Strong Towns is changing the conversation about how we build cities and towns. Every community, big and small, needs to take steps to better secure its long-term fiscal solvency and resilience. But our small staff can’t be everywhere. So we are doing everything we can to build the kind of mass movement that can be.

This is why we are a membership-driven organization and not a consulting firm or policy think tank. The Strong Towns movement is about you. And we want to know what questions you have for us, and what feedback you have as well. And we want to share a bit of our enthusiasm with you about the great things to come for this movement in 2019 and beyond.

At Strong Towns, we're all about transparency and approachability. You can contact any of our staff (including our President) via email, phone or Slack, and read a detailed breakdown of exactly how we spend our money. If you meet us at an event, we're more likely to be wearing Strong Towns t-shirts than suits. And we don't shy away from tough questions or conversations.…

Which is why we've got 3 simple ways for you to connect with us this week.

1. Get a Live Preview of Strong Towns, the Book (Monday, 12 pm CDT)

If you haven’t heard by now—we’ve kinda been shouting it from the rooftops—our president, Chuck Marohn, has written his first full-length book, laying out the Strong Towns message, and its urgency for our cities and towns—in depth. It’s called Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity, and it will be published on October 1st by Wiley & Sons.

What’s more, pre-orders are available now! And we have some goodies coming your way if you pre-order the book, so please do! More details are available here.

Still not convinced you need a copy in your life (or several for your friends and colleagues)? Or so excited you just can’t wait for October 1st to hear more? TODAY, watch Strong Towns President Chuck Marohn on Facebook Live, Monday, May 20th at 12pm CDT as he delivers a preview of just what to expect.

Join the live broadcast here:

2. Meet the Strong Towns Staff at Our “Staff Jam” (Tuesday, 2 pm CDT)

From left: Strong Towns staff members Jacob Moses, Kea Wilson, Michelle Erfurt, Bo Wright, and Daniel Herriges, and board member John Reuter.

You’ve read our writing on the Strong Towns site, and maybe you’ve corresponded with one or more of us—to pitch a guest article, book a speaking engagement, ask a question about your membership, or let us know about a success you’ve achieved in making your town stronger. Now we invite you to get to know the small team making the magic happen behind the scenes.

Tuesday, May 21st, at 2pm CDT, meet Strong Towns staff members on Facebook Live as we convene for a group chat and answer your questions—about the organization, our roles, and, most importantly, what we can do to help you bring the Strong Towns message to the place you live.

Your membership dollars are what allow us to do the work we do. You are the Strong Towns movement. So we’re doing whatever we can to help you build it into a mighty force for change.

Click here for the Strong Towns Facebook page. You will be able to access the live stream from there, and we will also post a direct link to it here when available.


3. An Open Slackchat (Friday, 12 pm CDT)

Finally, we're inviting you to ask us literally anything on a completely open-ended Slackchat. President Chuck Marohn and some of our staff will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about the Strong Towns movement and membership.

Want to know more about why we're a media organization and not a consulting group? We can answer that. Not convinced that membership is important? We'll address that, too.

This chat will take place on our Slack discussion forum at 12 pm CDT on Friday, May 24th.

Just log onto Slack and visit the #scheduled-slack-chat channel at the scheduled time to join Strong Towns staff, members and readers in a lively discussion. We'll see where the conversation takes us.…

If you're not yet part of our Slack (and you should be!), take 30 seconds to request an invitation and we'll get you set up for the chat.

If you value resources and conversations like these, join the Strong Towns movement by becoming a member today.