The Intelligent Optimism movement has been growing at an extraordinary pace. There are now over 300,000 followers worldwide.
Intelligent Optimism Global is a way for inspired individuals to build communities, foster online discussions, curate ideas, and promote a sense of awe, wonder, and excitement about science, technology, and the future in their own city.
Join the Intelligent Optimism Global community: Sign up to participate in discussions on the forums, subscribe to our newsletter, and become a member of the IO Global Outreach team.
Start your own Intelligent Optimism Global Group
If there isn't a Global Intelligent Optimism Group in your city or town and you would like to start one, you are very welcome to do so. We provide support to new groups - advice and links to the rest of the network. If you do want to start a Global Intelligent Optimism Group, get in touch with us and apply here.
(Below are links to a few international groups that are currently in operation, including in Boston, Dubai, Delhi, London, and San Francisco.
Who can start an IO Global Group?
IO Global is an exciting new opportunity for intelligent optimists around the world to meet and network with each other. This is a great way to meet other intellectuals, discuss progress in science and technology and how we can tackle the challenges that face humanity today. The community is open to everyone who believes that the future is what we make of it.
What do I have to do?
If you would like to lead an IO Global group in your city, apply here. Community leaders will be expected to oversee a Facebook group for intelligent optimists in their cities. If they so wish they may also organise meet-ups and create opportunities for fellow optimists to connect with each other.
What help will I get?
Once your application is approved you will receive a licence from the Intelligent Optimism outreach team. The licence allows you to set up an IO Global Facebook Group for your city. With this licence, you may also run workshops, presentations, video-screenings, thinktanks and meet-ups on the theme of Intelligent Optimism - if you so wish. You will receive a resource pack with banners, posters, badges, memes, and other artwork relevant to your city to help you get you started. After that, you're on your own. There will be no supervision by the Intelligent Optimism team. How you wish to take your movement forward is entirely up to you.
Click on the images below to view a few examples of IO Global communities from around the world.