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the lavin agency | Oct 27th, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: Recession-Proof Nerds, What It’s Like to Get the MacArthur Call, A Female War Journalist, and Revising Bush

In this Lavin Weekly, Derek Thompson translates the Bureau of Labor Statistics 10-year forecast; Nikole Hannah-Jones talks about her recently announced MacArthur fellowship; Eman Mohammed explains what it’s like to be a female photojournalist covering war; and Rich Benjamin warns the world to take... Continue Reading →
technology | Oct 26th, 2017

Does the Rise of Robots Mean the End of Work? And Is That a Bad Thing? Martin Ford’s New TED Talk

“Is it possible that at some point in the future, a significant fraction of the human workforce will be made redundant?” asks Martin Ford in his freshly-minted TED Talk. The exciting possibilities of new technology have always been tempered by threat, he says. How can we protect ourselves and... Continue Reading →
gender & sexuality | Oct 25th, 2017

A New Yorker Essay on Harassment in Hollywood, by Producer Lynda Obst, Goes Viral

In her viral New Yorker piece this week, Lynda Obst—acclaimed producer of Flashdance, Sleepless in Seattle and Interstellar—describes how women used to make it in the Hollywood boys’ club: “if you wanted in on the decision-making you had to block out the vile language and the insulting sexism. ‘Don... Continue Reading →
behavioural economics | Oct 24th, 2017

Systems Are Complicated. That’s Why They Fail. Chris Clearfield’s Meltdown Exposes the Flaws of Complexity and How to Avoid Them

The Washington, D.C. Metro System; a state-of-the-art hospital; an elaborate meal: the most complex systems are vulnerable to collapse, tiny errors toppling organizations like dominos. But it’s avoidable. Chris Clearfield, behavioral economics expert and co-author of Meltdown (2018) explains how... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Oct 23rd, 2017

I Can’t Breathe: Matt Taibbi’s Gut-Wrenching Account of the Life and Police Killing of Eric Garner Is out Today

Matt Taibbi is one of the smartest chroniclers of the American spectacle. All of his books are New York Times bestsellers and his column in Rolling Stone (largely dedicated to the rise of Trump alongside the decay of truth) earned a National Magazine Award. His latest is a riveting exposé on the... Continue Reading →
the lavin weekly | Oct 19th, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: How to Talk to an Extremist, the Cycle of Creativity, Politicized Space, & Post-Maria Puerto Rico Survival

In this Lavin Weekly, Megan Phelps-Roper explains how to get through to an extremist; Neri Oxman speaks on her breakthrough model for enhancing innovation; Lucianne Walkowicz questions whether the National Space Council will actually be good for progress; and Molly Crabapple witnesses the... Continue Reading →
grit | Oct 19th, 2017

“Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint”: Four Experts on Resilience, Motivation and the Mindset Needed for Success

There are lots of ways to explain what grit is, but nothing evokes it better than the word itself. Educators, psychologists, and athletes know grit is imperative to success—talent aside—and these four speakers argue for it in their own funny, brilliant, and enlightening ways.  Yvonne Camus – Just... Continue Reading →
corporate culture | Oct 17th, 2017

Radical Creativity Lives Here: Derek Thompson’s Atlantic Cover Story Offers A Rare Look Inside Google "X"

“X” is Google’s highly secretive moonshot factory, where designers, psychologists, scientists and technologists try to come up with radical solutions to the world’s biggest problems, detached (in theory) “from the vagaries of the free market.” Atlantic senior editor Derek Thompson received a rare... Continue Reading →
health & wellness | Oct 17th, 2017

The War on Weed: Johann Hari Charts the Changing Landscape of Cannabis Legalization, Regulation, Use, and Trade

Johann Hari has spent his career studying addiction: its causes, victims, laws, and treatments. But what about cannabis? In a brand new and well-timed talk, Hari presents a fact-based argument for understanding a substance with legal and societal implications we have yet to fully explore. The... Continue Reading →
authors | Oct 16th, 2017

The Reviews Are in: Salman Rushdie’s The Golden House Is “A Great Gatsby for our time”

Sir Salman Rushdie has won every top literary prize and even received a Queen’s Knighthood for his “services to literature.” Simultaneously timely and timeless, his fiction walks the delicate line of critiquing the present without feeling fleeting. When it was announced that The Golden House... Continue Reading →
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