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microfinance | Mar 14th, 2011

Douglas Merrill: My Borrowers Aren't Trying to Buy Flat-Screen TVs. They're Trying to Eat.

At the SXSW 2011 Festival in Austin, Lavin speaker Douglas Merrill spoke on a panel called “The Future of Consumer Lending,” about personal debt, responsible lending, and why 30 million Americans basically live paycheck-to-paycheck. The Guardian UK writes, “The most interesting of the panelists... Continue Reading →
speaker news | Mar 10th, 2011

Novelist and Now Screenwriter: Salman Rushdie to Write Next People for Showtime

According to Variety, Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie is developing an ambitious hourlong drama called Next People to air on Showtime, home of Dexter, Weeds, and Nurse Jackie. Charting the rapid change in contemporary American life, the show will incorporate politics, sex, religion,... Continue Reading →
neuroscience | Mar 10th, 2011

Jonah Lehrer Asks: Does Living in a City Make You a Better Person?

Following up on his recent New York Times Magazine profile of Geoffrey West — the physicist who has solved the problem of the city — Jonah Lehrer now asks: “Are people nicer in cities?” Jonah first discusses superlinear scaling, which measures the increased output of people living in large... Continue Reading →
charity | Mar 9th, 2011

How to Spend $7,000 in Seven Hours: Amber Mac Gets Generous for Charity

Amber Mac donates to The Toronto Humane Society Amber Mac donates to Unicef Yesterday, social media speaker, author, and TV host Amber Mac was one of four celebrities to take part in a unique charity fundraiser for ING Direct. Amber had to spend $7,000 in seven hours on acts of kindness... Continue Reading →
book reviews | Mar 8th, 2011

David Eagleman's Sum: A Deceptively Slim Mash-Up of Science, Faith and Literary Fiction

“I’ve never encountered a book quite like the marvelously intelligent and imaginative Sum,” writes Laura Grace Weldon over at Wired’s Geek Dad blog. The sentiment is enormously kind — and spot on. Written by rambunctious neuroscientist David Eagleman over the course of seven years, Sum is a unique... Continue Reading →
feminism | Mar 7th, 2011

Celebrating International Women's Day: The Guardian's List of Top 100 Women Includes Four Lavin Speakers

To celebrate International Women’s Day, The Guardian has compiled a list of the Top 100 Women in fields ranging from film, politics, academia, science and everywhere in between. Four of Lavin’s speakers have been honored: feminist author Susan Faludi, Indian film director Mira Nair, literary icon... Continue Reading →
new speaker | Mar 7th, 2011

Debbie Travis: Raising a Family, Growing a Business, Building a Brand

Just in time for International Women’s Day, The Lavin Agency Speakers Bureau is pleased to announce that we have signed Debbie Travis, the renowned designer and entrepreneur behind Canada’s biggest celebrity brand. Travis possesses a fantastic dry British wit and exudes a passionate, authentic... Continue Reading →
awards | Mar 6th, 2011

Florida's Literary Champion: Carl Hiaasen Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Credited by many as the originator of the “Florida Noir” genre, celebrated author and Lavin speaker Carl Hiaasen has been awarded the 2011 Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing. Hiaasen is a Florida icon, and throughout his career he has used the Sunshine States’s peculiarities as... Continue Reading →
design | Mar 6th, 2011

Is 3D Printing the Future of Mass Design? Neri Oxman in the Economist

Neri Oxman — the acclaimed MIT designer, artist, and materials scientist who designed a chair that moves with your body weight — was featured in a recent Economist article on 3D Printing. That’s right, 3D Printing! In the future, the magazine writes, “some see consumers downloading products as they... Continue Reading →
keynote reviews | Mar 3rd, 2011

Fun with Open Data: David Eaves on What Government Can and Should Be

David Eaves is a public policy expert who is on a quest to help governments adopt the open data sensibilities of the 21st century. He’s also an amazing speaker. Eaves spoke at the Just a Click Away conference recently, where he blew the crowd away with his innovative take on the future of... Continue Reading →
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