It's the Little Things

By Strong Towns

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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.

Episode Date
Creating Healthy Communities
28:20

Dan Burden—Director of Innovation and Inspiration at Blue Zones—shares how yow you can start building a healthier place in your community, including how to decide what to do first, how to partner with local leaders to create a shared vision, and how Blue Zones can help throughout the process.

May 15, 2019
Adding Elements of Play to Your Neighborhood
25:17

Morgan Leichter-Saxby—co-founder at Pop-Up Adventure Play—shares how you can create low cost, low risk places to play in your neighborhood, including how to pitch the idea to your neighbors, how to commit to an incremental approach, and how Pop-Up Adventure Play can help throughout the process.

 

May 08, 2019
Depaving Your Neighborhood
20:24

Alix Taylor—Manager of Water Programs at Green Communities Canada— shares how to depave neglected concrete in your own neighborhood, including how to get your neighbors involved in the process, how to pitch the idea to city leaders, and how to find sites in your neighborhood optimal for depaving.

May 01, 2019
Proposing No Parking Minimums to Council
34:09

John Reuter—board member at Strong Towns and former councilperson at the City of Sandpoint, Idaho—shares how you can propose no parking minimums to your council, including how to tell a compelling story, how to find data that enhances your story, and how to build community support for removing parking minimums.

Apr 24, 2019
Starting a Neighborhood Grocery Co-Op
31:15

Jacqueline Hannah—assistant director at the Food Co-Op Initiative—shares how you can start a neighborhood grocery co-op in your town, including how to pitch the vision to community members and elected officials, how to translate your enthusiasm into action, and how the Food Co-Op initiative can help through every step of the process.

Apr 10, 2019
Reinventing the Rural Economy
32:49

Jeff Eidson—founder of Explore Elkin—shares how listeners can encourage residents to "buy in" to make your town stronger, including how to find and pitch a shared vision to residents, how to motivate residents stuck in a psychology of decline towards their town, and how to use the funds generated towards small bets.

Apr 03, 2019
Fostering a Local Music Scene
27:38

Joanna Jurgens—Head of Business Affairs at Sofar Sounds—shares how you can foster a local music scene in your community, including how to awaken that DIY spirit that’s so essential to kickstarting a local music scene, how to identify low risk strategies for creating a venue, and how to get local elected officials involved in the process.

Mar 27, 2019
Adopting Strong Towns Principles for Your Neighborhood Planning Firm
36:34

Rik Adamski, Principal at Ash+Lime, a neighborhood planning firm, shares how you can adopt Strong Towns principles for your neighborhood planning firm, including how to identify low risk, high return projects for a city, how to encourage city leaders to embrace the next increment of development, and most important, how adopting Strong Town principles for your neighborhood planning firm makes our cities and towns stronger.  

 

Mar 20, 2019
Fostering Entrepreneurship in Your Community
30:49

Skyler Yost — Ecosystem Builder for the city of York, PA — shares how you can foster entrepreneurship in your community, including how to assess the existing resources in your community, how to create an ecosystem in which entrepreneurs are supporting one another, and most important, how fostering an entrepreneurship in your community makes our cities and towns stronger. 

Mar 06, 2019
Finding Your Community's True Essence
35:53

Ryan Short — CEO of CivicBrand — shares how you can find your community’s true essence, including how to engage with your community to ensure the creation of your brand is a grassroots effort, how to ensure your brand actually aligns with what your community offers, and how finding your community’s true essence makes your city or town stronger.

Feb 27, 2019
Making Your Local Business a Third Place
27:49

Kea Wilson — Communications Manager at Strong Towns — discusses what her time as a bookseller at Left Bank Books in the 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.

 

Feb 20, 2019
Connecting with Your Community on Foot
28:40

Dustin Ratcliff – founding member of Walk2Connect – shares 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.

Feb 13, 2019
Breaking Down Silos in Rural Communities
25:33

Jordan Katcher – Community Development Specialist at the State of Utah with a focus on rural communities – shares 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 how breaking down silos can make our towns stronger. 

Feb 06, 2019
Using (and Understanding) Open Data
51:08

In this episode, 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.

Jan 30, 2019
Investing in the Youth
20:40

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.

Jan 23, 2019
Deciding What to Do First
18:02

Jenna Jarvis – environmental engineer out of St. Louis, Strong Towns member, and winner of our Why I Joined Strong Towns fall member drive contest – discusses how to navigate your neighborhood-boosting ideas and decide what to do first, including how to start small, how to get your peers involved, and how to keep the momentum going as you plan new actions.

 

Jan 16, 2019
Starting a Successful Pop-up Shop
22:29

Caroline Dobbins Hurteau—staff member at the Albion Reinvestment Corporation—shares how you can start a successful pop-up shop, including how to pitch the idea to your downtown organizations, how to find merchants, and, most important, how to make it an incremental yet lasting success for your city or town. 

Jan 09, 2019
Spreading the Strong Towns Message Locally
36:08

Jordan Deffenbaugh — primary organizer of Local Conversation Strong Towns Sioux Falls — shares 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.

Jan 02, 2019
Getting Ideas for Making Your Neighborhood Stronger
37:55

Strong Towns's own Chuck Marohn shares how you can get ideas to make 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.

Dec 05, 2018
Building an Accessory Dwelling Unit
24:10

Caitlin Bigelow – founder of Maxable Space – discusses how you can build an accessory dwelling unit, including how to check the required zoning, encourage your peers that ADUs are strong way to strengthen your neighborhood, and how to discover the benefits—beyond passive rental income.

Nov 28, 2018
Boosting Historic Business Districts with Gamification
29:34

Darren Smith - co-founder, President, and CEO of Traipse, a gamification platform for historic business districts - shares how you can boost your historic business district with gamification, including how to use gamification to boost tourism, get more traffic for merchants, and make your historic business district the destination it deserves to be. 

Nov 07, 2018
Starting a Bike Advocacy Group
23:42

Aubrey Byron – Staff Writer at Strong Towns and President of the Monthly Cycle, a St.Louis-based bike advocacy group – shares how you can start your own bike advocacy group, including how to act on the idea, spread the message, and have an impact on bike policy in your town. 

Oct 31, 2018
Providing Healthy Food in Our Urban Neighborhoods
23:33

Breanna Hawkins – Policy Director at the Los Angeles Food Policy Council – discusses how you can provide healthy food in our urban neighborhoods, including how to recognize food deserts, encourage existing establishments to carry produce, and grow your own food. 

Oct 24, 2018
Crowdfunding Your Ideas
21:57

Bill Huston – co-founder of Our Crowd Rocks and top crowdfunding consultant according to Inc. Magazine – discusses how you can build a crowd to get funding for your big ideas, including how to find your crowd, share your message, and get people behind your big ideas. 

Oct 17, 2018
Documenting Your City
24:45

Alissa Walker – urbanism editor at Curbed – discusses how you can create change by documenting your city, including how to find your voice, choose your platform, and get people behind your ideas. 

Oct 10, 2018
Innovating in Local Government
32:57

Nick Kittle – author of the book Sustainovation: Building Sustainable Innovation in Government, One Wildy Creative Idea at a Time – shares how local governments can begin innovating to create meaninful change

Oct 03, 2018
Starting a Neighborhood Association
41:06

Get the wisdom and encouragement you need to start a successful neighborhood association – including how to motivate people to join and make real change in your neighborhood – from Denton Main Street Association President Glen Farris. 

Sep 26, 2018
Loving Where You Live
42:38

Melody Warnick – author of the book This is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are – discusses why Americans move so much, how to take small yet powerful steps to feel attached to your community, and, most important, how to love where you live.

Sep 19, 2018
Running for City Council
25:45

Learn the essential information you need to run for city council – including how to run a successful campaign and get people behind your ideas – from former six-year Denton city councilperson Kevin Roden. 

Sep 12, 2018