What we're about

CivicWorx for ATX is a group committed to connecting with our community and working together to dig deep to understand issues and looking wide to find inspiring possibilities. We believe citizens have the answers. We will work together to create ideas that fit what we know best and love most about our community. We’re committed to citizen-driven solutions, collaboration, creativity and exercising civic skills.

WHO SHOULD JOIN US?

If you regularly attend local community meetings but often leave wondering what happens next…

If you want to attend more local events but would like a way to evaluate which opportunities are the most worthwhile...

If you want the opportunity to talk to other community members who are "following along" in a more informal and unscripted way…

CivicWorx will provide these opportunities and more as we work together to identify focused areas of impact.

Upcoming events (5+)

Volunteer with Inside Books Project

3106 E 14th 1/2 St

Joni us as we volunteer at Inside Books Project's new location! :-) We'll plan to stay from about 5-7pm. Please RSVP early because if it's a larger group I need to email them in advance. *"The first time you volunteer, you must arrive at the beginning of the session for orientation." (Session starts at 5pm) Volunteers open letters from inmates, select books to best fit the request, and make packages of books to send back to each inmate. Reading the letters and creating the package to send back is intimate and rewarding work that helps foster literacy, education, and a sense of connection with the outside world in the prisoners you help. Volunteer nights are fun, relaxed, and a great way to meet interesting people and make a real difference!

Ben Franklin Circle: About Virtues and Community

Austin Central Library, Austin Public Library

Let's get together to talk about the practice of virtue as a way to improve ourselves and our community. We're proud to bring a model as old as the country itself to Austin. Come be a part of our local Ben Franklin Circle at Austin's Central Library. Franklin started this model in 1727 when he formed his first "Junto", a weekly mutual-improvement club made up of individuals with an array of interests and skills. Founding father, master inventor: Benjamin Franklin was also a pioneer of self-improvement. Now, almost 300 years later, the Ben Franklin Circles are revisiting and redefining these virtues – as tools to enrich our own lives and our communities. Austin's Ben Franklin Circle will meet once a month, focusing on one of Ben Franklin's 13 virtues each meeting. The facilitated conversation will provide time for reflection on each individual's understanding of that virtue and how it applies to them. The conversation will then continue to address how we could use the virtue to make a positive change in our community. Learn more about the effort to make conversations like these available nationwide: https://benfranklincircles.org • What to bring You may want to bring pen and paper, whatever your preferred device is for catching your own thoughts and learning from others. • Important to know We hope you will plan to join us each month to learn more about the rest of Franklin's virtues for mutual improvement. We will meet on Tuesday during the second full week of each month. We offer this opportunity in partnership with Austin Public Library and will meet in one of their shared learning rooms. Look for us on the 6th floor, in room 621. Today's effort to host Ben Franklin Circles across the country is produced and supported by 92Y in collaboration with Citizen University and Hoover Institution.

Discuss "Winners Take All" by Anand Giridharadas!

East Side King South Lamar

Join us as we discuss Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas! :) Bound to be a great discussion starter for all of us interested in civics and ways to accomplish social change. You don't have to finish the book to join the discussion, but I bet you'll want to! :-) ---- The New York Times bestselling, groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite's efforts to "change the world" preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve. An essential read for understanding some of the egregious abuses of power that dominate today’s news. Former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age, where the rich and powerful fight for equality and justice any way they can--except ways that threaten the social order and their position atop it. We see how they rebrand themselves as saviors of the poor; how they lavishly reward "thought leaders" who redefine "change" in winner-friendly ways; and how they constantly seek to do more good, but never less harm. We hear the limousine confessions of a celebrated foundation boss; witness an American president hem and haw about his plutocratic benefactors; and attend a cruise-ship conference where entrepreneurs celebrate their own self-interested magnanimity. Giridharadas asks hard questions: Why, for example, should our gravest problems be solved by the unelected upper crust instead of the public institutions it erodes by lobbying and dodging taxes? He also points toward an answer: Rather than rely on scraps from the winners, we must take on the grueling democratic work of building more robust, egalitarian institutions and truly changing the world. A call to action for elites and everyday citizens alike.

Ben Franklin Circle: About Virtues and Community

Austin Central Library, Austin Public Library

Let's get together to talk about the practice of virtue as a way to improve ourselves and our community. We're proud to bring a model as old as the country itself to Austin. Come be a part of our local Ben Franklin Circle at Austin's Central Library. Franklin started this model in 1727 when he formed his first "Junto", a weekly mutual-improvement club made up of individuals with an array of interests and skills. Founding father, master inventor: Benjamin Franklin was also a pioneer of self-improvement. Now, almost 300 years later, the Ben Franklin Circles are revisiting and redefining these virtues – as tools to enrich our own lives and our communities. Austin's Ben Franklin Circle will meet once a month, focusing on one of Ben Franklin's 13 virtues each meeting. The facilitated conversation will provide time for reflection on each individual's understanding of that virtue and how it applies to them. The conversation will then continue to address how we could use the virtue to make a positive change in our community. Learn more about the effort to make conversations like these available nationwide: https://benfranklincircles.org • What to bring You may want to bring pen and paper, whatever your preferred device is for catching your own thoughts and learning from others. • Important to know We hope you will plan to join us each month to learn more about the rest of Franklin's virtues for mutual improvement. We will meet on Tuesday during the second full week of each month. We offer this opportunity in partnership with Austin Public Library and will meet in one of their shared learning rooms. Look for us on the 6th floor, in room 621. Today's effort to host Ben Franklin Circles across the country is produced and supported by 92Y in collaboration with Citizen University and Hoover Institution.

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Ben Franklin Circle: About Virtues and Community

Austin Central Library, Austin Public Library

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