Peter H. Daimandis’ new book “Abundance,” co-written with Steven Kotler, is reviewed in today’s New York Times Book review. It’s a delight see his optimism has only grown since I worked with him as Director of Communications for the XPRIZE foundation.

The X PRIZE began in St Louis when a group of philanthropic-minded business folks agreed to become part of the “New Spirit of St. Louis”, modeled after the Orteig Prize, which Charles Lindbergh won in 1927. The X PRIZE was founded to incentivize private space travel.

Our offices were in the basement of the St Louis Science Center. One day my young son was exploring the exhibits in the gallery while waiting for me to finish work. A much older boy began to bully him and he came into our offices, nearly in tears. Peter stood right in front of him, held his shoulders, and said, “One day he’ll be working for you. Don’t forget, you start at the top and work your way up.” He’s a visionary with a heart of gold. His optimism inspired many of us to grab hold of our dreams and make them into realities.

Check out “Abundance”. Happy reading!

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Lori Dowd

Lori Dowd is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of StoryTrack Studio. For over 20 years, she has directed and produced programming for a range of corporate, non-profit, online and broadcast partner/client.