TED : Ideas worth spreading

Review: The power of introverts

Speaker: Susan Cain
Date: February 2012
Location: Long Beach, California

Description from TED website:
In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.

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My Review / Notes / Thoughts

This was not the first time I’d watched this talk, but despite that, it was still quite enlightening. We all fall somewhere on the spectrum between introversion and extroversion. And in this day and age where we are dealing with offending and being offended, maybe we should consider that we’ve pushed ourselves too far outside of our own comfort zones. At least it might be something worth considering.

There is power in taking the time to sit and think. It gives us time to process all that we are inundated with on a daily basis. What happens to a society that never takes time to sit and think deeply? Does the dreaded “group think” take over?

Perhaps these are some questions that you could throw out to your students and get them engaged on. I can see this talk being used in a variety of fields of study, with the right prompts provided, perhaps you could stimulate some deep thought from your students.

What do you think? Could this be a talk you could use in one of your courses? What types of prompts might you come up with to stimulate a deeper level of engagement from your students?

Until next time … live long life-learner!