One of the great pleasures of helping to grow Xconomy over the last five-plus years has been getting to know the diverse and fascinating group of people we call the Xconomists, and getting to hang out with them at our various events around the country. And these last few months it has seemed that many of the Xconomists—and indeed many members of the innovation communities that we cover—have a little extra skip in their step. So to get a glimpse of what’s behind that, and as a little holiday present to ourselves, we asked Xconomists to answer a simple question: What makes you optimistic?
We hope you’ll enjoy their answers, in the slideshow above, and that you’ll share your own answer in the comments below. Optimism is, after all, a much less fattening treat than the rest of the holidays’ offerings.