Strong Towns: This Is Not a Conference

st-temp-logo members are invited to join the Strong Towns National Gathering. It’ll be local. It’ll be educational. It’ll be September 12 – 14, 2014.

This is not a conference, but a gathering.

Strong Towns is hosting it’s first National Gathering in two weeks in Minneapolis, but it’s aim is entirely different than that of a “conference“. The idea is to participants to actually help shape the future of the organization and set a strategic agenda.

Don’t expect to be sitting in a room watching PowerPoint presentations. You are the program. The neighborhood is the classroom.

The Gathering will be neighborhood centered [at 38th Street and Nicollet Avenue] in Kingfield. It’ll be utilizing restaurants and community meeting spaces within walking distance of that intersection, with the opportunity to venture out in the evenings to Uptown, Lyn-Lake or Eat Street.

WHEN: September 12, 2014 at 12pm – September 14, 2014
WHERE: Sabathani Community Center [310 E. 38th St. MPLS] members benefit: Saturday, Sept. 13 at 9:00 PM – Movie Showing on the Piazza on the Mall – Come to watch a semi-public screening of The Human Scale – a story about the work of Jan Gehl [Watch the Trailer] @ Westminster Presbyterian Church [1200 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403]
EDIT: [9:33pm] — You can register for a one day Friday or Saturday. Strong Towns will be re-envisioning a new set of transportation principles and using MSP as an example at the Transit session Saturday afternoon. See the schedule here. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.

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5 Responses to Strong Towns: This Is Not a Conference

  1. Matt Steele
    Matt Steele September 2, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

    Looking forward to this. An excellent way to further the discussion here in Minneapolis, and to introduce thought leaders from around the world to our great neighborhoods.

  2. Nathaniel M Hood
    Nathaniel September 3, 2014 at 1:27 am #

    I’ll see you there Matt.

    And, for anyone else interested, I do want to invite people to join on (at least) Saturday, Sept. 13 at 9pm for the movie showing on the Piazza on the Mall of The Human Scale – a story about the work of Jan Gehl

  3. Jim Kumon September 3, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    I’ll add that we have two great keynote speakers, one each afternoon of the event:

    Friday @ 4 PM: Monte Anderson, an unorthodox developer working in urban, suburban and small town settings to restore and expand the traditional neighborhood fabric and create new economic opportunities through incremental investment.

    Saturday @ 1:30 PM: Former Seattle Mayor, Mike McGinn – That’s right, he’s the guy who fought tooth and nail against digging the huge tunnel to bury their shoreline freeway preferring to turn it back to a surface boulevard.

    Also, he lead a guerrilla grassroots effort to defeat a ballot initiative to funnel a huge amount of money towards low returning road and transit projects (ahem, MoveMN) and the next year got a transit only ballot passed that actually didn’t suck. His advocacy in Seattle all got started trying to get a sidewalk installed in his neighborhood.

  4. Heidi Schallberg
    Heidi September 5, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

    Appreciate the heads up about the Gehl film. I definitely want to see that.

  5. Nathanael September 21, 2014 at 11:46 pm #

    Actually sounds like a conference to me. An old-fashioned sort of conference, where you actually *confer*.

    As opposed to the degenerate sort which are really a *lecture series*.

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