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awards and honors | Sep 30th, 2022

Urgency, Hate, and Family: Bestselling YA Author George M. Johnson Named to TIME100 Next List

For their powerful storytelling and advocacy work, George was named on TIME’s annual list of rising stars, which honours leaders across industries and their “extraordinary efforts to shape our world—and to define our future.”

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new book | Sep 16th, 2022

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

If you’re looking to get more inspired, productive, or thoughtful this month, look no further than these three new books. Cassie Holmes, Douglas Rushkoff, and Jason Feifer have big ideas that you won’t want to miss.

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new speaker | Sep 1st, 2022

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Change: Lavin Welcomes James Kirchick, Author of Secret City, the Hidden Gay History

In his instant New York Times bestseller, acclaimed as the most important work of gay history in decades, James illuminates the sweeping history of the gay subculture in Washington, and how aides, spymasters, and assistants behind the scenes fought for a world where they were free to be themselves.

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new speaker | Aug 26th, 2022

The Science of Making People Happier: Lavin Welcomes Martin Seligman, Father of Positive Psychology

Martin founded the revolutionary science of positive psychology, changing how people viewed psychology through his decades of research. The single most influential psychologist of the past 20 years, he teaches strategies to get happier and healthier, flourishing in any situation.

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videos | Aug 23rd, 2022

A Better Infrastructure for AI: Leading Expert Kate Crawford on Rethinking AI More Equitably

Up until now, artificial intelligence has been wielded by a select few: rich companies who are more concerned about their profits than their social impact. But Kate Crawford, leading AI scholar and “Atlas of AI” author, says that we still can—and must—rethink the infrastructures that give AI form.

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speaker news | Aug 16th, 2022

Get Smarter This Summer: Crucial Books by Lavin Speakers on McKinsey’s Summer Reading List

Curated by Nobel Prize winners, CEOs, founders, and more, McKinsey’s annual summer reading guide spotlights the vital ideas that you’ll want to know more about—including four books on leadership, change, and happiness by Lavin’s brilliant speakers.

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videos | Aug 12th, 2022

Innovate for Communities, Not Individuals: David Robertson on How Cherokee Values Help You Innovate Better

So much of innovation centers around satisfying individual needs and desires. But David, an MIT professor and member of the Cherokee nation, says we need to innovate for community, creating a framework of values that will help us design for what our customers really want.

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new speaker | Aug 10th, 2022

Mapping the Landscape of Artificial Intelligence: Lavin Welcomes Leading AI Scholar Kate Crawford

Kate is the award-winning author of "Atlas of AI," in which she maps out the physical processes that give artificial intelligence form. She knows that AI is a tool—one that can be used to oppress and exploit, or to create a more equitable world.

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speaker interview | Aug 8th, 2022

Our Climate Anxieties Can Actually Help Us Save the Planet: Stanford Fellow Britt Wray on Lavin’s The Big Idea

Britt sat down with Lavin’s Charles Yao to explain how our fears around the climate crisis hold the key to strength and action, kicking off a new video series of sophisticated, insightful in-person interviews.

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new speaker | Aug 4th, 2022

Unrestricted Play Sparks Unrestricted Creativity: Lavin Welcomes Award-Winning Toy Designer Cas Holman

Creator of the world-renowned Rigamajig, Cas designs toys that have no set function or objective. She proves that unfettered play empowers us to learn without fearing failure, work together, and find radical solutions—for kids and adults alike.

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