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behavioural economics | Jun 1st, 2017

VIDEO: How Does Flirting Make a Happier City? Urban Design Consultant Charles Montgomery Explains

“Every city’s doing a little bit right,” said author and urban design consultant Charles Montgomery during his recent Lavin HQ visit. “And a lot wrong, unfortunately,” he adds with a smile. He’s worked on enough cities to know.  Charles Montgomery speaks from the intersection of theory and... Continue Reading →
social change | May 31st, 2017

How a Stranger’s Compassion on Twitter Helped Megan Phelps-Roper Escape the Westboro Baptist Church

Can you track the precise moment change is cued? With Megan Phelps-Roper, former member of the famously inflammatory Westboro Baptist Church, it started with a man named David, whom she met while managing the Church’s Twitter account with her trademark blend of bible verses, pop culture references,... Continue Reading →
leadership | May 30th, 2017

Fort McMurray’s Former Fire Chief Darby Allen Reflects on the People Who Stood by Him During the Historic Blaze

One year after the fire that nearly consumed the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta—and certainly gripped the nation—former Fire Chief Darby Allen speaks poignantly on the people who worked with him to save lives and provide aid in the midst of crisis. In light of his accomplishments, on May 29, Allen... Continue Reading →
psychology | May 25th, 2017

“This is the most inspiring book I’ve ever read.” Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature Gets a Boost from Bill Gates

When Bill Gates drops a book tip, people listen—and there are the sales to prove it. Veteran Lavin speaker Steven Pinker’s 2011 book The Better Angels of Our Nature is currently enjoying a surge of fresh interest, including a #1 spot on Amazon, thanks to Gates’s glowing recommendation. As... Continue Reading →
the lavin interview | May 23rd, 2017

“The Blunt Words of Writers Can Expose Truth.” The Lavin Interview with Rich Benjamin, Author of Whitopia

Even under the Trump presidency, America is more diverse than ever. And yet our neighborhoods don’t reflect this fact, as author and journalist Rich Benjamin reported upon in his hilarious and incisive two-year voyage through America’s whitest communities. The capstone of this quest is his... Continue Reading →
technology | May 10th, 2017

The Lavin Interview with Nicholas Thompson: New Editor-in-Chief of Wired on the Future of Tech, A.I., and Humanity

Newly minted Wired EIC Nicholas Thompson is ready to revitalize the iconic tech monthly. As the former digital editor of The New Yorker, Thompson introduced an uncompromising level of quality to the online platform, increasing readership exponentially. With two issues of Wired under his belt,... Continue Reading →
innovation & creativity | May 9th, 2017

Captivating Audiences: Magician David Kwong Shows Us How to Sell Ideas, Products, & Skills Using the Power of Illusion

  Illusionist and writer David Kwong has held corporate CEOs, TED audiences, and thousands of other notoriously rational animals rapt—controlling their perception of truth to the smallest degree. How? In his new book Spellbound, he spills the secrets that will help anyone grow their business in... Continue Reading →
leadership | May 5th, 2017

“Brands that do well have a purpose”: Maureen Chiquet on Promoting Active and Conscious Leadership

“A lot of what women have been presented as a model is about perfection,” says Maureen Chiquet in a recent New York Times profile. Now, the author of Beyond the Label and former CEO of  fashion atelier Chanel speaks about finding purpose rather than perfection. Shortly after leaving her position... Continue Reading →
innovation & creativity | May 3rd, 2017

“Photography as a Project of American Citizenship”: A New Short Film Celebrates Sarah Lewis’s “Vision & Justice”

“How do you come into contact with those unlike yourself, which is required in a democracy?” Sarah Lewis—Harvard professor, best-selling author, and winner of the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award—argues that it has to do with the images we see and make.  In a beautiful new short... Continue Reading →
visual artists | Apr 28th, 2017

Shifting Focus in Art and Life: Titus Kaphar Receives a Standing Ovation at TED 2017

“Painting is a visual language where everything is meaningful, important, and coded,” says new speaker Titus Kaphar in his TED Talk, which brought the Vancouver audience to its feet. How can we amend our visual intelligence? With no small amount of dynamism, Kaphar shows how we can acknowledge our... Continue Reading →
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