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psychology | Jan 30th, 2018

“A Meeting of the Minds”: Steven Pinker and Bill Gates Discuss Human Progress and How the World is Getting Better

In advance of speaker Steven Pinker’s new book, Enlightenment Now, the Harvard professor sat down with Microsoft visionary and philanthropist Bill Gates to discuss the Enlightenment values of reason and science —which Pinker believes are still key to human progress —and why “we have no right to... Continue Reading →
happiness | Jan 25th, 2018

Productive Ease, Meaningful Work, Peaceful Communities: Three Speakers Offer Plans for Happiness at Work and Beyond

Consider the possibility of handling the everyday challenges of work, school, city dwelling, and creative pursuits with nothing more than your own mind. Speakers Daniel Lerner, Emily Esfahani Smith, and Charles Montgomery lay out straightforward actions towards living well, avoiding burnout, and... Continue Reading →
creativity | Jan 24th, 2018

“Everyone is Creative. It’s Part of the Basic Software We’re All Running.” Three Creativity Speakers on How to Cultivate Inspiration

The path to developing creative, innovative ideas at work isn’t as illusive as it might seem. Just ask Harvard history professor Sarah Lewis, neuroscientist and bestselling author David Eagleman, or Welby Altidor, the man responsible for the corporate culture at Cirque du Soleil, one of the world’s... Continue Reading →
the internet | Jan 22nd, 2018

Two Speakers on Net Neutrality and the Threat of “Democracy working a little bit less well”

Who decides what you see on the Internet? Not you, according to the Federal Communications Commission—which recently repealed the need for Internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally. How will this end to net neutrality affect our ability to freely send and receive information... Continue Reading →
motivation | Jan 19th, 2018

4 Speakers Who Will Empower You to Change Your Patterns of Action (And Stick To It)

Motivate your employees. Reduce your carbon footprint. Run a marathon. January is the month we want to figure out how to do better—with our time, our colleagues, and our creative endeavours. These four keynote speakers will inspire you to set goals, work through slumps, and make positive change... Continue Reading →
technology | Jan 17th, 2018

Biotech. Beats. Big Ideas. Introducing MIT’s David Kong, the STEM Expert Who Wants to Bring Everyone Into the Lab.

How do we advance scientific progress? We need to be more inclusive, says new Lavin speaker David Kong, Director of MIT Media Lab’s new Community Biotechnology Initiative. We must bring art together with technology. More importantly, we need to invite different minds into the lab and classroom,... Continue Reading →
top speakers | Jan 16th, 2018

Democracy, Artificial Intelligence, Cryptocurrency, & Compassion: Four Speakers Asking 2018's Biggest Questions

With uncertain political, economic, and social landscapes on the horizon, Yascha Mounk, Ajay Agrawal, Michael Casey and Megan Phelps-Roper are four speakers exploring the subjects that will define 2018.  Is democracy in danger? Americans, specifically young Americans, are losing faith in... Continue Reading →
leadership | Jan 15th, 2018

Three Female Leaders Whose Talks Will Inspire the Next Generation

Women don’t run the world (yet). But these women in leadership speakers—Maureen Chiquet, Jessica Jackley and Margot Lee Shetterly—are some of the strongest in their field, offering dynamic insights into how they’ve leaned in and leveraged their unique skillsets to make it in predominantly male... Continue Reading →
diversity | Jan 10th, 2018

These Three Speakers Explain Exactly What Diversity Means and Why You Should Care About It

Companies do better when they embrace and support diversity. But diversity isn’t just about ethnicity. It’s about gender, age, ability, perspective and it’s different for every industry. Lavin’s diversity and inclusion experts—Ritu Bhasin, Minette Norman, and Ashton Applewhite, to name a few—come... Continue Reading →
astronomy | Jan 9th, 2018

What Can Black Holes Tell Us About Humanity? Janna Levin’s NOVA Episode Investigates

What’s more powerful, mysterious, and let’s be honest—existentially daunting—than a black hole? Tonight, the venerable PBS science show NOVA releases “Black Hole Apocalypse,” hosted by astrophysicist, author, and TED speaker Janna Levin. The two-hour special takes viewers on a journey to the... Continue Reading →
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