The Optimist’s Telescope


Value for Good Office, Französische Straße 47, 10117 Berlin

Talk and book signing with Bina Venkataraman
Author of The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age

Dear Alex,

Value for Good in partnership with the Harvard Alumni Club of Berlin, the Aspen Institute of Germany, and Dussmann would like to invite you to a book discussion to ring in the new year with optimism: featuring Bina Venkataraman, author of the New York Times and Financial Times acclaimed book “The Optimist’s Telescope.”

Covering a wide range of relevant societal topics including controlling infectious diseases, working towards sustainable fishing and agricultural practices and preparing for natural disasters such as floods and tsunamis, Bina Venkataraman’s book highlights the important skill of developing effective foresight – at the individual, organisational, and societal level – and presents strategies for doing so with engaging storytelling backed up by scientific research. 

A celebrated speaker, Bina Venkataraman has addressed dozens of organisations, including TED, the Aspen Ideas Festival, New America, Center for American Progress, Fermilab, the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, among others. She teaches at MIT and is the Editorial Page Editor of The Boston Globe.

We look forward to welcoming you on January 30th,

Clara Péron

R S V PProgramme

6:30 pm: Doors and book table by Dussmann open

7:00 pm: Discussion with Bina Venkataraman moderated by Clara Péron, Founder of Value for Good and Vice-President of the Harvard Alumni Club of Berlin and Rüdiger Lentz, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute of Germany

8:15 pm: Book signing of The Optimist’s Telescope by Bina Venkataraman. Copies of the book and author’s picks for sale, light refreshments served and networking

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