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...
Innovation | January 29, 2015
Design to Grow: How New Speaker David Butler Leads Innovation at Coca-Cola
— We're so pleased to introduce new Lavin speaker David Butler, VP Innovation and Entrepreneurship at The Coca-Cola Company. Butler first joined Coca-Cola to revolutionize the company’s approach to design—not just how things look, but a holistic, systems-based approach to create growth across the business. What he learned—the successes and failures, the practical takeaways, the case studies from Coke and other companies—is...
Work | January 21, 2015
The Business Romantic: Introducing New Speaker Tim Leberecht
— New Lavin speaker Tim Leberecht is the author of The Business Romantic, a book that argues we can find and create more meaning, and even magic, in and through business. We can make our work—and our lives—more fulfilling, if we design workplace experiences that engage our most complete selves. And, if we foster customer longing and loyalty by creating more “romantic” experiences, we can achieve more business...
Digital and Social Media | January 16, 2015
First Look: Magic and Loss: The Pleasures of the Internet by Virginia Heffernan
— We're thrilled to share the news that speaker Virginia Heffernan's new book, Magic and Loss: The Pleasures of the Internet, will be available in August 2015 from Simon & Schuster. A prolific journalist and writer (she has contributed to The New York Times, Harper's, Slate, and many others), Heffernan provides an original perspective on the most influential and least understood medium of our time. She treats the Internet not merely as a new technology or as...
Innovation | January 15, 2015
First Look: A Curious Mind, the New Book by Charles Fishman and Brian Grazer
— Speaker Charles Fishman dropped by Lavin's Toronto office this morning to tell us a bit about his new book, A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life. Inspired by Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer's weekly “curiosity conversations” with accomplished strangers (and with cover art by artist Jeff Koons!), the book takes a look at the power of curiosity: how an open mind and hunger for knowledge can inspire...
Religion | January 14, 2015
How to be a Moderate Muslim: Speaker Wajahat Ali in Salon
— Earlier this week, speaker Wajahat Ali addressed Islamophobia in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks with a satirical piece in Salon on the "mythical moderate Muslim." Ali, who is the co-host of Al Jazeera America's The Stream, often speaks on the Muslim American experience and is the author of The Domestic...
David Sax, author of The Tastemakers, explores a rapid shift in how food trends appear and what they say about our collective appetite.