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The Power of Regret: Fireside Chat
About the Presentation
Enjoy an intimate fireside chat and interview with #1 New York Times bestselling author, Daniel Pink, as he shares key lessons from his book, The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward.
Drawing on fascinating research in social psychology, neuroscience, and biology, Pink debunks the myth of the “no regrets” philosophy of life. He also undertook two unprecedented research efforts of his own. One was the American Regret Project, the largest public opinion sampling of American attitudes on regret ever conducted. The other was the World Regret Survey, which has collected individual regrets from more than 16,000 people in 105 countries. These projects reveal a fundamentally new understanding of what people regret and why that matters.
While previous research has focused on the domains of people’s lives (work, family, health, education), beneath that surface is a deep structure of regret that spans these domains— a hidden architecture of human motivation and aspiration. Around the world and across cultures, people have the same four core human regrets, and in The Power of Regret, Pink argues that these operate as a “photographic negative” of the good life.
By understanding what people regret the most, we can understand what they value the most. And by following the simple, science-based three-step process that he sets out, we can enlist our regrets to work smarter and live better.
About Daniel Pink
Daniel H. Pink is the author of seven books, including The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward (Riverhead, 2022). His other books include the New York Times bestsellers When and A Whole New Mind — as well as the #1 New York Times bestsellers Drive and To Sell is Human. Dan’s books have won multiple awards, have been translated into 42 languages, and have sold millions of copies around the world.
Pink was host and co-executive producer of “Crowd Control,” a television series about human behavior on the National Geographic Channel that aired in more than 100 countries. He has appeared frequently on NPR, PBS, ABC, CNN, and other TV and radio networks in the US and abroad.
He has been a contributing editor at Fast Company and Wired as well as a business columnist for The Sunday Telegraph. His articles and essays have also appeared in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The New Republic, Slate, and other publications. He was also a Japan Society Media fellow in Tokyo, where he studied the country’s massive comic industry.
Before venturing out on his own 20 years ago, Dan worked in several positions in politics and government, including serving from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore.
He received a BA from Northwestern University, where he was a Truman Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a JD from Yale Law School. He has also received honorary doctorates from Georgetown University, Pratt Institute, the Ringling College of Art and Design, the University of Indianapolis, and Westfield State University.