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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 →
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 →
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