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authors | Sep 5th, 2017

“Truth is whatever you say it is. And that’s terrifying”: Salman Rushdie’s The Golden House Is Out

Set against the bizarre, surreal, and often frightening backdrop of current American culture and politics, Sir Salman Rushdie’s latest novel The Golden House thrillingly speaks to a world where objective truth is the crumbling social foundation that we’re only now on the brink of. René, the... Continue Reading →
the lavin weekly | Sep 1st, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: Taking the High Road, Democracy vs. Math, The Last “Ism,” Afghanistan Strategy, & "Islam’s Mosh Pit"

In this Lavin Weekly, Jelani Cobb argues for the high road; Emily Bazelon reveals how voters’ rights are being violated; Ashton Applewhite continues the fight to end ageism, MJ Hegar asks what victory looks like in Afghanistan, and we get an excerpt from Parvez Sharma’s upcoming book. 1. “Trump is... Continue Reading →
social science | Aug 31st, 2017

Build Your Village: Susan Pinker’s New TED Talk Shows How Real Life Social Interactions Can Extend Your Life

What does it take to live to 100? In her just-released TED Talk, psychologist Susan Pinker explains the fascinating data drawn from her study of the Italian village of Villagrande. Why do so many of its inhabitants hit triple-digit birthdays? Hint: it has nothing to do with a low-fat diet.  As... Continue Reading →
leadership | Aug 30th, 2017

How Does a Liberal Arts Major (and Woman!) Lead 3,500 Engineers (Most of Whom Are Men)? Minette Norman on Radical Empathy

The VP of Engineering Practice at Autodesk—a world leader in software tech—is neither an engineer nor a man. She’s Minette Norman, a liberal arts major and new Lavin speaker whose unique perspectives on leadership initiated the company’s transformative culture change.   She achieved this by... Continue Reading →
motivational | Aug 29th, 2017

Watch These Videos on Getting—and Staying—Motivated from These 5 Uplifting Speakers

Momentum is easy to keep up when the coast is clear and the slope inclined in your favor. But what about when good fortune flags and fatigue sets in? As the summer holidays yield to first days of school and fiscal planning, we’ve put together a sampler of speakers who each approach the question of... Continue Reading →
behavioural economics | Aug 28th, 2017

Many Tech Execs Don’t Let Their Kids Use Their Own Products. Adam Alter Explains How to Limit Screen Time in His New TED Talk

There’s a reason Adam Alter’s latest TED talk has garnered over 1.6 million views – in it, the psychologist and marketing visionary offers actual suggestions for enriching the precious parcel of personal time an individual has left at the end of the day.  “That space is incredibly important to us,... Continue Reading →
the lavin weekly | Aug 25th, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: America's Drug Crisis, Making a Ulysses Pact, Klosterman’s Titles, The Uncanniest Valley, & IBM Predicts the Future

In this week’s Lavin Weekly, Laurie Garrett proves that America’s drug problem is exactly that: America’s problem; David Eagleman draws useful lesson’s from an ancient fable; Chuck Klosterman talks about the ups and downs of his long journalism career; Virginia Heffernan reminds us that the... Continue Reading →
social change | Aug 25th, 2017

“It’s time to ditch the Old/Young binary”: Watch Ashton Applewhite’s Acclaimed TED Talk on Moving Past Ageism

“Ageism is the last acceptable prejudice,” says Ashton Applewhite, but it doesn’t have to be. In her just-released, standing ovation-nabbing TED Talk about the misconceptions that surround getting older, Applewhite offers clear ways we can change our minds—and actions—related to aging. Author of... Continue Reading →
motivational | Aug 23rd, 2017

Everyday Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Improving Your Mental Climate with Dr. Jonathan Fader of The New York Giants

In his role as the Director of Mental Conditioning for the New York Giants, Dr. Jonathan Fader teaches already high-performing individuals to transcend their inhibitions. In Part II of his exclusive interview with Lavin, Dr. Fader shares some of the everyday mental conditioning tips that we can all... Continue Reading →
global economy | Aug 22nd, 2017

Americans Are Losing Faith in Democracy. Political Theorist Yascha Mounk Explains Why and What We Can Do About It

Liberal democracies are dying, while far-right groups and authoritarian leaders are thriving. It’s a grim fact, but Harvard professor, writer, and new Lavin Speaker Yascha Mounk is hopeful in his engaging talks about why it’s happening, how it’s happening, and what every day citizens can do about... Continue Reading →
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