10th, discuss your favorite Astronaut (most have social media) or what launches NASA and other agencies have coming up that you are excited about. There are opportunities for members of the media, as well as students and enthusiasts- like me and you, to attend in-person. This is a great opportunity to get exposed or further entrenched into the space community! See what efforts are already being made http://www.worldspaceweek.org/media/social-media/
2. Plan an event. An event can be as small as you and a friend watching a Space related movie October 4 - 10th or as large as a conference in your own town. So far there are over 50 registered events worldwide and with 83 more days to go so the number is only going to increase. Need ideas? http://www.worldspaceweek.org/events/how-to/
3. Tax-Deductible Donation. Funds collected are used to expand and serve the global network of participants which include hundreds of event-holding organizations and schools in over 80 nations. Donating $500 or more annually qualifies you as a Annual Sponsor. http://www.worldspaceweek.org/donors/donate/
4. Educate. If you are a formal educator make WSW a part of your school's lesson plan October 4 - 10th, much like Earth Day. WSW can even provide teacher guides which are based on Richard A. Heinlein's book "Have Spacesuit - Will Travel". I am happy to talk to any teachers or administrators looking to implement WSW at their school. Guides and other resources can be found at http://www.worldspaceweek.org/events/event-ideas/educators/
If you do not have a formal setting to share your knowledge or passion, utilize your network! There is no shortage of facts, theories or even puns in regards to space and exploration. Have a few handy for some water cooler talk with coworkers or coffee dates with friends. It's a light-hearted way to open a dialog, and way more interesting than talking about Dancing with the Stars. A favorite of mine is this cheeky t-shirt that says 'Dear NASA, your mom thought I was big enough. -Pluto' which can be found here; https://www.lookhuman.com/design/9177-dear-nasa/tshirt
Message me with any questions or if you would like to help in anyway.
Stacy Smith - Director of Galactic Outreach for World Space Week 2017