How governments can achieve meaningful change in small steps

Many social problems seem impossibly daunting, simply because they are so large. Poverty, immigration, cancer deaths, gun violence, climate change - in the light of the magnitude of those problems, most imaginable reforms seem pretty small.

In their book, Switch: How To Change Things When Change Is Hard, authors Chip Heath and Dan Heath argue that the best response to big challenges is often to "shrink the change".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 29, 2019, with the headline 'How governments can achieve meaningful change in small steps'. Print Edition | Subscribe