Innovation | July 21, 2014
Making Ordinary Objects Extraordinary: Internet of Things Speaker David Rose in NYT
— Internet of Things speaker David Rose is breaking new ground in the field of "enchanted objects"—where everyday items have extraordinary abilities. Rose, who is an instructor and researcher at the MIT Media Lab and the author of Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things, was recently featured in a major...
Sports | July 04, 2014
New Speaker: R.A. Dickey, Cy Young Award-Winning Pitcher, Joins Lavin Agency
— We're thrilled to announce that R.A. Dickey, one of baseball's great pitchers, and a household name to millions of sports fans, has joined Lavin. The Toronto Blue Jays' star pitcher is a captivating speaker and "a great mixture of soul and intellect," says The New York Times. Watch him on The Late Show with David Letterman in the video clip embedded above....
Business Strategy | July 02, 2014
The Internet Didn't Change Retail. Mobile Did. New Douglas Stephens Video
— They call Douglas Stephens the Retail Prophet for a reason. In a fast-paced new keynote, he looks at how technology, big data, and consumer trends have given a handful of disruptive outsiders the tools to change retail. How people buy is changing, drastically. "And it's not a trend or a speed bump," he says. "Or even the mother of all speed bumps—it is a crash into an end of an era.” Soon, companies...
Big Data | June 13, 2014
Jer Thorp: We Need a New Bill of Rights for Data Privacy [VIDEO]
— According to data artist and big data speaker Jer Thorp, we’re getting a raw deal when it comes to our raw data. With increasing ease, we give up our personal information to sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest without knowing what’s going to happen with it....
Innovation | June 11, 2014
Beyoncé Donates $125,000 to Help Fund Jane Chen's Infant Warmer
— Pop superstar Beyoncé—who is arguably the world's most famous mom—announced last week that she is donating $125,000 to Jane Chen's organization, Embrace Innovations, which makes an innovative, low-cost infant warmer that looks like a baby sleeping bag. It's a product that has the potential to save millions of lives. Beyoncé's donation will fund pilot testing of the device in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali,...
Mental Health | June 10, 2014
First Look: Laurel Braitman Understands Human Behavior in Animal Madness
— Happy Book Birthday to Laurel Braitman! Her highly anticipated book Animal Madness, which is an Amazon Best Book of the Month for June 2014, is out today. Publishers Weekly says: "[A] delightful balance of humor and poignancy...[This book's] continuous dose of hope should prove medicinal for humans and animals alike.” Braitman is a science historian studying animal emotion and behavior. Her delightful and often...
David Rose, author of Enchanted Objects, explains the future of our everyday items: trash cans that ask to be emptied, chairs that trigger music, and coffee tables that display photos. How will this Internet of Things change our lives?