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canada 150 | Dec 19th, 2016

Celebrating Canada’s Urban Reality: Shawn Micallef Speaks on Identity & Nationhood at 150

As Canada celebrates its 150th year, we reflect on what unites us nationally by looking to both our past and future. In a new keynote, Toronto Star columnist and Spacing editor Shawn Micallef argues that Canada’s identity is built around its urban centres—growing, thriving, and innovating like... Continue Reading →
innovation & creativity | Dec 19th, 2016

Is Creativity Just a “Messy Mind”? Scott Barry Kaufman Speaks at PopTech’s SuperCreativity Conference

At PopTech’s SuperCreativity conference, Scott Barry Kaufman delivered a new keynote on the nature of creative minds. What makes people creative? Is it intelligence? Openness? Or something more? Kaufman, who studies the development of intelligence and creativity, digs deep in this new lecture. In... Continue Reading →
trends | Dec 16th, 2016

David Sax’s The Revenge of Analog Is One of Michiko Kakutani’s Top Ten Books of 2016 in The New York Times

New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Michiko Kakutani has named David Sax’s The Revenge of Analog one of her Top Ten Books of 2016, further cementing the book’s place among the hottest business titles of the year. An additional, glowing review, also from Kakutani, calls The Revenge of... Continue Reading →
politics | Dec 16th, 2016

The Definitive Book on the Islamic State: Graeme Wood’s The Way of the Strangers Arrives Next Week

Graeme Wood’s The Way of the Strangers—a gripping and myth-busting study of ISIS—hits shelves next week. Wood’s full-length expose follows his electrifying Atlantic article “What ISIS Really Wants”: a key text to understanding the theology, psychology, and strategy of the Islamic State. Wood’s... Continue Reading →
activism | Dec 15th, 2016

“I’m able to speak freely now”: Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin No Longer Silenced at This Year’s Pageant

Last year, Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin was barred from entering China, the pageant’s location, for her outspoken views on the country’s human rights violations. Now, after being silenced by organizers, she’s been given “a green light” (NYT) to speak freely in this year’s competition. Over the... Continue Reading →
innovation & creativity | Dec 14th, 2016

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang’s New Book “superbly illustrates” the Need for Better, Deliberate Rest, Says Arianna Huffington in NYT

In Sunday’s NYT Book Review, Arianna Huffington raves about Alex Soojung-Kim Pang’s new book Rest. It’s “such a valuable book,” she says, because Pang “superbly illuminates [the] phenomenon” of nonwork—that tuning out more deliberately unlocks our most creative and productive minds.  Pang’s first... Continue Reading →
lavin weekly | Dec 9th, 2016

Lavin Weekly: Pinker Urges Optimism, Post-Trump, Shukla Looks to Solve the Food Crisis, & Holiday Brings Stoicism to the Masses

Is the world as awful as we’re sometimes led to believe? Could a simple piece of paper solve some of our biggest food problems? Might stoicism be the answer to our deepest personal struggles? Find out in today’s Lavin Weekly.  1. Are We Seeing the End of Days? Steven Pinker Doesn’t Think So.... Continue Reading →
u.s. economy | Dec 8th, 2016

World-Renowned Economist Daron Acemoglu on Saving Jobs from A.I., Bridging the Partisan Divide, & Restoring Faith in Democracy

To leading economist Daron Acemoglu, our economic and political institutions need a dramatic overhaul. Automation maximizes profit but cuts middle-class jobs. Faith in Washington and Wall St. has crumbled. And politics is more partisan than ever. How can we hit the reset button on U.S. democracy?... Continue Reading →
politics | Dec 6th, 2016

What Does ISIS Really Want? Ask Our Newest Speaker, The Atlantic’s Graeme Wood

Graeme Wood’s Atlantic cover story “What ISIS Really Wants” was the most-read article on the Internet—the entire Internet—in 2015. In it, he delves deep into a group few of us truly understand. And in his keynotes, he asks—and answers—vital questions. What does ISIS actually want? Who are they? And... Continue Reading →
lavin weekly | Dec 2nd, 2016

Lavin Weekly: Trump Takes Power Soon—So What? Halpern, Bazelon, and Cobb on Consumer Debt and Freedom of the Press

Today’s Lavin Weekly features three plugged-in speakers who understand the ins and outs of the incoming Trump administration. How will Trump’s Presidency affect credit, debt, and banking? Ask Jake Halpern. What about freedom of the press? Emily Bazelon and Jelani Cobb weigh in. 1. Will Trump... Continue Reading →
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