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simplicity | Apr 8th, 2012

Eric Berlow: For Companies, Complex Problems Can Have Simple Solutions

Eric Berlow is an ecologist and complexity scientist whose work has drawn major interest from corporations and government agencies—basically, any group looking to solve seemingly enormous problems. This Senior TED Fellow draws on the methodology of ecologists—analyzing the moving parts of an... Continue Reading →
science | Apr 4th, 2012

Jared Diamond: The Internet Destroys (& Saves) Endangered Languages

At a recent keynote, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond warned that 6,800 of the world’s 7,000 languages are expected to go extinct in under 100 years—and technology is playing a big role in both their extinction and preservation. MediaBistro posted a short piece on the talk, highlighting... Continue Reading →
economics | Apr 3rd, 2012

Thomas Friedman Finds Why Nations Fail Fascinating

Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson's sweeping new book, Why Nations Fail, has a fan in Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. In a recent op-ed, Friedman says of the “fascinating” new book: “The more you read it, the more you appreciate what a fool’s errand we’re on in... Continue Reading →
the arts | Apr 2nd, 2012

On CBS Sunday Morning, Patti Smith Discusses Music, Art & Friendship

On CBS Sunday Morning this week, Patti Smith, the legendary songwriter, author, poet, and photographer, discussed her career in an intimate hour-long interview. Smith performed two songs from her new album, Banga, and talked about her 2010 memoir, Just Kids. A bestseller and winner of the National... Continue Reading →
going solo | Apr 1st, 2012

Eric Klinenberg: Millions of People, Living Alone, Are Changing Society

Eric Klinenberg's new book, Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, uncovers the biggest societal shift that no one is talking about—the dominance of single person living. In Time's 2012 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life Issue,  Klinenberg's research was listed... Continue Reading →
economy | Mar 28th, 2012

Cheap Oil is Over: Inside Jeff Rubin's New Book, The End of Growth

Renowned economist Jeff Rubin—a trusted voice on the future of oil and energy and how they relate to the economic outlook—has just penned the eagerly awaited follow-up to his last bestseller, Why Your World is About To Get a Whole Lot Smaller. In The End of Growth (out May 8th) Rubin continues to... Continue Reading →
online privacy | Mar 27th, 2012

Should Companies Check Facebook Accounts of Potential Hires?

The job market just got a lot tougher, for employers, employees, and human resource departments alike. A new trend finds some companies going so far as to ask potential hires for access to their social media accounts—leading to bigger questions about online rights and privacy. A recent Toronto Star... Continue Reading →
online learning | Mar 25th, 2012

On 60 Minutes: Salman Khan's Personal Journey to Change Education

This month, 60 Minutes ran an inspiring feature on why Salman Khan—founder of Khan Academy—decided to quit his job as a hedge fund analyst and devote all his efforts to revamping education, one online video at a time. The segment explains that Khan’s famous archive of thousands of comprehensible web... Continue Reading →
entrepreneurs | Mar 22nd, 2012

A Done Deal: Wealthy Barber David Chilton is the Newest Judge on Dragons' Den

David Chilton is the author of Canada's all-time best-selling book, The Wealthy Barber, and he's about to become a co-star on Dragons' Den, one of the country’s most successful television shows. CBC has announced that Chilton will join fellow Lavin speakers Kevin O’Leary and Arlene Dickinson as a... Continue Reading →
imagine | Mar 21st, 2012

On NPR, Jonah Lehrer Discusses Creative Workspaces

On tour to promote his critically-hailed new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, Jonah Lehrer stopped by NPR to talk about how each of us can become more creative. In Imagine, Lehrer views creativity through a wide lens—"considering everything from the invention of masking tape to breakthroughs in... Continue Reading →
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