Friday, 17 February 2012

Connector Text

Alina Tugend has an interesting article on called Are You a Connector? on, which takes a term from Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point to describe people who have "... a truly extraordinary knack for making friends and acquaintances." It's not as if these people haven't been around for a long time, of course they have, since the beginning of time no doubt, just that suddenly people are able to see this character trait crystallize or coalesece around this term. (rephrase)
This is in seed status. Its focus on character makes it quite accessible no matter what profession or position you're in. Also, the playfulness of language lends itself to EFL sessions. I reckon it'll get used pretty soon, if only as a standalone reading text.
Make Qs / tasks to help explore, deepen/develop understanding of the idea of a connector.
Find egs of connector practice in your own world - yourself or others; maybe easier to think of others first
coopetition - expansion of this idea
Playing with language
Combination - coopetition
Opposites - connector/disconnect; thinking in linear terms; super-connect;

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