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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.

  • Thursday, April 14, 2022 11:25 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

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  • Monday, April 11, 2022 8:06 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

  • Monday, March 14, 2022 9:31 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

  • Sunday, March 13, 2022 7:17 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    “Everybody who’s Black has got to be #optimistic. People do give up. And people do despair. But there’s nothing about the culture that came out of slavery from Africa that let the people give up,” said Lion of the American Civil Rights Movement, Andrew Young to Richard Fausset of The New York Times.

    Andrew Young was beaten by white supremacists at a civil rights march in 1964 and he was close by when an assassin’s bullet fatally severed the spine of his friend and mentor, the Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. He would go on to become the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and, later, a formative mayor and leader of modern Atlanta.

  • Sunday, March 13, 2022 7:40 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

  • Thursday, February 17, 2022 11:17 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Juha Leppänen, Chief Executive of Demos Helsinki.

    "There are so many reasons for optimism. While the world has lived through the pandemic, dozens of individuals, #communities, and organizations have worked to design and experiment with new economic models. The #wealth of expertise and perspectives is enormous: from basic income to #globalcommons in #landuse. The community ranges from #civic #activists to policymakers and everything in between.

    "I feel we lose ourselves in the quest for #perfection. No movement is perfect in its infancy; not even the currently dominant neoliberal movement was — its early days were filled with debates and fights. It is this process of deliberation that is key for any social movement. We shouldn’t be constrained by our limits, but instead be mobilized by our strengths. The new #economic movement is pluralistic in its nature. It is led not by a single, but by many actors. This is the source of resilience and persistence.

    "Although we don’t yet know the exact right #recipe for #action, we need to establish structures to coordinate and bring together action across the board. This coordination will help reveal the most important battles we need to engage in — and help us win them. The new economic agenda won’t translate into reality without clear and conscious action. But with intent, it can. For that, we need to make the movement matter."

  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022 6:42 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    We need optimism to keep us motivated, to compel us to perform actions, and reassure us that we have control over our own lives.

  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022 5:55 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "Fred lived an amazing life and lived it with #optimism. He was a wealth of knowledge and always had an amazing story to tell. He was the consummate gentleman and enriched the lives of everyone he met."

    Vale Fred A. Sabacek

  • Tuesday, February 15, 2022 1:43 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "I think the biggest #strength for any #designer to have is to stay #optimistic and to have #faith in the #future," so says Manushi Ashok Jain

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