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awards | Mar 6th, 2011

Florida's Literary Champion: Carl Hiaasen Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Credited by many as the originator of the “Florida Noir” genre, celebrated author and Lavin speaker Carl Hiaasen has been awarded the 2011 Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing. Hiaasen is a Florida icon, and throughout his career he has used the Sunshine States’s peculiarities as... Continue Reading →
design | Mar 6th, 2011

Is 3D Printing the Future of Mass Design? Neri Oxman in the Economist

Neri Oxman — the acclaimed MIT designer, artist, and materials scientist who designed a chair that moves with your body weight — was featured in a recent Economist article on 3D Printing. That’s right, 3D Printing! In the future, the magazine writes, “some see consumers downloading products as they... Continue Reading →
keynote reviews | Mar 3rd, 2011

Fun with Open Data: David Eaves on What Government Can and Should Be

David Eaves is a public policy expert who is on a quest to help governments adopt the open data sensibilities of the 21st century. He’s also an amazing speaker. Eaves spoke at the Just a Click Away conference recently, where he blew the crowd away with his innovative take on the future of... Continue Reading →
books | Mar 3rd, 2011

Margaret Atwood on Why People Love Giving Books as Gifts

Author Margaret Atwood needs no introduction. She’s simply one of Canada’s — one of the world’s — best-known champions of literary culture. In a recent op-ed for The Daily Telegraph, Atwood praises Unesco’s World Book Night and muses on the extraordinary power of books to connect people. From The... Continue Reading →
middle east | Mar 3rd, 2011

Are the Middle East Revolutions Strengthening Iran? Reza Aslan Weighs In

In a short video for the Council on Foreign Relations, Reza Aslan addresses European and American commentators who believe the wave of revolution sweeping the Middle East only serves to strengthen Iran. “If you think of the relationship between the United States and Iran as some sort of Cold... Continue Reading →
television | Mar 2nd, 2011

May the Best Idea Win: Trendhunter's Jeremy Gutsche Joins "The Pitch" on BNN

World renowned trend hunter and innovation speaker Jeremy Gutsche is now a judge on BNN’s new show, The Pitch, which gives two aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to the panel, who in turn give the entrepreneurs the advice they need to become successful. (Jeremy’s... Continue Reading →
women's rights | Mar 1st, 2011

"I Want Congo To Be a Movement, Like Darfur." Lisa Shannon in The Huffington Post

Lisa Shannon, the founder of Run for Congo Women, has been selected as the first “Greatest Woman of the Day” by The Huffington Post as part of its month-long celebration of Women’s History Month. Though Lisa admits that she wouldn’t have been able to find Congo on a map of Africa just a few years... Continue Reading →
speaker interview | Mar 1st, 2011

"I Am Really Optimistic. But I Think We Need to Define Optimism." Alex Steffen Q&A with The New York Times

This week, sustainability speaker Alex Steffen released the second edition of Worldchanging — though second edition is kind of a misnomer; the book consists of mostly-new material that happens to fall under a familiar banner. In an interview with The New York Times’ Dot Earth Blog, Steffen spoke... Continue Reading →
microbiology | Mar 1st, 2011

Lavin Speakers at TED: Nathan Wolfe is Tracking Tomorrow's Pandemic, Today

To celebrate TED 2011, which is taking place this week in Long Beach, California, we’re posting some of our favorite TED talks from Lavin Agency speakers. Today, we hear from Nathan Wolfe, an extraordinary young scientist whose work has been featured in The New Yorker and Rolling Stone and on... Continue Reading →
resources | Feb 28th, 2011

Free is Not a Good Price for Water: Revelations from "The Big Thirst" by Charles Fishman

Charles Fishman’s upcoming book, The Big Thirst, looks at the new age of water, and how this often overlooked and utterly necessary resource may come to define the next century. He recently sent us this list, entitled “Ways The Big Thirst Will Forever Change How You Think About a Glass of Tap... Continue Reading →
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