The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward (A FAN Program with Daniel Pink)

We are so happy to support Family Action Network (FAN) as they welcome Dan Pink, author of the new book, The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward. Pink will be interviewed by Wharton professor and bestselling author Adam Grant, Ph.D. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of The Power of Regret from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Pink that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!

About the Book: In his newest book The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward, Dan Pink (FAN '18) explores the transforming power of our most misunderstood yet potentially most valuable emotion: regret. Everyone has regrets. They’re a universal and healthy part of being human. But they often have an underserved bad reputation. In The Power of Regret, Pink helps us understand how regret works, how it can help us make smarter decisions, perform better at work and school, and create greater meaning to our lives. 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: the American Regret Project, the largest public opinion sampling of American attitudes on regret ever conducted; and 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.

Pink will be in conversation with Adam Grant, Ph.D., (FAN ’14 and ’16), the Saul P. Steinberg Professor of Management and Professor of Psychology at Wharton.

About the Author: Dan Pink is the author of several provocative, bestselling books about business, work, creativity, and behavior. His latest book is The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward. Other books include When, To Sell is Human, Drive, and A Whole New Mind. He was host and co-executive producer of Crowd Control, a television series about human behavior. His articles and essays have also appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The New Republic, Slate, and other publications. Before venturing out on his own 20 years ago, Pink worked in several positions in politics and government, including serving from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore. Pink earned a B.A. in linguistics from Northwestern University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

About the Interviewer: Adam Grant, Ph.D. is Saul P. Steinberg Professor of Management and Professor of Psychology, The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. He is an organizational psychologist and bestselling author who explores the science of motivation, generosity, original thinking, and rethinking. He has been Wharton’s top-rated professor for 7 straight years. As an organizational psychologist, he is a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, rethink assumptions, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers and Fortune’s 40 under 40. He is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of five books: Think Again, Give and Take, Originals, Option B, and Power Moves. Grant hosts WorkLife, a chart-topping TED original podcast. He is the founder and host of the Authors@Wharton speaker series, and co-director of Wharton People Analytics.


Event date: 

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom webinar!
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ISBN: 9780735210653
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - February 1st, 2022

“The world needs this book.” —Brené Brown, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of Dare to Lead and Atlas of the Heart

An instant New York Times bestseller

As featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post

Named a Must Read of 2022 by Forbes, Newsweek, and Goodreads