Organizers Ruben Cantu, Stephen Vogelpohl, and their team planned their Austin Meetup just two weeks before the summit. They brought Texas-sized ambitions along with them. Here’s their report back:
The most surprising thing we learned from this whole process is how many willing people are open to working towards change.
The biggest thing is they want to get around the big idea that encompasses them all. So they all feel like they give their part but not carrying the whole load.
We thought it would be hard to fill this venue… but we have a great turn out. They just wanted to be part of something big.
Even our internet viewers wanted to be part of the change.
The theme we chose was clean air. We came up with three resolutions.
- Ride the bus more often, and implement wifi on the bus.
- Encourage large and mid size companies in Austin to allow employees to work from home once every 2 weeks.
- Social Good Mondays, where we will be tweeting out factoids about our clean air over the next six months and asking our audience/influencers to retweet to raise awareness to push change.
We want the world to know that there is this little pocket in Texas, called Austin, that really cares about making a difference and we will all come together to try to make this happen.
We are conscious about our world issues and we are going to do our part to be a model for regional and hopefully global change.
To track the Austin team’s progress, visit http://socialgoodsummitaustin.tumblr.com/