Ron’s keynotes deliver a renewed sense of awe and wonder to corporate audiences around the world. Through his interactive presentations and storytelling, Ron shares his experiences of space travel, combat missions and entrepreneurship to foster collaborative environments where teammates can achieve their true potential. Ron uses these fascinating experiences to deliver powerful content that resonates with CEOs, organizational leaders and team members.
Embracing the bigger picture to achieve a greater goal
As a veteran combat pilot, Ron served in the Gulf War flying an F-16 for the U.S. Air Force. He then flew as an instructor in the Air Forces’ elite training unit at the Fighter Weapons School. In 1994, Ron attended US Navy Test Pilot School and flew test missions in the 39th and 40th Flight Test Squadrons at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
Ron was selected and started training as an astronaut in 2000. In 2008, he flew his first mission as a crew member on Space Shuttle Discovery to carry up and install the Japanese laboratory to the International Space Station. In 2011, Ron’s second mission to space, as a fully integrated crew member, began on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Ron served on the ISS for six months during Expeditions 27 and 28.
Ron created the Manna Energy Foundation in 2005 and co-created the social enterprise, Manna Energy Limited the following year. Manna has conducted extensive development work in Africa and has worked with partner organizations to provide clean water to millions in Kenya and Rwanda. It’s been recognized as one of ten top innovators in the field of water purification.
In 2016, Ron joined World View, an innovative commercial spaceflight company. He helped build the company from a start-up to operational status—leading the development of a brand-new market in the stratosphere. During his tenure, he has served as chief pilot, senior vice president, and co-president and as a strategic advisor.
“The Orbital Perspective could wind up being the most important tale ever told from space.”
Have you ever had a dream that felt real? A dream so real that it changed your life forever? That’s exactly what happened to Alexa, a young girl with great curiosity and a wild imagination. Put on your spacesuit and go on a journey with Alexa that starts in the classroom and ends on the moon! This story aims to inspire children to dream big and never stop being curious about space.
Floating in Darkness, the sequel to Ron’s critically acclaimed first book The Orbital Perspective, adds the perspective of inner space to take the reader on a profound journey of discovery. It addresses fundamental aspects of the evolution of society and humanity and serves as a call to action to help steer the trajectory of our society toward a future we would all want to be a part of.
In 1991, I was asked to fight a war for my country and for the world. Although I believe war is humanity’s biggest failure, I had no moral reservations about going into combat during Operation Desert Storm. I was willing to give my life to a cause I believed was just.
Once again, I feel called to devote my life to a cause. But this cause is not a conventional war. This is not a war of aggression or a two-dimensional fight between “us” and “them”. For the first time in my life, I am filled with a deep concern for our future. A very narrow and dangerous worldview has appeared in the mainstream. Coupled with decades of pilotless drift toward environmental and social cliffs, this worldview has put us on a very dangerous trajectory.
I believe that mind-sets, actions, and policies being “sold” as beneficial are leading us to the brink of destruction. I truly believe what we do in the next few years will determine whether humanity will thrive or collapse. I believe the awe-inspiring perspective of our planet from space holds the key to victory.
It is the unifying missing link. To come out on the other side of this divisive turmoil, we must completely flip our perspective. To solve our problems, we must zoom out to get proper perspective and reframe the issues.
We need to shoot for an aspirational destination. By focusing on a destination where all of humanity and the entire living ecosystem can thrive, we can move toward long-term collaboration and interdependent thinking. We must shift people’s perspective away from the cancerous selfishness of parochialism, tribalism, nationalism, racism, sexism and limited short-term thinking toward the bigger, more accurate picture. The stakes have never been higher.
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