COVID-19 Action Course

With Guides: Michael Strong, Carrie-Ann Biondi | Tue & Thu | April 7th - June 4th, 2020 | 3:00 PM EST (1:00 PM Central, 12:00 PM Pacific)

Course Description
COVID -19 is a global pandemic that is often regarded as the most life-threatening pandemic since the 1918 Spanish flu.   Northern Italy has already gotten to the point at which doctors must make triage decisions. At the same time, several nations seem to have rapidly gotten the epidemic under control with very little loss of life. Clearly, there are a very wide range of possible outcomes. A significant additional concern, beyond loss of life, is that the social isolation strategies that are widely recommended are leading to significant economic and psychological hardship for many individuals.

What can we as individuals do to reduce the potential loss of life from COVID -19? What can we as individuals do to ameliorate the economic and psychological hardships that people are facing? Built firmly upon the belief that understanding and the ability to take action lead to healthier, more constructive lives, this course will focus on forms of action that individuals and groups can take to reduce the potential for fatalities and to ameliorate the economic and psychological hardships that people are facing.  

We can’t promise to save the world, but we can do our best to make a positive difference where we can

Course Schedule
  • This course starts Tuesday, April 7 and ends Thursday, June 4, 2020.
  • The course meets for 2 classes per week, every week. 
  • Class is held Tuesday and Thursday at 3:00 PM EST (1:00 PM Central, 12:00 PM Pacific) 
  • Each class is 60 minutes.  
  • All classes are held on Zoom and a built-in video and microphone are required. 
Class Size
30 students; minimum enrollment is 10 students.


Geared towards capable high school students, open to students 13-19 with a solid work ethic and above-average reading abilities.

Zoom (information will be provided after the registration is complete)


To register, please sign up below. A confirmation email will be sent to you. We will also reach out directly to enrolled attendees as we get closer to the start date.

Financial Aid
We have a limited amount of financial aid we are able to award to support families in need to be able to enroll. If you would like to apply for financial aid for this course, please complete the aid application here

About the Instructor: Michael Strong and Carrie-Ann

Michael Strong, the founder of ATI, is also a co-founder of Conscious Capitalism, with John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods Market. Michael’s dissertation advisor at the University of Chicago was Gary Becker, a Nobel laureate in economics. Michael has written extensively on economic systems for both academic journals and the public. He is the lead author of Be the Solution:   How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems, with co-authors including John Mackey, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus, and Hernando de Soto, author of The Mystery of Capitalism: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else. 

Dr. Carrie-Ann Biondi earned a B.A. in American Studies from Hofstra University, an M.A. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Bowling Green State University. She has been teaching a wide range of Philosophy courses and first-year writing seminars at the college level for 25 years, during which time she has used and refined Socratic pedagogy. Her hobbies include hiking, walking, running philosophical discussion groups for people of all ages, going on historical walking tours, listening to music, going to concerts, and visiting art museums.

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