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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 →
the lavin weekly | Oct 13th, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: The Death of Democracy, a 2017 MacArthur Fellow, The Trump Effect, and Disarming Ageism

In this Lavin Weekly, Yascha Mounk explains why younger people are dissatisfied with democracy; Nikole Hannah-Jones becomes a MacArthur Fellow; Maria Konnikova describes how social norms evolve; and Ashton Applewhite offers first steps for women to disarm ageism.     1. “Less than 1/3 of... Continue Reading →
motivational | Oct 11th, 2017

Dialogue, Empathy, and the Hard Work of Indigenous Reconciliation: Icon, Olympian, and Activist Waneek Horn-Miller

At 14, Waneek Horn-Miller was stabbed by a Canadian soldier for protesting developments on Mohawk land. Ten years later, she rebounded, becoming the first Canadian Mohawk woman to compete in the Olympics—and grace the cover of TIME. Today, she shows how reconciliation is possible: through listening... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Oct 11th, 2017

Nikole Hannah-Jones Has Been Named a MacArthur Fellow for Her Reporting on Racial Resegregation in American Schools

Nikole Hannah-Jones’ investigations into the re-segregation of the American education system have earned her a National Magazine Award, the Peabody, the George Polk Award, and, today, a 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant Fellowship—a distinction awarded to those who are forging truly significant progress... Continue Reading →
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