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Ignite Baltimore #3 012 - Matt Castner - The Case for Being a Generalist

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Published on Jun 26, 2009

Ignite Baltimore #3
http://www.ignitebaltimore.com

June 24th 2009

Matt Castner
The Case for Being a Generalist
http://ignitebaltimore.com/speakers/61

The war between specialists and generalists has been quite one-sided. Google the words, and youll see Specialist has a 40 to 1 advantage over Generalist. On June 25th, 2009, I hope to turn the tide of this great inequality. From an educational perspective, being a generalist is more efficient use of time, and a more effective use of a brain. Generalists bring many perspectives to bear on any problem they face. This helps them see interdisciplinary complexities, and produce more valid solutions. Since specializing in something takes a long time, you might expect generalizing to be an involved process. Well, its not. In fact, it only takes about five minutes. Its as simple as changing the way you look at the world.

About Matt Castner:
Matt is a recent college graduate with three degrees (two actual degrees, and two halves of one). He currently writes Typing About Talking, a saucy new blog about free mind-smartening content on the internet. He also has a full-time consulting gig, but that doesnt stop him from dabbling in entrepreneurship and dog ownership.

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