Although I am slightly skeptical about the chances of my hometown to turn the economic corner, I admire the enthusiasm of this blogger. If you can spare a minute, take a look. As always, just click the title of this post to access the website.

Youngstown was also recently featured on NPR as part of John Edward’s Poverty Tour, trying to draw attention to the plights of communities struggling with the loss of their manufacturing base. It is problematic situation that effects a good deal of the Midwest.

Youngstown is literally and intentionally atrophying, as the NPR will inform you.

To go to the NPR broadcast, click here.

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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