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Ron Garan
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Ron Garan
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  • NASA astronaut, NOAA aquanaut, USAID representative and successful social-enterprise entrepreneur.
  • Garan’s unique resume grants him a distinctive “orbital perspective,” perfectly geared toward addressing the world’s most pressing issues.
  • Head of Manna Energy Limited, with projects including the largest water treatment program developed by a private organization – and funded entirely by carbon credits.
  • Technical and scientific advisor to the Social Business movement founded by Nobel Peace laureate Muhammad Yunus.

Ron Garan has explored the farthest reaches of human experience, from the sky above us to the deep sea below. A long-serving NASA astronaut and NOAA aquanaut, he also served the U.S. government on assignment with USAID. Such diverse experiences grant Garan a distinctive perspective on our world, and he has made it his newest mission to act on that perspective by encouraging appropriately designed and skillfully targeted social enterprise that will address many of the world’s most pressing needs.

As an astronaut, Garan traveled over 71 million miles during 178 days in space. A veteran of four spacewalks, he flew on both the U.S. space shuttle and Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft. As an aquanaut, Garan participated in a joint NASA-NOAA mission held in Aquarius, the world’s only undersea research laboratory. He spent 18 continuous days living and researching in the deep sea. Garan’s last NASA assignment was with the Open Innovation Initiative, a program geared toward increasing transparency, collaboration, and innovation within government.

Garan’s work with USAID focused upon an initiative called Unity Node that seeks to develop a universal, open-source collaboration program so aid organizations around the world can work toward common goals. His experiences energized him to develop his own social-impact start-ups, including Manna Energy Limited, which leverages the $120 billion per year carbon market to fund humanitarian efforts in developing countries. Manna’s accomplishments to date include the largest water treatment program developed by a private organization: a four million-person program in Kenya that is funded entirely by carbon credits.

Today, Garan works as chief pilot for World View Enterprises, a pioneering space flight company working to bring communications technology, sensors, and even passengers to the edge of space. He is also a technical and scientific advisor to the Social Business movement founded by Nobel peace laureate Muhammad Yunus. His book The Orbital Perspective shares his “Fragile Oasis” initiative, geared toward inspiring others to improve life here on Earth.

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"Ron is an extremely compelling speaker who masterfully blends his diverse professional experience and experience as an ambassador for the social business movement into a message that has left a profound positive impact on countless individuals and organizations. Using stunning imagery and compelling dialog, Ron puts the issues and challenges facing all organizations into a whole new perspective – an orbital perspective. We recommend Ron as an inspirational speaker at all our conferences and to our corporate clients."

Hans Reitz, Founder/Managing Director, Grameen Creative Lab

"Ron Garan delivered an extremely inspirational and thought provoking address at the Association of MBAs' Conference. His personal insight into a field that very few of us will ever get to experience combined with strong messages and lessons for the audience ensured that his participation was one of the highlights of the event. Delegate feedback reflected this. I would not hesitate to recommend Ron for other conferences as someone who has a unique story and is able to tell it in a way that delivers at both the inspirational and educational level." .

Sir Paul Judge, President, Association of MBAs

PROGRAMS

Ron Garan’s unique resume grants him equally unique insight into many of the world’s most pressing issues. Having experienced life in space and under the surface of the ocean, as a foreign aid worker and as a social enterprise entrepreneur, Garan understands that surmounting limited, parochial thinking is key to meeting global challenges head-on.

Garan offers the “orbital perspective” as an antidote to “worm hole” views on significant global issues. We need to look at long-term, big-picture solutions to our most pressing problems. Accordingly, leadership in the 21st century needs to focus on “we” rather than “me.” Collaboration across industries, platforms, and national borders is essential.

As an experienced test pilot, Garan has spent years of his life minimizing risk. He recognizes, however, that today, the riskiest course of action we could take in many realms is to do nothing. Our world is changing too quickly for key decision-makers to remain paralyzed by indecision or locked into “the way things have always been.”

Effective use of technology is one key to embracing the “orbital perspective.” Garan helps organizations and individuals understand how embracing technology can aid the environment, improve society, and increase companies’ bottom line.

The Orbital Perspective Lessons Learned from a Journey of 71 Million Miles

Explore topics affecting society, business, the environment, and our lives through the lens of the orbital perspective: trends, patterns and truths emerge that can shift our understanding and perception in a profoundly positive way. Discussing a long-term, big-picture perspective has the power to transform ourselves, our communities, our companies, our nations and the world.

Leadership in the 21st Century: The Key is We

The true leaders of the 21st century will be those who understand that we can no longer go it alone. The problems facing our world are too big, the challenges too critical and potential catastrophe too imminent to adhere to the old way of doing things. We must be able to find ways to set aside our differences and work together toward our common goals. The successful companies of the future will also realize that they can do well by doing good. Ron Garan knows firsthand that the definition of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is being turned on its head.

Exploration is in Our DNA: Change is Risky Business

The desire to see over the next hill has propelled humanity to ever-increasing capabilities. In society's rapidly changing landscape, not exploring new ways to push human capabilities is no longer an option. With any change comes risk. Ron Garan pulls from decades of risk management experience as a seasoned fighter pilot and astronaut and drives home the point that today, the riskiest course of action is to do nothing. Organizations need to embrace change and understand that the riskiest course of action is to keep doing the same things the same way.

Innovation: Beyond the Buzzword

Innovation is not doing the same thing better, it's doing something completely new and radically better. The fundamentals of business are transforming and the impossible is becoming possible on a daily basis. Ron Garan illustrates how exponentially increasing technology is causing trends and economic engines to develop that, if embraced and accelerated, could have a profound, positive effect on the environment, society, and a business's bottom line.

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The Orbital Perspective: Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles

For astronaut Ron Garan, living on the International Space Station was a powerful, transformative experience—one that he believes holds the key to solving our problems here on Earth.

On space walks and through windows, Garan was struck by the stunning beauty of the Earth from space but sobered by knowing how much needed to be done to help this troubled planet. And yet on the International Space Station, Garan, a former fighter pilot, was working work side by side with Russians, who only a few years before were “the enemy.” If fifteen nationalities could collaborate on one of the most ambitious, technologically complicated undertakings in history, surely we can apply that kind of cooperation and innovation toward creating a better world. That spirit is what Garan calls the “orbital perspective.”

Garan vividly conveys what it was like learning to work with a diverse group of people in an environment only a handful of human beings have ever known. But more importantly, he describes how he and others are working to apply the orbital perspective here at home, embracing new partnerships and processes to promote peace and combat hunger, thirst, poverty, and environmental destruction. This book is a call to action for each of us to care for the most important space station of all: planet Earth. You don't need to be an astronaut to have the orbital perspective. Garan's message of elevated empathy is an inspiration to all who seek a better world.

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