Author Gladwell Suggests the Path to a Greater Charlotte

Malcolm Gladwell, the author of Blink and The Tipping Point, packed the house at the annual luncheon of the Foundation for the Carolinas, in the Charlotte Convention Center, March 13th.


Gladwell is an animated speaker, and he ties together social phenomena as diverse as fashion trends and community building.


He said the key to a thriving, nurturing community is the involvement of people who are natural “connectors”: those among us who, instead of knowing 20 or 30 people, tend to have a social life packed with a hundred people or more.  When “connectors” get involved with a product or a trend—or a social issue or a cultural highlight–the topic is spread near and far. 


To Gladwell, Charlotte’s region will grow and prosper if it can find a frame of reference for its aspirations. Then, community activists need to develop a sense of urgency. A social movement needs to identify and activate it “connectors”.  Lastly,  all of those involved need to fight for growth and change. 


Gladwell as commented on every topic from medical care to highway congestion cures.  Here’s a recent audio clip from NPR on Gladwell’s Blink:



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One response to “Author Gladwell Suggests the Path to a Greater Charlotte

  1. Jack Martin

    Gladwell sounds good but is a
    theorist whose work has never been confirmed by social research. He probably sees himself as a “connector” so that his ideas stem only from POV. From time to time phenomenal thinkers come to fleeting fame in the public imaginations. Their message has little effect. Having read exerpts from Gladwell I believe he is one of these. Happy talk that flatters a wishful audience is rarely of consequence.
    Until “Metrolina” develops inclusive, imaginative leadership the remnants that made us special will continue to fade and be replaced by commercial conformity. (Lets get an MBA and build another bank-penis.)

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