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Welcome to Non-Trivial Pursuits

Non-Trivial Pursuits (NTP) is a way for us at Mains Associates to better connect with our friends, clients, colleagues, and partners and others who share our interests. The convergence of science and space exploration with the emerging commercial space market and our increasing involvement in online communications and community building makes being part of the blogosphere a natural for us. NTP gives us a new opportunity to expand our interaction with these groups, and along the way, highlight some of the tools and techniques we use to help our clients and partners be more effective in their pursuits, as well. We intend to talk about:

Space - "The Final Frontier" is really just being opened up to broader human involvement and we find this to be an endlessly fascinating topic. Whether it's domestic or foreign, public or private, human or robotic, space exploration holds fantastic potential. We will share our 25 years of experience and knowledge on developments of the extra-planetary kind, especially how they can and have benefited Earth.

Science - Biosciences R&D is another area that we are very familiar with, whether it is conducted on the ground, in a satellite, or on the International Space Station (ISS). This is an exciting time to be working at the intersection of life sciences and space exploration, and the emerging link with the commercial sector and societal applications adds fascinating new dimensions.

Communications - Mains Associates was established during the early days of the personal computer, and experienced the dramatic change in how that facilitated communications with our partners and clients. Our experience working both in the government and private sectors provides us a unique perspective on intra- and inter-organizational communications, most importantly, what works and what doesn't with respect to the critical human elements.

Community - Whatever one's industry, vocation, or avocation, it is the interaction with others having similar interests that makes projects rewarding and able to succeed, yet it brings its own set of challenges. The most productive and rewarding communities include face-to-face interactions and use of online tools to enable virtual collaborations. We see creating effective communities as the ultimate goal of any project we pursue - including NTP! We hope you'll join us at NTP by not only sharing our thoughts, but contributing your own we we can learn a lot together. As with any blog, NTP is a work in progress, so please contribute comments, critiques and new ideas. Welcome to our community!

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