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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 →
social change | Jul 24th, 2017

“Aging is a natural process that unites us all”: Ashton Applewhite, Anti-Ageism Activist

One of the freshest faces to the Lavin roster is the wonderful Ashton Applewhite, author of This Chair Rocks, whose energy and dry wit infuses her writing, activism, and keynotes. Addressing ageism in the worklace and society at large, she presents new persectives on aging, pointing to alternative... Continue Reading →
social change | Jun 29th, 2017

“The travel ban ruling means my kids don’t belong”: Wajahat Ali in The Atlantic

“A crisis allows for an opportunity,” says writer and commentator Wajahat Ali in a new video essay for The Atlantic. ​The crisis in question: the Trump administration’s controversial Travel Ban—“or as we call it in my home, the Muslim Ban,” says Ali. Suspended in March of this year due to... Continue Reading →
social change | May 31st, 2017

How a Stranger’s Compassion on Twitter Helped Megan Phelps-Roper Escape the Westboro Baptist Church

Can you track the precise moment change is cued? With Megan Phelps-Roper, former member of the famously inflammatory Westboro Baptist Church, it started with a man named David, whom she met while managing the Church’s Twitter account with her trademark blend of bible verses, pop culture references,... Continue Reading →
social change | Mar 14th, 2017

Angie Thomas’s #1 NYT Bestseller The Hate U Give: A Novel Inspired by Black Lives Matter

Author of one of the first-ever Black Lives Matter novels for YA audiences, Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give has been called “a stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time” (The New York Times). Angie Thomas’ phenomenal new novel evokes, with vivid... Continue Reading →
social change | Aug 9th, 2016

Flint is Family: LaToya Ruby Frazier’s New Project Featured in Elle

Visual artist, TED Fellow, and MacArthur grant recipient LaToya Ruby Frazier has embarked on a new project, Flint is Family, which is the subject of a stellar five-part feature in Elle.com and a 10-page feature in Elle’s September issue. Much like 2014’s groundbreaking The Notion of Family, her new... Continue Reading →
social change | Apr 20th, 2016

A Portrait of Injustice: Introducing New Speaker LaToya Ruby Frazier

For LaToya Ruby Frazier, photography shines a spotlight on injustice in contemporary America. Her photos, often set in stark yet stunning black-and-white, capture three generations of history in her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania—an industrial suburb and microcosm of the 20th-century rustbelt,... Continue Reading →
social change | Dec 15th, 2015

Lavin Gives: Street Symphony and The Canadian Journalism Foundation

In lieu of giving holiday gifts this year, The Lavin Agency is making donations to two organizations we believe in: The Canadian Journalism Foundation and Street Symphony. These organizations are making a real difference in our world, and have a special relationship to a number of our exclusive... Continue Reading →
social change | Oct 13th, 2015

Changing the Narrative: Introducing New Speaker Suleiman Bakhit

New Lavin keynote speaker Suleiman Bakhit is a CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) and heroism narratives expert. His groundbreaking work focuses on countering prevailing narratives of what it means to be a hero in the Middle East. To Bakhit, violent ideology—terrorism—cannot be stamped out with more... Continue Reading →
social change | Oct 6th, 2015

Watch Kimberley Motley Drop the Law in This New Documentary Trailer

Kimberley Motley—former Miss Wisconsin, Afghanistan’s only foreign litigator, and force for human rights—stars in a new documentary called, appropriately, Motley’s Law. The film gives us an insider’s glimpse into a world of persecution so few of us will ever experience, and into Motley’s own... Continue Reading →
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