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the internet | Mar 6th, 2012

Alexandra Samuel: Our Online Lives and Memories Need Preserving, Too

If most of our memories involve physical locations and activities (such as walking through a city), then how will we remember the online experiences that increasingly occupy most of our time? This is the question Alexandra Samuel asks in a new blog post, “Towards a Geography of Digital Memory.”... Continue Reading →
new speaker | Mar 5th, 2012

Salman Khan: Changing Education, One Online Video at a Time

Lavin’s newest speaker is Salman Khan—a man Fast Company says is "on a path to become a central figure in national education-policy debates.” Khan is the founder of the Khan Academy, a non-profit that provides free, high-quality education to "anyone, anywhere" in the world through its library of... Continue Reading →
from long beach | Mar 2nd, 2012

TED 2012: Steven Pinker Debates Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

This week, David Lavin is in Long Beach, at the annual TED conference, where he gave a special workshop for TED Fellows. We'll also be highlighting the Lavin speakers who are presenting at TED 2012. Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker made his 4th appearance at TED this year, engaging in a Socratic... Continue Reading →
water | Feb 23rd, 2012

Charles Fishman: Bottled Water is Bad; Banning it May Be Worse

Charles Fishman is now blogging about water for National Geographic--a move that makes perfect sense, given that his book The Big Thirst, just out in paperback, is the bestselling American book on water in the last twenty-five years. One of Fishman’s first blog posts exposes the hypocrisy behind... Continue Reading →
online privacy | Feb 22nd, 2012

Rick Mercer: Why the Government Shouldn't Peek Into Our Hard Drives

“The state has no business in the hard drives of the nation,” Rick Mercer said on his top-rated Rick Mercer Report this week. The Gemini-winning satirist was “ranting” about the controversy surrounding Vic Toews, the Minister of Public Safety, whose proposed Bill C-30 would allow the government, in... Continue Reading →
the internet | Feb 19th, 2012

Alex Samuel: Stressed by Your Online Life? Don't Unplug--Go Deeper

In a recent Atlantic online article, Alexandra Samuel argues that the "Unplug" movement—the call to disconnect ourselves from social networks and give up the internet—is an unrealistic fix to the stresses of our online lives. The real solution, Samuel says, is to spend more attention to our online... Continue Reading →
politics | Feb 16th, 2012

Irreplaceable? Why Obama Has Yet to Find a New Reggie Love

Three months ago, Lavin speaker Reggie Love—the long-time personal aide to President Barack Obama—left the White House to pursue an MBA at Wharton. This week, New York’s Daily Intel went in search of Obama’s new personal aide, or “body man,” only to discover that “there IS no New Reggie.” Former... Continue Reading →
world in 2050 | Feb 15th, 2012

Laurence C. Smith: In a Warming World, Will the North Dominate?

“Everyone wants to predict the future, but Laurence Smith actually does.” -Los Angeles Times UCLA geoscientist Laurence C. Smith talks about why, in the next forty years, the north will become increasingly vital to global survival and economic prosperity. The Guggenheim Fellow's critically lauded... Continue Reading →
awards and honors | Feb 12th, 2012

White House Honors Kwame Anthony Appiah with National Humanities Medal

Kwame Anthony Appiah is one of today's most nimble philosophical minds, and The White House has decided to honor him with one of the country's great accolades—the National Humanities Medal. According to the official website, the award is given to those "whose work has deepened the nation’s... Continue Reading →
water rights | Feb 9th, 2012

The Water Crisis Has No Borders: Shalini Kantayya

Filmmaker, educator, and eco-activist Shalini Kantayya uses film as a tool to educate, inspire, and empower audiences. In the above clip, she talks about “a crisis of epic proportions,” and why so few people her age are taking action. “Two thirds of the world’s citizens—four billion people—will not... Continue Reading →
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