How to start a movement

Watch this video by Derek Siver to learn what it takes to start a movement.


Interview with Shane Lopez, Ph.D.

Watch the video to see how hopeful people live their lives and become more happy and productive.

Life Science Foundation

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The Will and Ways of Hope

Hope involves the will to get there, and different ways to get there.

Psychology Today, Scott Barry Kaufman

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Hope and Optimism

The other 21st Century Skills

“Helping our students cultivate hope might be one of the most important things we do for them.  Not only will it help them get A’s in the short-run; It’ll give them the confidence and creativity to reach their long-term goals in school and in life.”

                                                                                                   Vicki Zakrzewski

(Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D., User Generated Education)

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Hopefulness and Academic Success

Why Hopefulness Is a Greater Predictor of Academic Success than Intelligence

Big Think, Smarter Faster

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Why Choose Hope?

(Barbara L Fredrickson, Ph.D., Psychology Today)

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Science of Hope

The Hope Tree, Where Hope is Renewed

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Hope is important for your brain

Brain Bulletin #47, Terry Small

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17 Sustainable Development Goals

The adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, with its core set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are the UN’s blueprint for achieving a happier and healthier world by 2030. But how do we all manifest these goals in our own lives?

United Nations

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Story Bridge

Story Bridge combines art and science to establish the practice of social transformation and peace within and across communities. Developed by Dr. Richard Geer with a team of distinguished artists, scholars and scientists at Community Performance International (CPI), Story Bridge uses true personal stories and creative expression to engage deep dialogue, enable authentic relationship building, and facilitate individual and community transformation.

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Making Hope Happen

Create the future you want for yourself and others
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The Tipping Point

How little things can make a big difference
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The New Psychology of Success
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Unequal Hopes and Lives in the USA

Over the past several years, stark disparities in well-being have emerged across the US population, revealing pockets of desperation and despair. Most notably, minorities, who have traditionally faced discrimination, are more optimistic and less frustrated than are poor and uneducated whites, who live primarily in suburban and rural areas in the heartland. Rising mortality among uneducated whites— driven by preventable deaths such as suicides and opioid poisoning—is the starkest marker of this desperation.

Carol Graham, Sergio Pinto

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An Interdisciplinary Discipline

As the professional world becomes more and more specialized, it’s time for today’s – and tomorrow’s – leaders to embrace a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving.

The Futurist, May-June 2009,, Bruce L. Tow & David A. Gilliam

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Social Progress Index

The Social Progress Index is an aggregate index of social and environmental indicators that capture three dimensions of social progress: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and Opportunity. The 2017 Social Progress Index includes data from 128 countries on 50 indicators.

Social Progress Imperative

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USA Social Progress Scorecard

Social Progress Imperative

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Network Weaver Checklist

What kind of Network Leader are you?

Network Weaver Checklist is revised from the NW Handbook version and in pdf format to make it easy for you to print.

This checklist is great to give to people in your network at a face-to-face gathering. Have them spend 5 or so minutes to take the survey. Then have a chart paper (or 2-3 if the group is large). Using a marker, make a line down the center of the the paper and then one horizontally across from side to side. Mark the upper left quadrant with Connector, the upper right quadrant with Facilitator, the lower left quadrant with Project Coordinator, and the final quadrant with Guardian.  Then have people put a red dot in the quadrant where they got the most 4s and 5s, and a green dot in the quadrant they would like to learn more about or do more.

Then have them pair up with another person and talk about what they learned about themselves as a network weaver and what they would like to learn.

Then have the whole group notice the quadrant(s) where it is strong, and the quadrant(s) where there aren’t many people currently working. Notice which quadrant has lots of green dots – the network may want to do some explicit organizing of training in this are

June Holley, Network Weaver

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Adult Hope Scale

Snyder, C. R., Sympson, S. C., Ybasco, F. C., Borders T. F. Babyak, M.A., & Higgins, R. L. (1996).

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Hope in Schools Curriculum

The curriculum below is made up of 12 core lessons based on leading research experts in the field of hope. It is intended for the classroom, but can be used in girl / boy scout camps, after school programs, and more. We suggest you do six lessons in the fall, and then six again in the spring; but again it is flexible so you can choose to do them however it works best for you.

While it is targeted to 5th graders initially, we hope to develop curriculum for additional age groups as the program progresses. If you would like to assist us in expanding our lessons to other grade levels, please do reach out to us at

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Community Hopefulness Portrait

Under Development by Aquarian Technology Systems

Happy Planet Index

New Economics Foundation

Global Footprint Network

Advancing the Science of Sustainability

“Source: Global Footprint Network,”

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