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Strong Towns National Gathering
An idea, a movement, ready for the next step.
Minneapolis - September 12-14
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 – WHAT DO WE WANT?
Chuck will give a brief history of the Strong Towns, introduce the Platform and talk about expectations for the Gathering shaping the future of the movement.
Jim is going to give an update on the re-organization of Strong Towns and how he and the Board of Directors are working to expand the movement.
Andrew is going to provide the rationale behind having a Platform and begin a conversation of its content among attendees.
Attendees are going to be asked to react to the Platform and work together to refine it.
3:40 PM Break
4:00 PM Keynote: Monte Anderson on Incremental Development
We are honored to have Monte Anderson, the president of Options Real Estate, talk about his experience with incremental development, salvaging buildings and building strong communities.
Tables will be reserved at a number of nearby local eating establishments.
We invited attendees to share their Strong Towns–related work and insights with others. We have just ten slots available for a mix of local and national voices. If you would like to present, contact Nate Hood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a number of quality social establishments within easy walking distance where we can continue the conversation and wind down the day.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 – WHAT DO WE KNOW?
Saturday is devoted to refining our knowledge and adding to our shared understanding.
8:00 AM Coffee Meetups
8:30 AM Fellows on Focus
This is an opportunity for our fellows to present initiatives they are working on for feedback and refinement by members. If you have an initiative you would like to add to the agenda, send your request to Jim Kumon at email@example.com.
1. Transportation in the Next American City – Questions to the Prime Minister
Chuck Marohn is going to present the long-awaited “mobility report” and then field hard questions/critiques “parliament style” from the assembled crowd. Attendees will get a copy of materials ahead of time and are asked to come prepared to be the steel that sharpens steel.
2. Launching the Individual Call to Action
Andrew Burleson is going to lead attendees in assembling a 6-12 month action plan for launching an individual call to action. What are the steps that Strong Towns, the organization, needs to take over the next year to mobilize individuals to live as Strong Citizens?
3. Being Active in a Strong Town - Active Towns Bike-shop
Join John Simmerman and local bike/ped enthusiasts in a bicycle tour of Minneapolis as a feet-on workshop of the Active Towns Initiative. The group will merge what it sees on tour with a dialog about what the role of active transportation system is in a Strong Town. Materials will be forwarded ahead of time to prompt feedback and suggestions for refining and expanding the message along the way.
12:00 PM Lunch (with ongoing discussion)
Food trucks will be available at the Gathering location for some local eating.
1:30 PM Keynote: Mike McGinn
Former Mayor of Seattle (2010-2013) will set the stage for the afternoon burning topics sessions by weaving together his personal story as a neighborhood advocate, environmental and political organizer with the challenges that face today's towns, cities and regions. His term as mayor focused on reallocating resources to improve transportation access, safety and economic opportunity in city neighborhoods as the core investments to building a resilient community.
2:30 PM Burning Topics Forum
There are a handful of pressing issues where attendees are going to be asked to refine and expand existing Strong Towns thinking and help set the direction of the organization. If you have an additional topic, please contact Jim Kumon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. What is a Strong Towns approach to transit?
5. How should Strong Towns approach local elections?
6. How do we mature our existing places, and unwind unsalvageable places, without leaving people behind?
4:00 PM Break & Conference Photo
4:30 PM The Next Generation of the Curbside Chat
Gracen Johnson is going to update attendees on her work with the Next Generation of the Curbside Chat, an initiative to put the message of Strong Towns in the hands of every storyteller in America.
5:15 PM Break
6:30 PM Dinner Gatherings
We have some interest for scheduling salon conversations over dinner. If you have a specific topic you would like to get programmed into this time, please contact Jim Kumon at email@example.com. Otherwise this time is being left intentionally informal for attendees to continue their work and conversation.
9:00 PM Movie Showing – The Human Scale (tentative)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 – WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?
8:00 AM Coffee Meetups
8:30 AM Synthesis and Action
The specific process and agenda for Sunday is going to be set Saturday evening. We intend to use this time to synthesize all we have done over the past two days and identify opportunities for attendees and members to be active in growing the Strong Towns movement.
11:30 AM Closing Remarks
Chuck Marohn is going to deliver some final remarks to bring the National Gathering to its close.
12:00 AM End of Gathering
There is an Open Streets event on Nicollet Avenue, between 31st and 42nd Streets, in Minneapolis right after the Gathering that attendees are invited to participate in.
- Hotel rooms at the Hyatt Regency are available in a block until Friday, August 8. Go to https://aws.passkey.com/g/24641126 to make a reservation.
- For those arriving Thursday evening or are local to MSP, there will also be a pub crawl Thursday night in the Lyn-Lake District. More details to follow.
- Friday morning there is an additional workshop (separate registration) being presented for continuing education credit. If you would like more information or to attend, please see here.
- Venues are not listed on this agenda but will be included on the final program. Most all the activities will be along either Nicollet Avenue or 38th Street in South Minneapolis. The Sabathani Community Center Auditorium will be the location for all of our keynote events.