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David, Goliath and the appeal of the underdog: A Q&A with Malcolm Gladwell on this often-misunderstood storyDavid, Goliath and the appeal of the underdog: A Q&A with Malcolm Gladwell on this often-misunderstood story

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

For 3000 years, the story of David and Goliath has seeped into our cultural consciousness. This is generally how the tale is told: a young shepherd does battle with a giant warrior and, using nothing but a slingshot, comes out victorious. But is this really what the Bible describes? In today’s talk, Malcolm Gladwell — […]


Beyond the Top 10 TEDTalks: user favorites

Posted By Tedstaff

Last week, TEDTalks celebrated our 50 millionth view by counting down the Top 10 TEDTalks of all time (so far) — and inviting people to share their own favorites. Here are a few: My favorite is still Susan Savage-Rumbaugh and those bonobo apes. – S.F., Boynton Beach, Florida Stamets (mushrooms), Isabel Allende (passion), Dave Eggers […]


Vote for your favorite public intellectuals

Posted By Tedstaff

Not to be outdone by the Time 100, the journals Foreign Policy and Prospect have together released a list of the Top 100 public intellectuals — with voting. Many TEDTalks favorites appear on the list, and you can help choose the eventual top 20 by voting for your very own top 5. From Foreign Policy‘s […]


Malcolm Gladwell on TEDTalks

Posted By Tedconfjune

Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker, and best-selling author of The Tipping Point and Blink. In this talk, filmed at TED2004, he explains what every business can learn from spaghetti sauce. (Recorded February 2004 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 18:15) Get TED delivered:Subscribe to the TEDTalks video podcast via RSS >>Subscribe to […]


Quote of the week: Malcolm Gladwell

Posted By Tedconfjune

“I think I speak for all writers, when I say that I am delighted by marketing efforts of any sort.” — Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell, commenting in The Guardian on film-style trailers for books, being released online by publishers to build demand for new titles


Malcolm Gladwell & Steven Levitt: It started at a TED salon …

Posted By Tedconfjune

A great TED tidbit we missed the first time around: In TIME Magazine last month, Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell (TED04) wrote a tribute to Freakonomics author Steven Levitt (TED04, TEDGlobal), who was honored as one of the TIME 100. It starts like this: Not long after Freakonomics came out, Steven Levitt and I had […]


Gladwell v. Levitt, Round 2

Posted By Tedconfjune

At a landmark TED salon last spring, economist Steven Levitt and author Malcolm Gladwell crossed swords over the real reason New York City crime dropped in the 90s. In The Tipping Point, Gladwell credited the innovative policing tactics adopted under NYC Mayor Giuliani (which focused on softer “lifestyle crimes,” like subway graffiti and zoning violations) […]


Blink: The Movie

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Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink: The power of thinking without thinking,” will be adapted to a feature film, starring Leonard DiCaprio.