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psychology | Feb 5th, 2020

Do Politics Make Us Irrational? NYU’s Jay Van Bavel Illustrates the Effects of Partisanship for TED-Ed

Can someone’s political identity influence their ability to process information? It appears so. In the cognitive phenomenon known as partisanship, identification with a social group becomes so important, it can override reality.  Psychology professor Jay Van Bavel shares strategies to combat this... Continue Reading →
| Feb 4th, 2020

Acclaimed Artist Christine Sun Kim Becomes the First Deaf Asian American to Sign the National Anthem at the Super Bowl

Acclaimed sound and visual artist Christine Sun Kim made history this weekend by being the first ever Asian American to perform the national anthem in American Sign Language at the Superbowl.  In a performance TIME called “required viewing”, Christine Sun Kim charmed more than 100 million... Continue Reading →
behavioural economics | Feb 3rd, 2020

Economist Shlomo Benartzi Examines How Digital Design Drives Our Behavior for the Harvard Business Review

We live so much of our lives online, it only makes sense that many of our decisions happen onscreen. But do we understand how profoundly the design of the digital world affects the quality of those decisions? In his latest for the Harvard Business Review, Shlomo Benartzi reviews the often... Continue Reading →
literature | Feb 3rd, 2020

Books From Uber Whistleblower Susan Fowler, and Harvard’s Laura Huang, Top Silicon Valley’s Most Anticipated of 2020

Forbes recently announced its list of Silicon Valley’s 5 Most Anticipated Books Of 2020, and two of the five authors are Lavin Speakers, making their book debuts to a lot of buzz. Now a TIME Magazine Person of the Year, and the Technology Editor of the New York Times opinion section, Susan Fowler... Continue Reading →
entrepreneurship | Jan 31st, 2020

To be, or Not to Be Authentic?: Harvard’s Laura Huang and Francesca Gino Explore Authenticity and Performance

When it comes to making a first impression, whether it be a job interview, a networking event, or a pitch, many people tend to cater to the other person’s interests, rather than behave according to their own. But does this approach help or harm our chances of getting what we want? Harvard... Continue Reading →
film | Jan 30th, 2020

Acclaimed Rafiki Director Wanuri Kahiu to Direct The Black Kids, Based on Hotly Anticipated YA Novel

The Gotham Group recently announced their latest film project, The Black Kids, and it’s set to be directed by Rafiki filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu.  Kahiu—who gained international attention for her critically acclaimed film Rafiki—will helm the production, based on the upcoming YA novel of the same... Continue Reading →
diversity & inclusion | Jan 29th, 2020

MIT’s Susan Hockfield Joins Effort to Reduce Bias in Biotech Funding Reports The Washington Post

Though there has been a significant improvement for women in the sciences over the past few decades, men continue to dominate leadership positions, especially in the biotech sphere. Lavin Speaker and former President of MIT Susan Hockfield teamed up with entrepreneur Sangeeta Bhatia and biologist... Continue Reading →
entrepreneurship | Jan 28th, 2020

When Hard Work Isn’t Enough: Business Professor Laura Huang Helps Us Find Our Edge

In her debut book Edge, Harvard Business School professor Laura Huang busts the myth that hard work alone will get us to our goals. Instead, she teaches us how to find our “edge”—the unique qualities that set us apart—and open doors to money, time, and connections.   Wouldn’t it be nice if career... Continue Reading →
science | Jan 27th, 2020

Futurist Douglas Rushkoff Announces New Four-Part Docuseries, Exponential

The author, philosopher and futurist Douglas Rushkoff just announced his latest project: a four-part docuseries called Exponential, where he will lead viewers on a journey from the beginning of the digital age through to its manifestation today—and what it could look like tomorrow. The series,... Continue Reading →
marketing | Jan 27th, 2020

Joe Jackman Repositions Change as a Force to Be Embraced in The Reinventionist Mindset—Out Tomorrow!

What if, instead of fearing, resisting, and hiding from change, we ran towards it with open arms? How might our lives and our businesses transform? How might we become better positioned to thrive in an era of disruption? In The Reinventionist Mindset, CEO and world-renowned Reinventonist Joe... Continue Reading →
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