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books | Mar 3rd, 2011

Margaret Atwood on Why People Love Giving Books as Gifts

Author Margaret Atwood needs no introduction. She’s simply one of Canada’s — one of the world’s — best-known champions of literary culture. In a recent op-ed for The Daily Telegraph, Atwood praises Unesco’s World Book Night and muses on the extraordinary power of books to connect people. From The... Continue Reading →
television | Mar 2nd, 2011

May the Best Idea Win: Trendhunter's Jeremy Gutsche Joins "The Pitch" on BNN

World renowned trend hunter and innovation speaker Jeremy Gutsche is now a judge on BNN’s new show, The Pitch, which gives two aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to the panel, who in turn give the entrepreneurs the advice they need to become successful. (Jeremy’s... Continue Reading →
microbiology | Mar 1st, 2011

Lavin Speakers at TED: Nathan Wolfe is Tracking Tomorrow's Pandemic, Today

To celebrate TED 2011, which is taking place this week in Long Beach, California, we’re posting some of our favorite TED talks from Lavin Agency speakers. Today, we hear from Nathan Wolfe, an extraordinary young scientist whose work has been featured in The New Yorker and Rolling Stone and on... Continue Reading →
civil rights | Feb 23rd, 2011

An Ovation, and an Apology, for Civil Rights Icon Minnijean Brown Trickey

After Minnijean Brown Trickey gave her emotional keynote at Peru State College last month, something unexpected happened, something wonderful and heartfelt. Something 53 years in the making. First, a quick refresher: As a 16 year-old, Minnijean was a member of the Little Rock Nine, whose... Continue Reading →
books | Feb 21st, 2011

Indisputable Proof (Sort of) That College Students Love Chuck Klosterman's Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs

Every year, designer John Gall asks his first-year students to design a book cover for their all-time favorite book. Unsurprisingly, Chuck Klosterman’s Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs — which the Onion AV Club calls, correctly, “one of the brightest pieces of pop analysis to appear this century” — is... Continue Reading →
resources | Feb 21st, 2011

Charles Fishman on Everything Corporations Need to Know About the New Age of Water

Above is a sneak peak at Charles Fishman’s new book, The Big Thirst, his globe-trotting tour de force on water — the world’s most precious and least understood resource. The golden age of water — an age when water was clean, cheap, and abundant — is coming to an end, says Fishman, a Fast Company... Continue Reading →
middle east | Feb 16th, 2011

Think Groupon, Not Facebook: Daron Acemoglu on the Role of Social Networks in The Middle East Uprisings

While many people are quick to dub the protests sweeping the Middle East as “The Facebook Revolutions,” Daron Acemoglu thinks that Groupon might serve as a better analogy. In a recent New York Times article, Acemoglu argues that the real power of social networking tools is their ability to... Continue Reading →
neuroscience | Feb 16th, 2011

Steven Pinker Answers Questions About IBM's Jeopardy-Winning Supercomputer

As IBM’s Watson outsmarts its human competitors on Jeopardy this week, Steven Pinker, the Harvard psychologist, weighs in on what the computer’s victory could mean for humanity. Asked by The New Yorker whether Watson is a scientific breakthrough or merely a parlor trick—an elaborate billion-dollar... Continue Reading →
microfinance | Feb 15th, 2011

Mutual Respect, Not Pity: KIVA's Jessica Jackley on Microloans That Connect People

In a recent Globe and Mail video, Jessica Jackley directly addresses the camera — the viewer — to explain how KIVA differs from other non-profit organizations. For one thing, Jessica says, KIVA lenders can truly connect with borrowers and get to know them, which fundamentally changes the... Continue Reading →
television | Feb 13th, 2011

John Elder Robison to Appear on Discover Science's Ingenious Minds

Author, mechanic, designer, photographer, speaker — these are just a few words that could describe John Elder Robison. The Look Me in the Eye author runs a multi-million dollar car specialty shop and a successful photography business. He’s designed guitars for KISS and toys for Milton Bradley. Oh... Continue Reading →
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