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Turn Down the News and Spread Optimism and Hope

An event hosted by Project Optimism and The Centre for Optimism in August 2021.

"Even if it all goes pear-shaped, I know whom I'm going to be hanging out with at the end of the world - the optimists!"

The joy and wisdom of Tané Hunter

Tané shared his optimism with us in our event "Turn Down the #News and Spread #Optimism and #Hope" with another special guest Jey Srikantha and hosts Nóirín Mosley and Jenny Boymal from Project Optimism and Victor Perton from The Centre for Optimism.

Tane said "What makes me optimistic? If I can use Hans Rosling as an example, I love a quote from him. "The world is getting better, but it is still not yet good enough." You have to hold these two ideas in your head at the same time because we have the technology, we've got the science, we've got the people, the human ingenuity, the kindness, the caring, the empathy. And what gives me optimism is the fact that we can do this. 

"Now, the only issue that makes me slightly less optimistic is how are we going to do it? And how can we tune our news feeds, our information diets, to activate people rather than FUD; fear, uncertainty, and doubt. And so, having said that, I am an unabated optimist, and I think we can do this. 

"And at the end of the world party, I want to be hanging out with people that were like, "Yeah, we gave it the best shot!"  

"I do not want to hang out with people who are like, "I told you so." So even if it all goes pear-shaped, I know whom I'm going to be hanging out with at the end of the world - the optimists!"


"I mean, man, this is an #amazing #universe that we are living in. And it could be multi-verse, right? So just think about the possibilities. That's what's makes me optimistic."

The vision and wisdom of Jey Srikantha

Jey shared his optimism with us yesterday in our event "Turn Down the #News and Spread #Optimism and #Hope" with another special guest Tané Hunter and hosts Nóirín Mosley and Jenny Boymal from Project Optimism and Victor Perton from The Centre for Optimism.

Jey said, "I'm a glass-half-full guy, okay?  There are always two sides to everything, and I choose to see the glass being half full. 

"Reflecting on my past and being a paraplegic and before my injury and during, and in my recovery now towards trying to walk again, I think it's something to do with what I've seen, growing up with my family, my parents, my mum in particular. There's this thing about the undying human spirit, right? No matter what happens, we can do this.

"Let's go back to Adam and Eve, the very first man and woman to today, all of us are here because they kept going. They never gave up. 

It doesn't matter with our own kids, or the neighbours' kids, or the kids that we see; the next generations are here, and they are looking at the world with wonder and awe, and you look up the skies, and you see the stars.

"I mean, man, this is an amazing universe that we are living in. And it could be multi-verse, right? So just think about the possibilities. That's what's makes me optimistic."


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