There are seemingly countless places to do your holiday shopping in Austin—craft markets, art fairs, Christmas bazaars—but if you, like us, are passionate about equity and inclusion, housing affordability, and making a positive social impact in the world, here are some great gift-giving ideas and places to shop this season.
‘Tis the season for spreading gratitude! Gratitude that the election is over. Gratitude that it’s finally, really, truly autumn in Austin, which means it’s officially wear-your-coziest-sweater-and-make-all-the-soups time. Gratitude for our relationships, and gratitude even for those never-ending group texts and email threads that drive us bonkers but also keep us close to loved ones near and far.
The midterm elections are in full swing...perhaps you’ve heard? Election day is Monday, November 6th and it’s time to inspire our coworkers, friends, and family members to get to the polls! After all, the results of this year’s midterms will shape the American political landscape as we know it, so making our voices heard—by voting—is crucial.
We’re proud to count the Allies Against Slavery team as part of the Impact Hub family! Read on to find out more about what this advocacy group is doing to take action against human trafficking and the modern slave trade in Texas—and what you can do to help.
Human trafficking is nearly too nightmarish to be believed, but the truth demands our attention. There are over 300,000 trafficking victims in Texas alone, according to a 2017 study released by the University of Texas at Austin. The study, conducted by the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (IDVSA), was confirmation of what those who work closely in the anti-trafficking movement already knew to be true: The Lone Star State ranks unfortunately high when it comes to this egregious violation.
You can keep up with their journey via their weekly blogs on our Affordability Accelerator publication. Check out our Medium Channel for weekly updates on the status of each of the ventures.
It’s not uncommon to see Impact Hubbers shoveling sauerkraut (hey, natural probiotics!), chowing down on salmon (the protein!), or devouring kale (oh, the vitamins!) at lunchtime. We tend to be a pretty healthy coworking bunch. But, hey, there’s always room for improvement, right? Plus, if you’re used to preparing your meals with the same ingredients, over and over again, it’s easy to get stuck in a boring lunch rut—as we all know, there are only so many days in a row that one can eat quinoa salad or stir-fry without wanting to angrily throw one’s Tupperware container across the room.
Well Aware is a nonprofit that provides sustainable solutions to water scarcity and contamination in Africa, with headquarters here at Impact Hub Austin. We recently spoke with Kareece Sacco, Director of Operations, to discuss Well Aware’s mission, what the organization is up to this year, and how people can get involved.
This month, Danielle Skidmore, who’s running for the Austin City Council’s District 9 spot, will be moderating a series of conversations to address solutions to city-wide challenges posed by population growth, climate change, and the changing workforce. The four-part series, deemed “Innovation for a Better Austin”, will include panelists from a variety of industries, including tech, workforce development, education, and other community-focused endeavors.
These conversations directly align with Skidmore’s campaign platform, which is “accessibility, mobility, sustainability, and equity”. A civil engineer and board member of Austin’s LGBTQ Quality of Life Advisory Commission, Skidmore has been a staunch advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights for years. If she wins District 9 this November, she will also become the first openly transgender person in Austin to serve on the City Council.
“We need to have more authentic and honest conversations in the social sector,” Jessamyn Shams-Lau, said during a live national simulcast on how to create epic partnerships between nonprofits and foundations.
When you run a business or work for yourself, your mind is basically your most valuable asset, which means it’s pretty darn important to keep it in good shape. Meditation is one of the best tools we have for combatting stress and uncertainty, and staying sane in the face of all those things we can’t control—which, let’s be real, can seem overwhelming at times.