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This blog is focused on aggregating and producing content related to a variety of topics located in or around Austin, Texas. I have been in Texas for about a year now, and I think its culture is on the verge of a major democratic shift which will see the state transform completely. Texas has so much potential, and I think we are about to see it realized.

This can only happen, of course, with everyone’s help and participation. If you’re already in Texas, get involved! Simplify your life, participate in community groups, organize with your neighbors to collaborate on projects to fulfill needs like energy, food, connectivity, work, transportation or anything else. Start a local news feed. Vote your conscience and engage in dialogue about serious issues with your peers! Discuss and mediate workplace conflicts directly and  democratically.

One of the key features of Austin is its high-profile tech and independent development communities. This has contributed to a wonderful hive of innovation rivaling Silicon Valley, and in some ways more interesting and vibrant than it. Startups seem to be doing especially well here, as are cooperatives. Indie and experimental musicians abound.

Shifting your consumption patterns to more local, healthy, and sustainable ones has a huge impact on your community. The best thing you can do is provide a good example for people to become inspired by and learn from. Be on the lookout for ways to simplify your life and save more to work less. As Ben Franklin said, “A penny saved is a penny earned.”

Speaking of savings, Austin locals can also check this page out for usually free local events, some related to technology or sustainability, sometimes politics, new media or just music and good times.


Written by messwatx

2013/02/08 at 9:56 pm

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