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diversity & race | Apr 20th, 2017

Khalil Gibran Muhammad: Race, Education, and Rewriting the Legacy of the Invisible Man

“If we only search for a narrative that is most convenient to us, then we ourselves may be part of this nation’s going over the cliff,” says new Lavin speaker and Harvard professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad. Obscuring the nastier parts of American history may seem politically correct—but it also... Continue Reading →
psychology | Apr 18th, 2017

“Leave your phone at home for a day” Suggests Daniel Lerner, Author of U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life)

The advice that happiness expert and NYU professor Daniel Lerner offers in his just-released book U Thrive isn’t strictly for those embarking on their college years. “It’s for 30-year-olds, 40-year-olds, and 50-year-olds,” he told us in a recent visit to Lavin’s Toronto office.   “We just put it... Continue Reading →
books | Apr 13th, 2017

Spring Reads: Retail, Labels, Lies and more

While spring flowers can’t be counted on, spring books stay true to their release dates. Several of our new and veteran speakers have titles hitting the shelves this month, so we’ve highlighted a few that make for good reading, April rain or shine: 1. Maureen Chiquet’s Beyond the Label:... Continue Reading →
environment | Apr 12th, 2017

Shalini Kantayya at TED: The Future of The American Dream is Green

“Saving our environment doesn’t come at the cost of jobs and the economy,” says filmmaker, environmentalist, and TED Fellow Shalini KantayYa in her newest TED Residency talk. Instead, she says, we need to think about cultivating a clean future, while creating opportunities today. “The idea of... Continue Reading →
retail | Apr 11th, 2017

Are You Ready for the Retail Revolution? Douglas Stephens’ New Book Reengineering Retail Maps the Future of Selling

Physical stores have vanished. Online giants rule the market. The very concept of the ‘store,’ and how consumers shop, has been totally reinvented. But with Douglas Stephens’ new book Reengineering Retail, we can see these vast changes for what they truly are—opportunities.  As one of the most... Continue Reading →
technology | Apr 10th, 2017

What Does Your Data Know that You Don't? Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Surely a search engine wouldn’t understand our desires better than we do, right? Well, we’re forgetting one thing: we don’t sugarcoat anything for a search bar. According to former Google data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz’s new book Everybody Lies, people are skilled fabricators whether we... Continue Reading →
entrepreneurship | Apr 7th, 2017

The Power of Good People: Entrepreneur Anthony Tjan on the “Secret” to Success

How can you populate your business (both physically and figuratively) with good people? Not just good on paper, but the kind of person who brings it with them to work every day? In his new book, Good People, Anthony Tjan explains why this kind of person is so valuable to your company ethos—and for... Continue Reading →
lavin weekly | Mar 31st, 2017

Lavin Weekly: 3 Ways to Fight Bigotry, “Full Frontal” Intel, & Photographing a Movement

There must be something in the water, because no less than three of our speakers this week discussed their uniquely humane ways of challenging bigotry. Negin Farsad on the TED Radio Hour, Reza Aslan in The New York Times, and David Sax in The New Yorker all argued for speaking up through different... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Mar 28th, 2017

Sarah Lewis’s Photographic Vision of Justice: Harvard, Brooklyn, and Beyond

As reported in The New York Times, Sarah Lewis’s exploration of race through the lens of photography is seeding new educational streams. Her three-part “Vision and Justice” course at the Brooklyn Public Library, inspired by her Aperture issue of the same name, is already at capacity. Author, art... Continue Reading →
lavin weekly | Mar 27th, 2017

Lavin Weekly: Young Adult Fiction, Workplace Dynamics, Grit, Prison, and the President

Last week our speakers covered a lot of topical ground. For the New Yorker, Eyal Press wrote about injustice in a Florida prison; Angela Duckworth discussed grit in Marie Claire; in Big Think, Esther Perel discussed navigating office life; The New York Times name-checked Angie Thomas (yet again!),... Continue Reading →
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