Webcasts and Video Interviews on Optimism
The Australian Governor General at the Nelson Mandela Youth Leadership Summit
"I'm an optimist by nature. So when I was going through my career, learning, as you do as a young officer, and then growing up and progressing through the ranks, I'm looking for the positive in situations. I'm looking for the positive in people."
Speaking to students in an extra session of The Nelson Mandela Youth Leadership Summit sponsored by The Centre forOptimism in December 2020, The Governor-General and Mrs Linda Hurley made everyone feel like royalty. The Governor General said, "I will say what I got to say now, not because I'm dealing with the Center for Optimism. I have said it in many, many, many of my speeches as Governor-General and as Governor of New South Wales, that I'm an optimist by nature.
"There so many reasons why to be optimistic, but at the same time we have to increase our optimism for what I expect to be a fantastic 2021." Gonzalo Muñoz Abogabir Entrepreneur and social change-maker Gonzalo Muñoz.
The United Nations COP High-Level Climate Action Champion joined us in Caroline Ward's wonderful Optimist Heart weekend series at The Centre for Optimism with Victor Perton.
Glenn Levine on Optimism and the Heart
Professor Glenn Levine chaired the team which wrote the American Heart Association Scientific Statement: "Psychological Health, Well-Being, and the Mind-Heart-Body Connection (January 2021). Glenn N. Levine, M.D., FAHA is a master clinician and professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and chief of the cardiology section at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston. Glenn joined Victor Perton in The Centre for Optimism's Optimism Cafe to talk about the report and his optimism.
Jane Anderson, The Latrobe Valley Health Advocate
"What makes me optimistic are all the conversations that I have with people in the community."
Reporting directly to the Health Minister, Jane’s role is to provide independent advice to the Victorian Government on behalf of Latrobe Valley communities on system and policy issues affecting their health and wellbeing.
In this Optimism Cafe conversation with The Centre for Optimism 's Victor Perton. Jane shared what makes her optimistic, insights into her role, Post-COVID experiences and resilience and the public health aspects of optimism and pessimism.
“Trauma, Renewal and Optimism" -
A Conversation with Phoenix Australia's Janine Kirk, David Forbes and Sharon Bown
Phoenix Australia is Australia’s National Centre of Excellence in Posttraumatic Mental Health and an internationally recognised leader in the field. The team is committed to driving forward the mental health agenda both at home and abroad.
Sharon said, "What makes me optimistic is our capacity for renewal. I myself have knocked on death's door three times unsuccessfully and my ability to be able to not just recover, but to renew my life after severe trauma. I am also an avid gardener and I find a lot of peace in the gardner and it's a living representation of renewal."
David said, "What makes me optimistic? I think it is that clinical psychology is maturing a lot and is really becoming much better at taking a step back and better understanding the nature of optimism, belief systems, spirituality, and growth as integrated with the experience following significant negative events and trauma."
Dr Michelle Marks in the Optimism Cafe
What really makes me optimistic on a deeper level is seeing the kindness and the compassion and these meaningful acts of beauty that people have been engaging in over the entire time of this crisis."
Dr Michelle Marks joined Victor Perton in The Optimism Cafe at The Centre for Optimism. Michelle shared tips for being more optimism and shared her own path to optimism.
"What's Your Plan? Suzanne Laidlaw in Conversation
"It says it in my #heart, is always be #optimistic, always do the best, always lead with love, always lead with #abundance, always lead with #gratitude, and they're all parts of what being optimistic is about."
The charismatic and joyful Author and Coach Suzzanne Laidlaw thrilled everyone in The Optimism Cafe at The Centre for Optimism! The author of "What's Your Plan" has a remarkable story of survival, revival and optimism!
The Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp 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. Sally talked to us about her personal source of optimism and what makes her optimistic for Melbourne through the pandemic and beyond. Joining our COO Victor Perton on the panel for the opening questions were Janine Kirk AM, Chair of the Phoenix Trust; Former Head of The Princes's Charities in Australia; and, former Head of the Committee for Melbourne. Robert Masters, Chair, The Centre for Optimism.
This effervescent Optimism Cafe hosted by the Centre for Optimism in August 2020 is well-worth watching. It featured Australia's High Commissioner to India The Honourable Barry O'Farrell, two upbeat Indian members of The Centre for Optimism Pratibha Prahlad and AK Tareen and two upbeat Australian members of The Centre for Optimism Stephen Manallack and Stephen Berkeley together with Chair Robert Masters and COO Victor Perton.
The Centre for Optimism has many many members and supporters there and, of course, Prime Minister Modi is a great optimist! Australia is the home of The Centre for Optimism with a similarly optimistic PM Morrison.
The Better Normal
"The crisis management strategy phase of ‘getting back to normal’ is dead. People want more. They want better. True leaders will use lessons learned from COVID-19 to do better, to build a ‘better normal’ to reassure, strengthen trust and build confidence with realistic optimism."
The Centre for Optimism's Chair Robert Masters was joined by Paul Bayly, International Recovery Expert and former Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Islands Recovery & Development Agency; Catherine Brown, the CEO of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. Eloise Grace, TV Journalist, Co-owner Andy Grace Media, Lawyer; Mark Matthews, Director - Asia and Pacific, Business for Development; and, Victor Perton, COO, The Centre for Optimism.
Forgiveness and Optimism: Dr Fred Luskin
Dr Fred Luskin on Forgiveness and Optimism in conversation with The Centre for Optimism's Victor Perton and Robert Masters, Project Optimism's Noirin Mosley and attendees. Fred Luskin is the Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects and Associate Professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the Garden of Forgiveness Project at Ground Zero in Manhattan. Dr Fred Luskin has completed extensive research on the training and measurement of forgiveness therapy. His research demonstrates that learning forgiveness leads to increased physical vitality, hope, greater self–efficacy, enhanced optimism and conflict resolution skills. It also shows that forgiveness lessens the physical and emotional toll of stress, and decreases hurt, anger depression and blood pressure.
The Centre for Optimism's Advisory Board in Conversation
John Hagel in Conversation at The Centre for Optimism's Optimism Café
The Optimism Cafe: Shawn Callahan on Telling Stories
IdeaSpies and The Centre for Optimism: Innovation and Optimism Series
The Optimism Cafe: ideaSpies Glenn Barnes and Governance
Wellbeing COVID-19 & Optimism? Maddie Cunningham in Conversation with IdeaSpies & The Centre for Optimism
Energy opportunities in Australia: Are you Optimistic?
The Optimism Cafe: Michael Sharpe on IdeaSpies and Innovation