They suggest that the national political system is largely broken and ineffective, gridlocked between the two major parties and unable to address many of our struggles with a “politics of solution.” “That is why local resilience and adaptability of the kind we have witnessed deserve national attention,” they explain (397). At some point, the national mood may change ,and people may be ready for significant reform at a national political level. When that time arrives, “a new set of ideas and plans will be at hand. We’ve seen them being tested in towns we never would have suspected, by people who would never join forces in the national capital but who work together ‘at home'” (399). One of the Fallowses’ goals in writing is to connect people working at the local level who don’t know others are doing similar work.