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The Case for Optimism

A workshop on the Science, Romance and Work-Practicality of Optimism lead by Victor Perton.

What is Optimism?  Exploring the notion that “Optimism is the evidence for the dreams yet to be realised”  
What are the 5 Habits of an Optimist?
What makes you Optimistic?  
How can you become more infectiously optimistic?

Presented by:
Victor Perton
The Centre for Optimism


Victor Perton is the Chief Optimism Officer of The Centre for Optimism.  The Centre for Optimism you ask?  Chief Optimism Officer?  A title you’d like to introduce in 2022 in your enterprise?

The offspring of stateless refugees from the Baltics, Victor’s early working years were spent in the law, politics and public policy culminating in 18 years in Parliament. After politics, Victor worked as Commissioner to the Americas working across North and South America on Foreign Direct Investment and Export Promotion.  This was followed by service as Senior Advisor to the Australian G20 Presidency.

Returning to Melbourne, Victor was surprised by the negativity around Australian leadership and increasing levels of anxiety and depression in our community.  This led to the founding of The Australian Leadership Project and, after a Eureka moment, the founding of its offspring The Centre for Optimism which now has over 5000 members and subscribers in 90 countries.

Today Victor’s work centres on asking people the question “What makes you Optimistic?