Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — Berrett-Koehler Publishers is pleased to announce the publication of the new book, “The Orbital Perspective,” by Ron Garan. While Astronaut Garan was floating in space, attached to the ISSCanadaArm 2, he was struck by a profound and sudden revelation. Our planet, Earth, is a fragile oasis, floating in a vast and infinite Universe and we humans are tasked with the daunting responsibility of protecting that oasis. But, the only way we can do that is by collaborating and working together. The Orbital Perspective
Garan vividly conveys what it was like learning to work with a diverse group of people in an environment only a handful of human beings have ever known. But more importantly, he describes how he and others are working to apply the orbital perspective here at home, embracing new partnerships and processes to promote peace, and to combat hunger, thirst, poverty, and environmental destruction. This book is a call to action for each of us to care for the most important space station of all: planet Earth.
About the Author: Col. Ron Garan (USAF ret.) is a decorated fighter pilot, astronaut, aquanaut, and social entrepreneur from Houston, and has logged 178 days in space and 71 million miles in orbit. The first TED speaker to ever give a talk from space, Garan is a frequent keynote speaker. He is the founder of the nonprofit social enterprise incubator Manna Energy Foundation, as well as Fragile Oasis (FragileOasis.org), an effort to inspire positive social and environmental action using the orbital perspective.
About Berrett-Koehler Publishers: Berrett-Koehler Publishers is a mission-based publisher that believes in “Creating a World That Works for All” and publishes an average of 40 titles per year that reflect that mission in the business, current affairs, and lifestyle categories. Berrett-Koehler Publishers is a Certified B Corporation.
Publication date: February 2015, $27.95, Hardcover, 208 pages, 6"x 9", ISBN
More Praise for The Orbital Perspective “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." —Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO, Acumen, and author of The Blue Sweater
“Astronaut Ron Garan brings us a wonderful call to shift our point of view from local to global, from myopic to orbital." —Jason Silva, filmmaker, media artist, and host of National Geographic Channel’s Brain Games
“This is more than just a book; it is a call to action and a catalyst for a necessary movement." —Daniel Epstein, founder and CEO, Unreasonable Group
“Put a humanitarian into a spacesuit and keep sending him into space, and books like this are bound to be written" —Keith Cowing, Executive Director, Space College Foundation