The Knowledge-Seeker

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Looking for Answers

Some people discover their role in the Strong Towns movement with a question. Why is it so hard to live without access to a car? Why is there not enough housing for the people in my community? Why does my city’s budget continue to fall short even when my community—and theoretically its tax base—is growing at a steady clip? Why do we do things this way?

Knowledge Seekers are the people asking all the tough questions and searching for real answers, even if those answer defy their expectations.

They come to Strong Towns looking for information that will help them identify the cause of decline in their community. They want to know how decisions are made in their place. They want to discover a new way of looking at the way their city is built, and to hear from the people who are actually implementing that change. These voracious learners become experts on their communities through careful observation and obsessive investigation.

Strengths

Knowledge Seekers are inquisitive, thoughtful, and open-minded. They can be great teachers, trusted advisors, and effective advocates. Their curiosity and innovative spirit can spark creative ideas for addressing local challenges. A Knowledge Seeker is a valuable addition to public forums and planning sessions, where they can support Community Leaders and Local Activists with their expertise.

Concerns

Without access to the right resources, Knowledge Seekers can begin to feel isolated, helpless, and frustrated, Googling for hours to no avail. One of their greatest fears is that decision makers might assume they are uneducated, or lack understanding, and that their perspectives won’t be valued. This can become a sticking point that prevents them from realizing their value and taking action.

Resources

Knowledge seekers want data, data, and data. Here are a few links to scratch the itch to know more.

  1. The Strong Towns Action Lab

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  2. The Local-Motive Tour

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  3. The Ultimate Reading List for Building a Strong Town

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  4. Websites for Knowledge Seekers

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