January 2011

Jan 01, 2011

Happy New Year! We hope you have been havinga wonderful holiday season. We have made lots of New Year's resolutions here at the Future Forum and at the top of the list is to see more of YOU! We resolve to put on more great events and try to continue to engage with our community and with our members.

To start theNew Yearoff in a festive mood - and before we get too serious - we will have our Future Forum Re-Gift Party on January 13. Start saving those extra special gifts that are just too good (ahem) to keep all to yourself. You know what I mean, the bobble-head dolls, soap shaped like aformer President, or that wonderful freeloaders fork. Wrap them up and bring them in to share with friends.

We are also busy planning our biennial "Future of Texas" event, a Doers and Builders Fair in April, and many other events - so many we are trying to figure out how to fit them all in to the rest of the season!Until then, have a safe and happy New Year.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Thank you,

Upcoming Events

See What We Have in Store

Start tucking away those "white elephant" gifts for our annual Re-Gift Party, to be held at the LBJ Library in the Brown Room (10th floor) on Thursday, January 13 at 6:30 p.m. And, to make it even more interesting, a truly priceless gift will be entered into the exchange - an autographed copy of Sandra Day O'Connor's memoir Lazy B about her experiences growing up on a cattle ranch in the American Southwest. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. Join us for food, fellowship, and fun! Please be sure to RSVP online in advance if you plan to join us for the evening.

Also, we'll host our biennial Future of Texas discussion with a panel of state legislators discussing the most pressing issues of the session. A date will be announced soon.

Cluster Activity

Please email Rico Reyes for information about the next Public Policy Cluster meeting or to be added to the distribution list.

Please email Nina Hess to be added to the distribution list for Film Cluster announcements. See you at the movies!

For information on the Book Cluster, please email Taline Manassian.

Recent Events

On November 12, Future Forum hosted the Second Annual fastforward Issues Forum presented by Leadership Austin. This year's program - Rising from Recession: Central Texas Strong and Sustainable - focused on economic opportunity and positioning Austin and Central Texas for continued success. The lineup of expert presenters was headlined by a keynote address from best-selling author, professor, and thought-leader Richard Florida. A webcast of Florida's keynote address is now available online.
Please continue to spread the word about Future Forum to your friends and colleagues!

A Passel of Other Information

Become a fan on Facebook and stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest from the Future Forum, in between newsletters. Click on the logo at right to find us!
The LBJ Library is now on Facebook too! Become a fan of the LBJ Library to learn more about what we do in the Austin community and beyond.
Not sure if your membership is current?Email Sarah McCracken.Renew online today!

Doers & Builders

January's Doers & Builders - Austin Music Foundation

The Austin Music Foundation (AMF) is a non-profit organization with a singular mission: to unite, ignite and revolutionize our local music community. We will achieve this by offering programs and services dedicated to:

  • the education, development and advancement of musicians,
  • the creation and preservation of Austin's unique musical heritage, and
  • the development of a united and sustainable local music community.

Our unique mission, innovative methods, and fearless spirit drives our ever-growing loyal following that includes local artists and their fans, businesses, and the national music community. Join us today and help educate and guide the next generation of local talent.

For more information, please visit the AMF website.

Other Community Events

The next Leadership Austin Engage Breakfast will be January 11 at Chez Zee. Join us as we explore several unique collaborations between not- and for-profit organizations, and learn what you can do as a business and community leader to boost both bottom lines. Speakers to be announced. Please register online on the Leadership Austin website.
BookSpring's Read-A-Thon is an annual event encouraging community service and promoting literacy in the Austin community. Proceeds support BookSpring's literacy programs in the Greater Austin area. This year, the Read-A-Thon will take place January 24 to February 4. Learn how to sponsor a student reader or help out by visiting the BookSpring website.

Save the date! The LBJ 100 Bike Ride will be March 26, 2011. More details will be posted in future eNewsletters and online at the LBJ National Park's website.

Contact Us

Sarah McCracken
Director of Public Programs
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705
[email protected]

Please be aware that LBJ Presidential Library events may be filmed and/or photographed. Your attendance constitutes your authorization for the LBJ Library to use your photograph, voice, or other likeness for purposes related to the Library, including but not limited to marketing and promotion in both print and electronic forms.


Founding Sponsor: Texas Monthly
Sponsors: Austin Wine Merchant
Joe Cooks
Karbach Brewing Company