November 2010

Nov 01, 2010

Hello Future Forum members and friends - and Happy Halloween. We loved seeing so many of you a few days ago at our program on Iran and the Nuclear Threat. It was an illuminating evening (and, as I have heard from a few of you, an eye opening event). We have a number of opportunities coming up at the Library, so please let us know if you want tickets to the events with Ambassador Carlos Pascual or Sandra Day O'Connor (available on a first come, first served basis). And don't forget, Future Forum members can sign up for the Fast Forward Issues Forum with Leadership Austin at the discounted rate and/or request tickets to the talk by Richard Florida.

Please come join us - and go get involved. And, if you didn't vote early, don't forget to vote on Tuesday.

We look forward to seeing you soon.
Thank you,

Upcoming Events

See What We Have in Store
On Friday, November 12, Future Forum members are invited to the Second Annual fastforward Issues Forum with Leadership Austin. This will be a full-day, deep dive into the issue of economic recovery, titled Rising from Recession: Central Texas Strong and Sustainable.

Our national economy has endured the economic shocks and aftershocks of a world-wide recession. Yet Central Texas has weathered the storm exceedingly well, and is well positioned for the future. How do we leverage our current state to emerge as a leading region in which to live, work and play? Join policy makers, influencers, and grass-roots activators as weexplore the future of our region in the following contexts: Emerging Technologies and the Local Economy, Buying Habits and Their Impact: What's the Next Big Thing?, and The New Regionalism: Are we the Next Megaregion?. The day will conclude with a keynote by best-selling author Richard Florida.

The forum will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be hosted by the Future Forum on the 10th floor of the LBJ Library. Current Future Forum members will enjoy a special discounted rate of $100 for the day, which includes breakfast, lunch, panel discussions, keynote address, and an evening reception and book-signing with Richard Florida.

See the full program agenda, speaker list, and registration info on the fastforward webpage.

For those who can't attend the full day, there is an opportunity to attend just the keynote address by Richard Florida at 4:45 p.m. on November 12 in the LBJ Auditorium. Tickets are free and limited to current Future Forum members. Copies of Florida's recent book The Great Reset will be sold before the program in the Auditorium lobby. Please email Sarah McCracken to request a ticket to the keynote. (Those attending the full forum need not request a separate ticket for the keynote - your ticket is included with your registration.)
We also have a limited number of tickets for current Future Forum members to attend two upcoming Library events:

November 8, 6:00 p.m.: An Evening With Carlos Pascual, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico

November 30, 6:00 p.m.: Annual Harry Middleton Lecture featuring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Please email Sarah McCracken for more details or to request a ticket.

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

This past week former Virginia Governor and U.S. Senator Charles Robb joined us to discuss the very real threat of a nuclear Iran. Robb recently co-authored a report on the topic for the Bipartisan Policy Center. Please click here to read the full report.
Please continue to spread the word about Future Forum to your friends and colleagues.

A Passel of Other Information

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Now Showing at the LBJ Library and Museum

CRONKITE: Eyewitness to a Century
Presented by the Briscoe Center for American History and the LBJ Library & Museum, CRONKITE: Eyewitness to a Century runs through January 3, 2011.

As one of the nation's preeminent journalists, Walter Cronkite's broadcasts brought virtually every major news story of the last half of the twentieth century to the American people, with the legendary integrity, accuracy, and devotion to the larger ideals of journalism that made him one of the most respected public figures in the country. CRONKITE: Eyewitness to a Century is the first exhibit to explore his influence and perspective on some of the most crucial moments in history, including D-Day, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal, and the nascent and heady days of the space race. The exhibit brings Cronkite's personal and professional experiences to life, featuring never-before-seen items from the Briscoe Center's collections.

Doers & Builders

November's Doers & Builders - YouthLaunch
YouthLaunch envisions a world in which all young people are healthy and resilient and have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to make meaningful contributions to society. Our mission is to provide empowering service experiences for young people. YouthLaunch achieves this through innovative programs that combine best practices of positive youth development with transformative powers of service. The primary clients of YouthLaunch are young people ages 12-24 engaged in service, who gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to make a difference in their communities now and in the future.

Each YouthLaunch program has a unique impact and was designed to meet previously unmet community needs. The breadth of opportunities created by YouthLaunch programs supports the idea that it is empowering service that makes the difference in youth development. Current programs include: (1) No Kidding: Straight Talk from Teen Parents, (2) Urban Roots, (3) Youth Partnership for Change, and (4) YouthLaunch Scholarship for Outstanding Service.

For more information on YouthLaunch, please visit their webpage.

Other Community Events

Please join Shoes for Austin for An Evening Under the Stars on Wednesday, November 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Belmont Rooftop (305 West Sixth Street). Join us after work for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a fabulous silent auction. All proceeds will benefit Shoes for Austin, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tickets are $60 and may be purchased online.

The Austin Children's Shelter Guild's (ACSG) annual Poinsettia and Holiday Card Sale benefitting the Austin Children's Shelter has begun! ACSG sells florist quality poinsettias in pink, white or red and charming one-of-a-kind holiday cards through pre-orders that will be available in time for the holiday season. Poinsettias are $15 and can be ordered through November 19th and will be available for pick up or delivery by December 3rd. Cards are offered in packages of 16 cards for $15 or in bulk orders with custom imprinting - perfect for businesses. Custom imprinted cards must be ordered by November 1st. The Austin Children's Shelter (ACS) provides emergency shelter, long-term residential care and services for children and youth in foster care. Order online now! For more information visit the website, send an email to [email protected] or call (512) 499-0090.

Join Inherit Austin for an 1840's-inspired dinner on the lawn at Boggy Creek Farm, one of the most popular organic farms and oldest existing homesteads in Austin. Inherit Austin is an offshoot of the Heritage Society of Austin which works to preserve Austin's architectural and cultural past by not only protecting the city's important landmarks and historical fabric, but safeguarding its unique character as well. Somewhere in Time will be held at Boggy Creek Farms on Sunday, November 7 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Savor locally produced food and wine prepared by Gina's Kitchen. Learn more about the organic farming movement and the history of this magical place. $75 tickets are available on the Heritage Society website. For $250 sponsorship information, contact Bergan Casey via email or at (512) 656-2515.

Contact Us

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

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