The work of Strong Towns reaches far beyond the edges of your laptop or phone screen. Every day, we hear about Strong Towns members who are taking what they learn from our articles, podcasts and events and putting those ideas into action. Those actions have catalyzed a movement that reaches tens of thousands of people every week.

To give you a sense of just how big that impact is, the map below shows members who've been recently surveyed about the influence of Strong Towns on their lives and in their communities. Below is just the responses from a small slice of our membership; you can imagine how crowded the map would be if we included responses from all 2200+ of our members!

The orange pins will link you to extended stories featured on our site while the blue pins indicate locations where one or more actions have taken place.

Over all, 2/3 of members who responded to the survey said they have taken an action in their city that was inspired by Strong Towns.

Strong Towns members act in big and small ways to share our message and change the conversation about development and growth in their communities. We are so thankful for all that they do. As my colleague Kea discussed yesterday, it's not always easy to see that your small actions are making a difference, but I hope the map above gives you some idea of what these actions add up to.

Below, I want to highlight a few more not-so-obvious ways that Strong Towns members are making a difference.

 City Councilor Andrew Rodriguez in his parking space park

City Councilor Andrew Rodriguez in his parking space park

Getting Out

In 2018, we've heard from several Strong Towns members who are strategically and publicly taking a stand on Strong Towns issues out in their communitie, often in fun and creative ways. While these actions are sometimes small and often temporary, they reach a lot of people and spark important conversations. Here are a couple examples:

Getting Noticed

2018 has been a banner year for Strong Towns' media presence — which is just a fancy way of saying that more and more people are hearing our message and taking it to heart. That's thanks, in huge part, to our members. Here are just two examples of this:

 North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum presents at the Main Street ND Summit with Chuck Marohn

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum presents at the Main Street ND Summit with Chuck Marohn

Getting Connected

This year, we've made some important connections with strong citizens and leaders across the country who are furthering our message. That wouldn't have happened without our members. Here are three ways we've strengthened vital connections in recent months:

This movement can't happen without our members. If you're inspired by this work and count yourself among those people who are working to build strong towns, it's time to make that official by becoming a member today.

(Top photo source: AHOC)