Malcolm Gladwell celebrates Jamaica’s 50 years with story

Malcolm Gladwell

We’re big fans of Malcolm Gladwell. He recently spoke about Jamaica and it’s 50 year celebration at the Toronto Library (we’re also big fans of libraries).

In case you’re not familiar with him – Gladwell is a Canadian journalist, bestselling author, and speaker – and an excellent storyteller. His family migrated to Canada in the 1960s. His mother was born in Jamaica and married and Englishman while studying in London.

When asked for the process behind his writing, he said “I have two parallel things I’m interested in. One is, I’m interested in collecting interesting stories, and the other is I’m interested in collecting interesting research. What I’m looking for is cases where they overlap.”

He offers some great insight into Jamaica’s history, race in America and also has some great insights on entrepreneurship during a Q&A towards the end of his appearance – especially considering our last two guests (John Saddington and Brian Oakes).

Give it a watch/listen this morning and let us know what resonates with you.

You may want to pay particular attention to part 3 in which Gladwell compares Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

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