Former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy - In Conversation with Matthew Stadlen


"Loneliness causes addiction, violence, depression and anxiety. In our new age of extreme social isolation, what can we do to solve the deep and abiding need for human connection? The world seems so connected, and yet we are lonelier than ever. Before the coronavirus pandemic western countries were already struggling with the devasting effects of loneliness. But what lies behind this crisis, and is it possible to reverse? Appointed by Barrack Obama to be Surgeon General of the United States, Vivek Murthy travelled the US highlighting some of the most pressing health issues of our time, from the opioid crisis to e-cigarettes. But none struck as close to home as the loneliness epidemic. In this free, livestreamed conversation with Matthew Stadlen, Dr Murthy will explore his insights into a unique and largely obscure global health crisis – and reveal the cure. Dr Murthy will offer solutions that can be applied to our individual lives, inform how we raise our children, and change how we think about work and society. We can all create, and benefit, from real and authentic community. For anyone suffering from the lockdown blues – which is to say, all of us – Dr Murthy’s celebration and affirmation of the power of human connection is not to be missed. Praise for Vivek Murthy: ‘The most important book you’ll read this year.’ Daniel Pink, author of Drive ‘Together stands with Atul Gawande’s classic, Being Mortal.’ Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers ‘A welcome beacon towards meaningful connection’ Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive ‘Fascinating, moving and essential reading.’ Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal ‘This book is a gift’ Susan Cain, author of Quiet ‘Exactly what the doctor ordered’ Angela Duckworth, author of Grit This talk takes place at 6:30pm British Summer Time."