What a delight that Charlie Gilkey and Angela Wheeler of Productive Flourishing said “yes” to my invitation to be guest bloggers for the Department of Hope this month. You can see their bios below, but let me just say a few words of introduction. They are both such caring, compassionate, creative and thoughtful people. It’s a thought-provoking pleasure to listen to their recording on the topic of hope.

This week’s Department of Hope guest post is an engaging conversation between Charlie Gilkey and Angela Wheeler, co-founders of Creative Flourishing. They begin with their thoughts about hope as it relates to entrepreneurship and creativity. The conversation moves to capital “H” hope – the big, global issues of building a better world, and small “h” hope – the everyday hopes we have for ourselves and others around us. Which do you think is most important? Listen in to find out what Charlie’s and Angela’s thoughts are.

Their 16-minute conversation will cause you to reflect on your own experiences with big and little “h” hope, and on your own times when hope flickered and when it was re-kindled.


About Charlie Gilkey and Angela Wheeler

Charlie Gilkey is a best-selling author, speaker, blogger, podcaster, and business strategist. His website, Productive Flourishing, has been visited by nearly 3 million people and his tools, worksheets, and planners have been downloaded over 1 million times. He’s taught thousands of people how to go from idea to done using simple, but powerful approaches that tap into their strengths and genius. 


Dr. Angela Wheeler is an author, speaker, and facilitator who teaches women how to thrive and lead by becoming aware of their strengths, creating nourishing boundaries, and cultivating the courage to become their best selves in the world. Her research focuses on how women can grow and thrive through transitions rather than waiting on “the right time” for them to prioritize the work they’re called to do. With a Ph.D. in sociology and her experience at PF, the best way to describe Angela is as a catalyst for positive change in life and business. She’s the co-founder of Productive Flourishing and co-host of the Productive Flourishing podcast.


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