Event Details

Making Ripples: How Hopeful People Transform the Lives of Others

Thursday, November 18, 2010
An SBOS-Stauffer Colloquium

Photo of Shane Lopez PhDDr. 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.

The talk will be webcast simultaneously in our online classroo. We highly recommend trying your connection in advance in case your local firewall poses a problem:




Since 2002, the John Stauffer Charitable Trust has sponsored a series of informative talks on current research in applied psychology for SBOS students, faculty, and the general community.
Our colloquia are open to the public. Each one-hour talk is be followed by a Q&A session and wine and cheese gathering.
Many of the talks in this series have been archived online as streaming video, or as free episodes in Claremont Graduate University’s iTunes University store. Visit us at:


Contact: Paul Thomas
Contact Email: paul.thomas@cgu.edu

Location: Albrecht Auditorium
Location URL: http://www.cgu.edu/pages/1418.asp