new book | September 16, 2022

Happiness, Change, and Democracy: This September’s Must-Reads from Lavin Speakers

The weather is cooling down and the trees are bursting into color—which means it’s the perfect time of year to sit down with a good book and learn from the world’s greatest thinkers. Three Lavin speakers released new books this September, with subjects ranging from happiness to innovation to the future of our democracies. If you’re looking for new ideas to get you thinking, creating, or focusing this fall, look no further than the books below.

Cassie Holmes’s Happier Hour

“Terrific advice from one of my favorite scientists about how to make best use of our most limited resource: time.”

— Angela Duckworth, New York Times bestselling author of Grit

Superstar UCLA professor Cassie Holmes proves that time—how you use it—is the key to finding happiness and purpose. (And to beating distraction, gaining focus, and plenty of other life-improvements!) Her new book offers a lively, deeply researched, and crucial new approach for using our time to find purpose at work and at home. Cassie says that we don’t need more time in the day. We just need to take control of the 24 hours we’re allotted.


Douglas Rushkoff’s Survival of the Richest

“Rushkoff offers something at once more realistic and more imaginative: mutual regard, responsibility, and flourishing.”

— Jenny Odell, New York Times bestselling author of How to Do Nothing

Brilliant, thoughtful, and full of energy, Douglas Rushkoff is a long-time Lavin speaker who advocates for human autonomy in a digital age. He looks at how tech elites are shaping (and eroding) the planet in their image—before trying to literally escape it for island bunkers, the planet Mars, and the Metaverse. It is up to us, the majority of humanity, to reclaim our planet. We can create a thriving world of human interdependence and connection. And it’s easier than we’ve been led to believe.


Jason Feifer’s Build for Tomorrow

“I wish I’d had this book years ago! Jason's advice is honest and real, and can help you invent your own future with confidence.”

— Kandi Burruss, Grammy-winning artist and entrepreneur

Endlessly animated and full of big ideas, Jason Feifer is uniquely able to roll with constant disruption—and he wants to show you how to do it too. A long-time editor at business magazines like Fast Company, and current editor in chief of Entrepreneur, Jason is on a first-name basis with the world’s greatest changemakers. In his new book, he distills their wisdom to help us not only succeed but thrive in a rapidly-changing world.

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