Environment | December 11, 2013
The Climate Change "Tipping Point": Laurence C. Smith Co-Authors Influential Study
— Environment speaker Laurence C. Smith is the co-author of an important new study on climate change—Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises. The study and its authors have been featured on
Authors | December 02, 2013
Lavin Speakers Wrote Four of the "50 Defining Books of the Last Five Years"
— Flavorwire just posted their list of 50 Books That Define the Past Five Years in Literature—and titles by four Lavin speakers made the cut. Featured alongside several literary heavyweights—including Zadie Smith, Hilary Mantel, Jonathan Franzen, and Haruki Murakami—these books represent a "very unique and fruitful time for book lovers...[they] show what...
Environment | September 11, 2013
The Future of Urbanism: Lavin's Cities Speakers On The Modern Metropolis
— Can the city you live in make you happier? How can innovative infrastructure make the urban core more sustainable and reduce our carbon footprint? Can we work with nature, instead of against it, when designing a thriving metropolis? These are questions that Lavin's roster of top notch cities speakers tackle in their keynotes and groundbreaking research. With the "TEDxCity2.0: A day of...
Environment | August 29, 2013
Is The Arctic An Emerging Market? Environment Speaker Laurence C. Smith
— Is the Arctic the next emerging market? That's the question environment speaker and Arctic expert Laurence C. Smith brings to light in a new Strategy+Business article. With the Arctic ice rapidly receding, untapped resources are becoming more easily accessible...
Arts and Pop Culture | August 26, 2013
Advice to Students: Patti Smith Talks to Young Artists About Creativity
— "A writer, or any artist, can’t expect to be embraced by the people, [but] you just keep doing your work," Patti Smith tells a captive audience, "because you have to, because it’s your calling." Smith, who's always candid and ever-influential, shared her advice on life and career at the
Environment | July 30, 2013
A Changing World: Climate Speaker Laurence C. Smith On Human Migration
— What if one day your entire neighborhood, nay, your entire city suddenly became inhospitable? The idea of "forbidden zones" has been a part of science fiction for years. Environment speaker Laurence C. Smith, however, foresees massive global changes that could drastically change population patterns. In
"People are assets, not liabilities," says Bill Strickland in this inspiring video. For thirty years, Strickland has used his innovative arts and training centers to transform the lives of thousands of impoverished adults and teenagers. "By my creating this environment in the inner city, I was able to demonstrate that children who had been written off by life could become extraordinary people," he says. "By creating nurturing environments, you get innovation."