Cure Violence

If you’re new to the “intersection of ideas,” Cure Violence is an excellent demonstration of intersection in action. Dr. Gary Slutkin was an expert in infectious disease… who was asked to help address gang violence in Chicago.

How could he help? He had no background in criminal justice, but he saw a familiar pattern in the data. Violence spreads like disease.


From the website: “Dr. Slutkin applied lessons learned from more than a decade fighting epidemics in Africa and Asia to the creation of a public health model to reduce violence through behavior change and disease control methods.”

And it’s working. Maybe you’ve heard about the documentary The Interrupters. Former gang members and community members intervene at critical points to prevent escalation and retaliation.

“Out-of-field” perspective can reveal parallels, spark creative solutions, and yield unexpected – and effective – strategies.