Justin Golbabai is a member and regular guest writer for Strong Towns. Today, he's sharing a little about why he chose to join this movement.
Two years ago, I really wrestled with the decision of whether or not I wanted to take the plunge and be a Strong Towns member. I remember asking myself, "Why should I contribute to a site where I already get the content for free?" and "My individual contribution is such small potatoes in the big scheme of things; it's not going to make a real difference."
But in thinking about it further, what I ended up coming to is that Strong Towns is doing good work. They're having conversations and changing hearts and minds in a way that is needed to make the world a better place. And so simply, that work needs to be supported. And if I'm not doing my part to contribute, to spread the word, and to open up my wallet for causes I believe in, how can I reasonably expect things to get better?
After taking the plunge and becoming a member, I've been blown away by the opportunities afforded to me. It has been thrilling to have my writings (which only a handful of people read on my personal blog) republished to an international audience through Strong Towns. It's been thrilling to be connect the work of some of the smartest people from around the country. It's been fun to shape a new conversation on the built environment. In a sense, it has been thrilling to find my tribe of people and be a part of a movement that is making a real positive difference in the world.
As Chuck, always said - the definition of a good party is one in which, the more people that come, the better the party.
Please join this party. Comment on posts. Write and submit your thoughts - and most importantly, become a member!
(Top photo of Justin and his family)