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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 →
social change | Jun 22nd, 2015

A Blueprint for Change: Jessica Jackley's First Book, Clay Water Brick, Publishes Today

"The heart of entrepreneurship is never about what we have," says Jessica Jackley, co-founder of revolutionary microlending site KIVA. "It’s about what we do.” Jackley's first book, Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least, is out today. It features... Continue Reading →
social change | May 26th, 2015

"Afghanistan Has a Chance to Decide Who it Really Is:" Kimberley Motley on a Landmark Case

Lavin Speaker Kimberley Motley, who represented the family of a woman brutally beaten to death in Afghanistan, has written a moving editorial in the Telegraph explaining the case’s enormous significance—both in that country and around the globe. Motley represented the family of the victim, known... Continue Reading →
social change | Jan 29th, 2015

First Look: Clay Water Brick, the New Book by KIVA Co-Founder Jessica Jackley

Social entrepreneur and speaker Jessica Jackley is releasing her first book this summer: Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least, to be published by Random House in June 2015. Jackley is a Founder and former Chief Marketing Officer of KIVA, the world's... Continue Reading →
social change | Jan 6th, 2015

Rule of Law: How Kimberley Motley Became Afghanistan's First Foreign Litigator

New Lavin speaker Kimberley Motley is the first and only foreign litigator working in Afghanistan. She spends nine months of the year in that country, defending foreigners, embassies and ambassadors, and women and children in pro bono human rights cases. Her powerful TEDGlobal keynote, embedded... Continue Reading →
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