Education | July 29, 2014
Did the Ivy League Ruin Education? William Deresiewicz's Viral New Republic Story
— Getting an Ivy League education has done more harm than good for generations of students. In an eviscerating New Republic story, William Deresiewicz, a former Yale professor, argues that getting an “elite education” has isolated countless young people, turning them into zombies. The...
Science | July 28, 2014
The Power of “I Don't Know”: Math Speaker Jordan Ellenberg [VIDEO]
— When it comes to problem-solving, there is power in uncertainty—in admitting that you don't know. In a new keynote, Jordan Ellenberg, the bestselling author of How Not to Be Wrong (think Freakonomics for math), looked at everything from Nate Silver's predictions to his own research to explain that making educated guesses is tough work, even when you have data and hard figures. Stepping back and saying you're...
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....
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?