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social change | Jun 29th, 2017

“The travel ban ruling means my kids don’t belong”: Wajahat Ali in The Atlantic

“A crisis allows for an opportunity,” says writer and commentator Wajahat Ali in a new video essay for The Atlantic. ​The crisis in question: the Trump administration’s controversial Travel Ban—“or as we call it in my home, the Muslim Ban,” says Ali. Suspended in March of this year due to... Continue Reading →
retail | Jun 27th, 2017

Amazon’s Whole Foods Acquisition—What’s Next? Reactions from a Retail Futurist and a Cultural Theorist

Last week, Amazon announced their purchase of everyone’s favorite place to score samples: Whole Foods. Lavin’s Douglases, Rushkoff and Stephens, weighed in on the sale in Fast Company and WIRED, respectively, offering their distinctive takes on the Amazon empire and what it means for consumers.... Continue Reading →
motivational | Jun 19th, 2017

The Four Pillars of Wellbeing: New Speaker Emily Esfahani Smith on the Search for Meaning in a Happiness-Driven World

When Emily Esfahani Smith was in college, she began to see a curious pattern. Our “single-minded obsession with happiness” is leading people astray. As featured in her hit TED2017 keynote and new book, The Power of Meaning, Smith provides readers with four pillars of wisdom that are not about... Continue Reading →
entrepreneurship | Jun 16th, 2017

New Speaker Casey Gerald: Redefining Entrepreneurship by Uniting Will with Skill

What happens when a freshly-minted Harvard MBA takes his skills on the road? Entrepreneur (and impassioned proponent of socially-conscious business) Casey Gerald did just that with MBAs Across America (MBAx), an organization founded with three friends to leverage their exclusive education, enabling... Continue Reading →
innovation & creativity | Jun 14th, 2017

New Lavin Speaker: NASA’s Former Chief Scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan Discusses Women in STEM, Climate Change, & Getting to Mars

Growing up in a family of scientists, geologist Dr. Ellen Stofan always knew she wanted to study the cosmos, despite the restrictions leveled at women in the field. “I felt I had to work twice as hard to be taken half as seriously. And so I did.” Now, Stofan works to promote gender parity in STEM,... Continue Reading →
gender & sexuality | Jun 13th, 2017

In Her Hit Podcast on iTunes, Psychoanalyst Esther Perel Investigates the Secret Lives of Strangers, Reminding Us “How good it is to listen” (The New Yorker)

Psychoanalyst, bestselling author, and now host of the exciting new podcast Where Should We Begin?, Esther Perel invites people to understand their own private issues through the lives of others. Every Friday, WSWB? offers conversations that enlighten, touch, and inform—whatever your relationship... Continue Reading →
technology | Jun 9th, 2017

New Lavin Speaker Laura Galante: Defending Cyberspace As We Would Our Land, Sea, and Air

To Laura Galante, cyber security—and cyber literacy—are indispensable tools for any government or corporation. From The New York Times and CNN to the TED2017 mainstage, Galante makes sense of a subject notorious for spin—and links the need for digital literacy to a defense of both corporate... Continue Reading →
arts & pop culture | Jun 5th, 2017

Re-imagine the Past Decade of Pop Culture with Chuck Klosterman X: A New Selection of the Author’s Best Essays and Interviews

Klosterman’s 10th book takes us on a hilarious and intellectually thrilling tour of his favorite works from the past decade. No matter his subject—from Taylor Swift to Tim Tebow, Kobe Bryant to KISS—Klosterman helps us see the present moment, and our place in it, like few other cultural critics.... Continue Reading →
behavioural economics | Jun 1st, 2017

VIDEO: How Does Flirting Make a Happier City? Urban Design Consultant Charles Montgomery Explains

“Every city’s doing a little bit right,” said author and urban design consultant Charles Montgomery during his recent Lavin HQ visit. “And a lot wrong, unfortunately,” he adds with a smile. He’s worked on enough cities to know.  Charles Montgomery speaks from the intersection of theory and... Continue Reading →
social change | May 31st, 2017

How a Stranger’s Compassion on Twitter Helped Megan Phelps-Roper Escape the Westboro Baptist Church

Can you track the precise moment change is cued? With Megan Phelps-Roper, former member of the famously inflammatory Westboro Baptist Church, it started with a man named David, whom she met while managing the Church’s Twitter account with her trademark blend of bible verses, pop culture references,... Continue Reading →
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