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ted speakers | Aug 6th, 2012

"The World Needs You Badly" E.O. Wilson’s Letter to a Young Scientist

In this TED video, science speaker E.O. Wilson reads an excerpt from his upcoming book, Letter to a Young Scientist, which seeks to inspire young scientists at this crucial point in the field’s history. Here’s the legendary biologist, talking about the impact that science has on our lives, and the... Continue Reading →
op-ed | Aug 1st, 2012

Jared Diamond Responds to Mitt Romney’s Use of Guns, Germs, and Steel

In a recent speech in Jerusalem, Mitt Romney referenced Guns, Germs, and Steel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Lavin speaker Jared Diamond—using it to explain the relationship between geography, culture, and wealth. Now, in a New York Times Op-Ed, Diamond responds, writing, “[Romney’s... Continue Reading →
consumers | Aug 1st, 2012

Retail Splits in Two: High-Fidelity Experiences vs. Convenience: Doug Stephens

Consumer spending habits are drastically evolving, says retail speaker Doug Stephens. As he tells The Globe and Mail recently, "What we're seeing is that the marketplace is bifurcating into two very distinct sort of propositions." The first is something called “super-high fidelity experiences," such... Continue Reading →
politics | Jul 31st, 2012

What Mitt Romney’s “Weird” New App Says About Politics: Web Speaker Virginia Heffernan

“The app is quickly revealed as a banal, noxiously safe, wavy-bunting-on-the-dais bit of silliness, like a campaign website from the ’90s. The nineteen-nineties. The collision of this nervous patriotism with the sheen of steampunk irony in the design is queasy-making… “Mitt’s VP” is junk. And... Continue Reading →
war for talent | Jul 26th, 2012

“Hire People Who Annoy You”: Human Resources Speaker Douglas Merrill

Human resources speaker Douglas Merrill is the former Chief Information officer at Google—where he oversaw a team of 1,500 employees—and he has a lot of opinions about how human resources managers should (and shouldn’t) attract and develop talent. In this new Lavin video, Merrill explains that most... Continue Reading →
social media | Jul 25th, 2012

Share, Listen, Watch: Social Media Expert Amber Mac at Social Mix 2012

Social media expert Amber Mac spoke today at Social Mix 2012, and Twitter—via the #SoMix2012 hashtag—lit up immediately. The event, which brought together top online branding innovators, is a special fundraiser for the Remix Project, a Toronto-based program to give young people from disadvantaged,... Continue Reading →
education | Jul 24th, 2012

Flipping the Classroom: Time Profiles Education Speaker Salman Khan

A recent Time magazine article on education speaker Salman Khan reveals his plan to “flip” the traditional classroom model, and to empower teachers to give personalized attention to individual students. Khan, who founded the popular Khan Academy, is relying on the support of the Internet, as well as... Continue Reading →
innovation | Jul 23rd, 2012

Tom Wujec's "Marshmallow Challenge" Innovation Workshop

Tom Wujec is one of the world's leading innovation and visualization speakers, offering interactive innovation workshops to help companies streamline the way they do business and foster innovation. One of his most unorthodox, yet equally effective, workshops is the "Marshmallow Challenge"—a simple... Continue Reading →
economics | Jul 23rd, 2012

The Return of Manufacturing: Business Speaker Jeff Rubin

Visiting the Lavin Agency's Toronto office last week, business speaker Jeff Rubin told us where he thinks industry in North America is heading: back to manufacturing. In his new book, The End of Growth, Rubin argues that rising oil prices spell the end of exponential economic growth—and that’s not... Continue Reading →
bioterrorism | Jul 22nd, 2012

Laurie Garrett Keynotes at NDIA Biosurveillance Conference

Health speaker Laurie Garrett will talk about an important matter of national health and security at the major NDIA Biosurveillance Conference, in Washington, at the end of August. Garrett, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, will open the concerence, focusing on the shortfalls and inadequacies of... Continue Reading →
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