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writing | Dec 11th, 2017

The Best Speakers. The Best Writers. Lavin Exclusives Lead the Best American Writing of 2017

2017 is winding down, which means “best of” lists are burning up the Internet. But what about something you can read when the snow knocks out your Wi-Fi? The following six speakers have their work featured in four different writing anthologies, all of them collecting the best work of the year.... Continue Reading →
the lavin weekly | Dec 8th, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: Melting Ice, Digital Nudging, Surrealist J20 Nightmares, and The Psychology of Infidelity

In this Lavin Weekly, Laurence C. Smith explains where the water goes when Greenland melts; Shlomo Benartzi says digital nudges can make us better at life; Molly Crabapple sketches the J20 trials; and Esther Perel reveals why we cheat.  1. “As Greenland melts, where’s the water going?” In the... Continue Reading →
corporate culture | Dec 7th, 2017

Adam Bryant Distills How the Most Effective CEOs Built Their Most Successful Teams

Adam Bryant has spent the last 10 years interviewing over 500 CEOs for his New York Times column, Corner Office. In an incredibly helpful (and viral) NYT piece this week he lays out exactly how the most effective leaders in business built their most successful teams.  1. Have a Plan. “You need... Continue Reading →
food | Dec 5th, 2017

How the “Sensefulness Mindset” Helps People (and Companies) Re-Engage with the World: The Lavin Interview with Bianca Bosker

At a glance, Bianca Bosker works like any hard-nosed detective: close reading the evidence around her until the case is solved. But there’s no crime in her scene—rather, Bosker looks to the world of her senses to make experiences more informed, enriched, and alive.  What if you were surrounded by... Continue Reading →
the lavin weekly | Dec 1st, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: The Opposite of Addiction, The Retail Revolution, Fighting the Media Apocalypse, and A Big Congrats!

In this Lavin Weekly, there’s a profile on Johann Hari; Doug Stephens highlights signs of the retail revolution; Derek Thompson explains how we can fight the media apocalypse; and FrancesCa Gino and Erin Meyer land on the Thinkers50 list. 1. “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, the opposite... Continue Reading →
entrepreneurship | Nov 30th, 2017

Consumers Are Changing, and So Are Entrepreneurs. Kickstarter’s Co-founder, Yancey Strickler, on the Future of Success.

In less than a decade, Kickstarter—the world’s biggest and most successful crowdfunding site—has raised almost $3 billion dollars for new products, cutting-edge technologies, and even Oscar-winning movies. “We can resist and thrive,” says co-founder Yancey Strickler. Without formal business... Continue Reading →
retail | Nov 27th, 2017

“The Future of Retail Is Amazon—and It’s Not Even a Retailer.” Listen to Doug Stephens’ Excellent New Podcast.

Doug Stephens’ new podcast, Retail Prophet, kicked off this week with an analysis of Amazon: “Amazon is not a retailer at all. They’re a data, technology, logistics, service, innovation and media company that uses each of these competencies to weave a sticky web of conglomerate platforms.” This is... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Nov 24th, 2017

Memorializing America’s Black Working Class: LaToya Ruby Frazier, Artist/Archivist, is “A Public Figure the Country Needs”

In a New Yorker feature this week: “LATOYA RUBY FRAZIER can capture the decline of an entire economy; the vulnerable cycles of American industry, within a single human face.” In Frazier’s expansive new photography exhibit, On the Making of Steel Genesis, the single human face is Sarah Gould... Continue Reading →
business strategy | Nov 21st, 2017

Disappointed by the So-Called Digital Age? David Sax Offers an Analog Solution in The New York Times

A decade into the digital utopia, and its dark side is finally showing. Every day we learn another way our devices are making us miserable. Enter David Sax. He’s a sophisticated observer of consumer behaviour and author of one of the New York Times Top Ten Books of the Year, The Revenge of Analog.... Continue Reading →
the lavin weekly | Nov 17th, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: Broken Glass, Brain Software, A La Carte Reality, and Contagious Violence

In this Lavin Weekly, Teju Cole explores the role of broken glass in photojournalism; David Eagleman asks about the brain’s basic cognitive software; Jelani Cobb talks about what it’s like to be a journalist in the Trump era; and Derek Thompson explains how mass shootings are infectious.  1. “The... Continue Reading →
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