A Slow but Steady Pathway to Influencing Public Policies

Understanding The Race: It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Ever wondered why everyone talks about the wisdom in the old saying, “slow and steady wins the race?” Today, we’ll delve into this concept, but in a slightly unexpected context – public policy changes. Picture this: we’re all participants in a marathon, not a sprint. The end goal isn’t about rushing to the finish line first, but about who can maintain a steady pace, understand the course, and successfully navigate the bumps along the way. This analogy isn’t just for athletes – it’s about influencing and creating effective changes in public policies.

Being Like Our Turtle Friend: Embracing the Gradual Change

When it comes to shaping policies, being like our turtle friend – embracing a slow and steady approach – often leads to more effective results. We may feel a sense of urgency, a burning desire for radical changes and quick fixes. But let’s not forget, a well-built house isn’t constructed overnight. It’s the result of careful planning, using sturdy materials, and diligent construction, one brick at a time. The same holds true for significant policy changes. They need time, effort, and a conviction that each small step is contributing to a bigger, more important picture.

Real-Life Examples of Incremental Change

One such example of effective incremental change is the development of Social Security in the United States. The program, now seen as a cornerstone of American society, was carefully and slowly rolled out over more than a decade. Similarly, if we consider the successful reduction in crime and incarceration rates in New York City, it wasn’t a result of a sudden, dramatic overhaul. Instead, it was a series of small changes made over a generation that collectively made a huge difference.

Embracing the Roller Coaster of Change

Like a thrilling roller coaster ride, change isn’t linear. It has its ups and downs, its peaks and troughs. When we hit a dip or when the pace seems to slow down, it doesn’t mean that progress isn’t happening. It’s during these times that we should remember our friend, the turtle, and remind ourselves of the wisdom in “slow and steady wins the race.”

The Power of Small, Incremental Changes

In a nutshell, don’t overlook the power of small, incremental changes. While they might not be as adrenaline-inducing as radical changes, and might take a bit longer, they’re often more effective and enduring. We’re playing the long game, remember? So, let’s embrace the turtle’s approach to progress – and keep moving forward, one small step at a time.


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