I’m not an expert on small towns
I’m not an expert on small towns. I’m an expert for small towns.
Each small town is different. You are the expert on your small town.
I spend a lot of time researching different small towns out there and what works in them. I read a lot of books, articles and studies, always looking for the small town angles.
I listen to a lot of rural people, including you. You email me, you hit reply and you share your stories. Two rounds of the Survey of Rural Challenges has brought me the views of 473 rural people from the US, Canada, Australia and other places.
The reason I’ve developed this expertise is to be of service to people from small towns and rural places. To be of service to you.
It’s not about you following some rigid template I’ve developed to “save small towns.” Look at the name of what Deb Brown and I do together. It’s Save Your Town. Because that’s what you are going to do. If anyone will save your town, it’s going to be you.
I’ll show you the Idea Friendly framework to make your town more open to new ideas. Deb will show you how to Build Possibility. Neither one of us has all the answers. That’s why we encourage a lot of little tiny tests. Try something out, start small. See what works for you. Then Gather Your Crowd, Build Connections and Take Small Steps together.
Keep shaping the future of your town,
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