Strong Towns on Slack
Slack is a real-time platform for us to share our passion for building Strong Towns.
It's filled with different discussion "channels" where readers, listeners and members share ideas and converse on Strong Towns-related topics.
Slack is accessed by invitation only, but we're happy to include you. Just answer a couple simple questions and we'll get you set up.
If you're already signed up, access the Strong Towns Slack at strongtowns.slack.com.
The conversation is ongoing on Slack, but our staff and contributors also host scheduled chats each week. Here's our next one:
Our team already uses Slack. It's pretty easy for us to spontaneously join a conversation when we're already there in the space (unlike the old discussion board, which was not part of our daily routine). Slack is going to generate better conversations with more of our members and audience.
We also discovered that many of our members are also already using Slack. It's really easy to use and flexible to have great conversations.
DOES SLACK COST ANYTHING?
Slack has a non-profit program that provides Strong Towns with their standard package for free. It's very generous of them. When we transitioned from our old discussion board, we not only improved our technology, but we're also saving some money in the process. :)
IS IT WORTH JOINING IF I'M NOT A MEMBER?
You should really be a member but, yes, most of what you're going to find on Slack is available to members and non-members alike. We do have a couple of channels that prioritize members but, like nearly everything we do, we don't force you to become a member to participate. We are very grateful to those in our audience who support the Strong Towns movement by becoming members.
WHAT ABOUT THE OLD DISCUSSION BOARD?
After transitioning to Slack, we eliminated the old discussion board because it cost money to maintain and it was rarely used. You'll find Slack filled with lively discussion on a daily basis and we hope you'll join in.