Editorial and Endorsement

Kofi A. Annan, Nobel Peace Laureate and Chair, Kofi Annan Foundation

"Written from Ron Garan's unique perspective as an astronaut, The Orbital Perspective reminds us of our common humanity and that the pressing challenges we face, we must face and resolve together through tolerance, dialogue, and cooperation."

Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO, Acumen, and author of The Blue Sweater

"Astronaut Ron Garan's fabulous book will transport you from the magnificent sense of possibility in outer space to the perspective of a worm on Earth's rich soil and will reassert our fundamental connection to one another in ways that challenge and inspire. We all need more of an orbital perspective to remind us that, in the end, we only have each other." 

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia

"Ron Garan's breakthrough book is one of a kind. Never before has a firsthand account of lessons learned in space been applied to firsthand humanitarian development work on Earth. Ron masterfully synthesizes the big-picture view of our world with the ground-level details necessary to overcome the barriers to improving life for all people" 

Peter Gabriel, musician and a founder of WOMAD, Witness, and The Elders

"It is said that to understand a problem properly you need to get outside of it. Ron Garan has certainly done that. Ron's focus is on finding new connections and collaborations that cross borders of all sorts that might just allow us to transform the world for the better before we destroy this big blue ball we call home." 

Wladimir Klitschko, PhD, Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World and founder of Klitschko Management Group 

"The Orbital Perspective is an inspirational knockout. After reading this book you will refuse to accept the status quo on our planet."

Daniel Epstein, founder and CEO, Unreasonable Group

"This is more than just a book; it is a call to action and a catalyst for a necessary movement. We need to look beyond what we think is possible and reimagine a world in which no one is limited by his or her circumstances. This is a defining book for a defining time in human history."

Jason Silva, filmmaker, media artist, and host of National Geographic Channel's Brain Games

"A wonderful call to shift our point of view from local to global, from myopic to orbital. This consciousness-altering, ego-dissolving, mind-reconfiguring experience renders our common purpose clear: we are the frontal lobes of this Pale Blue Dot and we need to leverage our collective genius to overcome our challenges and unleash our potential. Bravo!"

Keith Cowing, Executive Director, Space College Foundation

“Put a humanitarian into a spacesuit and keep sending him into space, and books like this are bound to be written. If only we could send more people into space so as to allow them a chance to gain the orbital perspective that has enlightened Ron Garan. You see, global problems can have a personal solution.”

Publisher’s Weekly

“His thesis that “Earth is a small town with many neighborhoods in a very big universe” rings powerfully true, and his lessons are particularly apt for those working in the nonprofit sector. “



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

By Astronaut Ron Garan
Foreword by Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Laureate
Published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers
February 2, 2015



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