Ron Garan

  • Former NASA Astronaut
  • Social Entrepreneur

Keynote speaker Ron Garan is a highly decorated NASA astronaut, fighter pilot, and active social entrepreneur who believes that appropriately designed and targeted social enterprise can solve many of the problems facing our world.

He is the author of the critically acclaimed book The Orbital Perspective and is currently launching two new books: Railroad to the Moon and Floating in Darkness.

 

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Rave Reviews About Ron Garan
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.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Ron Garan
  • Rolls Royce
  • United Nations
  • Social Good Summit
  • Google
  • Harvard University
  • National Geographic
  • Cisco
  • TED
  • One Young World
  • Nike
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Leadership & Risk Management

Ron’s strategy allowed him to effectively navigate risk while flying in combat, while pushing the envelope as a test pilot, and during two space missions and four spacewalks. Ron also shares how he has applied his strategy to risk in his many entrepreneurial endeavors. Key Takeaways: Risk is the pr ...

Ron’s strategy allowed him to effectively navigate risk while flying in combat, while pushing the envelope as a test pilot, and during two space missions and four spacewalks. Ron also shares how he has applied his strategy to risk in his many entrepreneurial endeavors.

Key Takeaways:

  • Risk is the price we pay for a greater benefit.
  • Maintaining the “tried and true” in rapidly changing environments can be the riskiest decision.
  • Where’s the way out if everything goes south?

Finding Unity in Divisive Times

Highly engaging and inspiring, Ron uses the International Space Station and many other examples of profound collaboration to drive home the incredible power of being able to set aside our differences and work together toward a shared goal. Key Takeaways: Work as one team to achieve overarching goal ...

Highly engaging and inspiring, Ron uses the International Space Station and many other examples of profound collaboration to drive home the incredible power of being able to set aside our differences and work together toward a shared goal.

Key Takeaways:

  • Work as one team to achieve overarching goals.
  • Break down silos in your organization.
  • Build a foundation of trust.

Innovation & Planetary Stewardship

We can take an environmentally sustainable business approach while developing new and exciting products and services, creating more jobs, and increasing profitability. Issues such as global warming, deforestation, ocean acidification, and biodiversity loss can’t be addressed as stand-alone issues wh ...

We can take an environmentally sustainable business approach while developing new and exciting products and services, creating more jobs, and increasing profitability.

Issues such as global warming, deforestation, ocean acidification, and biodiversity loss can’t be addressed as stand-alone issues when in reality, they are symptoms of an underlying root problem, which is that we do not see ourselves as planetary.

Key Takeaways:

  • We don’t live on a globe.
  • Go after the root cause rather than the symptom.
  • Work with our biosphere, not against it.

Exploration & Collaboration

Work as one team on one overarching goal Break down silos in your organization Build a foundation of trust ...

  • Work as one team on one overarching goal
  • Break down silos in your organization
  • Build a foundation of trust

Corporate Responsibility

Business enterprise has the incredible power either to destroy our world by clinging to a two-dimensional, us-versus-them, winner-take-all mind-set at all costs, or to save our world by embracing the reality of the interdependent nature of all things and incorporating a new paradigm of long-term thi ...

Business enterprise has the incredible power either to destroy our world by clinging to a two-dimensional, us-versus-them, winner-take-all mind-set at all costs, or to save our world by embracing the reality of the interdependent nature of all things and incorporating a new paradigm of long-term thinking and profound collaboration.

Companies that cling to the old models will begin to see themselves being left behind and will have to adapt, evolve, and take on a much more cooperative approach to keep up with the economic growth that true collaboration will spark.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how to write corporate social responsibility into the DNA of your organization.
  • Open and transparent collaboration will fuel tremendous economic growth.
  • The three-key pillars are: interdependence, profound collaboration, long-term thinking.

Embracing Change & Technology

The business landscape has been changed in part by positive things like revolutionary technical innovations, powerful new ways to reach consumers and customers, an explosion of collaborative tools, and many other positive trends that together are rewriting the fundamentals of business. Change is als ...

The business landscape has been changed in part by positive things like revolutionary technical innovations, powerful new ways to reach consumers and customers, an explosion of collaborative tools, and many other positive trends that together are rewriting the fundamentals of business.

Change is also caused by the disruption and uncertainty all around us. We are living through very uncertain times, and many factors impacting our business operations. Change and uncertainty can cause us to shrink and become more conservative in our business approaches, or we can see them as opportunities.

In order to successfully capitalize on the opportunities that are all around us, we need to take a holistic approach and strive to see how everything fits together. In today’s climate, the riskiest course of action is to simply continue to do what worked yesterday.

Key Takeaways:

  • Turn problems and challenges into opportunities.
  • Take advantage of revolutionary new ways to reach customers and consumers.
  • Zooming out allows us to see who has the pieces of the puzzle and what picture they form.

Social Entrepreneurship

Financially sustainable efforts are able to incorporate long-term planning and play the “infinite game” for the benefit of all. Key Takeaways: People are not one-dimensional; they are motivated by many diverse factors. We can do well by doing good. Give your contributions multiple lives: invest and ...

Financially sustainable efforts are able to incorporate long-term planning and play the “infinite game” for the benefit of all.

Key Takeaways:

  • People are not one-dimensional; they are motivated by many diverse factors.
  • We can do well by doing good.
  • Give your contributions multiple lives: invest and reinvest in self-sufficient efforts.

Innovation & Planetary Stewardship

We can take an environmentally sustainable business approach while developing new and exciting products and services, creating more jobs, and increasing profitability. Issues such as global warming, deforestation, ocean acidification, and biodiversity loss can’t be addressed as stand-alone issues wh ...

We can take an environmentally sustainable business approach while developing new and exciting products and services, creating more jobs, and increasing profitability.

Issues such as global warming, deforestation, ocean acidification, and biodiversity loss can’t be addressed as stand-alone issues when in reality, they are symptoms of an underlying root problem, which is that we do not see ourselves as planetary.

Key Takeaways:

  • We don’t live on a globe.
  • Go after the root cause rather than the symptom.
  • Work with our biosphere, not against it.

The Orbital Perspective

Ron uses space exploration to speak about various topics from the “Orbital Perspective”. The topics he loves to speak about include: Exploration Collaboration Innovation Sustainability Risk Management Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership Social Media/Marketing Social Entrepreneurship Business ...

Ron uses space exploration to speak about various topics from the “Orbital Perspective”. The topics he loves to speak about include:

  • Exploration
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Risk Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Leadership
  • Social Media/Marketing
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Business Startups

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Biography

Ron is a highly decorated Fighter Pilot and Test Pilot, Explorer, Entrepreneur and Humanitarian who believes that appropriately designed and targeted social enterprise can solve many of the problems facing our world.

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.

He 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 (~3.5 million) and is 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 Ltdwhich was created to leverage the $120B/year 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 adviser to the Social Business Movement and its founder Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus.

Ron is the author of the highly acclaimed book The Orbital Perspective.