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The Overview Effect

April 23, 2024
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Vauxhall at The Ramble Hotel


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The Overview Effect
$ 25.00

Astronauts viewing the Earth from space often experience the profound beauty, fragility, and interconnectedness of our home planet. After having this experience, astronauts often come back down with a completely new perspective.

Coined by space writer Frank White in 1987, this shift in worldview is called “The Overview Effect”.

These astronauts gain an understanding of the miraculousness of life, and the uniqueness of our existence. They recognize that, as humans, our commonalities far outweigh our differences.

This awe-inspiring perspective reframes our understanding of the Cosmos, and our relationship with our home planet and each other.

Join the individuals leading the movement to bring this perspective to Earth — whether through going to space themselves (yes—astronauts!), sending others, or capturing the experience through art.


Space for Humanity

Space for Humanity is organizing the planet’s first Sponsored Citizen Astronaut Program, where leaders, from any walk of life, can apply for an opportunity to go to space and experience the Overview Effect: the cognitive shift in awareness that occurs when a human being looks down on the Earth from space.

Each year, a new crew is selected from a diverse group of leaders from around the globe. Upon their return, each citizen astronaut has a commitment to leveraging that experience for the collective good.

Through our citizen spaceflight program, leadership training, and collaborative efforts to educate the public, we are setting the stage to create the world we want, both here on Earth and throughout the cosmos

We believe our future in space will be determined by who we resolve to be on Earth, today.

Dylan Taylor

Dylan Taylor is a global business leader, thought leader, commercial astronaut and philanthropist, and widely considered the most active private space investor in the world. As the Chairman and CEO of Voyager Space, Dylan Taylor’s influence drives much of the innovation and advancement of the space industry.

Philanthropically, his impact in the industry began as the founder of the nonprofit and social movement, Space for Humanity, which seeks to democratize space exploration. Dylan is also the Co-Founding Patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, which promotes the growth of commercial space activity.

On December 11th, 2021, Dylan became just the 606th human to go to space as part of the crew of Blue Origin’s New Shepard Mission 19.

As a global business leader Dylan has been Fortune 1000 executive in several industries including advanced electronics, finance and real estate serving in the roles of CEO, President and Board Director for multinational companies including Prudential plc, Honeywell, UMB Bank, Colliers and Jones Lang LaSalle. He had P&L responsibility in excess of $2B with 15,000+ employees in 60+ countries.

Dylan is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and in 2020, Dylan was recognized by the Commercial Spaceflight Federation with their top honor for business and finance, following in the footsteps of 2019’s inaugural winner, the late Paul Allen.

Dylan Taylor earned his MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago and holds a BS in Engineering from the honors college at the University of Arizona, where he graduated Tau Beta Pi and in 2018 was named Alumnus of the year.

Ron Rosano

Ron Rosano flew into space on a suborbital flight with Virgin Galactic on October 6, 2023, and has pursued a passion of space travel and astronomy outreach with schools and with the public since 1995.

In awe of the starry sky since he was a child and inspired by the Apollo Moon landings, Ron has closely followed NASA and other space missions for as long as he can remember. He has parlayed this passion into extensive astronomy education outreach as an informal educator for more than 25 years, meeting with more than 220 schools in 17 countries. Ron is the creator and editor of the Suborbital Flight Journal, a complete record of all human suborbital flights.

Since 2008, Ron has conducted more than 70 events as a NASA Solar System Ambassador, giving presentations on Mars rovers, the James Webb Space Telescope, the Apollo Moon landings, and more. Ron serves on the advisory council of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the board of advisors of the Human Space Program and the Board of Directors of the Nepal Youth Foundation. He works for a property management company and pursues interests in photography and jazz drumming.

Rachel Lyons

Rachel is a holistic leadership coach, with nearly 10 years of experience in bridging the realms of space exploration and personal transformation.

Rachel is the former Executive Director and first full-time employee of Space for Humanity. Under Rachel’s leadership, the organization made global headlines by sending two civilians into space, captivating audiences in the hundreds of millions. Rachel has woven strategic partnerships across the commercial space sector with organizations such as Virgin Galactic, Axiom, Blue Origin, and others.

As a public speaker, Rachel has been featured at more than 100 events worldwide, and has been interviewed, mentioned or quoted in outlets including CNN, VICE, ABC News, PBS, Business Insider, USA Today, NPR, and Cheddar News.

Rachel integrates her leadership experience with inner and interpersonal work, somatics, embodiment practice, and coaching in her transformational programs. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Miami.

Rachel believes commitment to inner growth is integral to true leadership success. Rachel empowers clients to truly embody their vision, enabling them to create meaningful impact in the world.

Christopher Life

Christopher Life, founder and CEO of United Independents, is at the forefront of reimagining the American political landscape. With a distinguished background that spans from summa cum laude graduate of San Diego State University in International Security & Conflict Resolution to transformative years in Africa addressing extreme poverty, Christopher’s journey is marked by an unwavering commitment to societal betterment. His realization that poverty is perpetuated not by a lack of development but by systemic global inequities drove him to pivot towards political transformation. Christopher’s multifaceted career, encompassing roles from consultant to startup enthusiast, is unified by a singular vision: to upgrade U.S. governance towards a model that embodies transparency, accountability, and participatory democracy.

As the visionary behind the Independent National Convention, Christopher seeks to forge a united and formidable alternative to the prevailing two-party system. His work with United Independents aims to galvanize the independent movement by fostering connections among key actors, empowering independent candidates with necessary resources and technology, and championing citizen empowerment. This revolutionary approach leverages business systems to drive practical transformation, ensuring government aligns more closely with the ideals of governance of, by, and for the people. Through a blend of innovative solutions and deep-rooted passion, Christopher Life is not just envisioning but actively crafting a new paradigm for American politics and governance, one that promises a more generative and less extractive relationship within and beyond its borders.

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