October 2009

The Future Forum is off and running for another great season. We held our first event of the new season - on sustainable food - on Monday night. If you missed our first event,don't despair; we will host many more great events, and we willpost the webcast of the sustainable food event on our new, revamped website soon.There is lots of activity at the LBJ Library with a new Director, a new Exhibit about to open, and a new website. We hope you enjoy it all!

We look forward to seeing you.

Thank you,

Upcoming Events

See What We Have in Store

On October 22, time travel with Leadership Austin and Future Forum as we look into the future and examine some of Austin's most critical infrastructure issues: energy, water, and transportation. This day-long forum at the LBJ Library will allow attendees to engage with leading experts on our region's most critical issues, experience an interactive format, network with peers, and weigh in on the conversation as Leadership Austin prepares its first-ever issues white paper. The forum will be followed by a reception and preview of the 2009 Greenlights Board Summit. The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and close with a reception at 5 p.m.

A full list of panelists and registration details are available online. Please note that current Future Forum members receive a discounted rate of $55, which includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and a cocktail reception.

Please plan to join us for this special partnership discussing local issues!

Cluster Activity

The Film Cluster will meet on Tuesday, October 6 to watch and discuss Drew Barrymore's new film Whip It. Please plan to meet in the lobby
of the Regal Westgate theater 15 minutes before the 7:50 p.m. showing, so we can all sit together. Everyone is responsible for purchasing their own ticket. If you plan to attend, please email Nina by 5 p.m. on Tuesday. This is a movie about roller derby set in Austin, Texas. If you attended the screenwriters panel discussion hosted by the Future Forum in February of this year, you may remember that Shauna Cross, the writer of this screenplay and the novel it is based on, was one of our panelists.

Please email Taline Manassian for more information about the Book Club.

Recent Events

Sustainable Food and the Austin Community
The Future Forum kicked off a new year of programming with a discussion of food trends locally, statewide, and nationally. Panelists David Davenport of the Capital Area Food Bank, Max Elliott of Urban Roots, local rice farmer Jeff Hershey, and Ronda Rutledge of the Sustainable Food Center shared their insight on the sustainable food community in Austin, local programs having success, and where there are still needs to be met. A webcast will be available soon.

A Passel of Other Information
The Future Forum is offering more ways to get involved. In addition to our regular events and clusters, we now have two volunteer committees for those that are willing and able to help. The membership committee will focus on marketing, recruiting new members, and assisting current members. The events committee is looking for volunteers to help greet, check in members and guests, and assist our speakers at events. This group will also brainstorm new event ideas. Please contact Sarah McCracken if you are interested in joining a committee.

The Future Forum has recently moved from a FaceBook group to a FaceBook page. Become a fan and stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest from the Future Forum, in between newsletters!

Now Showing at the LBJ Library and Museum

School House to White House: The Education of the Presidents
The LBJ Library and Museum will open a new exhibit in just a few short weeks! Our modern Presidents received educations and participated in school activities in ways as diverse as their backgrounds and political philosophies. Through the records of the presidential libraries - archival material, museum objects, photographs, and audio-visual recordings - School House to White House gives visitors a new perspective on the presidency.
The exhibit, prepared by the National Archives and Records Administration, charts the educational experiences of our Presidents from Herbert Hoover to Bill Clinton. Visitors will learn which sports the presidents played, what kind of homework and grades the presidents were given, how classrooms were organized, and family involvement in their learning experiences. The exhibit opens October 10, 2009, and closes on Presidents' Day, February 15, 2010.

Doers & Builders

October's Doers & Builders - Leadership Austin
Leadership Austin fosters a non-partisan environment where people of diverse backgrounds and experience come together to learn about civic leadership, engage in meaningful dialogue about important public issues, and collaborate to make a difference in the Central Texas. People who have trained with Leadership Austin are influencing the community in measurable ways, improving the quality of life in our region.

Leadership Austin has just announced the schedule for the Engage breakfast series for the coming year: October 6, November 10, December 1, January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, and May 4. The series focuses on important, timely, and often complex regional issues. High profile leaders and key stakeholders present various viewpoints and interact with participants in thought provoking, balanced dialogues to encourage further civic involvement.

Learn more about the Engage speaker series, Experience Austin, Leadership Academy, and other programs by visiting www.leadershipaustin.org.
Other Community Events

Two special family friendly activities will highlight the weekend of October 10-11 at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. The park's Friends group is sponsoring a family fun run on Saturday, October 10, beginning at 9 a.m. and also a bike tour hosted by Luci Baines Johnson on Sunday, October 11, at 2 p.m. Registration for either or both is available at www.friendsoflbjnationalpark.org.

You are invited to Goodwill's Ghoulwill Ball! Join us and the Ghosts of Graceland at the Driskill Hotel on October 30 for a hauntingly fun costume party...if you dare! Come celebrate Halloween by dressing up as Elvis, Priscilla, or the legend you'd like to awaken. It's ghoulish fun for a good cause. Proceeds benefit Goodwill's job-related programs and services with a simple mission of helping put people to work. For details and tickets, visit www.ghoulwillball.org.