In 2017, Dylan Taylor founded Space for Humanity, a global non-profit organization which aims to democratize access to space to shape the future of space travel and policy. Space for Humanity’s mission is to help thousands of global citizens from all backgrounds experience the profound impact of space – an idea widely known as the Overview Effect. This term refers to the cognitive shift in awareness experienced by astronauts when they look down at Earth as a whole. From space, they experience our planet in its entirety, reflecting on its beauty, fragility, and the interconnectedness of all living things.
As it stands today, fewer than 550 people have been to space, and the majority of these travelers have been from only a select few countries. The space industry – and the world – has long been inspired by the possibility of human spaceflight. However, it is not until now that the possibility of sending non-astronauts has emerged, as commercial spaceflight opportunities are anticipated to become publicly available within the next two years.
The industry is poised to generate new levels of global excitement and awareness of space exploration, unparalleled since the dawn of 1960s moon-era space race. Through Space for Humanity, Mr. Taylor believes that the future of space travel must be democratized, and in doing so, that we can inspire the next generation’s passion for math, science, humanitarianism, and global leadership.
As both a global leadership development program and an educational non-profit, Space for Humanity is the only organization of its kind. By expanding and shaping human perspective, Space for Humanity aims to ignite a higher level of consciousness for the world to face our most intractable challenges with a deeper level of awareness and solidarity, leading to a brighter future for all of humanity.
In 2017, Space for Humanity was voted among the Top 10 companies in the space industry in the NewSpace People’s Choice award.
In its first year of operations, Space for Humanity has:
• Been featured in the Harvard Political Review, The Magazine for European Parliament,
The Red Bull Innovator Bulletin, CNN Money, CNBC, and SpaceNews, as well as on
podcasts and in local and national television.
• Developed robust partnerships with nearly two-dozen organizations, including:AIAA,
Being in Synergy, Daily Overview, Kafeero Foundation, Yuri’s Night & World Space Week.
• Received over 60 applications from citizens all over the world, including:
• Former NFL player and ALS advocate Steve Gleason
• China’s youngest national chess champion Kathy Gong
• Ugandan human rights activist and 2018 AGLN New Voices fellow Agnes Igoye
OUR 2018 NUMBERS
7000: Social Media Followers
100: Number of Applicants
21: Speaking Engagements
66: Age of Oldest Applicant
18: Age of Youngest Applicant
15: Countries Represented
Space for Humanity was founded on the principle that space can be transformational for our species. Space is many things: a harsh environment, a technical challenge, an investment opportunity, but most of all, it is a paradigm that has the power to unify. It allows humanity to see itself for what it truly is and what its full potential could perhaps be. Space exploration can bring people together by highlighting the arbitrary nature of boundaries we create–geographic, ideological, and otherwise.
As our biggest challenges are planetary in nature, the expanded context that space provides allows us to tackle the challenges that now seem intractable. Space is big, it is bold, and it
is hopeful. But to realize these benefits, we must open up access to everyday citizens and not just a select few. This is the core mission of Space for Humanity.
By reinforcing the worldview that every individual possesses the innate capacity for self- improvement and disciplined achievement toward common goals, we believe that space provides a galvanizing force to unite humanity beyond current perceptions of limitation and difference.
Through grassroots social-impact programs inspired by each citizen astronaut’s journey, Space for Humanity aims to evoke not only inspiration about space but a sense of empowerment for each individual and the communities they touch to achieve their dreams. In this way, Space for Humanity will ensure that exploration isn’t just about pushing out into new frontiers; it is about making life on planet Earth better for everyone.
Through the flywheel effect, Space for Humanity’s citizen astronaut program will have ripple effects around the globe. Each Space for Humanity astronaut will commit to directly reaching at least 1,000 individuals over the course of their social-impact ambassadorship.