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
Investing in the Youth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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