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the economy | Aug 18th, 2011

Matt Taibbi Breaks Major Story on the SEC's "Orwellian" Corruption

Few political writers have the skill to take your rage from zero to ten the way Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi does. This week, the blunt-talking scribe broke a major story on the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), which sent other media outlets—The New York Times, Bloomberg, everyone—scrambling to... Continue Reading →
business + marketing | Aug 16th, 2011

Arlene Dickinson: To Be Persuasive, You Have to First Be Authentic

Yesterday, Arlene Dickinson, one of Canada’s most renowned marketers, and the only female judge on Dragons’ Den, stopped by Lavin’s Toronto office to talk about leadership, branding, and the constellation of new projects—including ventures into wine, chocolate, coffee, and perfume—she’s set to... Continue Reading →
economic crisis | Aug 15th, 2011

Daron Acemoglu Named One of Five Economists Who Can Save Our Jobs

President Barack Obama faces an unprecedented financial crisis, with each new day bringing fresh challenges and, often, harrowing economic news. To make matters worse, his top economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee, has just left his post. Luckily, National Journal has compiled a list of five top... Continue Reading →
arts + creativity | Aug 10th, 2011

John Maeda's New Book, Redesigning Leadership

World-renowned artist, graphic designer, and educator John Maeda has worked to integrate technology, education, and the arts into a 21st century synthesis of creativity and innovation. In 2008, Maeda became president of the Rhode Island School of Design. That same year, Esquire named him one of the... Continue Reading →
technology | Aug 9th, 2011

Virginia Heffernan: Our Education System Needs a Digital Upgrade Now

Virginia Heffernan wants parents to remember the number 65 as they send their kids back to school this fall. That's the percentage of kids today who are expected to end up working at jobs that have yet to be invented. The question becomes: how well is our education system preparing them for this... Continue Reading →
urban matters | Aug 8th, 2011

Alex Steffen's New TED Talk: Renewing Our Cities The Right Way

In a new TED Talk, Alex Steffen—editor of the acclaimed Worldchanging books—explains how overwhelming problems, such as our environmental crisis, lead to oversimplified solutions. His example: the near-obsessive push to eliminate fossil fuels. Steffen suggests humanity is setting itself up to fail... Continue Reading →
the brain | Aug 7th, 2011

Meet David Eagleman, "the Malcolm Gladwell of Neuroscience"

We know neuroscience speaker David Eagleman has written a New York Times bestselling book about our brains, called Incognito. We know he's the man behind the exploratory Possibilianism movement, which carves a much-needed space between religion and atheism. We know he can hold his own on The Colbert... Continue Reading →
the next superpower | Aug 4th, 2011

Deborah Fallows: A New (and Nuanced) Understanding of China

For three years, Deborah Fallows lived in China, using language—specifically Mandarin—as a prism through which to understand the Chinese people, their culture, their traditions, and their hopes and aspirations. Her adventures are captured, beautifully, in Dreaming in Chinese, a unique and... Continue Reading →
entrepreneurs | Aug 3rd, 2011

Arlene Dickinson: From Poverty to the Corner Office, via the Art of Persuasion

In her much-anticipated first book, Persuasion, Arlene Dickinson  showcases the same unique combination of warmth and razor sharp business acumen that she conveys on television, where she’s a judge on the top-rated Dragons' Den. Using tips from the marketing trade and a powerful personal narrative,... Continue Reading →
exploiting chaos | Aug 2nd, 2011

Jeremy Gutsche: From Economic Uncertainty to Opportunity

On the same day that President Obama signed the debt ceiling bill, innovation speaker Jeremy Gutsche reminded us that economic uncertainty and changes in consumer behavior create opportunities for entrepreneurs. As big companies grow more conservative, smaller companies can jump in and offer... Continue Reading →
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