Community Action Lab Event Agenda

Edward Erfurt
Edward Erfurt
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In-Person Workshop Agenda Outline

Please use this material as reference when planning your Community Action Lab (CAL). Strong Towns expects to have an in-person meeting in your community during the second, seventh, and eleventh months of the first year of your CAL contract.

Day #1

  • Morning/Afternoon: Strong Towns speakers arrive in town. In some instances, this may happen the night before. 
  • Afternoon/Prior to Evening Presentation
    • Leadership Team Briefing and Listening Session - 90 minutes.
    • With host community permission, Strong Towns will send email invitations to the Leadership Team a week prior to this event. 
  • Evening: Public presentation and Q&A. 90 minutes total. 
    • Workshop #1 (Month 2) Presentation: Strong Towns: The Bottom Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity
      • Goal: Introduce Community Action Lab - Changing the Conversation
        • Objective A: Introduce Strong Towns ideas to the general public 
        • Objective B: Build rapport with all involved stakeholders
    • Workshop #2 (Month 7) Presentation: Refinement of Ideas 
      • Goal: Cover themes considered crucial within the local community as identified by the Action Team. 
        • Objective: Dive deep into Action Team ideas and practical implementation
    • Workshop #3 Presentation (Month 11): Close Out
          • Goal: Review the progress of all aspects of the project.
            • Objective A: Recognize all who have contributed and participated in this initiative
            • Objective B: Encourage ongoing conversation

Day #2

  • Morning: Two Stakeholder workshops. 90 minutes each.
    • Each group will be organized by topic or group they represent. Examples: Business community, development community, municipal staff, etc. 
    • The specific groups will be invited by the host community  
  • Afternoon: Action Team Meeting. (90 minutes)
    • Review the content from the event and discuss any observations or findings

Venue and AV considerations 

Day 1 public presentation in the evening will require a large lecture space where a PowerPoint presentation can be given. This could be a community center, Council Chambers, local Church or theater space.

All other meetings can take place in any kind of meeting venue with access to give a PowerPoint presentation that you feel is appropriate since these will all be much smaller groups compared to the public presentation. This can be a more intimate space like a community center classroom, conference room, etc. 


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