How governments can achieve meaningful change in small steps

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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'. Subscribe