The League of Pragmatic Optimists (LOPO) is a meeting place in cities and towns across the globe where people who want to make the world better can meet, generate ideas and projects, get inspiration and a recharge, find collaborators and have their neurons tickled in the cause of improving the story of humanity. Another way of looking at it is as an exercise in ‘engineered serendipity’ – a mechanism for diverse people and ideas to bump into each other and create (and deliver) projects that aim to improve things. Local chapters meet at regular intervals to free themselves from day-to-day organisational or mental silos, and network in an inspiring atmosphere of do-ers. We currently have 5 pilot chapters in London, Madrid, Cape Town, Wellington (NZ) and Seattle - which, once bedded in, we want to expand to create a worldwide community of people working with ideas worth doing.
The 8 principles are what make our company unique; they offer the guidelines that create a community of do-ers.
We want LOPO to be accessible to everyone who will sign up to and live by our 8 core principles:
1) An unashamed optimism of ambition about the future
2) Members involve themselves in projects that are ‘bigger than me’
3) Your stories and opinions are nice, but your evidence is better
4) Making mistakes is OK, but not trying is irresponsible
5) You are what you do, not what you intend to do
6) Ideas are to be shared, not protected
7) Members strive to police their own cynicism, and keep it in check
8) LOPO is a-political. All stripes are welcome but don’t come to promote your stripes
We also have one (loosely enforced) ‘rule’:
You cannot leave a LOPO meeting without adding at least one item to your ‘to-do’ list – and your ticket into the next meeting is that list with at least one task crossed off.
The types of people LOPO attract are pro-active professionals, intellectuals, creatives, pragmatists.
LOPOists are involved, ambitious, diverse, pro-active, open, knowledge-based, fear-bashing, sharing, authentic and, above all, doers.