Calendar for Centre for Optimism
On Monday, The Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp will be in conversation with The Centre for Optimism.
Sally is what we would call a realistic and infectiously optimistic leader.
Being a Mayor in a city under curfew under what's called "stage 4 lockdown" and in a declared "state of disaster", is not easy.
Monday lunchtime in Melbourne, Sally is going to join us to talk about her personal source of optimism and what makes her optimistic for Melbourne through the pandemic and beyond.
As you know, optimism isn't positive thinking or a silver lining in every dark cloud. Optimism is a belief that "good things will happen and things will work out in the end." To which can be added, if it hasn't worked out, it's not the end."
Back in May, Sally wrote, "The uncertainty of this pandemic makes it difficult to predict the outlook for our economy. These are hard times but I have faith in the pride, ingenuity, determination and agility of Melburnians. Through our combined efforts I’m optimistic we will rebuild a stronger, more prosperous city for all."
CoronaVirus Through the Lens of an Optimist
This is a morning coffee with Simon Spencer starting the conversation.
Simon told us, "When the first lockdown was announced, my nephew Alexander who is a student in Virginia sent me the youtube video below . It likened all our experiences in lockdown to that of the isolation of an astronaut, alone aboard a personal spaceship, while below down on earth others fought against the global pandemic and it has one simple optimistic message. Use this time wisely and aim to return better than when you left.
"So over the last past 4 months I have taken this onboard and would like to discuss over coffee a few of the things I have undertaken that have included forming expeditions to climb Kilimanjaro and trek Bhutan to find the Yeti (virtually), doing 70 push-ups a day and helping 3 ‘Gen-Q’ year 12 students to found their new business.
"Emily St. John Mandel wrote in her great book Station Eleven, quoting from Star Trek that ‘Survival is insufficient’, so lets discuss over coffee ways that we can use this challenging time to make positive changes in ourselves, support others and enhance our communities, economy and wider lives."
The Centre for Optimism commends you surround yourself with optimists.
This is a casual conversation - grab a coffee/tea and a biscuit and come and have a chat.
When you register, you will receive the Zoom Link to join us on Tuesday morning.
In partnership with our partner organisation, Symphony 7, this conversation focuses on optimism and values in business and doing business with like-minded individuals and businesses.
Moderated by our COO Victor Perton, the panel will include:
Jenny Boymal: CEO - Symphony 7
Lindsay Kotzman: Owner, Property and Business Commercial Lawyers
Ronan Leonard, Trnsform Management Consulting
Mary Jensen, M Power Services
Tal Evans, Majestic Computer Technology
Our member John Kolm will be leading a webinar on "Writing a book to help your career or business."
Optimist and best-selling author John Kolm is bringing us book publisher Meredith Eaton to talk about how to get your book written and published. He's chairing the webinar and is excited because almost everyone has a book inside them, and this is a chance to hear some very qualified people talk about how to make it a reality.
If you've ever thought about turning your story into a published work that others will read, this is the webinar for you. Your book may or may not be a global best-seller, but it will definitely be the best career-booster and business card you ever had.
Featured presenter Meredith Eaton is a book publisher and the CEO of Eaton Press, and she will talk about how to get your book published in the modern era. Social media expert Leila Gilbert-Rivera will demystify the art of making your book successful through social media. And co-presenter John Kolm will tell you how he turned his expertise at running team and leadership programs into a career as a best-selling author.
All three presenters have an extended network of authors, publishers and promotional contacts, and will be at your disposal.
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Voices of Optimism
The City of Greater Bendigo in collaboration with the Centre for Optimism is launching a Voices of Optimism campaign in August to promote Greater Bendigo’s strong sense of optimism even during the most challenging of times. As part of the campaign, Centre for Optimism Director Victor Perton will present a free Virtual Café Series where special guests speak frankly about what makes them optimistic from a personal, community and business perspective and how they remain optimistic despite facing some difficult moments in their lives.
Virtual Café Series - Episode Three
Centre for Optimism Director Victor Perton presents Voices of Optimism on Thursday August 20, 2020 at 12pm– a conversation with Cathie Steele, Chair of the Directors Board at Bendigo Foodshare.
Cathie Steele is passionate about her work at Bendigo Foodshare, which helps over 12,845 central Victorians who need food relief each week. The charitable organisation rescues surplus food and distributes much needed supplies to local charities, community groups and schools in the Bendigo region and many neighbouring shires.
Cathie says she remains optimistic thanks to the dedication, compassion and kindness shared by the 200 plus volunteers at Foodshare and the recipients who possess an enormous sense of optimism and compassion for others even when they too are facing difficult times in their lives.
Victor Perton is the Director for the Centre for Optimism and founder of The Australian Leadership Project. He has written several books on optimism and is a moderator, presenter and barrister. He supports and advises Australian and global leaders with optimistic leadership advice, strategy, advocacy and crisis management.
To view the third episode in the Café Series, please register here and a link for the free virtual event will be sent to you.
In this optimism seminar and roundtable , our COO Victor Perton will share the "Why and How of Optimism" as he has done in prison, schools, NGOs, universities, corporations and government departments. All participants will share what makes them optimistic.
The Zoom link will be sent on registration.
Maximum number: 20
Some Reading Materials for Preparation
Victor Perton on asking "What makes you Optimistic?"
The Habits of the Optimist
Optimists on their Optimism
Dementia and Optimism
Webcasts and Video Interviews on Optimism
Melinda Gates on "The evidence for Optimism"
Our COO Victor Perton will be the guest speaker at The Tripe Club of Victoria.
"Founded by a small but dedicated group of tripe-eaters and meeting ever since, the Tripe Club of Victoria looks forward to continuing their tradition with all the fun and conviviality of the past and hope many more tripe-eaters join us. Our speakers are world-class. Our Luncheons contribute to philanthropy. Join the Tripe table.
"The Tripe Club of Victoria was established as a non-profit organisation and always confident in its overall mandate for being a long-standing luncheon club, it has always focused on fellowship of shared international values associated with Western society's acceptance and enjoyment of tripe - that 'fifth quarter product', that intriguing variety food, which has been an integral part of the cuisines of not only Western culture, but also of the world as a whole.
"The organisers seek to obtain and offer a broad and impressive range of well-known, entertaining, and occasionally controversial speakers. Generally these are drawn from the sporting, music, entertainment, business and professional sectors and speak at luncheons scheduled quarterly. The 17th floor of the RACV City Club in Melbourne provides a spectacular view in addition to the engaging program of speakers and, of course, a delicious platform for up to 350 guests to enjoy tripe.
"As a non-profit organisation, any profits made are normally gifted to charity, in particular, charities nominated or associated with the guest speaker.
In the midst of the pandemic, Cheryl Perreault and Cynthia Franca established the Hopkinton & Beyond - Words of Hope that Connect Us in Challenging Times Project.
Our COO's submission will be included in the published anthology.
Hopkinton is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts 30 miles west of Boston. The town is best known as the starting point of the Boston Marathon, the world's oldest annual marathon.
In this conversation, Victor will ask Cheryl and Cynthia about the role of poetry in getting us through these tough times. We'll talk about the project of collecting poetry and stories from people of community from near and far that offers hope during the time of pandemic/quarantine time. This anthology provides a unique, multiperspective, and uplifting compilation addressing the concept of hope with all proceeds donating to assist with hunger.
Victor will ask the editors to read a few of their favorite pieces of poetry submitted for the project and publication. We'll talk about their community and the way it has weathered the pandemic and how it will build a better normal.
Centre for Optimism member John Toomey is the Vice Chair of the Global Wellness Institute’s Wellness at Work.
He will be speaking at Safety People Australia on "Getting to the Guts of Fatigue, Mental Health and Immunity"
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John Toomey is an international speaker who delivers seminars that inspire, educate and empower people to take 100% responsibility for their lives, wellness and mental wellbeing.
His impressive background in High Performance Roles in Professional Sport, including 7 AFL Clubs, and as Coach of an Olympic Gold Medallist brings richness and depth to his presentations.
John holds a Phys Ed degree from Deakin University, is a published author and has lectured at multiple Universities in PE and Medicine. For 5 years until 2017 he served on RMIT University’s School of Health Sciences Program Advisory Committee.
He’s delivered over 3,000 Corporate Presentations, spoken at Conferences worldwide, written hundreds of published articles, and completed 4 National Thought Leadership Tours for QBE.
An avid runner and ocean swimmer and has 3 adult children and 2 grand kids.
Tony Wright is the Executive Officer of the Limestone Coast Local Government Association working with local government in the Limestone Coast to foster sustainable and thriving communities.
Our COO Victor Perton grew to admire Tony in his former role as head of the Victorian Water Industry Association where Tony worked with the Water Industry to foster better water related policy with key stakeholder and regulators, improve water sector efficiency and develop effective informal networks between water corporations and key stakeholders.
In this conversation, Tony and Victor will talk optimism, leadership, the future of Australia's beautiful Limestone Coast and Tony's reflections on the prospects for the water sector. We want you to join in.
The Limestone Coast Local Government Association is a regional body established by the seven Constituent Councils in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia; City of Mount Gambier, District Council of Grant, Kingston District Council, Naracoorte Lucindale Council, District Council of Robe, Tatiara District Council & Wattle Range Council.
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Virtual Café Series Episode Four
Centre for Optimism Director Victor Perton presents Voices of Optimism on Thursday August 27, 2020 at 12pm – a conversation with Bendigo Community Health Services Chief Executive Gerard Jose.
Gerard Jose believes optimism is a part of his DNA and is passionate about addressing health, social and economic inequalities of those most in need in our community. Mr Jose is a highly experienced CEO committed to ethical stewardship and social justice with contemporary team-based leadership. He is very proud of his staff who continue to remain upbeat, creative and optimistic whilst providing a critical role during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To view the final episode in the Café Series, please register here and a link for the free virtual event will be sent to you.
Our COO Victor speaking at the Sydney Professional Development Forum.
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The Centre for Optimism is a Partner to the 2020 Bendigo Invention + Innovation Festival and the theme is "Optimism through Innovation"
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Speakers in the opening session are:
Victor Perton, COO, Centre for Optimism
Marnie Baker - Managing Director, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank
Dr Tim Williams - Cities Leader, Arup
Patrick Fensham - Principal & Partner, SGS Economics and Planning
Full Festival Program
An event partnership between the Australian Friends of Rambam and The Centre for Optimism.
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Our member Shawn Callahan features in this session.
7 ways to use storytelling to foster innovation: Award-winning author, business storytelling specialist and podcast host, Shaun Callahan presents 7 ways to use storytelling to foster innovation and provides practical story methods to find new innovations, introduce innovation, and then how to spread the word. Shaun applies inspirational story methods to business and has helped some of world’s top companies to make their strategies really stick, including Fortune 500 firms in New York, London, Singapore and Australia.
Communications, People, Leadership: James combines media, teaching and performing arts as a coach in media, presenting and leadership brand for CEOs and executives, AFL players and commentators, bureaucrats, politicians, race callers, jockeys and others. His presentation will revolve around the question ‘How do I fill space?’ which identifies that every leader should have conscious, strategic answers to this simple question.
"Young People Leading with Optimism Through the Pandemic and Beyond”
The third Nelson Mandela Youth Summit promises to be an exciting event!
Due to COVID-19 restrictions in the usual venue city of Shepparton, this event will be online and open to youth and adults globally. The first two regional summits were day-long - this will be a short and snappy two hours.
After registration, you will receive the Zoom Link.
The Centre for Optimism is a partner of the Nelson Mandela Regional Youth Leadership Summit Victoria run by Future Voices and The Gandhi Experiment. Our COO Victor Perton has presented our classic workshop on the "How and Why of Optimism" at the first two summits. We are supporting the event by providing the registration system and zoom meeting.
The Gandhi Experiment's Margaret Hepworth will moderate the event. Margaret moderated the first two summit and the students, teachers and other speakers were lifted to higher levels of energy, passion and leadership..
Michael F. Kleine, USA Consul General, Melbourne
Dr Apollo S. Kyobe, Chair of Future Voices Shepparton and the Nelson Mandela Learning Project
Victor Perton, Chief Optimism Officer, The Centre for Optimism
Andrew Cumpston, State Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Hussein Sumaili Baord, Board Member of Future Voices
Enquiries: Mr. Rashidi Sumaili, CEO of Future Voices. Inc +61422 347 237
Photos and Comments from the 2018 Summit
Leveraging our greatest asset, PEOPLE: In any environment or business, people and effective communication are key – especially when navigating change. With change comes opportunity, innovation is right in front of us – innovate with your people, connection cannot be taken for granted. Simon will share insights from his leadership journey, and successful transformation of business with a focus on the impact of change, employee engagement, communications, accountability and culture. There is no time like the present to gain practical and insightful tips for understanding and driving effective employee engagement in your business.
Quiet Leadership Stories: Leading the people who make things that matter: Melissa Kirby speaks frankly about good leadership, showcasing the quiet leadership stories and leading the people who make things that matter. Facing a global crisis 200 years ago would have beseeched a God for divine intervention, 50 years ago, we would have placed trust in our political leaders to lead us out of a crisis – now, it is scientists, engineers and technologists we look to for salvation. They often work in companies that people have never heard of, making things that people can barely comprehend; but they are the people that make things that matter to us now. Leaders of these businesses don’t tend to fit the mould of the ‘shouty army general’, their approach is focused on driving innovation not obedience and they lead by example, with compassion and a healthy dose of pragmatism. We live in a world of extremes: with bombastic and divisive leadership figures to match. Do you need to fit this mould to make a difference, to be considered a good leader? Absolutely not! In such a noisy, chaotic world, it really is the quiet ones we need to watch – and follow.
Our member Charles Kovess features in this session.
Passionate People Produce: Charles Kovess is Australasia’s Passion Provocateur, a former successful tax lawyer who changed career 27 years ago to be a professional speaker, author, and corporate problem solver. He will share with you the keys to a life of energy and successful balance between work, family, and self. He has identified 7 practical steps that enable you to thrive in the toughest of circumstances. And he will show you how to communicate with and inspire your family and work colleagues to raise their performances to new levels. As one of the world’s experts on passion, he knows why passion is your unlimited source of energy, and how it is linked to your leadership of people and the achievement of brilliant innovation.
Learn the 8 principles to drive change better, faster, stronger: 2020 is certainly the year for change - on a global macroenvironmental level, the way we work, the way we learn, the way we live, is changing. Change may be inevitable, but your growth is purely optional. Friska Wirya has led change programs impacting up to +23,000 people across the seven continents at WorleyParsons. A lifelong learner, her effectiveness at driving change in her own life - and all around the world - is captured in her presentation where she re-lives her personal transformation and shares what she wishes she knew 10 years ago about work, life, and everything in-between.
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