Saturday, September 3, 2011

What if we could be the tipping point?

We usually don’t think how privileged we are. If you are able to read this text you are among the people described below.

Actually, considering that English speakers estimates vary from 500 a 1800 million and the world population is about 6.94 billion, if you speak English you are more fortunate than almost 5 billion people.

When I read that poster I remembered a video I usually use in classes about the topic “Tipping Point”. It's the video below.

Happily we are among the 3 out of 4! But, what about the forth? So sad!

Have you seen the expression “Tipping Point” used on the video? What does it mean?

Malcolm Gladwell (2000), the creator of the tipping point theory, defines it as the reversal of something. Is the moment when something suffers an irreversible change. 

His book, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, seeks to explain and describe the "mysterious" sociological changes that mark everyday life.

Think about something you can do to reverse that. As the video says: “What if we could be the tipping point”?

by Vivian Barone

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