Op/Ed: What Will Shooting for Mars Get Us? Business Strategy Innovation

At the TEDx NASA conference, I had some amazing conversations with people in the “green room” while preparing to take the stage.
One individual had spent his entire career with NASA focused on travel to Mars. This was his life’s passion. But now that he has moved out of the space program into the private sector, he wonders if the money spent on space travel should be re-focused. He wonders if we should spend the money fixing problems here on earth.
We had a lively debate. One thing I suggested was that shooting for Mars MIGHT be the way to fix some of our issues here on Earth.