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James and Deborah Fallows In the Press

Referenced in PennLive Patriot-News

Posted on December 11th, 2020 at 12:00 AM

PennLive Patriot-News 

 Harrisburg's Growth has been Stunted by Inaction and Lack of Vision

In his December 11, 2020 opinion article, prospective mayoral candidate Dave Schankweiler references Our Towns and the traits identified of successful towns, for which he sees parallels in Harrisburg. Pennsylvania's capital, he exhorts, has been at a standstill for the past 12 years. To end the cycle, he proposes a shift in thinking and an entrepreneurial approach to finding solutions -- a "can-do revolution from the ground up."

Read the article here.


 

Referenced in WGBH News

Posted on November 11th, 2020 at 2:59 PM

GBH  How Local News Can Ease the Angry Polarization of the Trump Era

In his November 11, 2020 commentary, Boston PBS media platform GBH's Dan Kennedy references Jim Fallows's now four year old prescription for overcoming the anger and divisiveness that had given rise to Donald Trump’s toxic brand of right-wing populism: a renewed engagement with community life. Kennedy laments that this advice was not heeded.

Read the article here.


Featured in The Tullahoma News

Posted on November 9th, 2020 at 6:21 PM

The Tullahoma News  Let's Stay Together

In her November 9, 2020 editorial, Shelley Smith of the The Tullahoma News reflects on Jim and Deb Fallows's No. 1 sign that communities, large or small, are working well: divisive national politics seem a distant concern. According to Smith, "if the Fallows are right, then we are going to be just fine."

She goes on to report that in the Tennessee Valley Authority's Innovation Academy, the greater Tullahoma area's pitch for an innovative, transformative, and bankable strategy to benefit their community ranked 3rd among all the competing teams in the TVA’s seven southeastern state service area. Smith says the nearly year-long Innovation Academy journey wasn’t always easy and they didn’t come up short when identifying the number of challenges their community is facing. But, she finishes, "You can’t fix something until you know it needs fixing."

Read her column here.


Featured in The Tullahoma News

Posted on November 9th, 2020 at 6:21 PM

The Tullahoma News  Let's Stay Together

In her November 9, 2020 editorial, Shelley Smith of the The Tullahoma News reflects on Jim and Deb Fallows's No. 1 sign that communities, large or small, are working well: divisive national politics seem a distant concern. According to Smith, "if the Fallows are right, then we are going to be just fine."

She goes on to report that in the Tennessee Valley Authority's Innovation Academy, the greater Tullahoma area's pitch for an innovative, transformative, and bankable strategy to benefit their community ranked 3rd among all the competing teams in the TVA’s seven southeastern state service area. Smith says the nearly year-long Innovation Academy journey wasn’t always easy and they didn’t come up short when identifying the number of challenges their community is facing. But, she finishes, "You can’t fix something until you know it needs fixing."

Read her column here.


Featured in the Pensacola News Journal

Posted on November 1st, 2020 at 9:25 PM

Pensacola News Journal  

How the best communities are stepping up (at a time when it really matters)

In his October 31, 2020 op-ed in the Pensacola News Journal, Studer Community Institue founder Quint Studer discusses the need for communities to step up, especially during difficult times. He reports on a recent podcast, (a part of his Busy Leader's series), he recorded with Jim and Deb Fallows during which they reiterated this "truth." They highlighted some of the things the towns and cities that are having the most success have in common. 

Read the editorial here.

Listen to the podcast here.


Featured on LBJ In the Arena

Posted on October 19th, 2020 at 7:05 PM

LBJ In the Arena

James Fallows will appear on The University of Texas at Austin, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs' weekly lunchtime series "LBJ In the Arena" on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 12:00 noon CST.

The series focuses on topics ranging from the lasting effects on the country of the COVID-19 pandemic and racism to elections and health care. Jim will share what he learned about the state of our cities and country in researching the Our Towns book and what’s needed to recover from the division and economic crisis we’re in.

Register for the free, virtual event here.


Featured by The Aspen Institute

Posted on October 16th, 2020 at 12:00 AM

The Aspen Institute Getting Along

The Aspen Institute's Aspen Ideas Now series featured James Fallows in conversation with author and journalist Bill Bishop on the geography of personal and political belief in the pandemic era. The two covered a wide range of questions such as whether the shared burden of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought us closer together as a country and if we will sort ourselves differently after months of working from home.

Watch the video here.


Referenced in Akron Beacon Journal

Posted on August 23rd, 2020 at 4:26 PM

Akron Beacon Journal 

University of Akron Must Decide What It Wants to Be

The Akron Beacon Journal's August 23, 2020 editorial about the University of Akron's strategy for moving forward references Our Towns' reference to the importance of a research university in a town's success. Douglas, the Journal's retired editorial page editor, sees the recent changes on campus pointing to a smaller university largely focused on awarding four-year degrees. He posits this suggests UA putting aside the ambition of serving as a distinctive research institution along with the potential of “biomaterials” as an economic cluster.

The Fallowses have found that research universities especially attract and develop talent that spreads throughout a region, boosting economic activity and the quality of life. So, he concludes, "all of us lose something when the University of Akron diminishes its graduate programs, slashes the ranks of its faculty and sends talent away."

Read the editorial here.


 

Fallows to be Featured at Original Thinkers 2020

Posted on August 23rd, 2020 at 4:09 PM

Original Thinkers  Original Thinkers A Go Virtually

The Telluride Daily Planet announced James and Deborah Fallows as featured presenters for Original Thinkers's third annual conference scheduled for October 1 - 4, 2020. 

Read the announcemnt here.

More information about the conference here.


Featured in Irish Examiner

Posted on August 23rd, 2020 at 3:49 PM

  11 Signs Cork City May or May Not Succeed  11 Signs Cork City May or May Not Succeed

The Irish Examiner's Michael Moynihan applied James and Deborah Fallows's 11 signs of civic success to Cork in his August 20, 2020 editorial. He ends with the ‘big plans’ sign to show the need for the themes previously mentioned interact in order for a city to succeed.

The article concludes, "maybe Cork should get the Fallowses over to explore the city and draw their conclusions. If their two-seater plane is up to a transatlantic journey."

Read the article here.