Cornell University’s researchers found that by simply slicing apples school children would eat more apples as opposed to throwing apples, whole, uneaten in the trash. With an initial investment of just $200 for a fruit slicer school cafeterias school children began to eat their apples.
In 1847 Hungarian physician Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis, became known as the “savior of mothers” when he proposed the practice of washing hands by doctors between patients, saving millions of lives. Puerperal fever was common in mid-19th-century hospitals and often fatal, with mortality at 10%–35% after childbirth. Washing hands reduced mortality rates to less than 1% at one hospital alone. Such a big impact and so simple. For all the technology in medicine today, washing hands continues to be practiced and continues to save lives.
150 years ago one man changed the course of the entire nation during the Battle of Gettysburg. Joshua Chamberlain, a school teacher from Maine, in charge of a small regiment holding a single hill charged the enemy without any ammunition, defeating the South and protecting the rear side of the Northern army. In that single action he set off a butterfly effect that lasts to this day.
Had the South won at Gettysburg, the tide would have turned in their favor and the South would have won the war. As two nations North and South the United States would have lacked the ability to put into production, the men and machinery needed by America and the Allies to win World War II in 1945. Were it not for the decision by a school teacher from Maine, 150 years earlier, we might be speaking German right now. And the United States and the world as we know it might have ceased to exist.
While government and families alike search for the big fix to Family Law, replacing judges with juries, neighborhood courts, replacing the court process entirely and other ideas – the process continues to become more complicated. New laws make it more expensive and more difficult for families every year. As if that was even possible. In every state in this country. Maybe what is needed is not the big fix everyone is looking for but the simple small ideas that could reshape Family Law. Like those by Cornell researchers to slice apples, Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis to wash hands and Joshua Chamberlain to do the unexpected against all logic.
From 32 years of experience with Family Law, I believe that handful of small ideas could reshape Family Law. It hardly seems possible that so little, could do so much, to a system so large and so complex. Considered by most, too broken to fix, could actually be fixed. Or at least significantly improved. And that is what sliced apples, washing hands, Gettysburg and World War II have in common with Family Law, small ideas and action for a big impact.
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