Education | October 21, 2014
Teaching Is Built, Not Built-In: Education Speaker Elizabeth Green
— What makes an incredible teacher—the kind that sticks out as an actor of change or an awakening in each of us? Those telling education speaker Elizabeth Green, bestselling author of Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach it to Everyone), that it’s the result of magic or innate ability will be met with a strong argument found in
Food | October 07, 2014
Nothing Beats Bacon: Speaker David Sax on the Economic Impact of Food Trends
— We're so pleased to announce that James Beard Award-winning writer David Sax has joined Lavin as a new exclusive speaker. Sax is the author of The Tastemakers, a new book that examines how food trends have the power to change our culture—and the economy, marketing, business, and health—at a revolutionary pace. In his talks, he explores where these trends come from,...
Religion | October 02, 2014
Does Islam Promote Violence? Reza Aslan Confront Religious Essentialism on CNN
— Speaker Reza Aslan—who impressed everyone on the Internet last year for his incredibly calm, intelligent responses during a surreal Fox News interview where he was repeatedly challenged about why he, as a Muslim, would write a book about Jesus—went viral again this week after an appearance on CNN....
Big Data | September 26, 2014
“Big Data Had More to Offer”: FiveThirtyEight Profiles Christian Rudder of OKCupid
— “OKCupid discovered earlier than most what data could tell us,” writes the website FiveThirtyEight in a lengthy profile of big data speaker—and OKCupid cofounder—Christian Rudder, who released his first book, Dataclysm, to
Innovation | September 25, 2014
Learning through Failure: Cirque du Soleil's Welby Altidor on Innovation
— Welby Altidor, Executive Creative Director for Cirque du Soleil, recently sat down with the Globe and Mail to discuss learning, creativity, and innovation. In the video, which is embedded above, he spoke about the importance of failure as a necessary step in the learning process. "I think of my daughter and how she learned to walk, and that’s what she did most of the time: she failed," he says. "I remember the first time we...
Work | September 17, 2014
Up Close & Personal: Susan Pinker On Face-to-Face Contact and Happiness
— Psychologist and bestselling author Susan Pinker is back with a fascinating new book: The Village Effect. In it, she shows how face-to-face contact is crucial for learning, happiness, resilience, and longevity—and how it can even save our lives....
"People are assets, not liabilities," says Bill Strickland in this inspiring video. For thirty years, Strickland has used his innovative arts and training centers to transform the lives of thousands of impoverished adults and teenagers. "By my creating this environment in the inner city, I was able to demonstrate that children who had been written off by life could become extraordinary people," he says. "By creating nurturing environments, you get innovation."