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risk management | Aug 13th, 2012

How the Weather Affects Our Economy: Erwann Michel-Kerjan

Erwann Michel-Kerjan has spent a lot of time thinking about how our increasingly-unpredictable weather affects our economy in tangible ways. That explains why Michel-Kerjan, a sought-after risk management speaker, is happy with the work done in Congress last month. The National Flood Insurance... Continue Reading →
milestones | Aug 9th, 2012

Innovation Speaker Jeremy Gutsche Celebrates One Billion Views at Trendhunter

Great news! Trendhunter.com—the brainchild website of innovation speaker Jeremy Gutsche—just passed one billion views. Gutsche’s site is, by leaps and bounds, the largest and most updated collection of cutting edge ideas available anywhere—ideas on fashion, technology, design, architecture, consumer... Continue Reading →
literature | Aug 7th, 2012

Salman Rushdie Tweets Photo of His New Memoir, Joseph Anton.

Today on Twitter (where else?), Lavin speaker Salman Rushdie tweeted a photo of the UK cover of Joseph Anton, his wildly-anticipated memoir. “Here it is,” he writes. “Worldwide release date September 18. English & 16 other languages.” Earlier, he tweeted: “Today I got my first copy of the UK first... Continue Reading →
the web | Aug 7th, 2012

Digital Wonder Woman: A Profile of Internet Speaker Alexandra Samuel

A recent Vancouver Sun profile takes us inside the busy world of internet speaker Alexandra Samuel, who is perhaps best-known for her TED talk in which she argues that our online personas count as “real-life, too.” Samuel, the profile notes, is a digital savant, mother of two, entrepreneur, PhD,... Continue Reading →
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 →
work | Aug 6th, 2012

Elizabeth Dunn: Doubling Your Pay Won't Double Your Happiness. So What Will?

If you think money will make you happier, you might want to check out the research of Dr. Elizabeth Dunn. Dunn is the co-author of Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending, and she studies the effect that money has—or doesn't have—on happiness. Dunn recently asked whether or not doubling... 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 →
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 →
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 →
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