Ten MOOCs (free online learning courses) starting soon, that seem related to — or with the potential to be — a vehicle for rational optimism. You may have to wrangle a pessimistic middle-aged liberal professor or three, but these generally look like they’re going in the right direction:
2. Marketing with Dignity at the Base of the Pyramid (Social enterprises that are serving customers in South Asia, East and West Africa)
6. Super-Earths And Life (Finding Earth-like planets)
7. Documentary! New Trends, New Formats (Documentary makers)
9. TechniCity (Smart cities)
There’s also an old one I found, The Optimistic Child. Seven hours of video for $35, on “Fostering Optimism & Resilience in Your Child”. Possibly it’s happy-clappy optimism, rather than rational optimism — so ‘buyer beware’.