Innovation | November 18, 2014
Tom Wujec: The Way Companies Produce Physical Objects is About to Change
— Whether it’s a car, a shoe, a house, a chaise lounge, or any product, the concept known as RIP, MOD, FAB is going to change how companies make things, and how we consume them. In an accessible new talk, innovation speaker Tom Wujec takes us into this world, and highlights the opportunities. A perfect storm of cheap digital components, computation muscle, and better robots, he says, are disrupting the traditional avenues that we use to produce products. Wujec deconstructs how these design technologies...
Arts and Pop Culture | November 07, 2014
Interstellar Co-Producer Lynda Obst on Innovation and Hollywood's New Normal
— Christopher Nolan's much buzzed-about new sci-fi film Interstellar—produced by Nolan, Emma Thomas, and Lavin speaker Lynda Obst—opens today. The New York Times recently praised the film's epic approach to filmmaking, writing: "Interstellar becomes an allegory of its own aspirations, an argument for grandeur, scale, and risk, on screen and off." Not only is it visually stunning, says the Times,...
Health and Wellness | November 06, 2014
On Ebola: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Praises Speaker Laurie Garrett's Coming Plague
— During the Ebola crisis, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Laurie Garrett has offered unrivalled commentary on Twitter, through her blog, and as the go-to expert in the media. Her tweets from Liberia are an exemplary use of the medium: dispelling myths and voicing concerns in real time. Garrett's work has gained her an important following. Recently, the Chairman of the Joint...
Innovation | November 03, 2014
Better and Faster: Jeremy Gutsche's New Book and Keynote Coming Soon
— Late last week, innovation speaker Jeremy Gutsche dropped by our Toronto office to hand-deliver advance copies of his new book Better and Faster: The Proven Path to Unstoppable Ideas (March 2015, Crown Business)—plus some Better and Faster pumpkin beer. Have we mentioned Jeremy is the best? Our President David Lavin was at the New York office, so Jeremy...
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,...
Intrapraneurship expert Chitra Anand describes how she became an intrapreneur and what forces are at play in a constantly evolving marketplace.