What Are You Optimistic About for the New Year?

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Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, co-organizers of Times Square New Years Eve, along with presenting sponsor, Planet Fitness test the air worthiness of the New Years Eve confetti from the Hard Rock Cafe marquee on December 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

After a divisive U.S. election season, a surprise Brexit and ongoing geopolitical tensions across the globe, the approach of New Year's Eve and the end of 2016 might come as a relief to some. We speak to Bay Area artists and thinkers about what they're looking forward to in 2017 and hear about the health benefits of optimism. And we'll open the phone lines and invite you to share: What are you optimistic about for 2017?


Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology & co-founder of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley

Zahra Noorbakhsh, comedian

T.J. Stiles, author, "Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America"

Mikkel Svane, founder, Zendesk; author, "Startupland: How Three Guys Risked Everything to Turn an Idea Into a Global Business"

Favianna Rodriguez, artist and cultural organizer