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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.

  • Saturday, January 11, 2020 7:12 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Dan Smith's Nine items of evidence for optimism (January 2020):

    1. Poverty alleviation continues. Though world hunger is again on the rise, fewer people live below the poverty line.
    2. The role of women in politics and government is increasing in many, many countries. While gender discrimination and sexual harassment remain too widely acceptable, assumptions about the role, status and capacities of women that were commonplace even three decades ago are under fire.
    3. The evidence that cooperation works for individuals and organisations is simply too powerful to ignore, which is important when the world is faced with a series of crises and challenges that can be handled only through international cooperation.
    4. One of today’s big worries is to do with communications and information technologies – the cyber and artificial intelligence revolutions. But new communications technologies have always been disruptive until they are not. Their absorption happened, the worst was averted, and the fixes were not (and will not be) all that complicated.
    5. In some countries, the pushback against regressive politics is already happening. There is a cyclic pattern to politics. Though a worrying number of elected governments espouse anti-democratic attitudes, democracy as a system of government is not in retreat. Measured in that way, the world is more democratic today than than it has ever been.
    6. In the same light, while the wave of popular protests around the world in 2019 (among others, Hong Kong, Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, Lebanon, Algeria, Sudan and Catalonia) is, seen from one angle, a source of concern because people get hurt and repression may follow, it is also a sign of people wanting, demanding change.
    7. And in that same light, the climate strikes and Extinction Rebellion protests mark a distinct and welcome sharpening of general awareness of the enormous environmental challenges the world faces. It is not universal and it is not yet reflected properly in action by governments but we are getting there.
    8. We know more. More than we ever have about problems and solutions. The instruments for finding a way out of all our present messes are to hand, which is better than if they were not.
    9. The practice and institutions of diplomacy are still strong. Even governments whose leaders express loathing of diplomatic means find it next to impossible to do without them.

    Dan Smith is the Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

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  • Saturday, January 11, 2020 6:06 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "This got me to wondering, why does everyone shit on optimists? You can do or say anything you want to optimists without any repercussion, and that seems really screwed up. An optimist’s sole crime is that they possess hope."
    Douglas Coupland in FT, January 2019

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  • Saturday, January 11, 2020 5:22 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know super optimistic and joyful people through my association with with the Association for applied therapeutic humour. One of their past presidents, Mary Kay Morrison is one of the most optimistic leaders I know."
    Ros Ben-Moshe on optimistic leadership which has inspired her.

    Ros Ben-Moshe is the Author of "Laughing at cancer - How to Heal with Love, Laughter and Mindfulness"

  • Friday, January 10, 2020 6:30 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    “Positivity is the antidote for success. It inspires, motivates and creates space for gratefulness and acts of random kindness”
    Beverley Honig, businesswoman and influencer

  • Friday, January 10, 2020 7:09 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    On good reasons to spend more time with optimistic people, our Advisory Board Member, John Hagel, said to me, "There are two types of people in the world - energy drainers and energy amplifiers. Optimistic people are energy amplifiers, especially if their optimism comes from the passion of the explorer. The more optimistic people connect with each other, the more energy they can generate together - it will go exponential."

    Read more in our article "Surround Yourself with Optimists"

  • Friday, January 10, 2020 6:54 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood asks, "What role can Britain, with our new-found optimism, play? Well, in November we will host the next international climate change forum, COP26, in Glasgow. We are duty-bound to use the international diplomacy for which we are so well known to push for greater consensus on the biggest issue of the decade. The planet is at stake. The bar could not be set higher. And the world will be watching."

    See Tobias's essay

  • Friday, January 10, 2020 6:40 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "A humanity, fundamentally enlightened by Christian optimism, believes it can perfect the human realm by overcoming differences. Christianity’s legacy to the world, then, is the liberal faith that insists that conflicting values can be resolved into a harmonious, if eschatological, unity."

    Ivan Strenski in "Is Bill Barr’s unusual fondness for an all-powerful president based on a religious fable?"

  • Friday, January 10, 2020 5:44 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    “The idea that you can talk with compassion about things that you quite vehemently disagree with is very important now. There is a sense of #optimism that we can do something as citizens to change our lives."
    Jonathan Pryce talking about his new film "The Two Popes"

    Original article

  • Thursday, January 09, 2020 10:09 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    “Optimistic leaders connect heads and hearts and create something people want to be a part of”
    Tracey Ezard, Ferocious Warmth Leadership and member of The Centre for Optimism

  • Thursday, January 09, 2020 8:45 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    We asked David J Billingham what makes him optimistic.

    David told us, "Following the trend lines, not just looking at the headlines. Knowing that problems are soluble."

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