Dear Friends,

The question world famous naturalist Jane Goodall gets asked most often is, “Do you still have hope?”

Her answer is a resounding yes. In the face of accelerating climate change, rampant uncertainty, and continuing global inequity, Dr. Goodall says that hope is more necessary than ever. In fact, it is the active survival strategy we need most.  

In their new book, The Book of  Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times, out today, Jane and Idea Architects founder Douglas Abrams explore how we can cultivate and activate hope, even in the most challenging of times. The second book in the Global Icons Series—which launched with the instant bestseller The Book of Joy —The Book of Hope is a rare and intimate look not only at the nature of hope but also into the heart and mind of a person who has spent a lifetime fighting for our future. The Book of Hope offers insight and inspiration centered around Jane’s four reasons for hope: The Amazing Human Intellect, The Resilience of Nature, The Power of Young People, and The Indomitable Human Spirit. 

“Vibrant with wry humor, scientific fact, grassroots advances, compassion, and spiritual depth, this compelling and enlightening dialogue of hope amplifies Goodall’s mantra: ‘Together we can. Together we will.’”
—Booklist Starred Review


We believe that hope can be a shaping force again in our daily lives and in our shared world.

To that end, we have partnered with SoundsTrue to create the Activating Hope Summit, a free 4-day online event coming November 4th-7th, where you will hear from a once-in-a-generation gathering of celebrated speakers and luminaries, led by a voice that has been an undimmed beacon of hope and kindness for the world for decades—Jane Goodall. Through inspiring stories and teachings, hands-on workshops, and illuminating conversations, we intend to bring hope back from its too-distant horizon.


Program teachers and speakers include:

  • Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE, with an opening keynote and closing remarks

  • Craig Foster and Ross Frylinck of Academy Award-winning documentary My Octopus Teacher

  • Zolani Mahola, actress, storyteller, and lead singer of internationally acclaimed South African music group Freshlyground

  • Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, the first openly gay woman to complete the Seven Summits

  • Edith Eger, Ph.D., Holocaust survivor, bestselling author, and specialist in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., author, Buddhist practitioner, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center founding teacher

  • Tara Brach, Ph.D., psychologist, author, and teacher of meditation, emotional healing, and spiritual awakening

  • Bonnie Wan, partner and head of brand strategy at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners

  • Corrina Gould, chair and spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan

One of the guiding lights for this summit is answering the question: What gives you hope? Sign up here and receive access to a video clip of our presenters sharing their hope stories. 


Your Partners in Hope,

Lara, Rachel, Doug, Ty, Mariah, Stacie, Jordan, Staci, Janelle, Bella, and Sarah.


P.S. You may remember last month we sent a newsletter out all about Amishi Jha’s brilliant upcoming debut, Peak Mind. Well, it’s available everywhere today too! We can’t think of a better combination than hope and focus as we move together toward a better world.