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When the financial world fell to its knees, Laurence Shorter believed things had become as bad as they could get. ‘The word optimism seemed exhausted, misunderstood, fallen on hard times, associated with all the wrong things – Americans and Tony Blair.’

Following this revelation, Laurence spent three years talking to genuinely optimistic people for his book, The Optimist. If listening to the Today programme makes you want to stay in bed it may be time for you to join the counter-revolution and sign up for Shorter’s Manifesto for Optimism.

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