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artificial intelligence | Nov 27th, 2018

Martin Ford’s New Book Reveals the Truth About AI, From the People Building It

Are we close to human-level machine intelligence? How will it impact on the job market, the economy, and society? What should we be concerned about, capitalizing on, and planning for? Martin Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Robots and one of the world’s leading AI speakers... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Nov 23rd, 2018

Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now is One of the New York Times’ Most Notable Books of 2018

In a follow-up interview with bestselling author and Harvard professor Steven Pinker, he explains (among other things) what gave him the idea for Enlightenment Now—a book about why and how the world is getting better. “It was an epiphany from seeing graphs of human improvement that changed my view... Continue Reading →
artificial intelligence | Nov 22nd, 2018

Amber Mac’s The AI Effect Podcast is the Number One Business Podcast on iTunes

Canada is quickly becoming one of the world’s most powerful AI ecosystems, home to a huge concentration of start-ups, research labs and talent. Tech futurist, entrepreneur and author AMBER MAC covers the unprecedented pace of AI’s growth (and all the rewards and perils that go with it) in her... Continue Reading →
entertainers | Nov 19th, 2018

Rick Mercer Final Report is a Toronto Star and Globe and Mail #1 Bestseller

Rick Mercer’s new collection of essays, never-before-published rants, and greatest hits—titled Rick Mercer Final Report—is an instant #1 bestseller in the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. “I think any political junkie out there will want the book—it’s a record of Canadian history and a great... Continue Reading →
written arts | Nov 16th, 2018

Isabel Allende is the First Spanish-Language Writer to Receive an Honorary National Book Award

The House of the Spirits author Isabel Allende received the National Book Award’s lifetime achievement medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, joining previous winners Toni Morrison, John Updike and Joan Didion.  “Allende’s work is proof that stories about women written with women... Continue Reading →
business | Nov 13th, 2018

What Does Nicholas Thompson Have in Common with Billionaires and World Leaders? They’re On the LinkedIn Top Voices List.

Social media is noisy. On LinkedIn alone, there are over 2 million posts, videos and articles clicked into the universe every day. There are a few voices though, that can be heard over the racket, and more importantly voices you should be listening to, according to LinkedIn’s Top Voices of 2018.... Continue Reading →
social change | Nov 13th, 2018

Reducing Prejudice Requires Meaningful Conversation—but the Results Speak for Themselves, Says Dave Fleischer

Prejudice divides us, and to Lavin speaker Dave Fleischer, Director of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Leadership LAB, dismantling it is nothing less than a science. “Deep canvassing”—a method refined by Fleischer and his team—means knocking on doors to engage people in fact-based, personal... Continue Reading →
leadership | Nov 8th, 2018

Jordin Tootoo, the First Inuk NHL Player is Now a Lavin Speaker

The first Inuk player in history to be drafted by the NHL, Jordin Tootoo is a trailblazer in every sense of the word. In high energy talks he initiates moving, timely discussions on how Indigenous life across the nation can be improved through meaningful stewardship. As an Indigenous athlete,... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Nov 7th, 2018

Black History Month: The Struggles of Our Past Teach Us About Our Present

February is Black History Month—a time in which we celebrate the important contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout history. Lavin speakers Titus Kaphar, Heather McGhee and Margot Lee Shetterly engage with this crucial history through a variety of lenses: art, policy, STEM.... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Nov 5th, 2018

Amidst Increasing Polarization, Robb Willer Teaches “Moral Reframing”—a Method for Making Your Message Heard

Leading into the 2018 midterms, we’re in the most polarized political climate since the Civil War says Robb Willer, Stanford social psychologist and new Lavin speaker. In timely keynotes and brilliant workshops, Willer explains and teaches a technique called “moral reframing”—a rigorously tested... Continue Reading →
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