Comment from the National Gathering in Minneapolis, September 2014.

Comment from the National Gathering in Minneapolis, September 2014.

"Keep doing what you can to build a strong town."

Listen to the Strong Towns Podcast and you’ll hear us sign-off with that phrase. This has been the idea from the beginning; we’re all working together to figure this thing out, we all need to do whatever we can to try and make things better.

But what, exactly, can one person do?

Meaningful change happens one person at a time, neighbor to neighbor. Being a Strong Citizen means (1) doing everything you can, as an individual, to make yourself stronger, more resilient, and more adaptable, and (2) sharing this experience with your friends and neighbors when they naturally become interested in the things you're doing. This is how strong communities naturally form.

To help anyone who is ready to get started, we issue Strong Citizen Challenges. These Challenges are intended to be relatively simple things that any individual can do without any special resources or permission. The experience of undertaking one of these challenges, and telling our friends and neighbors about it, will help us all understand more deeply and think more clearly about the complex issues facing our cities and towns.