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social entrepreneurs | May 29th, 2012

Collaboration Economy: Tonya Surman's Centre for Social Innovation

"The new economy is all about collaboration," says Tonya Surman. And she should know. Surman is the co-founder of The Centre for Social Innovation, a 5,000 square foot shared workspace in downtown Toronto—the first of its kind in the world—that contains an ecosystem of nearly 200 not-for-profits and... Continue Reading →
education | May 27th, 2012

Salman Khan: Tech Makes Classrooms More, Not Less, Interactive

Last month, we were in the audience in Toronto’s TIFF Lightbox building as Salman Khan spoke about his world-famous Khan Academy—a nonprofit that provides free, high-quality education to “anyone, anywhere” through online videos. The Khan Academy is the perfect example of the positive power of media... Continue Reading →
conferences | May 24th, 2012

Diversity in Higher Education: Four Lavin Speakers at NCORE 2012

If you are interested in intelligent discussions of race and ethnicity in American higher education, then the annual NCORE conference is the place to be. Next week, at NCORE 2012, in New York City, we’ll have four Lavin keynote speakers on hand to discuss various aspects of their leading edge work.... Continue Reading →
social change | May 23rd, 2012

Kate Bolick and Eric Klinenberg Talk About Solo Living

On CBS Sunday Morning this week, two hot new authors, writing about social trends shaping America, appeared together. Kate Bolick and Eric Klinenberg, Lavin speakers both, discussed the rise in living alone, the subject of Klinenberg’s new book Going Solo. For Bolick, choosing to live alone was a... Continue Reading →
innovation | May 17th, 2012

Jeremy Gutsche: Inside Trendhunter's Innovative Work Culture

Though innovation speaker Jeremy Gutsche runs the #1 trendspotting site in the world—it’s called Trendhunter.com, and it boasts over a billion hits—his meteoric rise started from the same kernels that all entrepreneurs begin with: an idea and a dream. In a new behind-the-scenes video, we’re given a... Continue Reading →
meeting planners | May 16th, 2012

Misha Glouberman: How to Make Your Conference Better

When you consider how much time, money and effort go into planning or even just attending conferences, it’s worth thinking seriously about what makes for a great conference and what, unfortunately, causes many conferences to be less-than-great. This is what Misha Glouberman thinks, anyway. “The main... Continue Reading →
the arts | May 15th, 2012

Making it in New York City, Then and Now: Patti Smith

If you want to know what it takes for a young artist to “make it” in New York City, look no further than Patti Smith. That's what The Awl did in a recent article: they highlighted eight famous New York women writers working from the 1920s to the ‘70s, traced their paths to success, and showed us how... Continue Reading →
economics | May 14th, 2012

Jeff Rubin Talks to Michael Hlinka About The End of Growth

At a packed Toronto Reference Library event last night, CBC financial expert Michael Hlinka sat down to talk with economist and bestselling author Jeff Rubin about his new book, The End Of Growth. The two speakers shared a relaxed and animated rapport, even when discussing grave matters like... Continue Reading →
economics | May 10th, 2012

Matt Taibbi: How Wall Street Killed Financial Reform

In a scorching Rolling Stone investigative report this week, Matt Taibbi writes about how Wall Street killed financial reform in America—specifically, the Dodd-Frank act, which President Obama said “represent[s] the strongest consumer financial reform in history,” but which Taibbi says “is groaning... Continue Reading →
healthy discourse | May 8th, 2012

Shooting The Messenger: Justin Fox on How Arguments Really Work

The next time you have an argument that rubs you the wrong way, Justin Fox (The Myth of the Rational Market) wants you to think about this: “Is it the argument that bothers you, or the group you think the arguer belongs to?” In his latest Harvard Business Review article, Fox writes that if we don't... Continue Reading →
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