WE HELP
COMMUNITIES THRIVE

Meet Your
Community Growth Strategist

Doug Griffiths has helped improve over 500 communities across North America. After retiring from politics in 2015, he founded 13 Ways, a company dedicated to helping communities grow and thrive through speaking, consulting, rebranding as part of an overall community growth strategy. In his best-selling book, 13 Ways to Kill Your Community, Doug weaves data, personal experience and anecdotes with humour to explain the common challenges communities face around North America and to understand their paths to success.

“My mission is to push communities to face their challenges to find their unique path to success.”

What is 13 Ways?

The 13 Ways mission is to help communities thrive! Doug, along with his team of community, strategy and design experts have created several tools and services to help communities achieve success.

Speaking

Doug uses powerful stories and research to drive leaders to find solutions to challenges that plague communities.

Books

13 Ways to Kill your Community continues to be an inspiration for many, and an unofficial “handbook” for municipal leaders.

Tools

Our major tools include Leadership Development, Community Evaluation Reports and a Community Assessment Tool. 

Planning

Our planning services include: Economic Development Strategy, Strategic Plan Development and a Community Wide Plan.

Blogs

Our blog posts share ideas that we believe will assist communities. We also provide syndicated articles for publications through our Columns website.

Book

13 Ways to Kill Your Community

Doug Griffiths, MBA

Testimonials

“The live presentation is inspiring. Doug gives concrete action steps that communities can take to work toward a renewed sense of local pride and economic control. Turning small towns into attractive places for business, families and the elderly is possible with Doug’s passion, energy and inspiration as a guide. Read the book. Invite him and his team to your community. It will make all the difference.”

Tony Kulbisky
DEVON, ALBERTA

“Extremely accurate. Whether people choose to believe it or not, Doug nails it. Those who want to be inspired should hear him speak. Those who need a helping hand should call on 13 Ways, Inc. But, everyone should read this book.”

Glenn Turner
SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA

 

“I’ve seen the presentation four different times, and at the conclusion of each and every one of them I feel inspired and charged.”

Kristin Wilton
NEW WATERFORD, NOVA SCOTIA

“Last week our five local municipalities were treated to a unique, thought provoking experience by the 13 Ways facilitators. Their diverse experience gave us a deeper layer of knowledge, as well as a heightened awareness of the power and potential that elected officials hold, by choosing to focus on their greater community’s challenges in a collaborative and cooperative way.”

Reeve Molly Douglass
COUNTY OF NEWELL, ALBERTA

“Representing hometowns of all sizes, it can sometimes be difficult to find a keynote who speaks to everyone. But Doug Griffiths’ 13 Ways were relevant to every hometown, and his candid and honest presentation resonated with members. I have referenced his talk and book in discussions with my own town council and in conversations throughout the province.”

Gordon Barnhart, President
SASKATCHEWAN URBAN MUNICIPALITIES ASSOCIATION

“Relevant, energetic and compelling – everything we need to build community success in a two hour session.”

Frank Moe , County Commissioner
MOFFAT COUNTY, COLORADO

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