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