Day 1: Personal
The New Normal
Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Age of the Coronavirus

Angela Duckworth

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Grit

COVID-19 is changing everything from our day-to-day schedules and personal habits, to our ideas of success, creativity, and purpose. In this stimulating session, psychologist Angela Duckworth, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Grit, shows us how we can use science to navigate the unpredictable changes happening in all our lives. Whether she’s discussing passion and perseverance—the hallmarks of grit—or gratitude, kindness, and self-control, Angela offers actionable advice for thriving in a world that will be irrevocably altered.

Eric Klinenberg

Bestselling Author of Palaces for the People and Co-Author of the #1 NYT bestseller Modern Romance

In his book Palaces for the People, sociologist Eric Klinenberg examined how a robust social infrastructure can help us fight inequality, fortify democracy, and enhance civic life. But what happens when most of our public spaces are shut down in the midst of a pandemic? Joining WTF @ Lavin Live, Eric considers how we can prevent widespread isolation from overwhelming our most vulnerable, and maintain our connection and solidarity to one another despite the physical distance.

Steven Pinker

New York Times Bestselling author of Enlightenment Now

Steven Pinker is a cognitive psychologist and public intellectual who has been recognized as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People. His book Enlightenment Now was dubbed a favorite by Bill Gates, in part for its ability to show us that the world is getting better— even if it doesn’t always feel that way. Joining WTF @ Lavin Live, Steven shows us how to step away from the gory headlines promising impending doom and stay hopeful for the future.

Dan Lerner

Professor of NYU’s Most Popular Elective, The Science of Happiness

Dan Lerner is a performance coach and positive psychologist who teaches NYU’s most popular elective: The Science of Happiness. In this spirit-lifting session, Dan dives into the challenges that arise when people go from living their lives to being stuck in quarantine. For instance, what happens to our mental and physical well-being under lockdown? How can we work from home most effectively? Is there a way to continue to nourish our passions and creativity? And perhaps most importantly, how can we find peace during moments of complete and utter uncertainty?

Lori Gottlieb

New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk To Someone and The Atlantic's "Dear Therapist" Columnist

The coronavirus pandemic is not just threatening our physical health, but our emotional well-being. Our lives have changed in the blink of an eye: Hospitals are overwhelmed, millions have lost their jobs, and almost all of us have been confined to our homes overnight. With so much outside of our control, it’s easy to spiral into fear, anxiety, and loneliness—but how do we cope? In this session, psychotherapist, advice columnist, and New York Times bestselling author Lori Gottlieb offers us a constructive path for staying sane during a pandemic.

Day 2: Business
Innovating Through Crisis
A Pandemic Business Survival Guide

Nicholas Thompson

Editor-in-Chief of WIRED

Nicholas Thompson and his team at WIRED have been publishing thoughtful, up-to-the-minute journalism throughout the coronavirus pandemic. A techno-optimist with a wide purview of the future, Nick joins WTF @ Lavin Live for an intelligent and empowering conversation on potential solutions and opportunities for business, highlighting the crucial role technology will play in mitigating this catastrophe and helping us find our way through.

Chris Clearfield

Co-Author of Meltdown, Winner of the Thinkers50 Strategy Award

We all rely on complex systems in our daily lives, from the public transportation we take to work, to the financial markets that dictate our investments. But what happens when these systems unexpectedly fail? Enter Chris Clearfield: a risk management expert and co-author of the National Business Book Award winner Meltdown. In the face of our current catastrophe, Chris offers practical solutions and strategies to help business leaders respond effectively now—and prevent disasters in the future.

Jeremy Gutsche

New York Times Bestselling Author of Create the Future

Chaos can create opportunity—if you know where to look, says Jeremy Gutsche. The founder of the world’s #1 trendspotting platform, and a New York Times bestselling business author, Jeremy has used his cutting-edge insights to help more than 700 brands, billionaires, and CEOs find opportunity in times of uncertainty. In this enlivening session, he shares stories and tactics—battle-tested by leading innovators—to help us think disruptively and create the future.

Stephanie Mehta

Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company

No industry will be left untouched by COVID-19, and we’re likely to feel its impact on business for years to come. For leaders, this crisis presents an unprecedented challenge to innovation, creativity, growth, and purpose. In this session, Fast Company’s editor-in-chief Stephanie Mehta reveals how to develop more than just a response to the crisis, but a long-term vision and bold strategy.

Day 3: Society
A New Path Forward
A Democratic Response to the Coronavirus

Naomi Klein and Shoshana Zuboff

Bestselling Author of The Shock Doctrine in conversation with Shoshana Zuboff — Bestselling Author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

New York Times bestselling author Naomi Klein has spent much of her career challenging the dominant ideology of our time: free market capitalism. In this session, Naomi is joined by scholar Shoshana Zuboff, author of the award-winning book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, for a thought-provoking conversation on what the next economic chapter will look like—and how we can all protect ourselves against the predatory actions of corporations trying to defend their financial interests.

Jelani Cobb and Wajahat Ali

Staff Writer at The New Yorker in conversation with Wajahat Ali — New York Times and CNN contributor

Historian and journalist Jelani Cobb examines the intersection of race, history, politics, and culture in America in his award-winning writing. At WTF @ Lavin Live he is joined by Wajahat Ali, a contributor for both CNN and the New York Times who speaks to the growing need for racial diversity and cultural unity. Together, they’ll discuss the devastating effect of racial inequality on this public health emergency, and the long-term impact it will have on our communities.

Daron Acemoglu

MIT Economist and Co-Author of The Narrow Corridor

Beyond the danger it poses to our lives, the coronavirus pandemic threatens to upend the very nature of our free and liberal society. But despite a weak and inconsistent response to the virus globally, it’s not too late to reverse the damage. Economist Daron Acemoglu joins WTF @ Lavin Live to reveal how we can develop democratic solutions that will strengthen the healthcare system, recover the economy, and rebuild trust in our state institutions.

Margaret Atwood

Booker Prize-Winning Author of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments

Few have a voice as startlingly prescient as Margaret Atwood’s: the author behind the iconic dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale—now an eleven-time Emmy-Award-winning series—and its prequel, The Testaments. Now, as the world is caught in the throes of the coronavirus crisis, the celebrated author lends her sharp, uncompromising eye and quick wit to WTF @ Lavin Live for a thought-provoking Q&A on the future of our societies.