Making Ripples: How Hopeful People Transform the Lives of Others
Thursday, November 18, 2010
An SBOS-Stauffer Colloquium
Dr. Shane Lopez, the Gallup Organization and the Clifton Strengths School
4:00 - 5:00 pm
The presentation will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.
Schools, businesses, and towns are better places when filled with people spreading hope inside and out. Yet, only half of Americans are hopeful; half our not. Through a story-driven narrative and review of recent research, Lopez will highlight the Gallup data and scholarly research on hope. Then, he will make the case that the hopeful can transform the lives of others. Using Robert Kennedy’s Ripples of Hope speech as a touchstone, he will demonstrate how social networking research shows that ripples of hope move from one person to another and, every now and again, hope goes viral. Finally, he will challenge each participant to create a ripple of hope in his or her organization and community.
Dr. Shane J. Lopez (Senior Scientist in Residence, Gallup Organization; Resident Director, the Clifton Strengths School) specializes in hope and strengths enhancement for students from preschool through college graduation, advocating a whole-school strengths model that also builds the strengths expertise of educators, parents, and youth development organizations. He was also architect of the Gallup Student Poll.
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