lavin weekly | November 11, 2016

Lavin Weekly #62: Klosterman, MacArthur, Gutsche, & Prevette

1. Chuck Klosterman: What Does Trump’s Triumph Signify for Future Elections?


In the wake of President-elect Trump’s shocking victory, cultural critic Chuck Klosterman, author of New York Times bestseller But What If We’re Wrong?, spoke to Inverse to share his always-relevant thoughts. 


“In my view, this outcome illustrates two significant things,” Klosterman said. “The first is that technology has made accurate polling impossible, which was also the case with Brexit. No one will ever believe polls again. And the second thing is that people evidently hate the media more than they hate anything else. When major media institutions started openly attacking Trump — which they justifiably believed was their civic responsibility — it had the opposite impact. It pushed people toward Trump, because consumers became convinced that the media was actively telling them what to think and feel. It validated the sense of paranoia.”


His first sentiment echoes fellow Lavin speaker Diane Francis, who reminded us in September that the only poll that really matters is the one on election day. And in the future (on which he’s now somewhat of an expert), Klosterman argues that the “issues” will begin to matter less and less:


“What appears to be happening is that it’s no longer two candidates disagreeing over different ways to solve the economy or exhibiting different postures about foreign policy. It’s that the issues one side views as essential are completely irrelevant to the opposition. There’s no connecting fluid at all. There is virtually no monoculture. Everything is niche politics now, and the size and intensity of those fragmented niches will dictate who wins elections.”


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2. Amber MacArthur and Jeremy Gutsche Shine at NextMEDIA ‘16


This Wednesday and Thursday, Toronto played host to the NextMEDIA digital media conference, and pair of exciting Lavin speakers were on hand in prominent roles. Social media and Internet of Things speaker Amber MacArthur MC’d the conference with her trademark charisma, moderated several panels with thoughtful questions and lively banter, and generally held the show together. And on day one, highly sought-after innovation speaker and CEO Jeremy Gutsche kicked off the event with his “Better & Faster” keynote—a must-hear primer for any and all companies looking to outsmart and out-innovate the competition. If you missed Jeremy at NextMEDIA, pick up a copy of Better and Faster, the NYT bestselling book, and learn to rewire your company to spot trends as they’re still emerging. 


3. Future Design School’s Sarah Prevette: Creativity Is a Learnable Skill


“We need to start treating creativity the same way we treat literacy or numeracy,” argues serial entrepreneur and innovation speaker Sarah Prevette in a new video for Inc. Ingenuity, she says, is the most important skill set that companies are hiring for. So why aren’t we teaching it in schools?


Prevette is the founder of Sprouter, a popular online community providing real-time advice to start-ups, and BetaKit, a successful technology news site. Most recently, she founded Future Design School, which does exactly what she’s championing in the video: it teaches entrepreneurship in the classroom, and currently operates in four cities (with major expansion coming soon).


“If we treat creativity as a skill set, something that can be learned, something that can be developed, something that [you] can get better at with practice, that changes the whole mindset of how we’re approaching education,” Prevette continues. Skills like creativity, communication, and collaboration are becoming increasingly valued in the workplace. Our framework for education needs to reflect this.



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