If there's one thing SXSW Interactive loves, it's exploration! We've seen a lot of space exploration themed programming over the last few years and it grows with each event. As a worthy and possibly even more mysterious counterpoint to all the cool space programming, I wanted to invite someone this year to talk about exploring the Earth's oceans. Who better to talk about that than a member of the Cousteau family? Enter Fabien Cousteau, Ocean Explorer, with his talk entitled Mission 31- How Exploration Enhances Advocacy.
The most remarkable and creative part of this amazing presentation is Cousteau's focus on how you can advocate for what's important to you through projects like Mission 31. Cousteau's work combines ecology, advocacy, education and exciting discoveries all in one. Gleaning knowledge from a lifetime of family emphasis on activism, conservation and science gave Cousteau an extraordinary background from which to dream about saving "le monde du silence" and make the world a better place for humankind.
A quick overview of the session: "At the crux of all life that we know lies water, the one substance that makes this planet special. Yet, it is largely unexplored and little understood. We are beholden to it for everything but we don't know much about how it dictates our economy, weather, health or even our very own future. At the helm of a unique project called Mission 31, Fabien Cousteau will lead a team of modern day aquanauts. Based in the only undersea marine habitat, they will live underwater and explore the surrounding undersea world for an epic 31 days. During this underwater adventure, Fabien and his team will not only be conducting cutting edge science experiments around climate change, and human physiology as well as documentary filming but will also connecting to millions around the world in real time via the web thru platforms like Skype In The Classroom, Twitter, Facebook, and more from the depths below. All this in the name of the human-ocean connection."
If that intrigues you, come see Cousteau talk about this project in person at SXSW Interactive. You can also explore some of the other programing happening within the Global Impact & Policy theme, or the 800+ other sessions scheduled for spring 2014 in Austin. Don't miss out, join us in March for this incredible event!