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the future of work | Jul 21st, 2017

The Future of Work: Four Speakers Take on the Promises and Problems of an Automated Workforce

In last week’s guest blog post, adaptation expert Amber Mac discussed the capacity of Artificial Intelligence to change future societies. This week, we look at three additional Lavin speakers—economist Daron Acemoglu, journalist Derek Thompson, and Rise of the Robots author Martin Ford, who each... Continue Reading →
motivation & marketing | Jul 18th, 2017

New Videos: Marketing and Motivational Guru Ryan Holiday on Practicing Stoic Insight

Ryan Holiday is a champion marketer-turned-motivational virtuoso, drawing on his work as a “sought-after guru” (says The New York Times) with NFL coaches, Olympians, hip-hop stars and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. The renowned media strategist behind celebrity authors Tucker Max and Timothy... Continue Reading →
artificial intelligence | Jul 14th, 2017

Guest Post: Is Artificial Intelligence (Finally) the Technology We Need to Save the World?

Fast Company writer, social media expert, president of Konnekt, and keynote speaker Amber Mac speaks about relentless adaptation and the accelerating pace of the digital economy. In this guest blog post, Mac illuminates the exciting—and varied—future of Artifical Intelligence in healthcare,... Continue Reading →
open data | Jul 13th, 2017

“Data isn’t passive”: Artist Jer Thorp Uses Raw Data to Tell Human Stories

With the Office of Creative Research, data artist Jer Thorp and his team sought to “physically bring data into public space.” One of their final projects was We Were Strangers Once Too, a massive data sculpture that highlighted New York City’s rich history of immigration, installed just as... Continue Reading →
canada 150 | Jul 11th, 2017

Peter Mansbridge, Nightly Voice of a Nation, Joins The Lavin Agency

As Canada celebrated its 150th anniversary, one of the most distinguished voices of a nation delivered his final report. Having spent 29 years as host of the flagship CBC newscast The National, Peter Mansbridge makes a graceful goodbye—and joins the Lavin roster. The indelible voice of 10 PM,... Continue Reading →
social change | Jun 29th, 2017

Wajahat Ali in The Atlantic: “The travel ban ruling means my kids don’t belong”

“A crisis allows for an opportunity,” says writer and commentator Wajahat Ali in a new video essay for The Atlantic. ​The crisis in question: the Trump administration’s controversial Travel Ban—“or as we call it in my home, the Muslim Ban,” says Ali. Suspended in March of this year due to... Continue Reading →
retail | Jun 27th, 2017

Amazon’s Whole Foods Acquisition—What’s Next? Reactions from a Retail Futurist and a Cultural Theorist

Last week, Amazon announced their purchase of everyone’s favorite place to score samples: Whole Foods. Lavin’s Douglases, Rushkoff and Stephens, weighed in on the sale in Fast Company and WIRED, respectively, offering their distinctive takes on the Amazon empire and what it means for consumers.... Continue Reading →
motivational | Jun 19th, 2017

The Four Pillars of Wellbeing: New Speaker Emily Esfahani Smith on the Search for Meaning in a Happiness-Driven World

When Emily Esfahani Smith was in college, she began to see a curious pattern. Our “single-minded obsession with happiness” is leading people astray. As featured in her hit TED2017 keynote and new book, The Power of Meaning, Smith provides readers with four pillars of wisdom that are not about... Continue Reading →
entrepreneurship | Jun 16th, 2017

New Speaker Casey Gerald: Redefining Entrepreneurship by Uniting Will with Skill

What happens when a freshly-minted Harvard MBA takes his skills on the road? Entrepreneur (and impassioned proponent of socially-conscious business) Casey Gerald did just that with MBAs Across America (MBAx), an organization founded with three friends to leverage their exclusive education, enabling... Continue Reading →
innovation & creativity | Jun 14th, 2017

New Lavin Speaker: NASA’s Former Chief Scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan Discusses Women in STEM, Climate Change, & Getting to Mars

Growing up in a family of scientists, geologist Dr. Ellen Stofan always knew she wanted to study the cosmos, despite the restrictions leveled at women in the field. “I felt I had to work twice as hard to be taken half as seriously. And so I did.” Now, Stofan works to promote gender parity in STEM,... Continue Reading →
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