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marketing | Jul 16th, 2012

Rob Walker's Significant Objects: How Storytelling Adds Value

Significant Objects, an eBay art experiment by Lavin’s Rob Walker, earned deafening buzz in marketing circles for showing the (monetary) value that a great story can add to an otherwise ordinary object. In the book Significant Objects, co-authored with Joshua Glenn, Walker presents a stunning... Continue Reading →
participatory web | Jul 15th, 2012

Why Wikipedia is Ugly: Sue Gardner Says Form Follows Function

The Atlantic recently called Wikipedia’s design “pretty ugly” in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek critique of the site’s “homeliness.” Well, it turns out that the homeliness is intentional—and, according to Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation (Wikipedia’s parent), it’s part of the... Continue Reading →
humanitarianism | Jul 15th, 2012

New in Paperback: Dr. Samantha Nutt’s #1 Bestseller, Damned Nations

Lavin speaker Dr. Samantha Nutt—Founder and Executive Director of the internationally recognized War Child Canada organization—is releasing her #1 national bestselling book, Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid, in paperback this month. An award-winning humanitarian, Dr. Samantha Nutt has... Continue Reading →
innovation | Jul 12th, 2012

A Dream and a Laptop: KIVA's Jessica Jackley Stars in a New TV Commercial

“It’s hard to believe that it started with just a dream and a laptop,” Jessica Jackley says in a ubiquitous new Best Buy television commercial. A Lavin speaker, Jackley is the co-founder of KIVA, the world’s first microlending platform—where anybody can lend money to developing world entrepreneurs... Continue Reading →
public space | Jul 11th, 2012

Candy Chang in Urbanized: How People Shape Their Neighborhoods

One of the best parts of the documentary Urbanized, about the issues facing cities in the 21st Century, is when Candy Chang, a public space artist, appears on screen, late in the movie. “There are so many things—living in the same neighborhood—that we could actually share with each other that would... Continue Reading →
the lavin interview | Jul 10th, 2012

How to Start a Speakers Bureau: Talking with David Lavin

With two big developments at The Lavin Agency—our move to a bigger office, and the launch of our new website—we sat down with David Lavin to talk about the history and future of a speakers bureau that started two decades ago when, looking for something to do, David decided to invite Hunter S.... Continue Reading →
demographics | Jul 10th, 2012

John Ibbitson: In Canada, the Power Centres Have Shifted. Drastically.

In a fascinating upcoming book, The Big Shift, John Ibbitson, The Globe and Mail's Ottawa bureau chief, explains how immigration and shifting power centres within Canada have fundamentally reshaped our country. "The provinces that mattered most don’t matter as much any more," he boldly states. "The... Continue Reading →
the information | Jul 9th, 2012

How Artist Jer Thorp is Humanizing Data

The Lavin Agency would like to welcome our newest speaker, Jer Thorp, who holds one of the world’s coolest jobs: Data Artist-in-Residence at The New York Times. Thorp’s work focuses on humanizing data—on turning data into narratives and stories—by creating striking graphic representations. He turns... Continue Reading →
happy money | Jul 8th, 2012

How Can Money Make You Happier? Spend It on Others: Elizabeth Dunn

Do you need more money to be happier? Dr. Elizabeth Dunn—co-author of Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending—says, no! This weekend, The New York Times ran a Sunday Review story, co-authored by Dunn, which has quickly gone viral, based on its counterintuitive conclusions: “Interestingly, and... Continue Reading →
retail | Jul 2nd, 2012

Charles Fishman Looks Back at 50 Years of Wal-Mart

In a recent article on the 50-year anniversary of Walmart, Time magazine turned to retail speaker Charles Fishman for examples of just how much the mega-retailer has changed the landscape of American business, and America itself. Fishman compares Walmart's earnings to its nearest retail competitor,... Continue Reading →
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