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A Million Voices of Optimism

We ask people "What makes you Optimistic?"   One of our strategic goals is to stimulate and collect one million voices of optimism.

In this blog collection of optimism on the way to "A Million Voices of Optimism," members and subscribers of The Centre for Optimism can post what makes them optimistic and the answers from people they have asked. 

If you want to contribute to this valuable global resource, please email our COO Victor Perton for a free subscription or support our work by joining as a member.

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  • Thursday, January 21, 2021 9:36 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "our economic thinking reflects its #optimistic#religious origins."

    Benjamin M. Friedman, William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-religion-shaped-modern-economics-11610643698


  • Thursday, January 21, 2021 6:42 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "And I felt it did that with a real sense of hopefulness and a sense of uplift and a sense of #optimism and this real idea of joy and finding what is joyful in your life."

    Anne Hathaway on Locked Down


    https://www.wkyc.com/article/entertainment/entertainment-tonight/anne-hathaway-says-her-lockdown-heist-movie-finds-the-absurd-in-the-pandemic-exclusive/603-9d632fcf-47e1-4d6a-876e-b563796d9a06


  • Thursday, January 21, 2021 6:26 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Mid-Carolina Regional Airport airport director Valerie Steele

    “Even with COVID-19, I don’t expect our numbers to change that much.  I don’t expect them to go down. I’m optimistic for 2021, especially with general aviation and private pilots not being impacted quite the same way as commercial aviation. My hope is that we see an increase in general aviation because of some of the issues people don’t want to deal with flying commercially.”

    https://www.salisburypost.com/2021/01/17/it-pays-for-itself-study-shows-economic-impact-of-mid-carolina-regional-airport/



  • Thursday, January 21, 2021 6:17 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "Members of the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission are hopeful that 2021 will prove to be an inspiring year for the arts in West Chicago. As a springboard for capturing the spirit of optimism for the future, they have issued a call for art for the 2021 art banner exhibit, titled "Take Flight."

  • Thursday, January 21, 2021 6:15 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "Airlines are growing increasingly optimistic travel will resume later this year as a number of countries roll out vaccination campaigns to combat COVID-19."
    Scott Murdoch 

  • Thursday, January 21, 2021 5:49 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    People's National Party President Mark Golding 

    “As your president today, I recommit to leading with courage and conviction on the shoulders of all who have served before and through the guidance and direction of Almighty God. I have assumed this leadership position with humility, with optimism and a deep sense of responsibility."

  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021 7:38 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "Optimism is critical! If you have no belief that things can be made better, it’s impossible to lead a way forward."


  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:41 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "I find that optimism is an essential ingredient of leadership. Not blind optimism, but an optimism that conveys to others that if we identify the root cause of a problem, we can work together to solve it. I’m optimistic about the city of Hartford, the capital region and the state of Connecticut in no small measure because we have those kind of leaders."

  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:26 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "For all the divisions still clearly on display in America, that is where the hope lies. The people elected a leadership rooted in integrity, compassion and optimism for a better future. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris came to office on a promise to repair and reinvigorate democracy at home and abroad. That is an agenda that is as needed in Britain’s towns and villages as it is in the mid-west and rust belt communities across the USA.  There is a great deal of work ahead and Britain must play our part. If the Government won’t, rest assured Labour will. The events on Capitol Hill, at the heart of one of the world’s most powerful democracies, offer a warning to the world: democracy is in trouble, and the work to repair it can’t begin soon enough."


  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:18 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "Science-fiction is popular as a genre because it’s primarily about two things: escapism and optimism. It’s escapism because it takes us away from the boredom and routine of our everyday lives and places us in a fantasy realm, and it’s optimistic because it showcases inventions and technologies that don’t exist yet, but conceivably could do in the years to come. Not all sci-fi is optimistic – some of it is, in fact, horrific, but there’s generally something we can take even from the sci-fi horror genre that gives us faith in the future. Rarely has a year given us the need to retreat into escapism like 2020 has, and that pattern might well continue into 2021. "

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