If you keep up with the Internet trends and follow major social media channels you must have heard about the Space Oddity cover by Commander Chris Hadfield.
Just as every Astronaut, he is an exceptional and inspiring person. Col. Hadfield took part in 3 space missions and became the first Canadian to walk in space and command the International Space Station. He also contributed to the release of the new astronaut-themed five dollar bill by The Bank of Canada.
Among many achievements, Hadfield made a name for himself as the first astronaut to document his work aboard ISS and share his space adventures in social media. He took a guitar and recorded his own cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity that so far has had over 33M views on youtube. Keep in mind that the population of Canada is 36M.
Last Sunday we got a chance to meet Chris Hadfield here in Toronto, during Buffer Festival. He was a guest of the Panel on the Arctic. Together with a group of artists and creators Col. Hadfield took part in an expedition to Greenland and the northernmost parts of Canada.
The idea behind this trip was to emphasize the need to promote the beauty and wilderness of the Arctic and show the people and communities leaving there. Fortunately the new technology gives us plenty of opportunities to learn about that place in so many ways, whereas few years ago that privilege was reserved for a selected group of people.
The short videos made and presented by Ben Brown and Tim Kellner in the Panel were just breathtaking. During the Q&A part the filmmakers and Evan Hadfield, the producer, talked with passion about how these kinds of adventures affect how we view the world and how we view the other people. And there must have been something special about that expedition. Not without reason 4 participants out of a dozen or so decided to quit their jobs, change their lives and follow their true hobby.
Chris Hadfield helped everyone gathered in the theatre gain better understanding of how powerful and important sharing our knowledge and experience is and how this can impact other lives. Listening to someone who watched our Planet from completely different perspective can with no doubts broaden your horizons.
The Panel was one of the most motivating meetups we’ve ever been to and hope we can learn from that and create better content from our trips.
Oh, and by the way – Evan, if you by any chance read this post and have a place on your expedition, you can count on us! 🙂