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social entrepreneurship | Sep 20th, 2017

Good Business and Doing Good are Not Mutually Exclusive Says New Speaker Yancey Strickler

New speaker Yancey Strickler is the co-founder of Kickstarter, the world’s largest crowd-funding platform for creative projects, raising nearly $2.5 billion in its short history. It’s also a Public Benefit Corporation, meaning it’s legally obligated to consider its societal impact. “I think there... Continue Reading →
creativity | Sep 19th, 2017

“Creative courage is more than a strategy, it’s a way of life”: Artistic Director Welby Altidor’s New Book Shows Us the Way

For 15 years, Welby Altidor led one of the most innovative artistic organizations in  the world—Cirque de Soleil—where he was Executive Creative Director. His first book, Creative Courage (out today), offers inspiration, insight, and actions to take your own ambitions to new heights. During his... Continue Reading →
authors | Sep 18th, 2017

The Handmaid’s Tale Wins Eight Emmys, Including Best Drama

With thirteen Emmy nominations and eight wins, Margaret Atwood recieved the biggest standing ovation of the night for The Handmaid’s Tale.  Among the wins were the oustanding lead actress and outstanding writing awards, as well as a landmark victory for Reed Morano, the first woman in 22 years to... Continue Reading →
the lavin weekly | Sep 15th, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: Resegregation in the U.S., Confronting Racial Bias, Marriage Anxiety in the White Working Class, and a Modern Hajj

In this Lavin Weekly, Nikole Hannah-Jones reveals resegregation in the U.S., Ritu Bhasin shows us how to combat everyday racial bias, Rich Benjamin explains why Hilary Clinton’s marriage mattered, and Wajahat Ali takes us on a modern hajj.   1. “The names of towns and neighborhoods can serve as... Continue Reading →
authors | Sep 14th, 2017

Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace Netflix Adaptation Is Led by an All-Star (and All-Female) Team

After the success of The Handmaid’s Tale—Hulu’s most watched show ever, nabbing 13 Emmy nominations—Netflix is adapting another Margaret Atwood novel: the Giller-winning, Booker-shortlisted murder mystery Alias Grace, written, produced and directed by women.  Every episode is directed by indie... Continue Reading →
college | Sep 13th, 2017

Suki Kim is One of The Only Writers to Ever Live Undercover in North Korea. Now’s the Time to Listen.

Suki Kim is one of the only writers to ever live undercover in North Korea. Completely immersed, intimate with people no other outsider will ever meet, her rare knowledge about the world’s most mysterious and unpredictable nuclear power is both crushing and captivating. And with the type of... Continue Reading →
ted speakers | Sep 12th, 2017

Stop Trying to Fix the Wrong Problem. We’re Not Unhappy, We Lack Meaning; Emily Esfahani Smith in Her New TED Talk

Our “single-minded obsession with happiness” is leading us astray, says speaker Emily Esfahani Smith in her just released hit TED2017 keynote. Smith lays out the four pillars of wisdom that are not about banishing unhappiness, but rather, finding meaning within an emotional spectrum. “I used to... Continue Reading →
innovation & creativity | Sep 11th, 2017

Augmented Reality is about “Living in the real world” Says Dr. Helen Papagiannis in her New Book, Augmented Human

Dr. Helen Papagiannis is a world-leading speak in the field of Augmented Reality (AR). In the just-released Augmented Human—the first non-technical, accessible take on AR—Papagiannis reveals how this technological revolution will impact us and our organizations, and the opportunities that lie... Continue Reading →
the lavin weekly | Sep 8th, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: Undercover in North Korea, The DACA Decision, Neoliberal Problems, and Why It’s Okay to Not be Famous

In this Lavin Weekly, Suki Kim tells us how to deal with North Korea; Derek Thompson breaks down the disasterous DACA repeal; Douglas Rushkoff talks about Google’s latest controversy; and Emily Esfahani Smith serves up some hard but important truths.  1. “The Great Leader can’t be moderated. You... Continue Reading →
college | Sep 7th, 2017

Repairing an Unequal Nation: Five Top Speakers on the Art of Change

Keynote speakers Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Jeff Chang, Gabby Rivera, and Reza Aslan hail from the middle east to the midwest, but they all have one thing in common: an infectious desire to make the world a more peaceful and equitable place.  Khalil Gibran Muhammad: Professor of... Continue Reading →
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