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What’s my tipping point?

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Let me be clear. I write for three reasons

  1. to reflect
  2. to share ideas and inspire others
  3. and to promote my brand. 

There, I said it. There is no denying it, so why not simply own it?

I am, after all, an author attempting to sell books and a consultant, looking for paid appearances. I have no big company name. Mark Barnes is my brand. I try to inspire ideas, philosophy and concepts; mainly, I work very hard to encourage a shift in thinking — a transormation in how the world does education.

One of the best ways to attract interest in this brand and my ideas is social media, and blogging is a form of social networking. I write and, hopefully, you read, if the content interests you.

I recently read Malcolm Gladwell’s book, The Tipping Point. The one-sentence summation of Gladwell’s idea is that every epidemic has a tipping point — something that contributes to the concept, disease, crime wave or habit affecting a very large population.

When I began writing this blog, I wondered about my Tipping Point. What can I say that might inspire a large population to discuss it, share it or, in some cases, embrace it? If I can spark curiosity, imagination and emotion, perhaps you’ll keep coming back. The word will spread, and an epidemic will begin.

Let’s see if I can get this blog to, as Gladwell says, tip.

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Mark Barnes is the Founder and CEO of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series -- books that provide right-now solutions for teachers and learners. Mark is the author or publisher of dozens of books, including Bestseller Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Join more than 115,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.
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