The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
Malcolm Gladwell
Publication Date
January 2002
Back Bay Books
Gladwell's book provides some really useful principles for social innovation, along with really interesting examples. It highlights some simple but often overlooked factors in our behaviour and social interactions.

The theme of the book is simple, how little things can make a big difference. We recommend this book to our student, and tell them that they do not have to be a superhero or rocket scientist to create a better world, there are a lot of little things that designers can do to make improve people's everyday life.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
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  1. The Three Rules of Epidemics
  2. The Law of the Few: Connectors, Mavens and Salesmen
  3. The Stickiness Factor: Sesame Street, Blue's Clues, and the Educational Virus
  4. The Power of Context: Bernie Goetz and the Rise and Fall of New York City Crime
  5. The Power of Context: The Magic Number One Hundred and Fifty
  6. Case Study: Rumors, Sneakers, and the Power of Translation
  7. Case Study: Suicide, Smoking, and the Search for the Unsticky Cigarette
  8. Conclusion: Focus, Test and Believe