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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 →
technology | Jun 26th, 2012

New Apple CEO Is No Steve Jobs. And That's Good: Virginia Heffernan

Apple’s new CEO, Tim Cook, is no Steve Jobs, writes Virginia Heffernan—and that’s not such a bad thing. In her review of Cook’s first keynote as CEO, Heffernan drew a striking contrast between Cook and Jobs, whose showier presentations used to elicit a near-religious fervor among many. Heffernan... Continue Reading →
innovation | Jun 25th, 2012

Fast Company Names Kiva's Jessica Jackley an "Extraordinary Woman"

Innovators, leaders, philanthropists, and artists—all grace Fast Company's A-Z rundown of 60 women bettering the world for girls and women. Lavin's own Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva, is on the “League of Extraordinary Women” list alongside women like Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and Melinda... Continue Reading →
how to live | Jun 24th, 2012

Chuck Klosterman is the New Ethicist at The New York Times

Pop culture speaker Chuck Klosterman has taken over the coveted Ethicist role at The New York Times Magazine. Klosterman, who has been called “the new Hunter S. Thompson” by People, also writes for Grantland, and he previously wrote columns for SPIN and Esquire, home of “Chuck Klosterman’s America.”... Continue Reading →
global markets | Jun 21st, 2012

An Innovative Approach to Saving the Euro: Erwann Michel-Kerjan

At the Huffington Post recently, risk management speaker Erwann Michel-Kerjan suggests an innovative way to save the deeply troubled Euro. His solution? To 'quarantine' the beleaguered nations of Greece, Portugal and Ireland (and perhaps Spain and Italy if trends continue) by creating a secondary... Continue Reading →
retail prophet | Jun 20th, 2012

Retail Speaker Douglas Stephens: Detailing the Apple Store's Success

Why are Apple stores better than most retail outlets? In a recent visit to the Lavin offices, retail speaker Douglas Stephens explained. Much of it has to do with the late Steve Jobs' obsessive dedication to detail. "What Apple was very good at doing was thinking radically," Stephens says. "They... Continue Reading →
economics | Jun 20th, 2012

Ten Reasons Why Nations Fail: Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson

Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson’s bestselling book, Why Nations Fail, takes a hard-hitting look at why some nations prosper and others fall apart. In Foreign Policy recently, these two Lavin speakers offer ten  reasons why certain countries crumble: usually, the collapse is the ultimate outcome of... Continue Reading →
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