The Lavin Agency Speakers Bureau

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Two Companies, One Goal: Designing a Winning Customer Experience at Verizon and The Nature’s Bounty

By Design | The Kitchen Apron Gets a Stylish Upgrade

Subtle and insidious, technology is designed to addict us

‘Irresistible’ By Design: It’s No Accident You Can’t Stop Looking At The Screen

Design Within Limits: The Urban Agriculture Project

Neuroscientists helped design Europe’s new €50 so that anyone can spot a fake

Corporations Weren’t Designed to Run on Code

A Conversation with Candy Chang, Public Installation Artist and Designer

The future of design, material science and new ways of making things

Emotion By Design – Greg Hoffman just did it for Nike

How Urban Design Influences How Many Friends You Have

The Rise of Design in Tech: Choosing “The Dirt” Over “The Cloud”

3 types of design every company needs to know

John Maeda on What Really Matters in the World of Design

Diversifying Viewpoints by Design

If You Want to Survive in Design, You Better Learn to Code

Design in Tech Report 2017

Toy Designer Cas Holman Is Obliterating Old Notions of Play

The Case For Letting Kids Design Their Own Play

Designing for Free Play with Cas Holman

Abstract | Cas Holman: Design for Play

The Graphic Designer Who Maps the World’s Cities by Smell

How Careful Design Makes Gambling Irresistible

Transforming the Future of Design and Manufacturing (8:05)

How Does AI Help Us Become Better Designers? (8:51)

Why Communicating Design on Paper Still Matters (6:29)

Designing Invisible Worlds—Good Germs and Healthy Buildings

Redesigning AI

Work, Democracy, and Justice in the Age of Automation

Imagine Design Create

How Designers, Architects, and Engineers Are Changing Our World

Emotion By Design

Creative Leadership Lessons from a Life at Nike

Designing Gender

What It Means to Design For Play

Unrestricted Play Sparks Unrestricted Creativity: Lavin Welcomes Award-Winning Toy Designer Cas Holman

Play isn’t just for kids. Rather, Cas Holman says it’s the spark that ignites our creativity and imagination, throughout our lives. Featured in the Netflix series Abstract: The Art of Design, Cas creates open-ended toys that have no set function or objective, letting kids play and create without fear of failure. And she knows that […]

How Does Good Design Improve Leadership?

Linking Design, Desire, and the Internet of Things

Bringing Together Design, Technology, & Business

Transforming the Future of Design and Manufacturing

Embracing Novelty in AI Design

Can We Design Augmented Reality to Enrich Our Lives?

How Can Designers Use Technology for Social Impact?

Designing Invisible Worlds—Good Germs and Healthy Buildings

Why Communicating Design on Paper Still Matters

Charles Montgomery: Bringing a Culture of Care and Empathy to Urban Design

How Does AI Help Us Become Better Designers?

Sharing His Journey in Design

What If The World’s Not Falling Apart? Designer and Technologist John Maeda Makes an Optimistic Case for the Future

When it comes to loss of life, the coronavirus is no doubt a human tragedy of epic proportions. But when it comes to the future of our economy? It’s not necessarily all doom and gloom. In his latest LinkedIn article, Public Sapient’s John Maeda explains why this crisis is different from those we have previously […]

VIDEO: How Does Flirting Make a Happier City? Urban Design Consultant Charles Montgomery Explains

“Every city’s doing a little bit right,” said author and urban design consultant Charles Montgomery during his recent Lavin HQ visit. “And a lot wrong, unfortunately,” he adds with a smile. He’s worked on enough cities to know.  “It is necessary to consider human relationships in everything we build.” — Charles Montgomery Charles Montgomery speaks from the […]

Design Evangelist John Maeda’s New Job: Promoting Inclusion and Open Source

Congratulations are in order for design speaker John Maeda, who’s moving on after three productive years as the Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Maeda will join Automattic, parent company of WordPress.com, WooCommerce, and Jetpack, as their Global Head of Computational Design and Inclusion, where he’ll oversee design efforts and ensure an inclusive […]

Next Big Thing: Why John Maeda Says Design Is More Important Than Tech

“Technology used to be the differentiating factor,” John Maeda says in a segment on Bloomberg TV's Next Big Thing. “Now we don't care anymore because design matters more than technology.” Maeda, popular design speaker and President of the Rhode Island School of Design, says that what we value in our devices has changed. It used […]

Innovative Design Comes From Embracing Multiple Perspectives: John Maeda

“Ultimately, good design will be born from consideration of multiple perspectives,” leadership speaker John Maeda writes in Wired. “It should be something we haven’t even dreamed of yet.” He adds: “What we need now is to move beyond the superficial conversation about styles and incremental adjustments to boldly invent the next frontier of interface design.” […]

We Can’t Keep Microbes Out: Jessica Green On The New Era Of Design

You can't see it, but there's a diverse ecosystem of microbes sharing your office with you. In fact, as science speaker Jessica Green says in a Smart Planet article, “in the place where we spend 90 percent of our lives—indoors—there’s as great a diversity as you would see in a tropical rainforest.” These microbial ecosystems are […]

John Maeda: Simple Design In A Technologically Complex World [VIDEO]

“Something was happening in the 80s and 90s that defied logic,” design speaker John Maeda explains, “this thing, a microchip, was able to do the following: It was able to get cheaper every year, and get faster every year at the same time.” As he told the audience at a recent New York Ideas panel discussion, […]

Think Pink: Adam Alter Talks Psychology of Design on CBS

What would prompt someone to paint their walls an obnoxious and unpopular bubble-gum pink? As science speaker Adam Alter explains in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, a certain shade of vibrant pink (commonly referred to as Drunk Tank Pink) tends to have a calming effect on the people exposed to it. This was discovered […]

Design-Inspired Health Care: John Maeda at TEDMED 2013 [VIDEO]

“Becoming a leader isn't about going up the mountain—it's about jumping off the mountain and asking the question, will you survive?” says John Maeda in his keynote at this year's TEDMED conference. Actually, as he later clarifies, leadership is not only asking if you'll survive jumping off the mountain—but whether you'll thrive doing so. This […]

People-Driven Design: John Maeda On The Human Experience In The Arts

Technology, with all of it's advancements, can only take us so far. Good design—John Maeda notes in a presentation at the Data & Design Conference—puts people at its core. It is important, he says, to incorporate the human experience into the design process. Empathy and personal judgment are essential components to harnessing the potential of […]

John Maeda: “Artists & Designers Will Be The Innovators Of This Century”

“Amid the rain, and the fog, and the rain, and the rain, Seattle was home to the beginning of my journey traversing the fields of technology, art and design,” education speaker John Maeda writes in a new editorial in The Seattle Times. He jokes that he was a Seattle native before it became cool to […]

Can We Design Buildings To Make Us Healthier? Jessica Green At TED [VIDEO]

“Everything is covered in invisible ecosystems made of tiny lifeforms: bacteria, viruses, and fungi,” science speaker Jessica Green reveals in an exciting new TED Talk. “Our desks, our computers, our pencils, our buildings—all harbor resident microbial landscapes.” If we know that these worlds exist—even though they are invisible—why shouldn't we develop all of our products […]

Personalized Medicine: Science Speaker Nina Tandon On Tissue Design at TED

Each individual's body is complexly unique. The problem with this, science speaker Nina Tandon says in a TED Talk, is that it can lead to major complications when you fall ill. Since our bodies are all different, and react differently and unpredictably to standard medical treatments, it can be difficult to treat health problems using […]

Innovative Products Aren’t Always ‘New’ Products: John Maeda On Design

“Study history,” innovation speaker John Maeda says in an interview after a recent keynote speech, “because there’s a lot of ‘new’ stuff in history to find again.” Maeda took part in Day 1 of the Design Indaba Conference, which focused on creativity and design strategies around the world, late last month. In his talk, and in the […]

Leading By Design: A Creative Talk On Management From John Maeda

As leadership speaker John Maeda tells the audience at the World Economic forum, taking a creative approach to leadership can prove to be highly effective. Or, more accurately, he showed them. In his talk, he illustrated—quite literally—his points using sketches and diagrams. His presentation was reviewed in a recent Scientifc American article, and they praised […]

Designing A Better World: CNN Profiles John Maeda [VIDEO]

As part of its special “TED Talk Tuesdays” series, CNN recently profiled the innovative design principles practiced by  John Maeda, and provided a breakdown of the popular TED talk he gave this past summer. As he explains in the talk, design is a discipline which is just as worthy of recognition and esteem as math […]

When People Dont “Get” Art, It Means It’s Working: Design Speaker John Maeda [VIDEO]

People often strive to seek out the “meaning” behind art. In a talk at TEDGlobal 2012, however, design speaker John Maeda argued that the questions art stimulates are more important than “understanding” it. “When people say, ‘I don’t get art. I don’t get it all,’ that means art is working,” he said in the talk. “Art […]

John Maeda’s New Book, Redesigning Leadership

World-renowned artist, graphic designer, and educator John Maeda has worked to integrate technology, education, and the arts into a 21st century synthesis of creativity and innovation. In 2008, Maeda became president of the Rhode Island School of Design. That same year, Esquire named him one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century. […]

John Maeda Redesigns Leadership: Learn from Artists, Change the World

One of the world’s most respected innovation educators, John Maeda has learned many valuable lessons on leadership from his first few eventful years as president of The Rhode Island School of Design, one of the country’s most prestigious colleges of art and design. Those lessons—part of his process of designing “how to talk about/with/for the […]

Lavin Welcomes Prominent Black Trans Activist Raquel Willis: Race, Gender, and the “Painter’s Palette” of Intersectionality

Co-founder of the Trans Week of Visibility and Action and former executive editor of Out magazine, Raquel shows how we can use our diverse talents and experiences to build solidarity in our fight for social justice.

7 Steps to Implementing AI in Your Company: Lavin Welcomes Former Amazon Exec Michelle Lee

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a legacy company or a startup of five, says Michelle, the founder and CEO of Obsidian Strategies—any organization can follow a 7-step process to unleash the power of Artificial Intelligence and unlock your competitive advantage.

How to Get Unstuck: Adam Alter’s New Book Is a Roadmap to Creativity and Success

Everyone feels stuck, whether you’re wrestling through a difficult project or trying to mend a friendship. “People believe that stuckness is inevitable,” says Adam Alter, whose new book Anatomy of a Breakthrough is out today. “And it is—but it turns out to be surmountable.”

What Does ChatGPT Mean for Democracy and the Future of Creativity? Kate Crawford and Stephen Marche Explain

Artificial Intelligence is changing everything: from our work to our politics to even our novels, and far beyond. Lavin’s Kate Crawford and Stephen Marche are making headlines everywhere from The New York Times to MSNBC for their sharp and prescient discussion of the biggest questions of our day.

Five Ways to Use ChatGPT (Effectively!) Today—Plus, the Speaker Who Can Help Your Company Become “AI First”

Every leader needs to know not only what Artificial Intelligence can do for their company, but also how to actually implement it. As tech leaders and CEOs, Justin Reilly and Radhika Dirks are spearheading company-wide AI strategies that take advantage of the meteoric rise of generative AI technologies like ChatGPT—and they’ll show you how to do it too.

AI, Human Creativity, and Racial Justice: Five Highlights from Lavin Speakers at SXSW 2023

This past weekend, several of our top speakers spoke at SXSW, an annual conference dedicated to bringing diverse topics and people together. Our speakers talked about a variety of hot topics in the world, like the rise of AI and what it means for our businesses and personal lives, or how through racial justice we can create a future where everyone can thrive.

Laila Amer

Marketing Writer

Pride Month and LGBT History Month: Celebrate Diversity and Joy with Our LGBTQ+ Speakers

June is Pride Month, and October is LGBT History Month—two occasions that offer us the chance to take inspiration from the immense contributions and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community. Lavin is proud to represent an incredible roster of LGBTQ+ speakers who celebrate queer joy and resilience.

The Case for Tall Wood Buildings

Design Construction and Performance

The Case for Tall Wood Buildings

Design Construction and Performance

Michael Norton

Embracing rituals we already have—or designing new ones—will help us focus, connect, and find meaning at work and at home.

Fred Dust

Solve more problems by designing better ways to talk to people.

The Psychological Safety Playbook: Minette Norman’s How-To Guide for Building Successful Teams

Congratulations to Minette Norman, former VP of Engineering Practice at Autodesk, whose book The Psychological Safety Playbook is out now! It’s the ultimate how-to guide on developing psychological safety—feeling safe to ask questions and take risks—which is the key ingredient for successful teams.

Super Cells: Building with Biology

In this eye-popping tour of the new biological frontier, Nina Tandon and Mitchell Joachim describe the tantalizing array of inventions already being created with nature’s elemental building block: the cell. Imagine personalized bone replacements, living condominium complexes, bacteria-made haute couture, and top sirloin grown without a farm. Tandon and Joachim contend that we’re entering a new technological era, one in which we can create smarter technologies by making cells our partners in design.

Happy City

Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design

The Laws of Simplicity

Design, Technology, Business, Life

How to Speak Machine

Laws of Design for a Computational Age

Innovate for Communities, Not Individuals: David Robertson on How Cherokee Values Help You Innovate Better

Nobody lives in a vacuum. Our behaviors, needs, and desires are highly influenced by the people around us. So why does so much of our innovation center solely around the individual? MIT innovation expert David Robertson knows that if we can tap into the communities we serve, we’ll be able to develop a framework of […]


I want to book a speaker … What is The Lavin Agency? For over 30 years, The Lavin Agency speakers bureau has helped a diverse range of clients find the perfect speakers for conferences, keynotes, workshops, and more. We represent authors, scientists, business leaders, humanitarians, politicians, economists, and other remarkable people making the world a […]

Kristen Kerstner

Event Coordinator

Margaux Booth

Event Coordinator

Charles Montgomery

The city you live in has a powerful effect on how you behave. How, then, do we design happy cities?

Tom Wujec

An era of continuous disruption is changing, forever, how we design, manufacture, and consume.

Cognitive Scientist Steven Pinker Makes the Case for Rationality in His New Book

It seems like rationality today is in short supply. On one end of the spectrum, scientists are achieving medical break-throughs—like developing the COVID vaccine—in record time. Yet on the other end, lies misinformation, fake news, and conspiracy theories bordering on hysteria. How can this be? And what can we do about it? Steven Pinker explores […]

The Power of Creative Leadership: The Lavin Agency Welcomes Former Nike CMO Greg Hoffman

There is perhaps no one more qualified to advise you on the ins-and-outs of creative leadership than new Lavin speaker Greg Hoffman. Throughout his 20+ years at Nike, Hoffman helped lead the sporting giant’s most innovative branding, marketing, and design efforts—from the Emmy Award-winning Colin Kaepernick campaign to the most remembered ad of the 2016 […]

Reckoning with White Supremacy: Introducing New Speaker Kathleen Belew

The Lavin Agency is proud to announce its new speaker and white supremacy historian, Kathleen Belew. Author of Bring the War Home, Kathleen shows us that with a sustained attention to the white supremacist violence of our past, we can avoid future terrorist attacks designed to undermine American democracy. The Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995 was […]

What’s the Future? Join us for Our First Virtual Event and Find Out!

Join Naomi Klein, Angela Duckworth, Wajahat Ali, and many more of the world’s top thinkers at What’s the Future @ Lavin Live—a free virtual event diving into the enormous challenges we’re all facing as a result of COVID-19.  The longer we stay under lockdown, the less likely we are to return to a world that […]

Navigating Our AI Future: Lavin’s Top 10 Artificial Intelligence Speakers

Once the stuff of dystopian nightmares, artificial intelligence has become an essential part of our daily lives. Today, AI recommends our products, routes our taxis, predicts our Internet searches. Tomorrow? It will be a tool as fundamental as electricity. Lavin’s Top 10 artificial intelligence speakers help us navigate the changes to come. Radhika Dirks: There […]

Lavin’s Top Happiness & Wellness Speakers Inspire Personal Growth and Positive Change

Everyone wants to be happy and healthy—but it doesn’t come easy. The pressure of performing well at work and having a fulfilling personal life can often be hard to manage—and that’s where Lavin’s Top Happiness & Wellness Speakers come in. Experts in how to actively enhance our inner lives and outer selves, they inspire audiences […]

Connecting to Today’s Consumers: Lavin’s Top Ten Marketing Speakers

The last decade has seen a complete transformation in the way we do business. Lavin’s Top 10 Marketing Speakers expertly navigate us through the changing tides, and help leaders and organizations win the hearts of tomorrow’s consumer.   Sarah Kaplan Corporate social responsibility has morphed from a nice-to-have into an absolute must-have. In her talks, […]

Empathy Expert Jamil Zaki Shares Techniques for Nurturing Kindness in Washington Post Profile

In these divided times, it can often seem like empathy is difficult, if not downright impossible to find. But for Jamil Zaki, the Director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab, we have a unique opportunity these days to strengthen our ability to relate to and care for one another—maybe even more than at any other […]

Six Lavin Speakers Featured on TIME Magazine’s “100 Must-Read Books of 2019”

Congratulations to Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Jayson Greene, Lori Gottlieb, David Wallace-Wells and Shoshana Zuboff for penning stirring, thought-provoking works that have captured the world’s attention.   Salman Rushdie—Quichotte The prolific author’s 14th novel reimagines the famous Don Quixote character in a satirical metafiction. Quichotte is set in Donald Trump’s America and follows “pharmaceutical-product salesman […]

The Science of Praise: Forbes Covers New Management Research by Lauren Eskreis-Winkler

Some bosses manage their employees through negative reinforcement, while others prefer positive reinforcement. But which managerial style is more effective? New research by Lauren Eskreis- Winkler reveals that encouraging management yields far better results than those that focus on failure.  Lauren Eskreis- Winkler and her team at the University of Chicago designed an experiment to […]

Curious About the Future of Retail? Two of Lavin’s Retail Experts Will Answer Your Questions.

The retail industry has undergone a massive, unprecedented transformation in the last few years, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Retail Reinventionist Joe Jackman and Retail Futurist Doug Stephens join forces to answer your most burning questions about the industry and where it’s headed.   Joe Jackman is a master of retail reinvention. […]

The Years That Matter Most—A New Book By New York Times Bestseller Paul Tough—Is Out Today

Who gets into college, who doesn’t, and why does it matter? Based on six years of reporting, education speaker Paul Tough’s hotly-anticipated new book explores how social mobility affects higher education—and what this means for America’s future generations.   In The Years That Matter Most, Tough shares true stories of students trying to find their […]

The Must-Read Books for Fall 2019: Four Lavin Speakers Release Exciting New Titles

Pacific Standard has rounded up twenty-five must-read books being released in Fall of 2019. Among them are Lavin Speakers Margaret Atwood, Naomi Klein, Megan Phelps-Roper, and Patti Smith.  Margaret Atwood—The Testaments The highly anticipated sequel to Margaret Atwood’s seminal book The Handmaid’s Tale is almost here. Fans who have followed along with the book’s heroine […]

Welby Altidor Unveils Record-Breaking Touchscreen Display for Hunger Games Attraction

The Hunger Games: The Exhibition, a new attraction created by Victoria Hill Exhibitions, features the world’s largest interactive touchscreen display. As the exhibition was unveiled to the public, Welby Altidor—CCO of Victoria Hill—spoke about the company’s record-breaking achievement.  Located in the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, The Hunger Games: The Exhibition features iconic costumes, […]

What Are the Consequences of Facebook’s New Mind-Reading Technology? Nita Farahany Weighs In

Facebook has been funding research at the University of California to develop “speech decoding” technology with far-reaching effects. Neuro-ethicist Nita Farahany explains the potential it has to change our lives.   A report published in Nature Communications details how researchers used electrodes— placed directly on the brains of their volunteers—to predict the answers to a […]

A “Poem of Contemporary America”: Teju Cole’s New Exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Photography

Go Down Moses, a new art exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, features 150 archival images depicting a longing for freedom. Selected to guest curate the exhibition is acclaimed author, photographer, and Harvard professor Teju Cole.  Go Down Moses, an exhibition which uses photography to reflect on themes of freedom and suffering, […]

Lavin Speakers Nominated for Thinkers50: The World’s Most Prestigious Ranking of Management Thinkers

Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business leaders, announced the nominees for their 2019 Distinguished Achievement Awards. Dubbed the “Oscars” of Management Thinking by the Financial Times, this year’s shortlist features no less than six Lavin Speakers, whose ideas are being recognized for their potential to change the world.   Ajay Agrawal—Digital Thinking Award In […]

Grit Speaker Lauren Eskreis-Winkler Investigates the Motivational Benefits of Advice-Giving

Common wisdom would suggest that offering advice to those who are struggling is helpful to them. But findings from the University of Pennsylvania suggest the opposite is true. In fact, it is the actually person dispensing the advice who is benefiting most. Lauren Eskreis-Winkler reveals the surprising insights from her new study. Wharton post-doctoral researcher […]

Charles Fishman Explains How an Unlikely Pairing—Between NASA and Playtex—Led to the Apollo Spacesuits in Fast Company

In One Giant Leap, Charles Fishman writes the untold story of the moon landing—charting how the ambitious project was scaled through innovation, teamwork, and technological advancement. As part of Fast Company’s 50 Days to the Moon series—which features a story each day leading up to the 50th anniversary—Fishman explains how a bra company beat out […]

Learning to Care: Lavin Speaker Jamil Zaki Challenges Us to Exercise Kindness

Can human beings teach themselves to become kinder? According to science, all signs point to yes. Stanford psychologist and author of The War For Kindness Jamil Zaki has designed a week-long kindness challenge to push people outside of their comfort zones—and into connection with each other. Humans are the world-class champions of empathy, superior to […]

New Speaker Michael Green Has a Solution to Housing Shortages—And It’s Sustainable

With the climate crisis rapidly snowballing, how can we afford to house the 3 billion people who will need homes in the next twenty years? For sustainable architect Michael Green, the answer is building with wood. Almost half of our energy use and greenhouse gas emissions are related to the building industry. The materials of […]

Lavin Speaker John Maeda Appointed Chief Experience Officer at Leading Digital Transformation Company

A leader in the world of design, technology, education, and computer science, John Maeda is one of Silicon Valley’s most revered names. Now, he’s spearheading design at Publicis Sapient—a digital consultancy firm—to guide legacy companies through the peaks and valleys of the digital revolution. As the Global Head of Computational Design at Automattic—the parent company […]

Top 10 Team-Building Speakers: Fostering Meaningful Connections in the Workplace

A company can’t succeed without its people, and people can’t succeed without each other. These Top 10 team-building speakers illuminate how to create long-lasting connections in the workplace—improving productivity, collaboration, and happiness in the process. Darby Allen is widely celebrated for safely evacuating the residents of Fort McMurray during Alberta’s 2016 forest fires. Today, the […]

Unforgettable Workshops & Interactive Keynotes from Our Leading Workshop Speakers

Does your event call for hands-on audience engagement? Expertly led workshops? An unforgettable interactive keynote experience? These speakers do it all—speak, teach, and get people out of their seats for entertaining and motivating interactive workshops and keynotes, tailored to your audience’s precise needs.   David Robertson – How Do You Lead Innovation? David Robertson, MIT professor […]

Meetings Matter. The Revenge of Analog Author David Sax Explains Why In His New Talk.

As companies globalize and everyone shifts to digital conferences, Skype meetings, and online productivity trackers, David Sax triumphantly proves the incredible value of meeting face-to-face. Author of the #1 Washington Post bestseller The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter, Sax is a funny, sophisticated observer of human behavior in the digital age.  […]

How Do You Manage Change? By Booking the Best Innovation Speakers

The world is changing—fast. You want the best innovation speaker to help you navigate your future. The Lavin Agency represents the best innovation speakers—great minds on the front lines of their industry, working to make the world a smarter place.     Jeremy Gutsche is “an intellectual can of Red Bull” (Association Week), a New York Times bestselling author and one of our most booked […]

Meet Lavin’s TED Fellows—A Group of Young Visionaries Working to Make the World a Better Place

The TED Fellows represent the brightest, boldest minds making headlines across all fields; they’re filmmakers, journalists, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, musicians and designers, working together, and with TED’s support, to create positive change around the world. We represent over 40 TED Fellows. Get to know a few them below:  “Healthy, productive women are the cornerstone of […]

Twelve Lavin Speakers are Appearing at SXSW—Where the Boldest Minds With the Biggest Ideas Meet and Reach for the Future

South by Southwest (SXSW) is a conference that has dedicated itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Since 1987, the festival has attracted the brightest stars on the forefront of their fields to give talks and have candid conversations about the future and their industry. This year twelve Lavin speakers were invited to speak.   […]

These Speakers—Behavioral Scientists, Grit Experts, and Psychologists—Help Audiences Stick to Their Goals

It’s a month into 2019, do you know where your New Year’s resolutions are? These speakers—behavioral scientists, grit experts, and psychologists—help audiences define and stick to their goals, both at work and at home.   Angela Duckworth is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Grit—her landmark work on the importance of passion, perseverance and […]

Top 10 Business Keynote Speakers

Great companies start with great leaders. Leaders who recognize incredible talent, even when it’s hard to see; leaders who can spot, manage, and prevent risk; leaders who build successful teams, adapt to change and create cultures of innovation. These business keynote speakers blend personal, compelling leadership stories with years of immersive research, interviews and anecdotes […]

Top 10 Innovation Keynote Speakers

The world is changing—fast. Innovation and creativity are becoming the most valuable assets a company can hire for, encourage and cultivate. But how does innovation actually happen? What does it really look like in action? These innovation keynote speakers are professors, entrepreneurs, scientists; they’re working on the front lines of innovation, helping you to better […]

Introducing New Speaker Markus Giesler: One of the World’s Most Influential Consumer Sociologists

“The winner with consumers will always be whoever has the best strategy for managing the cultural, ethical and political factors of their innovation,” says Markus Giesler—one of the 40 Best Business Professors Under 40 and an incredibly influential consumer sociologist and ethnographer. Markus Giesler teaches the world’s first MBA course on Customer Design Experience and […]

“The First Book to Explain the Economics of Artificial Intelligence”: Advance Praise for Prediction Machines by Speaker Ajay Agrawal

“This may be the best book yet on what may be the best technology that has come along.” Lawrence H. Summers, former US treasury secretary on Ajay Agrawal’s highly anticipated book Prediction Machines—a crystal clear, realistic assessment of how AI will actually affect the economy. No hype, no speculation, just the tools and economic frameworks managers can use right […]

Wired Magazine’s Nicholas Thompson is the Leading Authority on the Facebook Data Breach and What it Means for Private Citizens

Last month, Wired Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Thompson wrote a gripping and comprehensive cover story about Facebook’s tumultuous last two years: suppressing conservative media, disseminating “fake news,” and failing to grasp the power of the platform. Now largely considered one of the leading authorities on the wide-reaching implications of Facebook’s recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, Thompson was one of only three […]

Does Your Event Need a Workshop? A Moderator? Audience Engagement? These Three Speakers Do It All

Does your event call for a workshop, a moderator, an MC, or some other form of hands-on audience engagement? Tom Wujec, Misha Glouberman, and Ritu Bhasin do it all—speak, teach, and get people out of their seats for entertaining and motivating sessions. Best of all, these presentations are tailored exactly to you and your audience’s needs. Disruption […]

How the “Sensefulness Mindset” Helps People (and Companies) Re-Engage with the World: The Lavin Interview with Bianca Bosker

At a glance, Bianca Bosker works like any hard-nosed detective: close reading the evidence around her until the case is solved. But there’s no crime in her scene—rather, Bosker looks to the world of her senses to make experiences more informed, enriched, and alive.  What if you were surrounded by vital information—information that shaped your experience […]

Radical Creativity Lives Here: Derek Thompson’s Atlantic Cover Story Offers A Rare Look Inside Google “X”

“X” is Google’s highly secretive moonshot factory, where designers, psychologists, scientists and technologists try to come up with radical solutions to the world’s biggest problems, detached (in theory) “from the vagaries of the free market.” Atlantic senior editor Derek Thompson received a rare invitation to visit the factory, and it became this month’s cover story.   “X is perhaps the only […]

From Halo to Hacking: New Speaker and Cybersecurity Expert Tarah Wheeler Is Leading the Charge for Women in Tech

Cybersecurity seems like someone else’s problem—until it’s yours. To Lavin’s latest speaker, Tarah Wheeler, it’s not just a problem—it’s a pleasure. As one of the nation’s leading authorities on digital security, Wheeler’s talks provide clear-cut intel into how (and why) we should protect our virtual selves.  “I hack the future,” says Wheeler. “The things that […]

Engage the Senses to Generate Obsession: NYT Bestselling Author of Cork Dork Bianca Bosker Is Our Latest Speaker

What if you could find out how to make your product or service more deliciously alluring? Meet Bianca Bosker, the latest addition to the Lavin roster—a journalist and instant New York Times bestselling author who knows customer obsession to her bones. The key? Sensefulness.  Smart companies know that the way to engage users is through the five senses. […]

Everyday Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Improving Your Mental Climate with Dr. Jonathan Fader of The New York Giants

In his role as the Director of Mental Conditioning for the New York Giants, Dr. Jonathan Fader teaches already high-performing individuals to transcend their inhibitions. In Part II of his exclusive interview with Lavin, Dr. Fader shares some of the everyday mental conditioning tips that we can all use to maintain and  improve our states of […]

The Lavin Interview with Nicholas Thompson: New Editor-in-Chief of Wired on the Future of Tech, A.I., and Humanity

Newly minted Wired EIC Nicholas Thompson is ready to revitalize the iconic tech monthly. As the former digital editor of The New Yorker, Thompson introduced an uncompromising level of quality to the online platform, increasing readership exponentially. With two issues of Wired under his belt, Thompson recently spoke with Lavin about the future of tech, and how he […]

LAVIN x TED2017: Meet the Talent Taking the Stage

The 2017 TED Conference is kicking off today in Vancouver, and nine members (comprising six mainstage presenters and TED Fellows) of the Lavin brain trust are there to speak in a diverse set of sessions that all center around the theme of this year’s conference: The Future You. Meet the people taking their timely messages west. Monday April […]

Ajay Agrawal’s Creative Destruction Lab: Driving the Potential of Artificial Intelligence

Rotman’s Creative Destruction Lab is “paving the way for a more vibrant Canadian economy,” touts The Globe and Mail’s recent front page. In the associated “Report on Business” cover story, CLD founder and CEO Ajay Agrawal unpacks the profoundly successful concept behind this revolutionary lab. Since its inception in 2012, U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) has invented itself […]

Daniel Lerner: Can Success and Happiness Coexist?

Sometimes the measure of success comes down to how much mustard is on your lapel. Motivational speaker Daniel Lerner knows all too well, and has the dry-cleaning bills to prove it. The trick is in finding harmony between your passions, and knowing what you can’t live without. For Brightworks’ 7th Annual Innovation Day, Lavin speaker Daniel Lerner […]

Nothing Just ‘Goes Viral’: Watch the New Trailers for Derek Thompson’s Hit Makers

There’s a hidden history to every smash success—a web of economics, psychology, and desire that holds our attention. In these new videos, Atlantic senior editor Derek Thompson reveals fascinating insights from his new, groundbreaking study of how culture gets made, Hit Makers. How Did the Creator of the Vacuum and Refrigerator Help Design the 20th […]

What Makes New Technology So Addictive? Read Adam Alter’s New Book, Irresistible

Addiction is nothing new. But today, it’s all about tech: Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, Instagram, and the latest app keep us tied to our screens. So what makes these platforms so enticing? In Irresistible, Adam Alter breaks down the latest in behavioral addiction—and shows us how to kick the habit. Consider the amount of time we […]

Funding Your Dreams: Meet Kickstarter Co-Founder Yancey Strickler

The Lavin Agency is pleased to welcome our newest exclusive keynote speaker, Kickstarter co-founder and CEO Yancey Strickler!  Strickler co-founded Kickstarter to help bring creative projects to life. In the process, he has started an important conversation about how companies can stick to their ideals, resist conformity, and contribute to the public good. “I think […]

Happier Cities Just Make Sense: Charles Montgomery Talks to The Guardian

As populations continue to urbanize, the debate rages as to how to best streamline our cities for productivity. But another question—one stemming from an emerging field—is now beginning to take hold: How can we be happier in cities? Urban experimentalist Charles Montgomery is the author of the aptly named Happy City, in which he tackles […]

This Week: Jeremy Gutsche Hosts Trend Hunter’s Future Festival, October 5–7

This week, Toronto is home to one of the most exciting innovation events in the world. That’s right—Trend Hunter’s Future Festival is once again upon us: three days of dynamic keynotes and innovation workshops, on-trend cultural safaris, exclusive access to consumer insights, invaluable networking opportunities, and (of course!) a whole lot of fun. Read on […]

Candy Chang’s Installations at Athens’ Onassis Cultural Centre

Candy Chang’s participatory art installations, including the wildly popular “Before I Die,” (called “one of the most creative community projects ever” by The Atlantic) are now on display at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Greece. Her works, which began their Athens run with “School of the Future” in February and March, will remain viewable […]

Lavin Weekly #43: Maeda, Samuel, & Scudamore

1. “Money Isn’t the Enemy”—John Maeda in Good Magazine   Design speaker John Maeda has some blunt advice for young creatives: make money. Maeda recently dropped by Good Magazine to impart something he learned working under graphic designer Paul Rand in the 90s—sometimes, we need to sacrifice our passions for financial stability, so that we […]

Paul Tough’s Helping Children Succeed Now Available Online

Education speaker Paul Tough’s new book Helping Children Succeed is now available in its entirety online—gorgeously rendered with helpful graphics, charts, and embedded videos. If you’ve read Tough’s NYT bestseller How Children Succeed, Helping makes the perfect companion: a much-needed (and practical) exploration of how to overcome childhood adversity, both within the classroom and beyond. […]

First Look: Douglas Rushkoff’s New Book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus

The digital economy is ruled by a host of intriguing concepts: big data, automation, algorithms, power law dynamics, the sharing and start-up economies. But are they actually designed for human prosperity? In other words, have technological advancements made life better for shareholders and the unemployed alike, or have they trapped and divided us in new […]

First Look: Chuck Klosterman’s New Book, But What If We’re Wrong?

Exciting news! The New York Times bestselling author Chuck Klosterman has a new book on the way—and it’s slated for publication in June. But What If We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past—and its topsy-turvy cover design—were unveiled yesterday by Vulture. This sharp-looking new release is being described as a study of which […]

Lavin Weekly #15: Crabapple, Cobb, Kim, & Shukla

1. Molly Crabapple for PEN DIY: “Give up Nothing. Don’t be Afraid.”  Molly Crabapple, author of Drawing Blood, and world-renowned artist, activist, and journalist, took to the PEN DIY stage this month to deliver a talk called “How to Draw the Elephant in the Room.” Crabapple has covered some of the world’s most important points of conflict […]

Manjit Minhas & Joe Mimran Make Their Dragons’ Den Debut This Wednesday

Season 10 of Dragons’ Den begins this Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST on CBC television—and two of our exclusive keynote speakers are joining the series. Tune in to catch author, multi-business entrepreneur, and $155 million “beer baron” Manjit Minhas, as well as sartorial icon, brand master, and major investor Joe Mimran as they endorse the […]

Biotech Leader Nina Tandon in Inc. Magazine: “Science Is Storytelling”

Lavin keynote speaker Nina Tandon is featured in the October 2015 issue of Inc. magazine (appropriately, in the publication’s “Most Innovative Women” section). As CEO and co-founder of EpiBone—the world’s first company growing living human bones for skeletal reconstruction—Tandon has a unique entrepreneurial story behind forming, and funding, a company at the forefront of what she calls “biology as […]

Negin Farsad Is One of“10 Feminist Comedians You Should Be Paying Attention To”

TED Senior Fellow Negin Farsad has made Paper magazine’s “10 Feminist Comedians You Should Be Paying Attention To.” The list showcases Farsad as a “rising feminist comic” who combines “intellectual acuity with endearing delivery.” However, as an ambassador of ‘social justice comedy,’ she also packs a sincere, yet truly hilarious, message: that laughter, art, and […]

The Comedian & the Sociologist: Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg tackle Modern Romance

Stand-up powerhouse and Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari releases his first book today, Modern Romance—a hilarious, thought-provoking look at dating. To write it, Ansari star teamed up with NYU sociology professor (and Lavin speaker) Eric Klinenberg. Together, the comedian and the sociologist designed a massive research project spanning hundreds of interviews across continents, from […]

Sparking Change at TEDWomen: Jessica Jackley in the New York Times

The New York Times has weighed in on the controversy surrounding Jessica Jackley's departure from the TEDWomen conference in Monterey, California earlier this month. Jackley (a former TED speaker herself) was asked to leave the conference after bringing her infant son – but after she tweeted about her experience, TED's organizers promised to take another […]

Can We Improve Decision-Making Skills? Introducing New Speaker Francesca Gino

New Lavin speaker Francesca Gino is an expert in something most of us could use a little help with: decision-making. She is the author of Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed, and How We Can Stick to the Plan, a book that examines why our decisions get derailed and what we can do to stick […]

First Look: Modern Romance, a New Book by Eric Klinenberg and Aziz Ansari

Sociologist and speaker Eric Klinenberg is releasing a new book this June. Modern Romance: An Investigation is a collaboration with comedian Aziz Ansari that explores the pleasures and perils of modern love: from texting to Tinder to the delicate use of the pizza emoji (check out the video above for a short clip of Ansari's […]

Can Humans Feel Data? Watch Neuroscientist David Eagleman’s 2015 TED Talk

Can we create new senses for humans? Is it possible to feel information? Can we experience data the same way we hear, see or feel other things? What would a world where we’re not limited to our five biological senses be like? David Eagleman answered these questions—and many, many more—in his astounding new TED talk […]

Tom Wujec: The Way Companies Produce Physical Objects is About to Change

Whether it’s a car, a shoe, a house, a chaise lounge, or any product, the concept known as RIP, MOD, FAB is going to change how companies make things, and how we consume them. In an accessible new talk, innovation speaker Tom Wujec takes us into this world, and highlights the opportunities. A perfect storm […]

First Look: Steven Pinker’s The Sense of Style Looks at Why Good Writing Matters

Cognitive scientist and bestselling author Steven Pinker returns with a new book this fall, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century (September 30, 2014). It's already been hailed as “one of the best [books on writing] to come along in many years” (Kirkus Reviews). In a CBC News […]

Bonnie Brooks, Vice Chairman of The Bay, Joins Lavin as a New Exclusive Speaker

We are so thrilled to announce that Bonnie Brooks, Vice Chairman of Hudson's Bay Company, has joined Lavin as a new exclusive speaker! Bonnie Brooks has restored Canada’s great department store, Hudson's Bay Co., to its rightful place as a world-class retailer. As its first female CEO, Brooks led The Bay through sweeping, institutional changes—no […]

Driving Progress: Lavin Speakers Chosen for GOOD 100

The GOOD 100 is a compendium of people, ideas, and programs changing our planet for the better. We're so pleased to see Lavin speakers Negin Farsad and Cesar Harada on this year's list, alongside Randi Zuckerberg, Barbara Bush, environmental activist Ma Jun, and Moscow journalist Dmitry Aleshkovsky. Negin Farsad is one of the few Iranian-American […]

Charles Montgomery: An Engaged City is a Happy City [VIDEO]

For those who ignore their surroundings, for those who think cities are simply infrastructural boxes storing people and jobs, Charles Montgomery’s new video (embedded above) will come as a shot in the arm. The urban experimentalist and Happy City author presents the city as a force for good—a force for happiness. How effective a city […]

Trends, Hunted: Innovation Speaker Jeremy Gutsche Reveals 2014’s Top Trends

Innovation speaker Jeremy Gutsche has released his forecast for 2014's top trends. As the founder of Trendhunter.com, the largest trend hunting website in the world, Gutsche is plugged in to the latest in consumer behavior—and he channels that insight into his popular keynotes on marketing and innovation. Check out the video embedded above to preview […]

Bill Strickland’s Education Revolution: Financial Times

As a “black kid growing up in a bad neighbourhood” in Pittsburgh in the 1960s, Bill Strickland understood all about the hopelessness of the ghetto. Running away from an angry cop or hitching a ride from a friend in a stolen car could wreck your life in an instant and forever. But Strickland’s life was […]

Can Libraries Save Lives? Eric Klinenberg On Social Infrastructure In Cities

“We need to think about the social infrastructure as much as we do about the hard infrastructure of power lines and transit systems and communications networks,” cities speaker Eric Klinenberg tells Urban Omnibus. In a new series of interviews, the Going Solo author shows how important neighborhood cohesion and social planning is to the health […]

Pick Of The Week: Happy City Author & Speaker Charles Montgomery

“We've come to a moment in time where we know how to build cities,” says cities speaker Charles Montgomery, “we've got that down—we can cram people into cities. And yet, we haven't figured out how to live well in cities.” He wants to change that. In this edition of “Picks of the Week,” we're taking […]

Solo Living On The Rise: Cities Speaker Eric Klinenberg On The Shift

Even despite economic hardship after the recent recession, “Americans will [still] pay a premium to have a place of their own,” cities speaker Eric Klinenberg told The Los Angeles Times. The independence gained from living alone has become increasingly valued in America today. Solo living is no longer a trend. In fact, a report published […]

Lefties, Rejoice! Science Speaker Maria Konnikova On Creativity & Handedness

Last week, approximately 10 percent of the population celebrated Left-Handers’ Day. Maria Konnikova, a science speaker and psychologist, just published an article in The New Yorker that will give lefties even more reason to celebrate their uniqueness. Not only has new research shown that being a left-hander doesn't necessarily live up to the “sinister” stereotypes […]

Humanitarian Hackathons: Big Data Speaker Jake Porway In The Economist

By now, you've probably either hired someone for a big data-specific project at your organization, or, you're figuring out how big data can work for you. Jake Porway, a big data speaker, wants you to think outside the box about what data mining can bring to the table. With DataKind, he brings data experts together […]

Solo In The City: Eric Klinenberg On The Increase Of Urban Singletons

More Americans are choosing to live alone than ever before in history—are the cities they're residing in equipped to handle their unique needs? In Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, cities speaker Eric Klinenberg says that “one in seven American adults now lives alone.” That equates to an increase in […]

Natural Partners: John Maeda Advocates For Combining Arts & Science

“Artists and scientists tend to approach problems with a similar open-mindedness and inquisitiveness,” John Maeda tells Scientific American, “they both do not fear the unknown, preferring leaps to incremental steps. They make natural partners.” The RISD president and popular design speaker sees the collaboration between artists and scientists as crucial for our future. “There is […]

Charles Montgomery: Make Your City A Happier Place In 10 Easy Steps

“The city is a behavioral device,” Charles Montgomery, the author of Happy City says. “Its shapes and systems alter how we feel, how we see each other, and how we act.”  He adds: “This would be a terrible thought if it were not for a second truth, which is that the city is malleable. We […]

2013 Creativity 50: Cities Speaker Candy Chang Makes The Top 10

Cities speaker Candy Chang proves you don't need expensive, high-tech devices to transform public spaces. That's why she made the 2013 Creativity 50 list this year. Creativity is a website that features the best in design, advertising, and digital creativity. Chang made it into the top ten this year. “Candy Chang's art serves as a wake-up call […]

Cascade: Big Data Speaker Jer Thorp on the Secrets to Viral Content

Viral content: It's an internet buzz word that many claim to understand—but few actually do. Big data speaker Jer Thorp may be bringing us one step closer, however, to truly grasping the anatomy of viral content. And, through the use of his data visualization tool Cascades, the data artist is using Twitter to learn how […]

Public Art Meets Civic Engagement: Candy Chang Makes The Good 100 List

“Candy Chang  is coming to a neighborhood near you,” a recent profile in Good.is begins. Not only that, but the TED Fellow and “Before I Die” creator also landed on the 2013 Good 100 list.  Her simple, but innovative, installations and projects make cities more comfortable for their inhabitants. Even better, her work has been […]

Turn Traditional Leadership Upside Down: John Maeda On The Creative Economy

“How do creative people lead? How is that possible?” leadership speaker John Maeda asked the audience in his keynote at the Design Indaba Conference 2013. While he says that creative people are sometimes seen as “flaky,” their agile and adaptable nature makes them an asset to any organization. In a post-speech interview, Maeda says that many […]

NPR’s TED Radio Hour: Can Beauty Change A Life? Bill Strickland Says Yes

While many people might not see the location surrounding the Manchester Bidwell Foundation as beautiful (it's located in a somewhat rough area in Pittsburgh), leadership speaker Bill Strickland says beauty was a core element in the center's design process. “The building is very hopeful and it's very bright—even on a gray day,” Strickland told NPR […]

Environment Drives Behavior: Bill Strickland At Chicago Ideas Week [VIDEO]

“Environment drives behavior,” leadership speaker Bill Strickland told the audience at Chicago Ideas Week. “Beautiful environments create beautiful kids, prisons create prisoners.” That's why the MacArthur Genius designed his arts and training centers with aesthetics in mind, and argues that everyone deserves to live, work, and learn in beautiful surroundings. In the keynote, Strickland chronicled […]

Master Concepts Before Moving On: Education Speaker Salman Khan

“Instead of holding fixed how long you have to learn something, when you learn it, and the variable component being how well you learn it—we should do it the other way around,” education speaker Salman Khan says in a recent college keynote at University of California Berkeley. “The variable component should be when you get […]

Every College Needs A Before I Die Wall: Candy Chang Profiled In HuffPo

“Every single college campus across the world can benefit from a 'Before I Die' wall.” Candy Chang, the public space artist, college speaker, and TED Fellow, recently received a rave review for her community art project in a new blog entry at The Huffington Post. Since Chang first started the project, the walls have now […]

Living Alone—In Style: Eric Klinenberg On Luxury Real Estate For Singles

More people in the United States currently live alone than ever before in history, according to New York University professor and Lavin speaker Eric Klinenberg. As the Going Solo author has said before, the impact of this rapidly growing trend is starting to permeate into many different industries (most recently, into the real estate sector). […]

People Have the Power: A Review of Patti Smith at the AGO [PHOTOS]

Last week, Patti Smith performed an amazing show at The Art Gallery of Ontario, where her Camera Solo exhibit is on display—and some lucky Lavin staffers were there! Here’s our review. The punk legend sang a quiet but powerful set of songs to an audience who punctuated the night with shouts of devotion, gratitude, and, […]

Innovation Speaker John Maeda Says Art Can Help The Economy [VIDEO]

“Why does STEAM policy matter?” asks innovation speaker John Maeda of his quest to turn the current curriculem of STEM courses (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) into STEAM courses (the A representing the addition of arts). The answer is simple. “It is how America will reign competitive and remain the leader in the 21st century.” In […]

Transparent Advertising & Open Concept Offices: Jeremy Gutsche On BNN

While you may not think too deeply about the layout of your office building, innovation speaker Jeremy Gutsche explains that the design of your office is actually “an element of branding” for your company. Constantly on the lookout for the next cutting-edge developments in every industry, Gutsche recently spoke about the rise of “imposed interaction” […]

Visualize The Future: Tom Wujec Live Illustrates The Bloomberg Conference

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but imagine transforming thousands of words into meaningful pictures. That's what Tom Wujec, an innovation speaker and Fellow at Autodesk, did for the Bloomberg Businessweek Design Conference. As each speaker presented their ideas, Wujec furiously translated their thoughts into images. He completed each sketch in real-time […]

Making It In The Arts: Molly Crabapple On Being Your Own Boss [VIDEO]

“Everything in the world is conspiring to try to force people into this mold where they work for other people until their life energy's exhausted,” Molly Crabapple says. “You have to try to resist that.” In an exclusive interview at Lavin's New York office, Crabapple shared her thoughts on how to stay motivated to lead […]

Breaking The Mold: Conference Speaker John Maeda On Creative Leadership

As John Maeda argues in Forbes, business leaders can stand to learn a great deal from artists and designers. That explains why architect Zaha Hadid was recently given the Aenne Burda award for creative leadership. Maeda, a conference speaker at this week's Digital-Life-Design event, asked attendees whether they considered themselves to be creatives, leaders, or […]

Angela Davis: Don’t Subordinate Your Aspirations To Political Agendas

As social change speaker Angela Davis says in her keynote address at the Peace Ball in Washington, President Obama's work is just beginning. With the long election campaign behind him, he is now embarking on his second term as President of the United States. While Davis says it's wonderful to support him, “that support should […]

Forbes Profiles John Maeda’s Creative Approach To Leadership

In a new article in Forbes, John Maeda says that the future of innovation lies in the hands of the creatives—and that the most successful leaders will be those who embrace creative forms of team management. Business leaders can stand to learn a great deal from artists and designers, he explains, especially in terms of […]

Learning from a “Social-Good Rock Star”: KIVA’s Jessica Jackley is Now Teaching

Who do you hire when you are looking for the perfect candidate to teach a course on Entrepreneurial Design for Social Change? Well, a “social-good rock star,” of course. That's exactly what Drew University thinks of Jessica Jackley; and it's why she—and her husband Reza Aslan, a writer and religion scholar—was chosen as the “perfect […]

Before I Die by Candy Chang: A Spreading Phenomenon

Candy Chang's Before I Die started in a local New Orleans community—and now it's begun to spread across the country. The project by Chang, a Senior TED Fellow, used public space as a real-life message board where residents were encouraged to share what they wanted to accomplish before their time on Earth was over. Recently, an […]

The Massive Lavin Agency TED Fellows Party [PHOTOS]

Last week in New York, we threw a big party for the TED Fellows—an extraordinary group of men and women who are doing incredible work in science, design, technology, the arts, and social justice. One Fellow, Nina Tandon, is growing artificial hearts. Another, Mitchell Joachim, is helping conceptualize the city of the future. And those […]

Jer Thorp in Mashable: “Data is Becoming a Part of Our Everyday Lives” [VIDEO]

“More and more and more, data is becoming a part of our everyday lives,” Jer Thorp says in a new interview in Mashable. “We're producing so much data, we're consuming so much data, but we haven't really, I think, as a culture thought about that transition and what it actually means and what some of […]

Charles Montgomery: Cities as Engines of Happiness

Recently Lavin staffers had the opportunity to have a chat with our new urban experimentalist speaker Charles Montgomery. His forthcoming book, Happy City, gathers unconventional wisdom from a medley of global cities which have decided to make their citizens' happiness a priority. With examples as diverse as Bogota, Columbia and Vancouver, Canada, Montgomery explains that […]

Before I Die: Candy Chang’s Project Recreated In Denver [VIDEO]

What do you want to do before you die? It's a question that TED Fellow Candy Chang has brilliantly brought to life in her interactive “Before I Die” installation. The project was so popular, in fact, that people across the nation have been recreating it—most recently, in Denver, Colorado. The team who brought the installation […]

John Maeda In Wired: Videogames Belong In The MoMA

Do the video games Pac-Man, Tetris, SimCity, and Myst belong in the Museum of Modern Art? Some critics say no.  John Maeda, President of Rhode Island School of Design however, says yes. While you can make the argument about whether or not these games are actually art or not, the MoMA acquired these games as “outstanding […]

TED Fellow Nina Tandon: One of Dove’s Women Who Should Be Famous [VIDEO]

“Not only does Nina Tandon grow living hearts, she makes it sound easy.” That's what Katie Couric and Dove, partners in the Women Who Should Be Famous Initiative, wrote about the TED Fellow and Tissue Engineer; and it is one of the reasons they nominated her to be featured in the campaign. It is also her […]

The Invisible World of Microbes: TED Fellow Jessica Green [VIDEO]

New Lavin speaker and TED Senior Fellow Jessica Green is showing us the amazing and important role microbes play in our everyday lives—in our bodies, our forests, and even our buildings—and she's doing it in visually stunning ways. A Professor at both the University of Oregon and the Santa Fe Institute, Green uses art, animation, […]

Your Deepest Secrets, Made Public: Candy Chang’s New Project

Candy Chang's latest project, Confessions, is taking the mantra “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” to a whole new level. As the artist in residence at The Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas this past summer, the TED Senior Fellow transformed the hotel's gallery space into a living, breathing confessional—inviting guests to write their deepest […]

Leadership in a Connected Culture: Conference Speaker John Maeda [VIDEO]

As part of the GigaOM RoadMap: Design in the Age of Connectedness event, conference speaker John Maeda gave a keynote about the “important vectors of design, leadership and connected culture.” Maeda is the President of the Rhode Island School of Design and works to humanize technology. Currently, Maeda is focusing on the intersection of design and […]

Nina Tandon: One of Fast Company‘s 100 Most Creative People

Nina Tandon, one of Lavin's newest exclusive speakers, was recently named as one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business. The TED Fellow is doing extraordinary things with bodily tissues and has been researching and experimenting with electrical signaling, with the ultimate end goal of creating artificial hearts and bones. One day, she […]

Lavin’s TED Fellows: “Radically Transforming the World Today” [VIDEO]

Lavin is pleased to represent some of the most fascinating TED fellows around—speakers who are, as David Lavin, president of The Lavin Agency, says “radically transforming the world today.” “If you're looking for an inspirational speaker, rather than have someone that says 'Hey, you can do anything you want,' bring in three or four people […]

Spark: Innovation Speakers — Tom Wujec’s Marshmallow Challenge [VIDEO]

Innovation speaker Tom Wujec encourages Fortune 100 companies to play with their food. Why? Because “The Marshmallow Challenge” (where teams compete to build the tallest free-standing structure out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, tape, string and a single marshmallow) teaches simple, yet powerful, lessons on collaboration, creativity and generating fresh ideas. While stringing together a […]

Passing on Wisdom, in Public Spaces: Candy Chang’s New TED Talk

Artist, designer, and Senior TED Fellow Candy Chang is an inspirational speaker who believes in the power of public spaces to connect and empower communities. “We don't bump into every neighbor,” she says in her latest TED talk, “so a lot of wisdom never gets passed on. But we do share the same public spaces, […]

Innovation Speaker Jeremy Gutsche Celebrates One Billion Views at Trendhunter

Great news! Trendhunter.com—the brainchild website of innovation speaker Jeremy Gutsche—just passed one billion views. Gutsche’s site is, by leaps and bounds, the largest and most updated collection of cutting edge ideas available anywhere—ideas on fashion, technology, design, architecture, consumer behavior, and mush else. As the site passed the billion-with-a-b milestone, Gutsche wrote, “Just three years […]

Tom Wujec’s “Marshmallow Challenge” Innovation Workshop

Tom Wujec is one of the world's leading innovation and visualization speakers, offering interactive innovation workshops to help companies streamline the way they do business and foster innovation. One of his most unorthodox, yet equally effective, workshops is the “Marshmallow Challenge”—a simple team exercise in amateur architecture that ends up teaching us the true value […]

Candy Chang in Urbanized: How People Shape Their Neighborhoods

One of the best parts of the documentary Urbanized, about the issues facing cities in the 21st Century, is when Candy Chang, a public space artist, appears on screen, late in the movie. “There are so many things—living in the same neighborhood—that we could actually share with each other that would help us understand what's […]

How Artist Jer Thorp is Humanizing Data

The Lavin Agency would like to welcome our newest speaker, Jer Thorp, who holds one of the world’s coolest jobs: Data Artist-in-Residence at The New York Times. Thorp’s work focuses on humanizing data—on turning data into narratives and stories—by creating striking graphic representations. He turns raw, unwieldy numbers into actionable information for companies and people […]

Creating a Better Conference Culture: Jeremy Gutsche

One of the great things about a keynote from Trendhunter’s Jeremy Gutsche is that he can adapt his message of methodical innovation to any audience. Recently, he spoke in front of an influential group of meeting planners about, well, how to plan better meetings and conferences. It’s a topic that, given his hundreds of talks […]

Misha Glouberman: How to Make Your Conference Better

When you consider how much time, money and effort go into planning or even just attending conferences, it’s worth thinking seriously about what makes for a great conference and what, unfortunately, causes many conferences to be less-than-great. This is what Misha Glouberman thinks, anyway. “The main reason for people to come together at a conference […]

2012 Guggenheim Fellow Janna Levin Listens to the Sounds of the Universe

This month, Janna Levin—the theoretical cosmologist who spoke at TED about the sounds of the universe—was named a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow. Levin teaches physics and astronomy at Barnard College, and is a Lavin Agency exclusive speaker. She recently talked to us about her research, her thoughts on innovation, and why it’s “incredibly exciting to hear […]

Artist Candy Chang Transforms Public Spaces

The Lavin Agency would like to welcome TED Senior Fellow Candy Chang as our newest speaker. A former New York Times art director, Chang is an artist who uses bright graphics in public spaces to help us rethink the contemporary city. Her work, profiled worldwide, aims to reanimate the physical surroundings of dilapidated neighborhoods while […]

At the STEM to STEAM Forum, John Maeda Offers a New Educational Model

World-renowned artist, designer, computer scientist and educator John Maeda continues his push to include Art into an American education system seemingly focused only on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math better—known as the STEM model; he would like to turn it into the STEAM model. At the recent STEM to STEAM Forum, spearheaded by Maeda and […]

Jessica Jackley’s Latest Venture, ProFounder, is All About Capital

Gathering up venture capital for your brilliant idea just got a lot easier thanks to another brilliant idea from Jessica Jackley. The founder of Kiva, the foremost microlending website letting users lend as little as $25 to entrepreneurs in developing nations, is at it again with ProFounder. The service collects and organizes capital from entrepreneurs […]

From Aspen Ideas Fest: John Maeda on Creative Cultures

Innovation speaker John Maeda recently spoke about building cultures of creativity at the 2011 Aspen Ideas Festival, as part of a panel moderated by Paolo Antonelli, MOMA's senior curator in the department of Architecture and Design. The renowned artist, designer, educator, and current president of the Rhode Island School of Design, suggested that there are […]

Bridging the Gap Between Craft and Technology: John Maeda at The Adobe Museum of Digital Technology

John Maeda, the President of the Rhode Island School of Design and one of the world’s foremost design thinkers, presents a brand new exhibit at the uniquely virtual Adobe Museum of Digital Media. The exhibit, entitled “Atoms + Bits = the neue Craft (ABC)” will run from March 23 – December 31 on Adobe’s all-online […]

Indisputable Proof (Sort of) That College Students Love Chuck Klosterman’s Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs

Every year, designer John Gall asks his first-year students to design a book cover for their all-time favorite book. Unsurprisingly, Chuck Klosterman’s Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs — which the Onion AV Club calls, correctly, “one of the brightest pieces of pop analysis to appear this century” — is the most popular book among the students. Going on […]

Steven Pinker Answers Questions About IBM’s Jeopardy-Winning Supercomputer

As IBM’s Watson outsmarts its human competitors on Jeopardy this week, Steven Pinker, the Harvard psychologist, weighs in on what the computer’s victory could mean for humanity. Asked by The New Yorker whether Watson is a scientific breakthrough or merely a parlor trick—an elaborate billion-dollar parlor trick!—Pinker said that Watson may provide insight into human […]

John Elder Robison to Appear on Discover Science’s Ingenious Minds

Author, mechanic, designer, photographer, speaker — these are just a few words that could describe John Elder Robison. The Look Me in the Eye author runs a multi-million dollar car specialty shop and a successful photography business. He’s designed guitars for KISS and toys for Milton Bradley. Oh, and by the way, he’s done all […]

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, he talks about a subject close to […]