Who We Are.
Strong Towns is an international movement that’s dedicated to making communities across the United States and Canada financially strong and resilient.
The Problem We Face.
For generations, North American communities have been growing—or at least, they've been building. But as we've paved endless roads, raised countless buildings and put more and more infrastructure in the ground, we’ve given almost no thought to whether future generations will be able to afford to maintain the world we'll leave them with—or how many of the things we build are making our communities worse places to live today.
The Strong Towns approach.
The Strong Towns approach is a radically new way of thinking about the way we build our world. We believe that in order to truly thrive, our cities and towns must:
+ Stop valuing efficiency and start valuing resilience;
+ Stop betting our futures on huge, irreversible projects, and taking small, incremental steps and iterating based on what we learn;
+ Stop fearing change and start embracing a process of continuous adaptation;
+ Stop building our world based on abstract theories, and start building it based on how our places actually work and what our neighbors actually need today;
+ Stop obsessing about future growth and start obsessing about our current finances.
But most importantly, we believe that Strong Citizens from all walks of life can and must participate in a Strong Towns approach—from citizens to leaders, professionals to neighbors, and everyone in between. And that means we need you.
How We Do It.
We’re working to make the Strong Towns approach real in every city and town in North America.
We do this in three key ways.
Strong Towns Media.
Strong Towns Media is the core of our organization. We believe that in order to have a lasting impact on our culture, we must educate, excite, and inspire citizens of all backgrounds to get involved in the conversation about how we build our world, and advocate for a Strong Towns approach. That’s why we devote most of our resources as an organization to producing high-quality content (via articles, podcasts, and video) that ask hard questions about how we build today, and shines a spotlight on a better way that we must take up tomorrow.
For more information about the topics Strong Towns Media covers, visit our Topics page.
Strong Towns Events.
Strong Towns events are a crucial tool to spread the Strong Towns message and help communities see a path forward to apply our approach in their real places. Strong Towns produces gatherings that connect local Strong Towns advocates, and we also send members of our staff to speak to communities about our ideas with the sponsorship of local organizations.
For more information about bringing Strong Towns to you, visit our speaking page.
The Strong Towns Network.
The Strong Towns Network provides platforms for members of the Strong Towns movement around the world to connect, self-organize, and share resources on how to make their places strong. From providing digital gathering places to encouraging local conversations in your community, we’re dedicated to helping you move beyond reading our content and use our ideas to take action in your unique community context.
For more information on connecting with other members of the Strong Towns movement, visit our community board to chat with members around the world, or check out our local conversations map to meet members near you.
Want to know more about Strong Towns history, why we’ve chosen this route to creating change, or where to start if you want to go deeper? See our Frequently Asked Questions.
Ready to be a part of our revolution?
Strong Towns is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.