With Good Reason

The Dolphin Theory of Economic Revitalization
April 24th, 2010

When towns lose major businesses, city leaders often try to recruit another big industry to take its place.  Greg Fairchild (University of Virginia) calls that “going after the whale.”  But he thinks communities might be healthier if they successfully lure several smaller companies, which he calls “dolphins.”  Also: In the small community of Sarayaku in the eastern rainforest of Ecuador, the Kichwa language and oral traditions are fading away.  Rut Roman (University of Virginia College at Wise) was born and raised in a more urban part of Ecuador.  She and her UVa-Wise colleague Esteban Ponce are helping create books that record some of the stories, myths and legends in both Spanish and Kichwa.

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