"I have to confess I'm not always optimistic. But it's often at the bleakest of times that we see the best of humanity. In the end, I think it's seeing others striving to make the world a better place, inch by inch, that keeps me optimistic and motivated."
Nikki Hutley, Economist, "Economics for a more equitable and sustainable world"
We are delighted that Nicki Hutley is going to join us for a one hour gathering of optimists and will lead off the conversation.
No big agenda! We 're going to share the latest of the science and practice of optimism and how you can best to lift yourself and others.
We'll be asking you to share what makes you optimistic including the music of optimism!
We'll be ending with laughter to go out and energise the world!
Nicki is one of the stars of the animated course "The Habits of an Optimist."
Speaking at the National Press Club and asked whether female economists tend to be more positive, Nicki Hutley said:
"I tend to think actually looking back over my career it's not whether you're a male or female, it's whether you're optimistic or pessimistic.
"At the moment while the economy is in this period of transition, you can look at the doomsday forecasts... most of the doomsday forecasters are men (probably because there aren't so many women around)
Optimism or pessimism is more of a personal characteristic... "(rather than a male/female characteristic)
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