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Friday
Feb082013

Back to Basics Keynote

So many things I want to write about and share today, but travel from home to Raleigh to Kansas City has taken up more of my writing time than I had anticipated. I'm on the plane now adding this while everyone is boarding on a flight slightly delayed out of Raleigh. As I sit here I'm looking at photos of my comrade Joe Minicozzi laying in the middle of various streets in downtown KC -- oh this is going to be a fun time, isn't it?

A couple weeks ago I was invited to keynote a conference near home. They recorded the video and, while I haven't watched it, I remember what I said and thought it would be nice to share it here. The talk was about how ordinary people can do extraordinary things. Enjoy.

Big things going down here at Strong Towns. See you all back here Monday and we'll continue this whole thing.

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Reader Comments (4)

Great talk that points to some new figures we need in our landscape: civic entrepreneurs, i.e., more Georges! (as you point out) Incremental urbanism may sound modest but it needs new networks of citizens pushing. Let's do it!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElias Crim

That was inspiring. How does a guy like George get past city planners and administration who have their own vision and might be threatened by a guy like him?

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCat McClintock

Oh I don't think I've gotten past anybody... I just am trying to open some eyes in Mound. One just has to keep the eyes on the goal, and not get upset when things don't go your way. Case in point is the city council reaction to my presentation last November.

The whole Strong Towns construct that Chuck and others show us of how we build our cities is contrary to most of what the professionals and officials that sit in our city offices and council halls understand.

My goal at "A Place in Mound" is just to take these big broad subjects like street design, walkable neighborhoods and commerce, fiscally resilient city government and many others, and show how they apply to my city.

Thank you again Chuck!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergml4

Love the pacing and the mix of spoken info and appropriate visual imagery--the audience really understands how personal Chuck's message is, and that there is a new kind of conversation going on now.

Love the new drinking game, too. Every time Chuck says "literally" take two swigs of your pint.

February 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSophia Katt
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