How we answer the call to action

I’ve gradually wound down the many formal roles I’ve held over these past years. I’m left acutely aware of my relevance — and of any useful superpower.

We all have such a thing. Indeed, it’s how I frame many a career advice conversation: what’s the one marketable strength you could be called upon to deploy in a crisis?

Mine is to make sense of a challenging situation, then motivate people to do something about it.

In this current emergency, the University of Washington invited me to host its “Coexisting with Covid-19” series. I didn’t hesitate. It sharply aligned with my occupational value (and values).

It will require the best of all of us to overcome this pandemic. The quality of the content we produce should match this call to action. What began as a 5-part series has now been extended for another three episodes (and now a second season this fall), thanks to the strength of our premiere, “COVID_19 and the Truth.”

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May 7 at 6:30 p.m.: COVID-19 and the Truth, featuring Jevin West and Kate Starbird

May 14 at 6:30 p.m.: Failures of the Public Safety Net, featuring Edwin Guillermo Lindo, Graham Pruss, and Aaron Katz.

May 21 at 6:30 p.m.: Love In the Time of COVID, featuring Pepper Schwartz, John Gottman, and Julie Gottman.

May 28 at 6:30 p.m.: Supply Chains: Where’s All the Toilet Paper?, featuring Adam Drewnowski, Jennifer Otten, and Joe Heim.

June 4 at 6:30 p.m.: The New Essential Employee, featuring Anita Ramasastry, Kevin Mihata, and Briana Randall.

June 11 at 6:30 p.m.: COVID and Mental Health

June 18 at 6:30 p.m.: History of Global Pandemics

June 25 at 6:30 p.m.: COVID-19 Models & Predicting the Future

September 10 at 6:30 p.m.: COVID-19 Are We There Yet?