Social Change | December 18, 2014
Lavin Gives: Embrace Global and Street Symphony
— In lieu of holiday gifts this year, The Lavin Agency is making donations to two organizations we believe in: Embrace Global and Street Symphony. Led by two exceptional Lavin speakers, these projects are making a real difference in our world....
TED Speakers | December 17, 2014
The Year in Ideas: 2014's Best TED Talks, Featuring Four Lavin Speakers
— TED has just released its Year in Ideas, the definitive list of 2014's most powerful TED talks. We are pleased to see four talks by four incredible Lavin speakers on the list: Kimberley Motley on defending the rule of law; Eman Mohammed on the courage to tell a hidden story;
Digital and Social Media | December 16, 2014
Like or Lurk: Alexandra Samuel Uncovers What's Missing from Social Media Analytics
— In her latest study, Alexandra Samuel—VP Social at research and tech company Vision Critical—has uncovered fascinating new information about the gap between social media analytics and what companies really know about their customers. ...
Arts and Pop Culture | December 12, 2014
The Case for Dangerous Art: BioShock Creator Ken Levine is a New Lavin Speaker
— “We need art that scares us and pushes our buttons,” says Ken Levine, the creator of the mega-bestselling BioShock game series. “Dangerous art is crucial to our understanding of the world.” Levine, a new Lavin exclusive speaker, delivers keynotes on the cultural value—the absolute necessity—of art that moves the needle; the kind of art that...
Business Strategy | December 11, 2014
Why Business Should Pay Attention to the Bacon Trend: David Sax
— Cupcakes, cronuts, and the bacon we’re suddenly compelled to wrap around everything we eat are all part of our ever-evolving “edible zeitgeist,” says food trend expert David Sax. The author of The Tastemakers focuses his keen eye on the rapid deployment of trends that shape how we eat—delving into some of the takeaways in this new video, embedded above....
Digital and Social Media | December 10, 2014
Why Women Leave Tech, and Why it's Bad for Business: Sue Gardner
— As the War for Talent in the tech sector toughens, companies cannot afford to let talented—even overqualified—women leave the industry; it's just bad business. Yet this is precisely what's happening. In a frank and clear-eyed LA Times op-ed, Sue Gardner looks at why there is an “eerie absence”...
Adam Alter, author of the bestseller Drunk Tank Pink, delightfully explains the effects of subtle cues in the environment on human judgment, decision-making, and behavior.