The Orbital Perspective
For astronaut Ron Garan, living on the International Space Station was transformative. If fifteen nations (some of them former enemies) can work together to create and run the most complex structure ever built in space, why can’t we work together to solve our problems on earth? Ron shows how we can all gain this “orbital perspective” to guide and inspire our efforts to build a better world.
The Orbital Perspective LiveStream| Kate Robertson & Ella Robertson McKay
June 8, 2021 • 73 MIN
My guests this episode are “One Young World” leaders, Kate Robertson and Ella Robertson McKay We discuss a wide array of important topics including how we can bring the world together to solve our shared challenges. Please join the conversation live on May 26th at 10AM PT (1pm ET) and bring your questions & comments. Kate Robertson is the co-founder of One Young World, the global forum for young leaders. Inspired by her love for the Olympic movement and its values, One Young World gives young leaders a chance to meet their counterparts from every country in the world and resolve to make the world a better place. Kate also served as Chairman of the Havas group from 2006 to 2015 and as Global President from 2013. Havas is a multinational advertising and public relations company, headquartered in Paris, France. Ella Robertson McKay is the Managing Director of One Young World. Ella oversees the annual One Young World Summit which has taken place in nine different cities across the world, from Bangkok to Bogota. The Summit is attended each year by over 2,000 delegates from 196 countries - more than any youth event other than the Olympics. Ella is the co-author of How To Make A Difference - the authoritative handbook on activism; she has also written for various magazines and periodicals including Glamour Magazine and The Telegraph.
The Orbital Perspective Podcast | Andy Weir, Best Selling Author
May 18, 2021 • 60 MIN
My guest this week will be NYT Best Selling Author of, “The Martian”, Andy Weir. We will discuss a wide array of important topics including his just-released book “Project: Hail Mary”.
The Orbital Perspective - Floating In Darkness Live Event Series: Episode 4
April 30, 2021 • 52 MIN
Starting Conditions - How Transcending the "Matrix" is the Key to Overcoming Challenges & Conflicts “We cannot succeed by denying what exists. The acceptance of reality is the only place from which change can begin.” - Archbishop Desmond Tutu Every day, people have heated, emotional arguments simply because each has a different perspective. It has become so severe that when facts don’t agree with our perceived reality, we change the facts rather than change our opinion. “Alternative facts” are simply tools used to keep an inaccurate perceived reality intact. Sometimes the common ground that is missing is a common starting condition. When we dolly zoom to the starting condition that the orbital perspective provides, people naturally are drawn together into a more aligned vantage point. In this episode Ron discusses how zooming out to the point where we consider the implications of our decisions and opinions over the widest feasible geographic area and over the longest feasible time frame, things become clearer and we can make better decisions.
The Orbital Perspective - Floating In Darkness Live Event Series: Episode 3
April 29, 2021 • 64 MIN
Home - How the Definition of What We call "Home" Changes Everything Broadening our definition of the word “home” does not come with a requirement to abandon where we came from or our national, religious, or cultural affiliations. It simply means seeing those things in the context of the bigger picture. The definition of home has profound implications for how we problem-solve, treat our planet, and treat each other. If we could find a way to see the things that we’ve identified with, in the context of the bigger picture—that is, in the context of our planetary community—this would provide a true foundation to solve the world’s problems and challenges. In this episode Ron will discuss what his experience returning to Earth taught him about the place we call home.
The Orbital Perspective - Floating In Darkness Live Event Series: Episode 2
April 27, 2021 • 73 MIN
On the news today, you will not see many, if any, stories that illustrate humanity’s evolution toward a more unified existence. Instead, the news bombards us with examples pointing to humanity’s devolution to more primitive forms. It shows a rampant divisiveness fracturing our species along national, parochial, partisan, racial, and religious lines. The news doesn’t reflect the complete reality of the story. An awakening consciousness, a blossoming unity, could help us overcome the divisive darkness. In this episode Ron will discuss what his experience in combat taught him about our potential as a species.
The Orbital Perspective - Floating In Darkness Live Event Series: Episode 1
April 14, 2021 • 59 MIN
Episode 1: The Red Shift of an Expanding Universe - What we can learn about our future from where we've been. At present humanity and all life on Earth is facing a crisis that threatens the very survival of life here. A crisis that humans must overcome. A crisis that requires a giant leap in humanity’s evolutionary process. In today's episode, Ron will discuss how we can overcome this crisis and thrive as a species. Ron will outline how we can apply keys to progress in our lives.
The Orbital Perspective - Dr. Sara Spangelo, CEO of Swarm Technologies
April 6, 2021 • 63 MIN
My guest this episode is the co-founder and CEO of Swarm Technologies, Dr. Sara Spangelo. We discuss a wide array of important topics including how connecting the over 3 billion people who do not have access to an internet connection will lead to solutions we never dreamed of coming from places we never heard of.
The Orbital Perspective LiveStream | Arta Dobroshi - International film star
March 29, 2021 • 63 MIN
Please join us for another “Orbital Perspective" podcast. My guest will be award-winning international film star and former Kosovo War refugee Arta Dobroshi. We discuss a wide array of important topics including how to develop a positive outlook during the most challenging times.
The Orbital Perspective LiveStream| James Chau, International Broadcaster & Host, The China Current
March 12, 2021 • 74 MIN
Please join us for another “Orbital Perspective" Podcast episode. My guest will be WHO & UN Goodwill Ambassador James Chau. James is a renowned international broadcaster and is presently the host of China Current - a show that explores human stories shaping tomorrow’s world including poverty, climate change, and innovation. We will discuss how integrating a big picture view with worm’s eye detail is key to thriving as individuals and as a society.
The Orbital Perspective Podcast | John Foley, Former Lead Solo Pilot - Blue Angels
March 2, 2021 • 60 MIN
My guest this episode is former lead solo pilot of the US Navy’s Blue Angels demonstration team, John “Gucci” Foley. Gucci is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, leadership expert, speaker, and Gratitude Guru. We will discuss a wide array of important topics including how to develop a positive mindset during the COVID crisis.
The Orbital Perspective Podcast | Tony Kern, CEO - Convergent Performance
February 3, 2021 • 68 MIN
Dr. Tony Kern is one of the world’s leading authorities on human performance. We discuss a wide array of important topics including how we can all navigate the “Storm After the Storm”. Tony and I discuss how we can prepare now for the aftershocks of the COVID crisis.
The Orbital Perspective Podcast | Tony DiMatteo, CEO -
December 14, 2020 • 63 MIN
Join us December 9th at 10AM PT for a conversation with Tony DiMatteo, CEO of Tony is the co-founder and CEO of which enables consumers in multiple states to play state sanctioned lottery games directly from their mobile phones. is also the largest provider of lottery data in the world with clients including Google and Amazon. The company has worked with regulators and industry leaders to help establish lottery courier services in the United States. Tony is responsible for global initiatives and the development and execution of the company’s long-term strategy. He is also the Executive Director of the WinTogether trust and, a charitable platform enabling causes to raise funds for global and local projects. He is a sought after thought leader, and his approach to social impact, entrepreneurship, blockchain, and the gaming industry has been covered in The Wall Street Journal, VentureBeat, TechCrunch, Inc. and much more. Tony has also been a featured guest speaker at Tony Robbins’ Platinum Finance and Peter Diamandis’ A360 events speaking on the future of fundraising.
The Orbital Perspective Podcast | Avery Bang, President & CEO - Bridges to Prosperity
December 14, 2020 • 61 MIN
Join us for a conversation with Avery Bang, President and CEO of Bridges To Prosperity. We will discuss how to build bridges during divisive times. As President and CEO of Bridges To Prosperity, Avery believes that every person has a right to safe access – and the innovative, scalable approach B2P embraces is built to act on that belief. Since joining B2P as a volunteer in 2006, Avery has worked alongside a growing team of leaders and game-changers who, in partnership with isolated communities around the world, provide safe year-round access to education, healthcare, and markets through pedestrian bridge-building. Together, they’re connecting the rural last mile.
The Orbital Perspective Podcast | Daria Musk, singer & founder of Unlabeled Studio.
November 30, 2020 • 63 MIN
Please join us for a conversation with Daria Musk, singer & founder of Unlabeled Studio. Daria's story is the story of a girl whose voice launched a thousand lines of code. After a nearly overnight success, singing for a global audience of millions – through her first-of-a-kind live interactive online concerts – Daria Musk's influence and ideas have spilled over from songs into speaking engagements, talks, tours, and behind-the-scenes consulting for the world's biggest tech and entertainment companies. Now Daria is inspiring a generation of "artistpreneurs" like her, to make what they love what they do – and helping brands tell their own stories too – premium video content, music, campaigns and more through the launch of Unlabeled Studio – her own production house.
The Orbital Perspective Podcast | Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of Acumen
November 23, 2020 • 61 MIN
Please join us for a conversation with Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of Acumen. Jacqueline Novogratz is the New York Times best-selling author of The Blue Sweater. Her second book, Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World, was published in May 2020. In 2001, Jacqueline founded Acumen with the idea of investing philanthropic patient capital in entrepreneurs seeking to solve the toughest issues of poverty. As a pioneer of impact investing, Acumen and its investments have brought critical services like healthcare, education and clean energy to hundreds of millions of low-income people. After supporting hundreds of entrepreneurs, Jacqueline and her team recognized character as the crucial ingredient for success; in 2020, they launched Acumen Academy to instruct others in global social change. Under Jacqueline’s leadership, Acumen also has launched several for-profit impact funds designed to invest at the intersection of poverty and climate change, and has spun off 60 Decibels, founded on the principle that serving all stakeholders is as important as enriching shareholders. Jacqueline has been named one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy, one of the 25 Smartest People of the Decade by the Daily Beast, and one of the world’s 100 Greatest Living Business Minds by Forbes, which also honored her with the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
The Orbital Perspective Podcast | Jim Van Eerden, CEO of 5th Element Group
November 16, 2020 • 69 MIN
Join us as we discuss how to create "omniwins" Jim was a Co-founder of GoodXChange Corporation, which was acquired by 5th, and was later named the company’s CEO. In that role, Jim has helped lead the firm’s strategy and operations as it has emerged as a global flagship brand for investors, donors, brand executives and NGO solution-makers who are working to align KPI-driven performance with SDG-aligned impact.
The Orbital Perspective Podcast | Jill Ellis, Former U.S. women’s national soccer coach
November 5, 2020 • 62 MIN
Please join us on October 28th for a conversation with Jill Ellis, former U.S. women’s national soccer coach. We'll discuss the unifying power of sports and leadership during challenging times. Jill coached the United States women’s national soccer team for five years, beginning in 2014 leading the United States Women’s National Soccer Team to two World Cup wins in 2015 and 2019. She also won two FIFA Women’s World Cups with the USWNT and is the development director of the United States Soccer Federation, overseeing the national youth teams development program.
The Orbital Perspective Podcast | Author Frank White
October 25, 2020 • 58 MIN
This week’s guest is author Frank White who coined the term “Overview Effect” to describe the shift in perspective some astronauts experience after seeing the Earth from space. We will discuss how taking a big picture perspective can keep us on the right path toward progress. We will also discuss the connection between the Overview Effect and the Orbital Perspective and humanity’s destiny among the stars. Please tune in live and bring your questions and comments.
The Orbital Perspective Podcast | General Dave Goldfein
October 12, 2020 • 64 MIN
This episode of the "Orbital Perspective" Podcast features former United States Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen (Ret) Dave Goldfein. We discussed a wide array of important topics including racial tension in the US, women in combat, the effects of COVID on military readiness, global warming, the establishment of a separate Space Force, and leadership during times of crisis. General Dave Goldfein served as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipping of 685,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. As members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force Chief of Staff and other service chiefs function as military advisers to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council and the President.
The Orbital Perspective Podcast: Dr. Leyla Acaroglu - UN Champion of the Earth
October 5, 2020 • 67 MIN
Please join us as we share a conversation with Dr. Leyla Acaroglu - UN Champion of the Earth & Sustainability Provocateur. Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As an award winning designer, UNEP Champion of the Earth, sociologist, and entrepreneur, she developed the Disruptive Design Method and designs cerebrally activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help people make the status quo obsolete. Her mainstage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she leads presentations around the world on activating positive social change through creative interventions and systems thinking. Leyla is the founder of Disrupt Design, the UnSchool and the CO Project Farm in Portugal.
The Orbital Perspective Podcast: Richard St-Pierre - Vice Chair, C2
September 24, 2020 • 66 MIN
Join us for a conversation with C2's Richard St-Pierre. We discuss how we can harness hope and creativity out of crisis. We discuss how to deal with the constantly changing challenges we all face. Richard believes that If you don’t like what you see, build a different view. Solving the world’s problems has creativity at its epicenter. He had the honor of being named one of the Top 10 Innovators of 2017 while leading C2. C2 was voted the most innovative event of North America four years running and most Kick A** event in the world in 2019. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, he launched the Global Data Pledge in partnership with the UN. Richard is also a social business ambassador working with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and Grameen Bank founder, Prof. Muhammad Yunus. Richard, with the support of his expansive team, uses business as a world change agent with the goal of propelling the economy and society forward.
Episode 16: Evan Thomas, PhD - Director, the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering at CU Boulder
August 21, 2020 • 67 MIN
Ron & Evan discuss the University of Colorado’s back to school plans and how COVID19 is affecting the world as a whole.
Episode 15: Emilie Sydney-Smith - CEO, ExO Works
August 14, 2020 • 64 MIN
Ron & Emilie discuss how it takes an exponential organization to combat an exponential threat like a virus.
Episode 14: Daniel Epstein - CEO, Unreasonable Group
August 7, 2020 • 63 MIN
We discuss how businesses can navigate this current crisis and how they can evolve to thrive in the post-COVID-19 world.
Episode 13: Mike Fossum - Astronaut and Superintendent of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy
July 31, 2020 • 69 MIN
We discuss many topics including how to navigate isolation and thrive in challenging environments.
Episode 12: Elissa Fisher Harris - Chief Impact Officer, 5th Element Group
July 17, 2020 • 62 MIN
Her personal life story is one of overcoming insurmountable adversity. We discuss many topics including how to build resilience in the face of a crisis.
Episode 11: Natalie E. Dean PhD - Biostatistician and infectious disease epidemiology expert
July 10, 2020 • 61 MIN
Ron & Natalie discuss the current status of the Coronavirus pandemic, what we can expect in the next few weeks, and the steps we need to take to get out of the crisis.
Episode 10: Danielle Kayembe - Futurist and Serial Entrepreneur
June 26, 2020 • 65 MIN
Ron & Danielle discuss the current crises we face and how we are in the middle of "The Great Transition".
Episode 9: Michael "President" Anderson - Hip Hop artist, social activist, and CEO of MPAC Solutions
June 19, 2020 • 64 MIN
Ron & Michael discuss how we can navigate the crisis known as "2020" AND our conversation will be a celebration of #Juneteenth
Episode 8: Anousheh Ansari - CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation
June 5, 2020 • 59 MIN
Ron & Anousheh discuss what the post COVID19 world could look like and how XPRIZE could help build it.
Episode 7: Dr. Alex Dehgan & Dr. Paul Bunje - Co-founders of Conservation X Labs co-founders of Conservation X Labs
May 29, 2020 • 63 MIN
COVID-19 doesn’t mean we have to give up our world, it is an opportunity to improve it.
Episode 6: Paul Kirchoff - CEO of EPX
May 22, 2020 • 60 MIN
Ron & Paul discuss the importance of community during times of physical separation and how the economy could rebound during and after the crisis.
Yobie Benjamin
May 15, 2020 • 62 MIN
In this episode, Ron interviews Yobie Benjamin. Yobie is a successful entrepreneur, futurist, and speaker who is applying his experience and know-how to deploy Coronavirus PPE and test kits.
Episode 4: Hae-jin Marshall
May 8, 2020 • 57 MIN
In this episode, Ron talks with Hae-jin Marshall - Live from the Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. Hae-jin has helped put programs in place to help those on the #COVID19 front lines deal with the stress of the crisis.
Episode 3: Nicole Stott - Astronaut & Artist
April 24, 2020 • 62 MIN
In this episode, Ron chats with fellow astronaut Nicole Stott and discusses how to use Expeditionary Behavior to navigate the COVID19 crisis.
Episode 2: Joshua A. Davis, MD - Fellow, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine
April 18, 2020 • 52 MIN
In this episode, Ron interviews pulmonologist Dr. Josh Davis MD, New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Episode 1: Wasfia Nazreen - National Geographic Explorer & Adventurer
April 11, 2020 • 57 MIN
In this episode, Ron interviews Wasfia Nazreen who discusses her personal battle with COVID19.