exclusives | October 15, 2015

Lavin Weekly #11: Stephens, Benartzi, Motley, & Nutt

1. Douglas Stephens on the Rise of App-Based Shopping

You’ve probably noticed that more and more major retailers have been experimenting with geo-locating apps that make purchasing so much easier. Starbucks is now letting customers peruse menus, order and pay in advance, and skip lengthy lines. Green P Parking apps let customers top up their meters without rushing back to their cars. Loblaw’s “click and collect” app means you can do your shopping from work or home, and pick up your goods curbside. Appropriately, retail futurist, author of The Retail Revival, and Retail Prophet founder Douglas Stephens appeared on Canada AM to discuss this new trend. As Stephens explains, “companies are awakening to the idea that the differentiator is not necessarily what they sell—it’s not the coffee that Starbucks sells—it’s how they sell it. It’s the additional convenience that they can add through things like technology, and we’re really seeing it come to the market now.”

2. Make Better Choices with Shlomo Benartzi’s New Book, Excerpted on LinkedIn

LinkedIn Pulse has run an excerpt of UCLA professor Shlomo Benartzi’s brand new book, The Smarter Screen: Surprising Ways to Influence and Improve Online Behavior (Portfolio). The selection, titled “Squandering the Digital Revolution—Why We Make Bad Choices Online,” takes examples from poor consumer choices on national health care websites, disastrous miscommunication involving US airstrikes, and unexpected Uber mega-bills to demonstrate how, more often than not, “we choose the wrong thing” when confronted with abundant choices online. However, “this book is not about those complaints,” Benartzi writes. “Instead, the book is about how screens can be designed to make us smarter. It’s a book of behavioral solutions and practical tools that can improve our digital lives.” He goes on to offer three practical solutions to help people make better choices, ensuring that “we won’t squander the possibilities of the digital revolution.” An invaluable resource, The Smarter Screen is available for purchase now.

3. Dr. Samantha Nutt Talks War & Peace at TED Talks Live This November

A week-long TED Talks Live is coming to New York’s Theatre District next month. And on November 3rd and 4th at The Town Hall, Dr. Samantha Nutt will be giving illuminating presentations under the theme of War & Peace. (“Can we build a future without war?” TED asks. “What does it take to bring peace? Join those who have experienced every aspect of war—fighters, journalists, psychologists, and more—for a look at the impact of war in the world.”) As the founder and executive director of War Child in North America, the bestselling author of Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid, and one of The Globe and Mail’s 25 Transformational Canadians, Dr. Samantha Nutt is a natural choice for such a timely and high profile event. And remember: another Lavin speaker, Sal Khan, is speaking on November 2!

4. Kimberley Motley Fights Injustice with Her Kickstarter Campaign, and in Her New Documentary

Indiewire is calling Lavin keynote speaker Kimberley Motley “without question one of the most extraordinary people in the world today.” This starts off an interview with Motley in support of an exciting new film about her work—she’s the only foreign litigator practicing in Afghanistan—called Motley’s Law, premiering next week at the Chicago International Film Festival. If you haven’t already seen the trailer, watch it here. Motley’s also started a Kickstarter campaign to fund her ‘Justness Project,’ which “aims to raise funds to produce an ambitious series of real-life video documentaries following [her] legal defense cases in Afghanistan, Bolivia, Uganda, and beyond.” So if you can’t make it to the CIFF to see the film, consider sending along a donation to this incredible cause.

To hire Douglas Stephens, Shlomo Benartzi, Dr. Samantha Nutt, or Kimberley Motley as the keynote speaker of your next event, contact The Lavin Agency speakers bureau.

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