The Art of Insubordination: How to Dissent and Defy Effectively
Date and Time:
May 4 2022 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Note: Event start time is Central Time (CT).


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Todd Kashdan, Ph.D.

Professor of psychology, George Mason University, and bestselling author

Jane McGonigal, Ph.D.

Director of Game Research and Development at the Institute for the Future and two-time New York Times bestselling author

The Art of Insubordination: How to Dissent and Defy Effectively

Advice | Behavior | Business | Character | Civics | Community | Creativity | Culture | Empathy | Leadership | Mental Health | Motivation | Parenting | Psychology | Well Being

BONUS AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of The Art of Insubordination from FAN’s partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Prof. Kashdan that will start immediately after the webinar. Details on the webinar registration page.

For too long, we painted a dark picture of insubordination. A word defined as someone who is a problem. However, there is untapped value in embracing and permitting principled rebels.

For ideas to evolve and for societies to progress, we desperately need rebels to challenge conventional wisdom and improve on it. Unfortunately, most of us fear non-conformists, perceiving them as disloyal, reckless, or just plain weird. Because most would-be rebels lack the strength and skills to overcome hostile audiences, principled insubordination remains an under-leveraged asset in the workplace and public square.

In The Art of Insubordination: How to Dissent and Defy Effectively, Todd Kashdan, Ph.D. presents a guidebook for anyone seeking constructive influence when making change and rebelling against an unhealthy status quo. He offers evidence-based strategies to become better allies of our leaders in change, ensuring that the best ideas, products, and solutions survive and win the day. Filled with fresh and engaging stories about dissenters in the trenches as well as science that will make you see the world in a different way, he explores topics that are central to productive conflict and the design of healthier societies: courage, curiosity, creativity, psychological strengths, mental agility, resilience, and well-being.

A Professor of Psychology at George Mason University, and a leading authority on well-being, curiosity, courage, and resilience, Prof. Kashdan has published over 200 scientific articles, and he received the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions to Psychology. His books Curious? and The Upside of Your Dark Side have been translated into over 15 languages. His writing has appeared in the Harvard Business ReviewNational Geographic, and other publications, and his research is featured regularly in media outlets such as The New York TimesThe AtlanticFast Company, and Time Magazine.

Prof. Kashdan will be in conversation with Jane McGonigal, Ph.D. (FAN ’22), director of Games Research and Development at the Institute for the Future and author of the new book Imaginable: How to See the Future Coming and Feel Ready for Anything—Even Things That Seem Impossible Today.

This event suitable for youth 12+. It will be recorded and available on our website and YouTube channel.