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Blue Sky
Blue Sky
The Optimism Institute

Hosted by Bill Burke, founder of The Optimism Institute, this weekly podcast will feature inspiring leaders, authors, researchers, and big thinkers who... more

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Blue Sky Host Bill Burke Joins the “Well…Adjusting” Podcast as a Guest Expert

On the “Well…Adjusting” podcast, author, actor, and funny lady Robin Hopkins is joined each episode by people who are struggling... more

22 May 2024 · 42 minutes
Throwback/Encore Presentation: Dr. Richard Davidson on the Neuroscience of Well-Being and Human Flourishing

Note for this encore presentation: At the time that we celebrated our one year/50th episode in March of 2024, this... more

16 May 2024 · 53 minutes
Billy Starr on How He Channeled His Grief to Create the World’s Most Successful Sports Fundraiser, the Pan-Mass Challenge

Nearly 45 years ago, Billy Starr lost his mother, an uncle, and a cousin, all to cancer.  Looking for a... more

08 May 2024 · 49 minutes
Barrett Takesian Talks About Portland Community Squash and His Passion for Building Social Capital

Squash – the game, not the vegetable – has long been seen as a “country club” sport.  But Barrett Takesian... more

01 May 2024 · 47 minutes
Daniel Stone Discusses the Research Behind His Book, “Undue Hate,” Explains the Roots of Our Political Polarization, and Offers Novel Ideas for How We Can Fix It

Daniel Stone explains that today’s politically-polarized environment began taking shape way back in the 1980’s.  Today, he says, we have... more

24 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
Throwback/Encore Presentation: Dan Reicher’s Rationally Optimistic Take on Progress and Potential in the Fight Against Climate Change

One of our most popular episodes of 2023 is back, with this encore presentation, just in time for Earth Day!  Dan... more

18 Apr 2024 · 53 minutes
Marko Cheseto Describes His Life; From Kenya to Alaska, and From Tragedy to Triumph

Marko Cheseto left his home in Kenya to travel all the way to, of all places, Anchorage, Alaska, where he... more

10 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
Nathalie Laidler-Kylander on the Virtues and Value of International Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship

Nathalie Laidler-Kylander has a long and distinguished career working in the non-profit, social entrepreneurship and international development sectors.  Since 2021... more

03 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
How to Keep Going When Things Get Hard: A Special Blue Sky Presentation of the “Ten Percent Happier” Podcast with Dan Harris, Featuring Bryan Stevenson

This episode is a master class on sticking with it, no matter what. From our friend Dan Harris on the... more

27 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Throwback/Encore Presentation: Perseverance Personified: YouthBuild USA President and CEO John Valverde

One of our most popular – and powerful episodes of 2023 is back, with this encore presentation.  In the Blue Sky... more

21 Mar 2024 · 51 minutes
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