An important note – Because of the popularity of civics programming (yay!), we have spun off much of our civics programming into a separate organization. Introducing… A Functional Democracy.
A Functional Democracy is dedicated to teaching all Austinites (and especially millennials) how to get involved in local government and to make a difference in their community, no matter which issues are important to them. It was co-founded by AEN Editor-In-Chief Amy Stansbury.
More great news! A Functional Democracy just published its first book – “A Beginner’s Guide To Local Government: Austin Edition.” This fun and interactive book teaches you everything you need to know to become a changemaker… right here in Austin, Texas. The books are available online via a Kickstarter campaign. You can get yours here!
Local government is important. It affects us all. Whether we’re talking about the air we breathe, the water we drink, the energy we use, or the parks we play in, local government matters.
And that means each and every one of us has the opportunity to get involved and help make important decisions about the future of our city. Austin is at a crucial point in its history. The city is currently dealing with some of the biggest problems of the 21st century – climate change, affordability, traffic.
When it comes to issues like these, there is no roadmap to follow. Now is the time to be innovative, and our local government can’t do it alone. They need input, ideas, and participation from the public.
But, what if you don’t know how?
That’s why we created this project. With “Civics 101” we hope to give you the tools you need to become a more active and engaged Austinite. We want to empower you to make a change and a difference in your community, even if you’ve never even stepped foot inside City Hall before.
Now that matters.