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speaker interview | Jan 24th, 2011

Patti Smith in The Guardian UK: "It Was The Impulse to Write That Led Me to Singing."

In this weekend’s Guardian, Patti Smith opened up on everything from irony to artistic integrity to motherhood — a nice thematic timeline cutting across her life and work. Here are some highlights: Patti on artistic integrity: When she was still stacking books a couple of people “saw potential... Continue Reading →
honors | Jan 23rd, 2011

Social Entrepreneur Speaker Bill Strickland Joins White House Council for Community Solutions

For the past three decades, speaker Bill Strickland has been transforming the lives of thousands of adults and teenagers through his innovative jobs training and education centers. Last seen in the public education documentary Waiting for Superman, Bill has just been chosen as one of the 25... Continue Reading →
keynote review | Jan 23rd, 2011

Jeff Chang Speaks at Sundance: "Cultural Change Always Precedes Political Change."

At the Sundance Festival last week, Jeff Chang (Cant’ Stop Won’t Stop) led a rousing panel on social and political change that included, among others, Harry Belafonte and filmmaker Michael Moore. By way of an intro, Jeff said, “As artists, we ask ourselves, what can art do? What can film do?... Continue Reading →
social entrepreneurs | Jan 18th, 2011

No Handouts: Kiva Co-founder Jessica Jackley Talks About Poverty, Money, and Love

In her recent TED Talk, the wonderfully upbeat Jessica Jackley explains the motivations that led her to start KIVA, and tells us why the unique connections created between lenders and lendees separates microfinance from traditional charity. What makes microfinance different? Respect and love.... Continue Reading →
book reviews | Jan 10th, 2011

Maureen Dowd Calls Patti Smith's Memoir, Just Kids, "Achingly Beautiful"

Lavin speaker Patti Smith, as I’m sure you’ve heard, won the 2010 National Book Award for Non-Fiction in November. In her acceptance speech, Patti implored us to not give up on the book as a physical object: “There is nothing in our material world more beautiful.” Patti won for Just Kids, a memoir... Continue Reading →
microbiology | Dec 16th, 2010

Can This Man Stop the Next AIDS? The New Yorker Profiles Nathan Wolfe

Nathan Wolfe is working to thwart the next worldwide pandemic before it strikes. This week, The New Yorker profiles Wolfe as part of its 2010 World Changers issue. (Nathan was also a 2009 Rolling Stone Agent of Change—you can start to see a pattern emerge.) According to The New Yorker, Nathan looks... Continue Reading →
innovation | Dec 15th, 2010

John Maeda: Art + Science = Innovation

We stumbled upon some of John Maeda’s classic design work today, over at Fast Company. One of the world’s most famous designers, and ever prescient, John’s been preaching some form of “design thinking” for many years now. As a keynote speaker, and as President of the Rhode Island School of Design,... Continue Reading →
honors | Dec 12th, 2010

Daron Acemoglu is the 88th Most Influential Thinker on the Planet

MIT economist Daron Acemoglu has been named to Foreign Policy’s list of 100 Global Thinkers, for “showing that freedom is about more than markets.” In their write-up, the FP editors stop just short of saying he will one day win a Nobel — a not unlikely outcome given that he’s already won the John... Continue Reading →
kwame anthony appiah: | Dec 9th, 2010

Kwame Anthony Appiah: "Why I Nominated Liu Xiaobo"

In Oslo today, the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to writer Liu Xiaobo, who was unable to attend the ceremonies due to his ongoing imprisonment by the Chinese government. An empty chair sat on stage, pointedly, representing his absence. Below is an excerpt from a much-circulated letter that... Continue Reading →
technology | Dec 9th, 2010

Why The Net Matters: David Eagleman Releases Latest Book as iPad App

Non-fiction fans, you knew this day was coming. And now it’s here. David Eagleman — novelist, neuroscientist, and Lavin speaker — has written his new book, Why the Net Matters: How the Internet Will Save Civilization, as an iPad-only app. Mind-blowing video demo above. Continue Reading →
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