The Centre for Optimism is a Think-Tank dedicated to asking people "What makes you Optimistic?" and fostering the realistic and infectious optimism the world needs in the 2020s.
In a passionate address entitled, “Creating Bases for Optimism in an Era of Insecurities”, Singapore’s senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam noted, "We have entered an era without precedent, certainly not in living memory, and it has led to a loss of optimism almost across the world." Fear and intolerance are undermining our democracies: The World Economic Forum included the loss of global optimism in its global risk register for 2022. The World Happiness Report 2022 picked up a shortage of global optimism. McKinsey & Company and Rabobank Australia picked up the same trends for Australia - falling optimism in a country with a stereotype of relentless optimism.
The Centre for Optimism was born out of the research of The Australian Leadership Project which studied Australian leadership and its qualities and the inexplicable negativity of contemporary Australian attitudes to leadership.
Yarra Valley Water
Victor Perton is a Board Member of Yarra Valley Water - one of Australia's largest water retailers. He is the Chair of its Leadership Culture and Diversity Committee. The corporation's 2030 strategy looks to "An optimistic future" with its values including "Knowing we need to Be Brave So that we make A Positive Impact."
Something of the Past
Victor's joyful life experiences include stints as Commissioner to the Americas, 18 years as a parliamentarian, practice as a barrister, mediator, arbitrator, businessman and board service. I was a Senior Engagement Adviser to the Australian G20 presidency focused on the G20 Finance Ministers & Central Bank Governors Meetings & the Brisbane G20 Leaders Summit described by the Prime Minister as “the most important gathering Australia has ever hosted.”
I ask people what makes them optimistic. I am the Chief Optimism Officer for The Centre for Optimism.
The purpose? To help everyone and anyone become more optimistic. To foster “realistic and infectiously optimistic leaders.”
My underpinning beliefs are “The leader looks like the person in your mirror” & “All good leadership is optimistic.”
I am the author of “Optimism: The How and Why” and “The Case for Optimism: The Optimist’s Voices”. I am the Founder and Editor of “The Australian Leadership Project”.
I am an author, speaker, compère, moderator, barrister and researcher. I moderate roundtables and retreats, deliver keynote speeches, conference panels and one-to-one coaching. For the right causes, I undertake CEO & board searches with optimistic leadership as the sought-after quality.
For the last two years, I have delivered keynote speeches and run many workshops on how to become more optimistic, optimistic leadership, strategy and innovation. I have given workshops in prison, schools, universities, boards, corporates, NGOs, conferences and retreats from Madrid to India to Phoenix, from Australia to New Zealand and the USA face-to-face and via video and social media.
My LinkedIn peers rate me highly for leadership & strategy, international relations, public policy, corporate governance and public relations. My professional qualifications & experience include law, economics, education, technology, innovation & environment.
My life experience includes stints as Commissioner to the Americas, 18 years a parliamentarian, practice as a barrister, mediator, arbitrator, businessman and board service. I was a Senior Engagement Adviser to the Australian G20 presidency focused on the G20 Finance Ministers & Central Bank Governors Meetings & the Brisbane G20 Leaders Summit described by the Prime Minister as “the most important gathering Australia has ever hosted.”
Together with Victor, Project Optimism has produced "The Optimist's Gratitude Journal: 100 days to share and develop your gratitude" which is very helpful.