Excellent question and so cool that you get to share the Strong Towns movement with your local Kiwanis Club. Here are a few talking points I'd include in your presentation:
- The Strong Towns movement is a nonprofit media organization that advocates for building financially resilient cities, towns, and neighborhoods.
- Strong Towns believes that the current development pattern (also know as the growth ponzi scheme41), which includes developments built to a finished state and for the automobile43 makes cities and towns financially insolvent. Instead, cities should return to the traditional development pattern: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2017/9/6/why-the-traditional-development-pattern-wins43
- Strong Towns believes that creating productive places is complex and, therefore, must be addressed incrementally from the bottom-up. You can read more about this here: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2013/11/4/chaotic-but-smart.html43
- And, perhaps most important, Strong Towns believes that everyone—including every member of this Kiwanis Club—has the skills and perspective to make their place stronger. You can find several examples of residents doing what they can to make their place stronger here: https://www.strongtowns.org/success55
Hope these help. And if you're interested in discussing this further before the meeting, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to chat.