Change begins with hope

Change begins with hope.

Yesterday at the launch we had Nicky Woo singing ‘Change Gonna Come’, originally by Sam Cooke. Cooke was inspired by the civil rights movement of his time led by Dr Martin Luther King. It’s a great song.

I believe that change happens when we have a desire, a hope for something– something better. That, and the will and the fortitude to do it. Yesterday’s rendition of the song was accompanied by pictures of people with hope, people who have a desire to make their hope come true. People like you and me.

General themes of answers we got of how hope can be realized include “Acceptance” “Being there” “Working hard” “Love” “Pray” “One thing at a time” “Be Passionate” “No Fear!” “Start with me.”  — things that you and I can readily do. Not exactly cosmic science.

Do Hope. We love that term, especially because of its duality — both as an invitation and as a verb. In order to realize hope, there has to be some form of ‘do’.

The Hope Project has been launched. There’s a great looking concept book, t-shirt and videos. People came and felt warm and fuzzy and maybe a little bit more hopeful. But as many of the people we spoke to agree : Hope doesn’t mean much without action.

This is just the start. The launch is just the start of a much bigger movement — and as much as we can hope, we can also do. Do what you can to realize your hope.

And I believe that as we collectively walk towards our desires and our hopes, then really — Change gonna come.

Hope has two sisters: anger and courage. Anger at the things that hurt you, and the courage to change them.” – St Augustine.

m, hopetimist –

Effa on Hope

Effa Desa, Watcher
 1. What is hope to you?
Hope is a speck of brightness in a black hole.
Hope is a young flower bud growing from a monotonous expanse of concrete.
Hope is having the courage to believe in something good that will happen when you are surrounded with a sea of impossibilities.
Hope is when you have 42 degree fever and still get on that plane to enjoy your well-deserved holiday.

2. What do you hope for?
I hope that we learn to appreciate, celebrate and embrace our diversity because we’re not so different from each other.  I hope people are nicer to each other regardless of their age, race, wealth, status. I hope that we focus on similar universal beliefs: kindness and compassion… so that the world is a better place to live in.


3. What will you do to make your hope a reality?

I will treat people the way I wanna be treated, that is with respect, kindness, and consideration. Set an example in my own small way by putting into action my personal beliefs.

Gavin on Hope

Gavin, 22, Student


What is hope to you?

Hope is something to hold on to when the troubles of the world pulls you in.


What do you hope for?

I hope to love someone unconditionally and at the same time to get that kind of love back too. I am aware of the irony.


What can you do to make that hope come true?

Pray hard.

Farrell on Hope

Farrell Hamann, 61, Artist, California


What is hope to you?

Hope is a crazy fantasy, it’s something that makes you chase your dreams.


What do you hope for?

I want to sell my million dollar art collection!!!


What can you do to make that hope come true?

I’ll keep asking people on Twitter, and people like you! Any takers?

We launch today!

Less than four hours to go.
Things are getting exciting over here at the Hope Headquarters.

Just in case you’re wondering,
1) We will start at 830pm, but some of us should be there a little bit earlier so if you’re around just hop on by.

2) Where is Luther Centre? 4 Jln Utara, PJ
If you’re coming from Rothmann’s roundabout, head towards Jaya33. With Jaya33 on your left, keep driving down the road till you reach the traffic light at T junction. Turn right. Luther Centre is the first big greyish looking building on your left. There is a small fountain thingie-thing at its compound.

3) “Whoah, this building has many levels!” We’re meeting at Level 1.

4) Yes, there is parking in the basement, but if that’s full — just find yourself a spot around the area — as long as you’re not blocking the flow of traffic.

5) “But I don’t drive…”. No worries! Just take a train to Asia Jaya LRT station.
Luther Centre is about 5minutes walking distance from the station. (opposite )

Alright then, it’s going be good.
Bring your friends, family, colleagues later.

See you then!

Drive safe, be safe.

To Hope!

With the mission of collecting the collective Malaysian voice on the topic of Hope, we’ve been going around asking our friends/colleagues/family/strangers these 3 questions :

1) What is hope to you?
2) What do you hope for?
3) How can you make your hope come true?

We’ve selected some choice answers to compiled into a book, some are on video -and some others are here on this site.
This Thursday we ‘release’ the book, and the limited edition t-shirt that comes along with it.

Come join us for the launch party.

Thursday, December 17th, 830pm

Luther Centre, 4, Jalan Utara, PJ. (opposite Asia Jaya LRT, beside Tun Husein Eye Hospital)

Click to view map.

There’ll be stories, videos, live readings – and light refreshments. Hopefully lotsa hope.

Let’s celebrate Hope this season.
See you then!

This Christmas, Do Hope.

Join us to celebrate Hope!

Chik Ying on Hope

Chai Chik Ying, 31

What is hope to you?

Hope is a belief in love.

What do you hope for?

I hope everybody will love more.

What can you do to make that hope come true?

I will love everybody more.

by Lina Halim

I sent my car for its first servicing earlier today. It wasn’t made clear to me that it wasn’t 100% free — just free of labor charges. I still have to pay for the oil and stuff. Amounted to RM110.

I didn’t have cash, my paycheck hasn’t been cleared and even if it was there was no ATM machine within walking distance and I don’t have credit card. I called my Dad but he was in Rawang and will only be back in the evening. He told me to ask whether he can come by and pay later.

I went to the service advisor who attended to me and explained to her my situation — from not having enough cash on me to my Dad in Rawang. She said it was against company policy to let the car go unpaid. I couldn’t figure out what to do.
Then she said:  “Okay, how about this? I’ll pay for your car first, your dad can come and pay me back later when he comes.

After my car was done, she passed me her debit card and pin number and told me to pay at the counter. A stranger, a woman I just knew today, offered to fork out RM110 from her own savings to pay for MY car.
Her kindness rendered me speechless and I wanted to hug her badly and thanking her for it. It makes me believe that genuinely nice people still exist in this world. Especially after what happened to my car. Khailee said I have a guardian angel following me around.
That’s my story 🙂
by Sam Hepburn

“When I was four years old, I believed in Santa Claus, and wrote to him every Christmastime. I’d spend at least a week planning those letters. I had to make sure I impressed him. That meant no spelling mistakes. And more than that, I had to make sure that I covered every possible naughty act I could have committed over the year. Sorry for spilling my little sister’s juice accidentally on purpose. Sorry for making a mess and then blaming it on the dog. Sorry for sticking out my tongue at old ladies on the bus. I had to make amends with old Saint Nick. After all, there were presents at stake.

When I was fifteen, and no longer believed in the childish fantasy of Santa Claus, I started looking forward to the horoscopes in Teen Vogue magazine. I would warn my friends not to give in to a persuasive stranger on Monday 13th October, and remind myself to look out for a new business opportunity coming my way. My lucky colour was green, so even though it made me look like a toad, I wore green. My lucky number was 46. It made me feel better about 46 also being the number I couldn’t get past on my math tests.

When I was seventeen, I failed the biggest test of my life.

My ‘O’ Levels.

Or maybe I didn’t fail. You see, the ‘O’ Level debacle set off a chain of events that led to my eventually becoming what they call a ‘grown-up’.

Firstly, dear old mom kicked me out of the house, so I had to go stay with my uncle and his family. They lived away in nowhere land, so I had to learn to do all sorts of things by myself. Get a car, get a license to drive the car, get a job to pay for the car so I could actually drive the car…

In other words, I had to learn the true order of things. That’s right, letters to St. Nick and glossy horoscope spreads couldn’t help me now. Life on my own meant there were more magic shortcuts.

And you know what? Funnily enough, I’ve grown to like it. This independence thing, this charter-my-own-destiny gig. Because all my life, I believed in other entities. Now that I’m twenty-three, I believe in myself.”

Tse Ling on Hope

Lee Tse Ling

What is hope to you?

The difference between hope and faith—you hope with your eyes open.

What do you hope for?

Courage, mostly. Also coffee.