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Learning Is Like Spaghetti Sauce July 27, 2007

Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
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I saw a post on the Random Walk in Learning blog that really caught my interest today. It shows a video of a presentation put on by Malcolm Gladwell in February, 2004. Malcolm tells the story of a consultant who makes a surprising discovery about people’s tastes and preferences, and the lesson can be applied across multiple domains – including learning. Check out the video below, and think of it in terms of learning preferences.

If you haven’t heard of Malcolm Gladwell, you’re missing out. I highly recommend his books, The Tipping Point and Blink.

By the way, this presentation was from one of the TED conferences. Here’s a description of TED, from the ted.com web site:

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

The annual conference now brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).

I’ve seen some unbelievably amazing presentations on the TED web site. Spend some time there, if you haven’t already.



1. Gary Hegenbart - August 2, 2007

Very entertaining and engaging. Thanks for posting, I spent a bit of time at the TED site watching other videos.

2. Ken McArthur - April 11, 2008

The TED videos are all amazing. What a great concept to bring together great minds from all kinds of interests and skill set and get them to talk to each other.

Of course, I’m a fan of Malcolm Gladwell and talk about many of his ideas in my own book, Impact: How to Get Noticed, Motivate Millions and Make a Difference in a Noisy World.

He is also blessed with a great sense of humor.

Thanks for posting this.

All the best,


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