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innovation | Feb 16th, 2011

Kindergartners Outperforming MBA's: Tom Wujec's "Marshmallow Challenge"

Innovation speaker Tom Wujec’s “Marshmallow Challenge” is a design experiment that reveals surprising lessons about teamwork, collaboration, and project management. Tom’s experiment sounds simple enough: teams try to build the tallest freestanding structure they can out of 20 sticks of spaghetti... Continue Reading →
neuroscience | Feb 16th, 2011

Steven Pinker Answers Questions About IBM's Jeopardy-Winning Supercomputer

As IBM’s Watson outsmarts its human competitors on Jeopardy this week, Steven Pinker, the Harvard psychologist, weighs in on what the computer’s victory could mean for humanity. Asked by The New Yorker whether Watson is a scientific breakthrough or merely a parlor trick—an elaborate billion-dollar... Continue Reading →
microfinance | Feb 15th, 2011

Mutual Respect, Not Pity: KIVA's Jessica Jackley on Microloans That Connect People

In a recent Globe and Mail video, Jessica Jackley directly addresses the camera — the viewer — to explain how KIVA differs from other non-profit organizations. For one thing, Jessica says, KIVA lenders can truly connect with borrowers and get to know them, which fundamentally changes the... Continue Reading →
compassion | Feb 15th, 2011

Karen Armstrong’s Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life Started With This TED Talk

A few weeks ago, religion expert Karen Armstrong released Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, the book which sprang from her winning a TED Prize in 2007. The TED Prize winner spends the next year or so — with the help of TED — promoting an idea worth spreading. Armstrong’s idea is that everyone... Continue Reading →
book release | Feb 14th, 2011

Orange is the New Green: Sustainability Speaker Alex Steffen Releases Worldchanging 2.0

A new edition of Worldchanging — edited by sustainability speaker Alex Steffen — is already the #1 environmental book at Amazon.com, based on pre-orders alone. The demand is that high. This second edition of Steffen’s monumental anthology, with a deep focus on cities, promises to be nothing less... Continue Reading →
awards | Feb 14th, 2011

The High Priestess of Punk Meets the National Book Critics Circle: Patti Smith's Just Kids Up for Another Award

After winning the National Book Award and landing on countless “Best of 2010” lists, Patti Smith’s Just Kids has just been named as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in the autobiography category. Serving as a snapshot — as a faded but still vivid Polaroid — of the New York... Continue Reading →
television | Feb 13th, 2011

John Elder Robison to Appear on Discover Science's Ingenious Minds

Author, mechanic, designer, photographer, speaker — these are just a few words that could describe John Elder Robison. The Look Me in the Eye author runs a multi-million dollar car specialty shop and a successful photography business. He’s designed guitars for KISS and toys for Milton Bradley. Oh... Continue Reading →
mental health | Feb 13th, 2011

Mental Health Speaker Drew Dudley: Being Called Superman, But Feeling Weak

Below are some very personal paragraphs from mental health speaker Drew Dudley. It’s an outline for his keynote speech on living with bipolar disorder — a powerful, myth-clearing talk about what it’s like to be one of the millions of Canadians who struggle with mental health. Before delving in,... Continue Reading →
middle east | Feb 10th, 2011

Reza Aslan in The Atlantic: With Mubarak Gone, How Does Egypt's Revolution Affect Iran?

After the dramatic news today that Hosni Mubarak has stepped down following more than two weeks of mass protests, the eyes of the world now shift to their neighbors. Will the revolution in Egypt, which has now proven to be successful, create a domino effect in the region? In no place is the... Continue Reading →
technology | Feb 9th, 2011

TIME's Lead Tech Writer Lev Grossman Profiles Raymond Kurzweil On the Future of Human Advancement

In his profile for Time, Lavin speaker Lev Grossman asks: when does science fiction cease to be fiction, and start to become reality? Ray Kurzweil has devoted his life to this very question, and he reveals his beliefs and findings to Grossman in a fascinating profile. Kurzweil’s main theory is... Continue Reading →
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