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  • Capitalism vs. the Climate: New Speaker Naomi Klein Takes on Global Warming Environment | February 26, 2015 Capitalism vs. the Climate: New Speaker Naomi Klein Takes on Global Warming

    — Bestselling author Naomi Klein has joined The Lavin Agency as a new exclusive speaker. Klein is one of the world's most celebrated public intellectuals, with millions of copies of her books The Shock Doctrine and No Logo in print around the globe. Now, she is upending the climate change debate with her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate: "the most momentous and contentious environmental...

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  • The Beauty & Diversity of Muslim Life: Bassam Tariq Speaks at TEDGlobal Diversity | February 18, 2015 The Beauty & Diversity of Muslim Life: Bassam Tariq Speaks at TEDGlobal

    — In his new TED talk (embedded above), Bassam Tariq speaks passionately about “the beauty and diversity of Muslim life.” Talking about the creative impulse that unifies his various professional pursuits, he argues that it’s crucial for us to create art and institutions that celebrate (and encourage) a nuanced idea of what it means to be a Muslim today. ...

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  • Math and Mating: Big Data Speaker Christian Rudder on OKCupid Big Data | February 12, 2015 Math and Mating: Big Data Speaker Christian Rudder on OKCupid

    — OKCupid co-founder and Dataclysm author Christian Rudder knows his way around data—he controls one of the most incredible information troves when it comes to our dating habits....

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  • Science and the City: Charles Montgomery Builds a Better Way of Life Cities | February 10, 2015 Science and the City: Charles Montgomery Builds a Better Way of Life

    — Urban experimentalist and Happy City author Charles Montgomery took abandoned spaces in New York City and reformed them into an living laboratory. In his inspiring TEDxVancouver talk (embedded above), Montgomery opens up about bringing together the right ingredients to build a social, and therefore happy, city....

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  • First Look: <em>Power Forward</em>, the New Book by Former Obama Aide Reggie Love Politics | February 05, 2015 First Look: Power Forward, the New Book by Former Obama Aide Reggie Love

    Reggie Love's new memoir, Power Forward: My Presidential Education, takes a close look at his experience as President Barack Obama's personal aide. What is it really like to spend 18 hours a day with the President? How did Love help make the President "hip?" And what did Hillary Clinton and President Obama say to each in a heated conversation during the 2007 Democratic race for the presidential nomination? Love shares his journey...

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  • First Look: <em>Clay Water Brick</em>, the New Book by KIVA Co-Founder Jessica Jackley<em></em> Social Change | January 30, 2015 First Look: Clay Water Brick, the New Book by KIVA Co-Founder Jessica Jackley

    — Social entrepreneur and speaker Jessica Jackley is releasing her first book this summer: Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least, to be published by Random House in June 2015. Jackley is a Founder and former Chief Marketing Officer of KIVA, the world's first peer to peer microlending website. KIVA lets users lend as little as...

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