How Other Countries Have Cracked the World's Biggest Problems and We Can Too

Andrew Wear


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Sometimes the solutions are closer than we think.

Denmark will reach 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2030. Iceland has topped gender equality rankings for a decade and counting. Singaporean students beat almost all others in maths and reading. South Koreans will soon live longer than anyone else on Earth. The US city of Boston, global epicentre of biotech, has the most innovative square mile on the planet.

How have these places and more achieved such remarkable success? Policy adviser Andrew Wear examines what has worked around the world and how we can apply the lessons at home, introducing us to inspiring community leaders, renowned authorities and visionary policymakers transforming the globe.

We don’t have to look far to tackle humanity’s most pressing concerns. Solved! is a much-needed dose of optimism in an atmosphere of doom and gloom, a toolkit for those seeking social change. Informative, accessible and revelatory, it shows the solutions exist – we just need to know where to find them.

‘A terrific idea, brilliantly executed. This book deserves to spark a national conversation.’ —George Megalogenis, author of The Australian Moment

‘In a time of chaos, there are answers all around us if we take the time to look. Which is exactly what Wear does in this invaluable book.’ —Annabel Crabb, journalist and television host

‘At a time of mounting public dismay at the inability or unwillingness of our leaders to address the pressing issues of our time, Andrew Wear’s book is a welcome dose of optimism that we can create change. With the positivity of a self-help guide, Wear takes us around the globe showing us inspiring examples of progress and success across a number of challenging policy areas from health to education to climate change. Buy it if you are over gloom and doom and ready for action!’ —Rebecca Huntley, author of Still Lucky and Australia Fair


Andrew Wear:
Andrew Wear is a senior Australian public servant. He has degrees in politics, law, economics and public policy, and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Program at Harvard Kennedy School. A fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, he is also a director of Ardoch Ltd, a children’s education charity. His work appears in peer-reviewed journals as well as in The Mandarin, The Guardian and others.