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In Flying Solo 14 Feb 2022

Australia needs a new narrative and a positive reframing of its thinking for the future of the nation, as it moves beyond the pandemic and prepares for a federal election, writes Victor Perton, former MP and founder of The Centre for Optimism.

The Centre for Optimism has developed a six-point plan for government and industry to adopt to boost their capabilities with a positive, uplifting mindset and optimistic leadership focused on collaboration, participation and transparency.


Media release: 14 February 2022

AUSTRALIA NEEDS A NEW POSITIVE NARRATIVE

Australia needs a new narrative and a reframing of its thinking for the future of the nation as it moves into 2022 and beyond and prepares for a Federal election.

The Centre for Optimism today released a six-point plan for government and industry to adopt to boost their capabilities with a positive, uplifting mindset and optimistic leadership focused on collaboration, participation, and transparency.

The Centre’s founder Victor Perton said the current national narrative is framed in old behaviours - state-federal squabbling over policy and service responsibility, hand-outs addressing market failures, institutional inertia, and short-run responses to crises.

Full Release: Australia Needs a New Positive Narrative


31 July 2020 

Bendigo AdvertiserBendigo Invention and Innovation Festival to focus on optimism

"Keynote speakers include the Australian Space Agency's Anthony Murfett, Austmine's Christine Gibbs Stewart, the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre's Paul Cooper and Michael Sharpe, the Centre for Optimism's Victoria Perton, RMIT Wearables and Sensing Network's Dr Leah Heiss, and Bendigo Bank's Marnie Baker."

"Partners and contributors include the Bendigo Manufacturing Group, Bendigo Tech School, the Digital Innovation Festival Victoria, Goldfields Local Learning and Employment Network, and The Centre for Optimism."

https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/6856807/bendigo-invention-and-innovation-festival-to-focus-on-optimism/?cs=80

20 July 2020

CareerCarePackage podcast: "How do you remain #optimistic in a COVID world?"

On the #CareerCarePackage podcast, hosts Karalyn Brown and Naishadh Gadani asked Victor Perton that question.

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/so-how-do-you-remain-optimistic-in-a-covid-19-world/id1420447147?i=1000484238246

6 June 2020 

Hobert Mercury: "An overwhelming number of readers don’t want to return to their pre-COVID ‘normal life’, a News Corp Australia Network poll has revealed.

"The poll, held in conjunction with today’s Expert Q&A session, asked readers whether how they wanted their life to look post-isolation.

"Just 17 per cent said they wanted a complete return to normal ‘as it was before’, while 83 per cent wanted ‘a redesigned lifestyle embracing a new work-life balance’.

"The result supported the findings of a global survey that identified a groundswell of opposition from people to returning to the work-life they had pre-COVID.

"The survey by the Melbourne-based Centre for Optimism has found that the phrases ‘the new normal’ and ‘getting back to normal’ are dead in the water."

https://www.themercury.com.au/coronavirus/hibernation/survey-identifies-groundswell-of-opposition-to-returning-to-precovid-life/news-story/177337cc6a572446c6e8f8dc32e6505d



1 June 2020

The Better Normal: EIN Mediawire https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/518399253/a-better-normal

Centre for Optimism Press Release:  Overwhelming Call for a Better Normal

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