Keynotes & Speeches

Ron works with organizations to explore topics affecting society, business, the environment, and our lives through the lens of the Orbital Perspective.

Through that lens, trends, patterns, and truths emerge that can shift our understanding and perception in a profoundly positive way. A long-term and big-picture perspective has the power to affect positive change in ourselves, our communities, our nations, and our world.

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Core Topics 2019

Exploration & Collaboration

The International Space Station is one of the greatest examples of collaboration on or off the planet. What made the ISS partnership work was the incorporation of awe and wonder as a jump off point to relationship and trust-building.

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Innovation & Planetary Stewardship

Technological innovations don’t happen by accident. They come from careful planning, collaboration and shared goals. Protecting the environment and moving our businesses forward are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they are complementary.

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Leadership & Risk Management

The best leaders lead by doing, and they lead by serving their team members. One of the tasks of a leader is to inspire innovative strategies that address risk. Ron shares real-life stories with audiences that have shaped every decision he has made concerning risk over the last  30+ years. 

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Corporate Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility is not something to stick into a silo nor is it simply a box to check. It needs to be infused in the company DNA and flow into every aspect of the business.

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Embracing Change & Technology

The entire business landscape has changed and trends are developing that, if embraced and accelerated, can have profound positive effects on the trajectory of society.

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Social Entrepreneurship

Ron draws upon lessons from his own enterprises and from some of the world’s most impactful social entrepreneurs to illustrate how social enterprise can affect change on a massive scale.

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Exploration & Collaboration

Highly engaging and inspiring, Ron uses the ISS 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 & 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. The underlying root problem is 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
  • How to work with our biosphere, not against it

Leadership & Risk Management

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

Key Takeaways:

  • 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?

Corporate Responsibility

Business enterprise has the incredible power to either destroy our world by clinging to a 2-dimensional, us vs. them, winner-take-all mindset at all costs. Or, it can 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:

  • 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

Embracing Change & Technology

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

Change is also caused by the disruption and uncertainty that is all around us. We are living through very uncertain times and there are 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 & 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

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 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

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