Oct 17 City of Austin Contact Team Stakeholder Meeting

October 29, 2015

Chad Vanderlinden from Friends of Austin Neighborhoods – FAN said I could cross-post his note from the meeting here.

It was pretty well co-ordinated. After an introduction to PCT concepts, groups of guests formed activity groups to document their main observations and concerns about Membership, Meetings, Communication and Enforcement of procedures PCT follow. Most of the guests were either members of a PCT, or folks who were being kept off their own PCT Boards by unfair rules.

The undercurrent is pretty clear; the City is keen to reform PCT and hold them to some minimum operating standards. This could include a uniform by-laws. A meeting with the public of this kind is to ensure that the public can agree that they were consulted. The staff who conducted the meeting did not prompt the guests in any meaningful way, but they seemed very familiar already with the points and solutions we came up with.

At the end of the meeting, all of our group’s main points were shared, and we all had independently come up with essentially the same points and solutions. Leaving the PCT’s to follow the honor system works in a few instances, but where it has broken down, it has broken down in a big way. Many PCT are completely dysfunctional, suffering from lack of transparency and inclusiveness. A popular solution was for the City to host a PCT clearinghouse website where each PCT and it’s Officer’s contacts are published, where it’s bylaws, agendas and minutes MUST be published within reasonable time frames, and that the City would host a neutral listserv used for meeting announcements and activity announcements. This wouldn’t replace Nextdoor, Yahoo Groups, Facebook etc., but would be a mandatory minimum to ensure that no stakeholders are shut out under any premise.

Having NA/PCT Meeting notices in people’s utility bills was also proposed.

What didn’t seem too well fleshed-out yet, is what sort of grievance process neighbors would have when their PCT aren’t functioning fairly, and what sort of sanction the City would take on the errant PCT. When discussed, it seems that the City would prominently publish a contact to send complaints to, and if a PCT has been really bad, the City Council might formally cease to recognize it. A lot of guests liked the idea of ordering a non-compliant PCT to “reboot” with new Board Members, but there really were no solutions to how the City Council could make them do that, and how to avoid further harm to a neighborhood in so doing.



Twitter, Facebook, and social activism: newyorker.com

September 30, 2010

Twitter, Facebook, and social activism: newyorker.com.

Annals of Innovation

Small Change

Why the revolution will not be tweeted.

by Malcolm Gladwell

Social media can’t provide what social change has always required.

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/10/04/101004fa_fact_gladwell?currentPage=1#ixzz1107HUcsc

Big Ass Twitter Happy Hour (#BATHH) in Austin, TX

August 16, 2010

Big Ass Twitter Happy Hour (#BATHH)

WHO: ANYONE in Austin (you don’t have to be on Twitter and we WANT you to invite your friends, seriously)!

WHAT: a fun happy hour, no cover, BYOW (bring your own wallet), come hang out and meet people, it’s just fun networking with no stupid games or commercial sponsors!

August 19th from 6:00pm until they kick us out!

WHERE: Union Park (see map below), we’ll have the places all to ourselves for thisprivate party– please RSVP ASAP! (Also, follow @UnionParkAustin and its kick assy owner @TheBodle)

BONUS: we memorialize each month’s happy hour with amazing photography and this month are blessed to have a photobooth with the amazing @AnnieRayDotNetand roving photography by the talented @MitchAhrens.

If you’ve never been to a Twitter happy hour or you’re new to town, you’re not alone!  Follow some of the people on Twitter who have already RSVPd to this invite (or everyone that came last month) and let us all know you’ve never been– we’ll look out for you!

#BATHH is just a simple non sponsored happy hour full of people that want to put faces to names and meet new people, so join us!!

UT College of Liberal Arts

April 12, 2010

UT College of Liberal Arts

Conference: Independence and Decolonization, April 15-17, 2010

Thu, April 15, 2010 • ATT Conference Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus

April 15-17, 2010

Preliminary Info available here.

Full details, including a schedule of panels, forthcoming.

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies, Department of History

Celebrate Texas Independence Day with Independent Films

March 1, 2010

Celebrate Texas Independence Day with Independent Films

On March 2, KLRU will commemorate Texas Independents’ Day by celebrating the work of three local filmmakers whose work has reached a national audience on PBS. For the first time ever, three Austin-based projects have been selected for PBS’s Emmy-award winning series Independent Lens.

Filmmaker and University of Texas Professor, Paul Stekler will moderate a panel discussion with Michel O. Scott (The Horse Boy), Karen Skloss (Sunshine), and Keith Maitland (The Eyes of Me) starting at 8 p.m. Following the discussion, KLRU will host a screening of the Independent Lens broadcast of The Eyes of Me at 9 p.m. RSVP here

Space is limited so RSVP today. For those who cannot attend the screening, you can watch the Independent Lens broadcast of The Eyes of Me at 9 p.m. on KLRU, broadcast 18-1, cable 9.

Discussion starts at 8 p.m. Screening at 9 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m.

RSVP here

KLRU Community Screenings made possible thanks to our partners
Austin Community College,
The Austin Chronicle, KUT 90.5 FM and Live Oak Brewing Company.

Austin wants Google Fiber

February 28, 2010

The Big Gig Austin Initiative


We are a group  of residents and organizations in support of bringing the Google Fiber for Communities project to Austin.

Click on the Gigabit Internet project to read more about.

contact: info@BigGigAustin.org

February 28, 2010

The Big Gig Austin Initiative


We are residents and organizations allied in support of bringing the Google Fiber for Communities project to Austin.

Click on the Gigabit Internet project to read more about.

contact: info@BigGigAustin.org

UT History Department: Event

February 27, 2010

UT Austin History Department: Event.

Africa Conference: Women, Gender and Sexualities in Africa

Fri, March 26, 2010 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

This year’s theme is Women, Gender, and Sexualities in Africa, and it is our 10th annual African conference at The University of Texas at Austin.  This year, we are extremely excited about the conference because of the large number of participants it has attracted and we hope it will live up to the success of the previous nine conferences. The abstracts that we have received are not only impressive, but diverse as well.

Issues involving Women, Gender, and Sexualities remain a vital component of the daily lives for most peoples across the globe and in particular for many Africans. The submitted abstracts look to ignite lively and interesting debates, and the panels will reflect the diverse and expansive effects popular cultures have made throughout Africa and across the world. This year’s conference will bring together distinguished scholars from various disciplines, countries, and backgrounds. We anticipate thought-provoking discussions to occur during the conference.


reBlog from blogs.psychsterdata.com: YouJustGetMe

December 19, 2009

Announcing the YouJustGetMe Close-Knit Contest!

Here’s how the holiday fun goes down: Step 1: You refer 3 new people – family, close friends, anyone who you think know each other well – to YouJustGetMe.com. A few helpful hints: post your YouJustGetMe URL to your Facebook or Twitter to get your friends on board.  Step 2: All 4 of you guess for each other’s profiles. The easiest way to do this is to copy your profile URL from your YouJustGetMe homepage, and email each other with the links. Step 3: Send an email to contests@youjustgetme.com with your username and the usernames of the 3 people you referred. We’ll take it from there!   The YouJustGetMe team will scour the results to find the group that has the highest average match percentage – or, phrased another way, we’ll use the data to find out which group “gets” each other the most. Each member of the “winning” group will receive a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com and a super-suave personalized YouJustGetMe mug, featuring your bubble graph and profile URL! Worried that your family and friends just won’t get you? Give it the ol’ college try anyway – we’ll also pick three random entries to receive a personalized YouJustGetMe mug too!

Some things to keep in mind: the people you refer must be new to YouJustGetMe, so get out there and invite some new folks! We base our decision off of the average of all 4 of your guesses with each other, so make sure that all of you guess each other before you mail us. Is your husband, mother, or nosy Aunt Dorothy already on YouJustGetMe? Don’t worry, you can include them in your group even if you’ve already guessed each other – it is the holiday, after all, and we can be generous. However, each group must include a minimum of 2 new users.

My link is at http://www.youjustgetme.com/carlwebb

The Secret Cabal of Bloggers

December 18, 2009

Suffering from blogger’s block?
Not posting frequently enough?
Tormented by the constant updates of prolific posters?

Julie Gomoll and Jan Triplett have decided to host their first get together this coming December 22nd, Tuesday, 2-4pm at our offices Chase Bank Blg 7600 Burnet Rd (across from St. Louis Catholic Church/ cross street is Northcross Blvd).
The goal: to inspire each other and other fellow bloggers. The clublet is called The Secret Cabal of Bloggers. Click here to register and for more info: http://secretcabal.eventbrite.com
Bring your laptop and we’ll provide munchies. Walk away with your next post and new friends.
No charge. Not a class. Only requirement is your willingness to share ideas, support and encourage others.