#DearWorldLive: Making Meaningful Connections in the Time of COVID-19

May 19, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has altered the way we connect with our friends, family and co-workers. Stay-at-home orders have pushed many of those relationships online. Hugs and handshakes have gone out of style and smiles are hidden behind masks. However, there are still ways we can stay meaningfully connected. On this episode of #DearWorldLive, we explore techniques for building digital communities in an age of physical distancing. 

#DearWorldLive is a new online discussion show from Doha Debates, hosted by Doha Debates’ correspondent and Course Correction host Nelufar Hedayat. Each weekly episode focuses on a different aspect of the coronavirus and its impact on our lives and our world.

How to Participate:

Doha Debates always wants to engage with and hear from young people around the world — like you! Watch live Tuesday, May 19 at 10 a.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Doha on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. Livestream viewers can participate and be featured in the show by submitting comments and questions with the hashtag #DearWorld.

Find the time in your city here. 

Want to be a student guest on a future show? Email us at connect@dohadebates.com to be added to the list.

Our Participants

Dr. Govinda Clayton

Dr. Govinda Clayton is a senior researcher in peace processes at the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich. His research focuses on negotiation, mediation and dialogue. He currently leads an international research project focusing on ceasefires during civil war. He has published work in leading peer-​reviewed journals as well as mainstream media outlets, including the Washington Post. Beyond academia, Govinda is actively involved in the development and practical use of conflict resolution tools. He has run negotiation capacity-building workshops and peace-building projects around the world

Priya Parker

Priya Parker is a master facilitator, strategic advisor and the acclaimed author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters. She’s also the host of the New York Times podcast, Together Apart. Parker has spent 15 years helping leaders and communities have complicated conversations about community and identity at moments of transition. Trained in the field of conflict resolution, Parker has worked on race relations on American college campuses and on peace processes in the Arab world, southern Africa and India.


Nelufar Hedayat

Award–winning journalist and documentary maker