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Creativity Speakers

 

Can creativity be taught? At Lavin, we think so — and we have the data to prove it. Creativity isn’t just for artists and designers. It’s about thinking differently. These leading creativity speakers incorporate science, psychology, tech, and education into our ongoing discussion of the human imagination.

 

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Sarah Lewis

Author of The Rise, a book about where new ideas come from

When we view race and justice through the lens of culture, we can enlarge our notion of citizenship. Sarah Lewis has sparked a national conversation with “Vision & Justice”—the landmark issue of Aperture dedicated to photography of the black experience that explores, with eloquent reach, “what humanity looks like.” 
David Eagleman

One of the World’s Foremost Neuroscientists | Host of PBS’s The Brain | Scientific Advisor for HBO’s Westworld this is the science description this is the neuroscience description

How can we harness the brain for maximum creativity—at work, and school? In The Runaway Species, David Eagleman reveals how any organization can adopt a more innovative mindset by decoding how the mind actually works. In talks, he helps us embrace risk and failure, empower our employees, and build truly creative companies. 
Scott Barry Kaufman

Professor of Psychology at Columbia University | Author of Wired to Create

Scott Barry Kaufman is a groundbreaking psychologist expanding our definitions of creativity, self-actualization, wellness, and intelligence. Author of Wired to Create and Ungifted, Kaufman helps all kinds of minds lead creative, fulfilling, meaningful lives. 
Welby Altidor

Former Executive Creative Director at Cirque du Soleil | Author | Group CCO, Cityneon

As Executive Creative Director for Cirque du Soleil, Welby Altidor was responsible for groundbreaking live events at one of the world’s most creative companies. His leadership there taught him that creativity isn’t reserved to a happy few, but the result of intentional practice: it can be found within us all. 
Maria Konnikova

Contributing Writer for The New Yorker | New York Times Bestselling Author

A New Yorker science writer who rocketed to poker stardom, Maria Konnikova is a brilliant decoder of why we make decisions—and how we can make better ones. Author of the NYT-bestselling books The Confidence Game and Mastermind, Konnikova’s talks offer a fascinating lesson in how our performance at work can be improved by a deeper understanding of logical choices. 
Beau Lotto

Director of The Lab of Misfits

Why do we see the world the way we do? Professor, neuroscientist, and author Beau Lotto shows us that only by understanding our perception biases will we be able to create powerful change. A three-time mainstage TED speaker with over 7 million views, Lotto’s insights reveal how we can overcome our brains’ biases—and drive true adaptability, creativity, and innovation in the process.  
David Kwong

Illusionist | New York Times Crossword Writer | Consultant (Now You See Me)

David Kwong is no ordinary magician. He’s a New York Times crossword writer, TED speaker, Harvard grad, and consultant on blockbusters like Now You See Me and The Imitation Game. In his incredibly entertaining talks full of humour, puzzles, and other surprises, he leaves audiences thinking about what they just saw—and, more important, just thinking in general. 
Tom Wujec

World Renowned Expert on Innovation | Former Chief Disruptor at Autodesk | Author of The Future of Making

New disruptive technologies are permanently changing the way we conceive, design, manufacture, and sell products. To veteran innovator Tom Wujec—Autodesk’s former ‘Chief Disruptor’—this revolution isn’t intimidating, but an exciting opportunity. As each industry is forced to adapt and learn new skills, they’ll need a guide—and Wujec is our most valuable. 
 
Ari Wallach

Founder of Fast Company’s Futures with Ari Wallach; Futurist & Social Innovation Strategist

Futurist and innovation strategist Ari Wallach is the founder of Longpath Labs and an expert on long-term thinking and behavioral strategies for individuals, communities, and society. Using his grasp of economic, political, social, and cultural megatrends, Wallach equips leaders and organizations to seize the opportunities of this moment and build futures in which we collectively thrive. 
 
Rainn Wilson

Three Time Emmy-Nominated Actor | Founder of SoulPancake

For nearly a decade, Rainn Wilson endeared himself to millions on the hit American edition of The Office, earning three Emmy nominations with his portrayal of Dwight Schrute. As a speaker, Wilson draws on the offbeat genius behind his on-screen characterizations, showing audiences how creativity isn’t simply for artists. It’s for everyone.