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Greg Jones

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What is the tipping point, the critical mass, required in order for the public to act en masse?

The question is self explanatory, what is the tipping point, the critical mass, required in order for the public to act en masse to air their grievances, and how can we quantify, gauge it and predict it?.

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    Dec 11 2013: I suggest Malcolm Gladwell's book, "The Tipping Point" on this topic.

    Basically, there is no number that defines the tipping point. Sometimes it can be just a very specific event, at the right time and place that pushes the scale to one side or another.

    Gladwell for example explains the tipping point on the example of Hush Puppies ( the shoes). In 1995 or so, hush puppies shoes were out of fashion, however some people in New York's SOHO decided to be different and wore hush puppies as a statement. Fashion designers soon picked up on that and included the shoes in their latest collections. This was the tipping point and hush puppies shoes sales increased 4x from 1995 to 1996.
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      Dec 11 2013: Thanks for the suggestion about the book, but I prefer not to be just a vessel for secondhand information.Which Is why I like ted and it's potential for innovation.
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        Dec 12 2013: Short of doing research on your own, information will always be secondhand ;-)
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      Dec 12 2013: Harald, you are alternately writing "tipping point" and "dipping point." Do you mean to be doing this?
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        Dec 12 2013: Sorry,that wasn't intentional....... typing too fast I guess ;-)....error corrected.
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          Dec 12 2013: I know Gladwell wrote "The Tipping Point" and Seth Godin "The Dip."

          I appreciated your sharing the example from Gladwell's book. That example also reminded me of Derek Sivers' TED talk about the importance of "first followers." Here is the link to a very interesting talk about getting the ball rolling, as it were: http://www.ted.com/talks/derek_sivers_how_to_start_a_movement.html
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        Dec 12 2013: Ah, yes, Seth Godin, another source of great thinking. I read a lot of his books. As far as I remember he gave a TED talk a few years ago.

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