Ron  Garan

Ron Garan

Space Station & Shuttle Astronaut, Aquanaut, Test & Fighter Pilot, Social Entrepreneur, Humanitarian

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$30,001 - $50,000
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Ron Garan
A View From The Orbital Perspective – Virtual

Ron Garan

Space Station & Shuttle Astronaut, Aquanaut, Test & Fighter Pilot, Social Entrepreneur, Humanitarian

In-Person Fee Range:
$30,001 - $50,000
Traveling from:

Why Book

  • Ron’s orbital perspective has had a profound positive impact on millions. #TheKeyIsWe
  • Ron has spent 179 days in space, 18 days at the bottom of the ocean, and would be honored to share your stage for a day
  • Ron is a public speaker on the topics of not just his aquanautical and astronautical adventures, but also change, leadership, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and innovation. Ron is a creative and brilliant man with a passion for intelligent social enterprise


Ron is a highly decorated Combat Fighter Pilot and Test Pilot, Explorer, Artist, Entrepreneur and Humanitarian who believes that appropriately designed and targeted social enterprise can solve many of the problems facing our world. He is currently Co-President and Chief Pilot for World View Inc., a pioneering high altitude and space company bringing communications technology, sensors and passengers to the edge of space.

Ron is a retired NASA astronaut who has traveled 71,075,867 miles in 2,842 orbits of our planet during more than 178 days in space and 27 hours and 3 minutes of EVA during four spacewalks.

  • Time in Space: 178 days, 23 hours, 54 minutes
  • Space Missions: STS-124, Soyuz TMA-21, Expedition 27/28 Spacewalks: 4 totaling: 27 hours, 3 minutes
  • Undersea Missions: NEEMO-9
  • Time on Bottom of the Ocean: 18 days, 3 hours, 14 minutesHe flew on both the US Space Shuttle and the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Ron is also an aquanaut and participated in the joint NASA-NOAA, NEEMO-9 mission, an exploration research mission held in Aquarius, the world’s only undersea research laboratory. During this mission, he and the crew spent 18 continuous days living and working on the ocean floor.Ron’s last NASA assignment was in NASA’s Open Innovation Initiative, which seeks to increase openness, transparency, collaboration, and innovation within government. In this capacity, Ron has been involved in many global mass collaboration and citizen science programs.Prior to retiring from the US government, Ron was on assignment with the US Agency for International Development (USAID). At USAID he led an effort called Unity Node to develop a universal, open source, collaborative platform to enable humanitarian organizations around the world to work together toward their common goals and assisted USAID to establish an Applied Research for Development Program.Ron has a very large social media following (>4 million) and was included on Google Plus’ “Top 25 Followed” and Kred’s “Top 1% Influencer” lists. Ron has been effectively using these platforms to tell the success story of the US and International Space Programs and started an initiative called Fragile Oasis to use the “Orbital Perspective” to inspire people to improve life on Earth.Outside his work with the US government, Ron is also a serial entrepreneur and has founded multiple business enterprises and social-impact focused startups including Manna Energy Ltd which was created to leverage the Carbon Market to finance humanitarian projects in developing countries. Manna Energy Ltd. is the first organization in the world to successfully register a United Nations Clean Development Mechanism carbon credit program for water treatment. Manna also developed, under contract with a partner organization the largest water treatment intervention conducted by a private organization – a four-million-person program operating in Kenya, completely funded by carbon credits.

    Ron represented Manna Energy Ltd as one of ten global innovators in the field of water purification during the 2009 Launch-Water forum (sponsored by NASA, US State Dept., USAID, and Nike) and is now a member of the Launch Council. Ron has been selected as the technical and scientific advisor to the Social Business movement and its founder Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus.

    Ron is also a frequent guest on internationally syndicated news programs including CNN, Fox, and ABC and has hosted shows with the BBC. He has written extensively on a variety of current topics in numerous publications including USA Today, Newsweek, The International Business Times, and many others. Ron is in the process of establishing a new podcast, writing several new books, and has founded a non-profit coalition of international astronauts to inspire humanity with lessons gleaned from the orbital perspective.

    Ron is the author of the highly acclaimed book The Orbital Perspective. Hailed by Time Magazine as “the most important tale ever told from space” and proclaimed it as one of the best space books of all time.

    Ron routinely books speaking engagements to audiences in the thousands at high profile venues around the world including TED-Global, the Global Citizen Festival, Google Zeitgeist, the United Nations and many more.

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Risk is the price we pay for a greater benefit

Maintaining the ‘tried & true’ in rapidly changing environments can be the riskiest decision

Where’s the way out if all goes South?


We don’t live on a globe

Go after the root cause rather than the symptom

How to work with our biosphere, not against it


Work as one team on one overarching goal

Break down silos in your organization

Build a foundation of trust


How to write corporate social responsibility into the DNA of your organization

Open and transparent collaboration will fuel tremendous economic growth

3-Key Pillars: Interdependence, Profound Collaboration, Long-Term Thinking


Turn problems & challenges into opportunities

Take advantage of revolutionary new ways to reach customers & consumers

Zooming out allows us to see who has the pieces of the puzzle & what picture they paint


People are not 1-dimensional – They are motivated by many diverse factors

We can do well by doing good

Give your contributions multiple lives: Invest & reinvest in self-sufficient efforts

VIRTUAL - A View From The Orbital Perspective 

An immersive, HD, multi-media presentation that is sure to be engaging and inspiring. The presentation can be broadcast to a large audience assembled in an event space or to thousands of distributed individual audience members. Flexibility is key and Ron’s team will work with you to tailor a presentation to fit your needs ensuring we maximize the objectives of your event.

Ron uses his virtual keynote services to share his experiences in space, combat, and in the corporate world to give actionable guidance and inspire teams to:

  • Function efficiently & productively even while physically separated
  • Develop an “Expeditionary” mindset to excel during times of isolation
  • Adapt to change & uncertainty

Ron Garan Reviews

“Ron Garan delivered an extremely inspirational and thought provoking address. His personalinsight into a eld that very few of us will everget to experience combined with strong messages and lessons for the audience ensured that his participation was one of the highlights of the event.”

— Association of MBAs

“Ron’s focus is on nding new connections andcollaborations that cross borders and allow us to transform the world for the better before we destroy this big blue ball we call home.”


“Uniquely and intellectually engaging. Ron has a way of sharing his experiences in space and on earth without bravado, but instead with a unique humility and perspective about how we can all participate in making the world a better place. He is truly inspirational and it is impossible to walk away without having engaging conversations and a new view of the fragile oasis.”

— Cisco

“Ron Garan delivered the perfect opening keynote to start our conference on mobility. His unique orbital perspective not only inspired our very international and diverse audience, it also put things into perspective, big time. I would recommend Ron for virtually any kind of event where people wish to be inspired.”

— EVBox

“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.”

— Grameen Creative Lab

“Ron Garan has returned from his space missions not as someone who believes himself to be above us all, but as someone who remains down to Earth. Someone who knows that we are part of something bigger. What Ron has started around the world has made a deep impression on me and the 800 young leaders at the Pathfinder Conference.”

— Deutsche Bahn AG


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