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diversity & race | Nov 14th, 2017

“Who is represented? Who is invisible?” A Public Sculpture by Titus Kaphar Confronts a University’s Past

Controversy around America’s public sculptures has swept the nation—how should such a complex legacy be represented? Enter Titus Kaphar, the visual artist and standing-O garnering TED speaker, whose newly unveiled campus sculpture has been described by The Atlantic as, “a bold, exquisite way to... Continue Reading →
innovation & creativity | Nov 8th, 2017

Building a Creative Company Isn’t Luck—It’s a Science. David Eagleman, the World’s Coolest Neuroscientist, Explains

As machines advance, human imagination will become a company’s most valuable resource. This, says DAVID EAGLEMAN—neuroscientist, bestselling author and host of PBS’ The Brain—is the dawn of The Creativity Economy. In his new book, The Runaway Species, he explains why the brain is hardwired to... Continue Reading →
social change | Nov 7th, 2017

Reza Aslan: Fighting Islamophobia, Championing Diversity, and Now, in His New Book, Writing a Human History of God

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zealot and host of CNN’s Believer, Reza Aslan continues his investigation of our relationship to religion—historically, and in the 21st century—with his fascinating new book God: A Human History, out today.  As discussed on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate show,... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Nov 6th, 2017

How Art Shapes Justice, Citizenship, and “What Humanity Looks Like”: Sarah Lewis, The Lavin Interview

When award-winning photography magazine Aperture asked Sarah Lewis to edit their “Vision and Justice” issue, she used the opportunity to redefine the parameters of American citizenship: “who belongs, who counts, what humanity looks like.” In her Lavin interview, she elaborates on the process of... Continue Reading →
the lavin weekly | Nov 3rd, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: Reclaiming ‘Allahu Akbar,’ Behavioral Architecture, The Irony of Ageism, and A Study in Solitude

In this Lavin Weekly, Wajahat Ali wants ‘Allahu akbar’ back; Adam Alter explains how to build screens out of your life; Ashton Applewhite’s review of a new ageism book offers insights of its own; and Kate Bolick explores solitude in the desert.  1. “I want ‘Allahu Akbar’ back.” “I say ‘Allahu... Continue Reading →
retail | Oct 31st, 2017

When Brands Run out of Growth, Joe Jackman Helps Them Rediscover Their Purpose. Here’s What He Did for Walgreens.

What did retail expert Joe Jackman do for Walgreens when it plateaued? He didn’t build more stores. He dug deep into the brand’s heritage—what was their purpose to begin with? How did it originate? What made it successful? It turns out, “[they weren’t] in the drugstore biz,” says Jackman. “[They]... Continue Reading →
leadership | Oct 30th, 2017

For 10 Years, New York Times Columnist Adam Bryant Asked 500 Top CEOs How They Lead. Here’s What He Learned.

“It started with a simple idea: What if I sat down with chief executives, and never asked them about their companies?” From there, Adam Bryant distilled hundreds of interviews into six practical steps to leadership, which he shared in his landmark New York Times column, Corner Office. Now, a... Continue Reading →
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 →
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