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innovation | Jul 20th, 2011

Sketching Big Ideas: Tom Wujec on Visual Note-Taking

Tom Wujec doesn't just write, consult, and speak on the power of visualization—he actually practices what he preaches. In this video from the TED Blog, Wujec talks about how he uses visual note-taking—using diagrams, sketches and drawings instead of straight text—to help absorb and make sense of the... Continue Reading →
cultural studies | Jul 17th, 2011

Jeff Chang: A Social History of the Hip-Hop Generation, Rediscovered

Indie kingmakers Pitchfork have compiled a list of their favorite music books and Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, by Lavin speaker Jeff Chang, is on it. A strong choice for University Common Read programs, Chang’s sweeping masterwork of vivid cultural reporting hedges... Continue Reading →
science | Jul 14th, 2011

A New Book by Nathan Wolfe, The Viral Storm, Rethinks Pandemics

Biologist and virus hunter Nathan Wolfe, who is a member of this year's TIME 100, will release his first book, The Viral Storm: the Dawn of a New Pandemic Age, this fall. Called "a charismatic and rising star of the medical world" by fellow Lavin speaker Jared Diamond, Wolfe crisscrosses the globe... Continue Reading →
natural resources | Jul 10th, 2011

Charles Fishman: We Don't Have a Language for Talking About Water

You'd think humans couldn't screw up water, being a renewable resource and all, but as we learn from a recent Washington Post piece, “we squander it and defile it. Until, as we are increasingly finding, it is not there when we want it.” The article looks at three must-read books acting as viaducts... Continue Reading →
art + innovation | Jul 6th, 2011

From Aspen Ideas Fest: John Maeda on Creative Cultures

Innovation speaker John Maeda recently spoke about building cultures of creativity at the 2011 Aspen Ideas Festival, as part of a panel moderated by Paolo Antonelli, MOMA's senior curator in the department of Architecture and Design. The renowned artist, designer, educator, and current president... Continue Reading →
science + democracy | Jul 4th, 2011

Dr. Jared Diamond on the Future of Human Rights

Celebrity scientist and Pulitzer Prize winning author Jared Diamond knows how to tackle big questions. His bestsellers, Collapse, and Guns, Germs, and Steel, have changed the ways we look at how societies thrive or fail and how we can maximize happiness while dodging ecological collapse. Now, in a... Continue Reading →
literature | Jun 26th, 2011

Salman Rushdie: A Rare Glimpse Into a Tumultuous Life

Over the weekend, The Guardian published an interesting interview with Salman Rushdie, in which the legendary author chats about fatherhood, faith, fatwa, and the writing of his 600-page biography—which industry insiders have pegged as one of the most anticipated releases of the decade. The... Continue Reading →
politics | Jun 14th, 2011

Rick Mercer: A Nation Worth Ranting About

Rick Mercer's a funny man, but underneath the hilarity is an ever-present keen ability to hold a mirror to the nation. In the past few weeks, with so much change coming to Canada's political landscape, Mercer has honed a new talk—“A Nation Worth Ranting About"—to address the years ahead. Mercer... Continue Reading →
the brain | Jun 2nd, 2011

David Eagleman's Mind-bending New Book, Incognito

We might like to think our brains are fundamentally created equal, but David Eagleman, all-star neuroscientist and Lavin speaker, disagrees. “Many of us like to believe that all adults possess the same capacity to make sound choices,” he argues in his amazingly-received new book, Incognito. “It's a... Continue Reading →
water | Jun 1st, 2011

Charles Fishman's The Big Thirst is a "Deliciously Fun Book"

Flushing your toilet is about to get a lot harder to do if you care about water, says Charles Fishman. It turns out the average American is flushing 70 liters of fresh cold drinkable water via the toilet each day. It's a staggering number, and just one of many eye-openers revealed by a glowingly... Continue Reading →
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