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  • The Year in Ideas: 2014's Best TED Talks, Featuring Four Lavin Speakers 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;

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  • Like or Lurk: Alexandra Samuel Uncovers What's Missing from Social Media Analytics 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. ...

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  • The Case for Dangerous Art: BioShock Creator Ken Levine is a New Lavin Speaker 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...

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  • Why Business Should Pay Attention to the Bacon Trend: David Sax 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....

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  • Why Women Leave Tech, and Why it's Bad for Business: Sue Gardner 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”...

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  • Big Data Vs. "Cool Gurus": Jeremy Gutsche on Market Research for the Digital Age Big Data | December 10, 2014 Big Data Vs. "Cool Gurus": Jeremy Gutsche on Market Research for the Digital Age

    — As the founder of Trendhunter.com, speaker Jeremy Gutsche relentlessly tracks and finds The Next Big Thing—that valuable but elusive commodity—for a global audience that generates millions of views a month. But how can businesses jump on board? In a major article, Profit Magazine features Gutsche and his...

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