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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.

  • Tuesday, January 07, 2020 1:26 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Ian Saines, member of the Centre for Optimism, shared what makes him optimistic:  "Humankind has, through the ages, demonstrated a remarkable ability to solve the many challenges and threats that inevitably arise. This continues to be the case, and as a result, our world is safer, healthier, more peaceful and prosperous than at any time in history.

    "Optimism is a critical ingredient for effective leadership, combined with a strong sense for the risk/return trade-off and the ability to mitigate against risks. I have known few effective leaders who were pessimists!"

  • Tuesday, January 07, 2020 10:18 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

     Kaye Farrow : "When the team is all on the same track there can only be light at the end of the tunnel. That's why I am an optimist."

    Read more of Kaye Farrow on Optimism

  • Tuesday, January 07, 2020 10:13 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Christina Gerakiteys, Co-CEO SingularityU Australia

    "Optimism leaves you open-minded. An open mind listens, learns and strategises for the best outcomes for the greatest number."

  • Tuesday, January 07, 2020 6:50 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "a diplomat is an optimist. I am optimistic that Indonesians will be more inclusive and more willing to accept differences. I am also optimistic that the global community of nations will be able to develop more inclusive cooperation."
    Teuku Faizasyah
    Adviser to the Indonesian foreign minister for political and security affairs 

    in The Jakarta Post

  • Tuesday, January 07, 2020 5:44 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Asked what makes her optimistic for 2020, Jaya Jaya Myra told us she's "super optimistic" about the release of her upcoming book The Soul of Purpose!

  • Monday, January 06, 2020 7:56 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "Warm sun, and the arc of a smile projecting newfound confidence: these recharge my optimism."
    That's what Dylan Cornelius, MBA, PMP told me!

  • Monday, January 06, 2020 6:31 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Dr Paul Cooper, Professor of Health Informatics

    “Optimism must be based in your sense of what can best how people and organisations grow. Unbridled, unprincipled optimism is of no use to anyone if, like lemmings, it takes us over a cliff or doesn't lead to growth.  A wonderful friend and mentor of mine Thomas Stianos told me years ago that the function of a leader is to provide hope for the future.   These days I modify that quote a bit - to me the function of leadership is to ensure an abundance of opportunity for people.  It's not enough to give hope, or have hope (unbridled optimism) - you must create the abundance that creates the opportunities for growth.  This is hard work especially when things become tough (as they always will at some point).  Fortunately, "abundance thinking" encourages people to share, and to give of their own energies and this is turn creates optimism.  So breaking all this down, I think you need to first create opportunities for growth, people need to see that, believe in it, and then you can build the abundance.  Optimism then flows from that.”

    In Optimism: The How and Why

  • Monday, January 06, 2020 5:52 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Loni and Rolf Uihlein

    Optimism is the base of our understanding of life.  It depends on our belief in Christianity, independent of what mankind makes of it: katholisch, protestant or others. We are sure, that Jesus Christ has helped us through our long life… Sure, we have had many problems.. but we stand always together to overcome those.”

    In Optimism: The How and Why

  • Monday, January 06, 2020 4:02 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Greg Sheridan, Writer

    “Creation is good because God is good and he decided that creation would be good, so Genesis is not only rational but optimistic. The account in Genesis that God created humanity in his own image is the most powerful statement in favour of universal human rights that the ancient world ever saw.”

  • Monday, January 06, 2020 6:32 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Kathleen Schafer  told me "What makes me optimistic? When you are connected with your Gift, your talents, strengths and skills; optimism, satisfaction, success and happiness are the only outcome because you are connected to the best of you!"

    Kathleen Schafer is the Founder & CEO at the Human Being Store.

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