Football and Why Malcolm Gladwell may never be invited back to speak at University of Pennsylvania ever again

Tuesday, 12 March, 2013

Football and Why Malcolm Gladwell may never be invited back to speak at University of Pennsylvania ever again, I think! If you love football, learn more about Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Malcolm Gladwell at University of Pennsylvania 2/14/2013

Feb 15, 2013, DP, “Gladwell’s condemnation of football raises eyebrows – Students reacted negatively to the speaker’s suggestion that Penn boycott the sport

Feb 20, 2013, The New Yorker, “HOW MUCH PROOF DO WE NEED?

P.S. I would really really LOVE to know what the discussion was like at the post-talk dinner table ! :)

P.P.S. I am aware that some hockey players are affect by CTE as well and we Canadians should be ashamed of ourselves in doing nothing about it while enjoying our hockey games!

TED & TEDx talk videos – My baker’s dozen of favourite videos

Saturday, 24 November, 2012

Inspired by all the TEDxHongKong chatters I had last night with some attendees, I’ve finally done my version of top nth TED videos that inspired me. So here is my baker’s dozen (12+1) of TED and TEDx talk videos that I love and enjoy over the years. Some are popular and some are not.

May be we share a few common ones and we can chat about them in the comments. And if you see a few new ones that you haven’t watched, thats cool too and we can chat in the comments. And may be most important of all, please do share some of your fav! I love to check them out and hear why you love them!

In no particular order, the following are my baker’s dozen (12+1) tweets of my favourite TED & TEDx videos (with links added):

#1 tweet) In no specific order: #TED Malcolm Gladwell, UT alum & best selling author’s Choice, happiness & spaghetti sauce is great

#2 tweet) #TED Malcolm Gladwell‘s “The strange tale of the Norden bombsight” talk is better but unloved because of the harsh message

#3 tweet) A great #TEDxCaltech talk on Richard Feynman by Leonard Susskind. If u never heard of Nobel Prize winning funny man physicist Feynman, try this, you may start to love him.

#4 tweet) #TED Susan Cain is so cool & insightful. Here “The power of introverts” is a must watch for fellow introverts (me INTJ) Read the rest of this entry »

Another Malcolm Gladwell video interview

Sunday, 19 August, 2012

This Malcolm Gladwell video interview may not have the best production quality but there are some interesting questions and answers in it. Check it out.

Malcolm Gladwell on “miscalibration” and chat at HPU and keynote at iEX 2011

Sunday, 15 July, 2012

Malcolm Gladwell on “miscalibration” at HPU (video starts at 4:25)

HPU: Gladwell and Qubein (click to start at 4:07)

Update: Just added this interesting video.

Malcolm Gladwell Keynote Speech at SapientNitro iEX 2011

Malcolm Gladwell in conversation with CBC’s Eleanor Wachtel at Toronto Public Library (May 2012) and more …

Sunday, 15 July, 2012

Malcolm Gladwell, bestselling author of Blink and Outliers celebrates 50 years of Jamaica’s independence. In conversation with CBC’s Eleanor Wachtel. Malcolm Gladwell’s books including his latest, Blink are available at Toronto Public Library.”

Pay special attention to Part 3 where Malcolm gives insightful (and some may argue harsh) assessment of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

Update: Bonus Malcolm clips. I found the following clips and I thought I might as well include them here.

Malcolm Gladwell 2011 TED Talk: The strange tale of the Norden bombsight

Saturday, 5 November, 2011

I really enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell 2011 TED Talk: The strange tale of the Norden bombsight.

Have a look of the first iteration of this talk delivered at University of Toronto. Plus my previous addition to my list of Quotes I Love and Quotes I Love (videos).

Technology alone doesn’t solve problems. Social media does not create revolutions. Its a tool. Nothing more or less. Real revolutions are born out of righteous anger and courage and vision. […] The issue is not how accurate a bomb is. The issue is what to do the bombs you have. And more importantly, whether to use bombs at all. Technological problems are not the hardest part of the future. They are the easiest part. The hard part are the human problems that accompany the rise of technology.” – Malcolm Gladwel‬l at University of Toronto: Malcolm Gladwell, Convocation 2011 Honorary Degree speech video (starts at about time code 6:38)

ref: CNN Jun 17th, 2011 report “Malcolm Gladwell: When technology fails

P.S. By the way, also check out Videos of Malcolm Gladwell at Cannes Lions 2011.

Malcolm Gladwell 2011 Honorary Degree Recipient Speech at University of Toronto

Tuesday, 2 August, 2011

Malcolm Gladwell (Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers) got a free degree from University of Toronto, his and my alma mater, and we the public get a free Gladwell story, not a bad deal. (Great story, worth watching again after first viewing: time code 5:58)

Late Bloomers

Sunday, 8 November, 2009

After I mentioned “Late Bloomers: Why do we equate genius with precocity?“ in this Chinese blog entry,  allow me to share with you one of my favourite passage (emphasis added) in “Late Bloomers“,

[…] Cézanne didn’t just have help. He had a dream team in his corner.

This is the final lesson of the late bloomer: his or her success is highly contingent on the efforts of others. In biographies of Cézanne, Louis-Auguste invariably comes across as a kind of grumpy philistine, who didn’t appreciate his son’s genius. But Louis-Auguste didn’t have to support Cézanne all those years. He would have been within his rights to make his son get a real job, just as Sharie might well have said no to her husband’s repeated trips to the chaos of Haiti. She could have argued that she had some right to the life style of her profession and status—that she deserved to drive a BMW, which is what power couples in North Dallas drive, instead of a Honda Accord, which is what she settled for.

But she believed in her husband’s art, or perhaps, more simply, she believed in her husband, the same way Zola and Pissarro and Vollard and—in his own, querulous way—Louis-Auguste must have believed in Cézanne. Late bloomers’ stories are invariably love stories, and this may be why we have such difficulty with them. We’d like to think that mundane matters like loyalty, steadfastness, and the willingness to keep writing checks to support what looks like failure have nothing to do with something as rarefied as genius. But sometimes genius is anything but rarefied; sometimes it’s just the thing that emerges after twenty years of working at your kitchen table.

“Sharie never once brought up money, not once—never,” Fountain said. She was sitting next to him, and he looked at her in a way that made it plain that he understood how much of the credit for “Brief Encounters” belonged to his wife. His eyes welled up with tears. “I never felt any pressure from her,” he said. “Not even covert, not even implied.”

Beautifully said.

What the Dog Saw – Malcolm Gladwell

Friday, 6 November, 2009

Thanks go to Leona for mentioning Malcolm Gladwell’s new book “What The Dog Saw: And Other Adventures” and two of the articles she likes. I googled the articles and found them from Gladwell’s and I’m posting it to share.

The Art of Failure: Why Some People Choke and Others Panic

Late Bloomers: Why do we equate genius with precocity?

Bonus article from the book title: “What the dog saw: Cesar Millan and the movements of mastery

P.S. Over the years, I’ve collected a few insightful video presentations by Gladwell. Check them out here and here. Have fun.

P.P.S. 想深一層,Leona 寫,


我看其實”鼓勵「馬死落地行」”,本身便有點要人順應「主流」的味道。香港人(中國人?)根本從來都不太包容”放棄薪高糧準的律師工作,開始寫作”(giving up a respectable job/pay and trying something “different”) 的人。這可能是 cultural mindset/peer pressure 的問題。在外國,地方大,人自由一點,因而亦可以自我一點。

Malcolm Gladwell talks about how overconfidence led to the current economic crisis

Tuesday, 1 September, 2009

This is old but still an interesting video. Enjoy.


“On Tuesday, May 5th, [2009,] Malcolm Gladwell spoke at the New Yorker Summit about how overconfidence led to the current economic crisis.”

[via Leona]

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