‘Broken Windows’ Community Policy Advocate Dies : NPR

Malcolm Gladwell, the author of the fascinating book “The Tipping Point” wrote extensively about the success the “broken windows” theory of community awareness in NYC in the 1990′s. It’s a great chapter you should all read. Well today  James Q. Wilson, the co-author of the article called “Broken Windows” that appeared in “The Atlantic” in 1982 died today at the age of 80.

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The theory states that public order is fragile, if you don’t fix the first broken window in a neighborhood or community, soon all the windows are broken. It’s as if allowing a home with a broken window to remain unattended-to, this lack of attention sends a message passers by that “nobody cares” and this triggers people to behave in very bad ways. Here’s a link to a story broadcast by NPR today:

‘Broken Windows’ Community Policy Advocate Dies : NPR.

I highly recommend you listen to this interesting story. You should also pick up Gladwell’s The Tipping Point as well.

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  1. Chris Kirk

    Interesting theory. I love Gladwell’s stuff! I’ve gotten through his first two books (Tipping Point and Blink). I hope to get through the other two soon! Hope all is well in the great Pacific NW!!!

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