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How Local Businesses can Become (Economically Resilient) Gathering Places

How Local Businesses can Become (Economically Resilient) Gathering Places

Strong Towns’s own Kea Wilson discusses what her time as a bookseller at Left Bank Books in St. Louis taught her about making local businesses a third place, including what building a third place actually looks like, how third places are more economically resilient, and how you can make your local business a third place.

How the Modest Walk Can Connect You to Your Community

How the Modest Walk Can Connect You to Your Community

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Dustin Ratcliff—founding member of Walk2Connect—about how you can connect with your community on foot, including how to motivate your neighbors to form a walking group, how to use your walking group to influence how your city or town is develop, and how connecting with your community on foot makes our cities and towns stronger.

Breaking Down Silos in Rural Communities

Breaking Down Silos in Rural Communities

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Jordan Katcher—Community Development Specialist for the State of Utah, focusing on rural communities—about how government employees can break down silos in rural communities, including how to choose who to get involved in the process, how to understand the needs of rural communities, and most important, how breaking down silos can make rural communities stronger.


How to Translate Your Ideas into Data-Driven Action

How to Translate Your Ideas into Data-Driven Action

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with three local leaders in open data—Kyle Taylor, Jesse Hamner, and Habib—share how open data works, including how you can use open data to act on your ideas, how you can encourage your elected officials to adopt open data policies, and how open data can make your city or town stronger.


Giving Youth the Skills, Education, and Confidence to Make Their Communities Stronger

Giving Youth the Skills, Education, and Confidence to Make Their Communities Stronger

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Latoya Wilson—founder of the Rebuild Workforce Consultancy—shares how you can invest in the youth in your community, including how to understand the learning landscape for youth, how to create programs that are beneficial for students, and how to make your investments last throughout a student’s time in primary school and beyond.



How to Turn Your Intimidating Ideas into (Less Intimidating) Small Actions

How to Turn Your Intimidating Ideas into (Less Intimidating) Small Actions

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Jenna Jarvis—environmental engineer out of St. Louis, Strong Towns member, and winner of our Why I Joined Strong Towns fall member drive contest—about how you can start decide which of our ideas to implement first, including how to start small, how to get your peers involved, and how to keep the momentum going as you plan new actions.


Pop-Up Shops: Lessons Learned and How You Can Start One in Your Downtown

Pop-Up Shops: Lessons Learned and How You Can Start One in Your Downtown

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Caroline Dobbins-Hurteau—staff member at Albion Reinvestment Corporation—about how you can start a successful pop-up shop, including how to pitch the idea to downtown organizations, how to find prospective tenants, and, most important, how to make it an incremental yet lasting success in your city or town.

Could a Community Potluck Help Make Your Town Stronger?

Could a Community Potluck Help Make Your Town Stronger?

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Jordan Deffenbaugh—primary organizer of the Local Conversation Strong Towns Sioux Falls—about how you can spread the Strong Towns message locally, including how to spread the vision among your neighbors, how to give your neighbors a sense of ownership in the process, and, most important, how to get into the nitty-gritty of making your city or town stronger.

Humility and How it Can Help You Get Neighborhood-Boosting Ideas

Humility and How it Can Help You Get Neighborhood-Boosting Ideas

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Strong Towns President Chuck Marohn about how you can get ideas for making your neighborhood stronger, including how both the concerned citizen and the public official can act on ideas, how to share them with your tribe, and how to take the next incremental step in making your neighborhood stronger.

How to Navigate the Obstacles of Building an Accessory Dwelling Unit

How to Navigate the Obstacles of Building an Accessory Dwelling Unit

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Caitlin Bigelow—Founder of Maxable Space—about how you can build an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), including how to check the required zoning, encourage your peer that ADUs are a strong way to build your neighborhood, and discover the benefits beyond passive rental income.

How to Use Gamification to Make Your Historic Business District a Must-See Destination

How to Use Gamification to Make Your Historic Business District a Must-See Destination

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Darren Smith—Founder, President, and CEO of Traipse—about how you can boost your historic business district with gamification, including how to gamification can boost tourism, get more traffic for merchants, and make your historic business district the destination it deserves to be.

How to Get Funding (and an Engaged Crowd) for Your Big Ideas

How to Get Funding (and an Engaged Crowd) for Your Big Ideas

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Bill Huston, crowdfunding legend (like, top 19 crowdfunding consultants in the world according to Inc. Magazine kind of legend). For over 15 years, Bill has helped Strong Citizens get funding for their big ideas.

How Self-Proclaimed Urbanists Can Make Our Towns Stronger

How Self-Proclaimed Urbanists Can Make Our Towns Stronger

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Alissa Walker, urbanism editor at Curbed, about how you don’t have to be a professional urban designer to have an impact on the built environment. Documenting your own observations can capture the attention of your peers and inspire much-needed improvements to the livability of your city.

Beyond the Buzzword: Innovation and How it Can Help Local Government Create Meaningful Change

Beyond the Buzzword: Innovation and How it Can Help Local Government Create Meaningful Change

In this episode of our new podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob Moses chats with Nick Kittle, author of the recently released book Sustainovation: Building Sustainable Innovation in Government, One Wildly Creative Idea at a Time. Nick argues that—even in government—innovation is an attainable workplace culture that, when embraced, can create meaningful change in our cities, towns, and neighborhoods.

Want to Love Your Town? Act Like Someone Who Loves Their Town.

Want to Love Your Town? Act Like Someone Who Loves Their Town.

Want to better your community but don’t know where to start? Enter It’s the Little Things: a Strong Towns podcast that gives you the wisdom and encouragement you need to take the small yet powerful actions that can make your city or town stronger.

Introducing a New Podcast: "It's The Little Things"

Introducing a New Podcast: "It's The Little Things"

Want to better your community but don’t know where to start? Enter It’s the Little Things: a Strong Towns podcast that gives you the wisdom and encouragement you need to take the small yet powerful actions that can make your city or town stronger.