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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 →
pop culture | Aug 1st, 2011

First Look: New Chuck Klosterman Novel, The Visible Man

Lavin speaker and pop culture pontificator Chuck Klosterman has a new book out this fall, The Visible Man. It’s his second novel, following the Friday Night Lights-esque glory of Downtown Owl. Pre-order from Amazon here. From the publisher: From the provocative cultural commentator and author... Continue Reading →
immigration | Jul 28th, 2011

Marcelo Suarez-Orozco: After Oslo, Clearing Up Facts on Immigration

“The irrational fear of immigration does not align with the facts,” says Marcelo Suarez-Orozco. In a recent Huffington Post article, he addresses the tragedy in Norway, where Anders Behring Breivik killed dozens of people, acting on his worldview that “Muslim Colonization” would result in the... Continue Reading →
politics + hollywood | Jul 28th, 2011

Kal Penn's Three-Year Journey at The White House Ends Today

Today, actor Kal Penn leaves the White House after a three-year stint as Associate Director of the Office of Public Engagement. He describes his time serving his country as both “awe-inspiring” and “humbling.” In 2009, the former star of House, 24, and the Harold and Kumar franchise shocked... Continue Reading →
digital culture | Jul 25th, 2011

Virginia Heffernan: Google Plus Needs to Cultivate Two Illusions to Succeed

In her latest New York Times Op-Ed column, Virginia Heffernan says she’s on Google+, and only has 20 friends. But, that's the way she likes it. Google, on the other hand, might not be too crazy about having that friend number stay low. To avoid having their new social network follow Friendster and... Continue Reading →
taking it global | Jul 25th, 2011

Two Lavin Speakers Founded Mashable's #1 Social Good Youth Website

Mashable, the web's premiere social media resource, recently named Jennifer Corriero and Michael Furdyk's TakingITGlobal as the world's #1 social good website aimed at youth. TakingITGlobal, started when Corriero and Furdyk were teens, is one of the world’s first social networking sites, founded... Continue Reading →
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