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TreeHouse Austin

I’ve enjoyed a few in-store classes at TreeHouse. Offering educational classes in a store is a terrific idea, and TreeHouse has hosted some excellent ones.

At left is a photo of a home solar discussion this morning by one of the company’s co-founders explaining what’s involved, why solar is a good long-term investment for residential homes, and how installing solar can increase the value of a home.

At right is a Tesla on view in the store the same day (both photos are filtered with Aviary).

Articles that I hope indicate this store will expand in the years ahead:

Flowers Around Austin …

Not terribly glamorous but real, and a delight.

"Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow." ~ John Lennon (1940-1980)

ONE and CARE Visit Jon McClellan at Senator Ted Cruz’ Office

Thanks to Jon McClellan for welcoming ONE and CARE representatives on March 31, 2014 to the Austin office. We discussed many things and appreciated having a hearing.

Two Instagrams at bottom: (left to right): 1) Philip M. Gommels, PLLC (attorney with CARE); Jon McClellan, State Outreach Director for Senator Ted Cruz; Mike Hogan of ONE Campaign, Austin; and Philippe Nassif, Regional Advocacy Coordinator for CARE, Houston; and 2) Philip, me and Jon.

At top, you can see our reflections on the Senator’s door prior to entering. That is one secure building! [All photos with an iPhone via Instagram.]

Website links:

Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog ~ Spring Has Sprung!
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Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog ~ Spring Has Sprung!

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Art @ The Domain

Enjoyed the afternoon wandering through The Domain. Some lovely arts and crafts - in particular I liked the recycled and found object artists. Click on the link above to reach the website.

Heartstrings playing on Viddy (treat!)

Three brief Vine videos:

~Chrissy Dooley (.com) of Magnolia, Texas - lovely necklaces at Art @ The Domain

~Beautiful beaded bags at Boko - Art @ The Domain

~Eric - of Illinois - Eric Lee - Art @ The Domain

EcoRise Youth Innovations & Austin Green Drinks

Thanks to Austin Green Drinks and Net Impact Austin for having EcoRise as the focus of the March 18, 2014 “green drinks” sustainability networking event at Art.Science.Gallery. in the new Canopy art complex in East Austin. We enjoyed it!

Thanks to Dripping Springs Vodka and Shiner for contributing to the sustainability networking event.

Viddy of Art.Science.Gallery. owner talking about upcoming exhibitions.

Vine of reception starting.

Vine of Jon Stott of EcoRise speaking.

Katharine Cole

Enjoyed having my sister in Austin during SXSW 2014.

Where did the time go?

SXSW 2014 and South By South First

Enjoyed having my sister, Katharine Cole in town for SXSW Music (#sxsw14) and South By South First at El Mercado.

At top right is an Instagram of Katharine (right) and Christa Hillhouse of 4 Non Blondes fame at Freddie’s Place. We visited over breakfast - great fun!

Asking: Make the Iron Hot by Striking
Formerly a cover article on Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog, this discussion has been made into its own “article.” Follow the link!

Asking: Make the Iron Hot by Striking

Formerly a cover article on Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog, this discussion has been made into its own “article.” Follow the link!

EcoRise Youth Innovations and Reel Change Film Frenzy 2014

EcoRise was pleased to be included in this year’s Reel Change Film Frenzy. The event involved an initial meeting where film ideas are brainstormed (see Instagram at lower left), followed by a week of filming. The final screening occurred on February 23 at Alamo Drafthouse (Gina LaMotte, Founder and Executive Director of EcoRise, and filmmaker Ricardo Palomares are shown at top).

Stay tuned - the short film is very artful - we’ll post it online once Ricardo gives it the finishing touches. Shown below at right is Fulmore Middle School's Cooper Askins (Instagram taken during the screening).

EcoRise thanks Lights. Camera. Help. for including us in the project, and Goodwill Industries of Central Texas for serving as Executive Producer of the 10 nonprofit films created during Reel Change Film Frenzy, of which we were one.

Flatbed Press Contemporary Print Fair 2014

Sharing a few Instagrams from the Valentine’s Day opening reception to benefit Serie Project at Flatbed Press (Austin, Texas), and a few from the print fair held the following day. For additional details, please see my earlier Tumblr. The entire event was held in honor of the late Sam Coronado, founder of Serie Project.

Among my favorite Instagrams are at top, "Printmaker’s Hands: Iron Frog Press (Dallas), Matt Bagley,” and at bottom, “Alfonso Huerta Garcia Print Demonstration” (follow the link to a brief Viddy). Just above Alfonso at right is the display of longtime friend Maricela Sanchez.

The event program is posted on SlideShare.

The Dumptser Project

Follow the link above to reach the website of The Dumpster Project. 

"What does home look like in a world of 10 billion people? How do we equip current and future generations with the tools they need for sustainable living practices? With a 33 sq. ft. dumpster and a team of students and experts, the dumpster will transform from a barely habitable used garbage container to a sustainable house and interactive teaching lab.

Professor Dumpster and his Huston-Tillotson students in Austin, Texas will need all the help they can get because he’s camping out in a dumpster and it’s on the students’ bucket list to live the American dream (litter-ally)! Want to pitch in? Toss in a bit of ‘disposable’ income and support the project today.”

On a personal note, after leaving the presentation, I caught the historic Huston-Tillotson campus from one of its highest elevations at sunset. Lovely view! Below you see a dumpster converted to a photo booth for the reception on February 12, and at right, an enthusiastic Professor Dumpster sharing his thoughts about the project.

Austin Giving Pledge

Having returned to Austin late last summer after being away for some 20 years, I wanted to share information about the Austin Giving Pledge.

I enjoyed hearing MariBen Ramsey of the Austin Community Foundation speak in January about the Austin Giving Pledge to regional members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Follow the ACF link above to reach the website and more information about the pledge. Expect to hear more about this important program in the months and years ahead.

During her presentation, MariBen cited the Transfer of Wealth study conducted by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship.

Based on its analysis, three regions of I‐35 Texas, "are likely to face a significant transfer of wealth (TOW) opportunity beginning as early as 2020. Current Net Worth in 2010 for Austin region is estimated to be $137.8 billion, while San Antonio Region is estimated slightly smaller at $118.7 billion, and Waco is estimated to be $33.3 billion."

Follow the link to learn more, and consider making your own, personal Austin Giving Pledge today!

Austin Skyline from Canon Digital Photography Forums

Social Media Breakfast Austin

Enjoyed today’s “trends” talks at St. Edward’s University. See @SMBAustin and #SMBAustin on Twitter for notes and links (as well as a few on @CAROLYNAPPLETON), not the least of which is PWC’s report, "Future of Enterprise Apps: Moving Beyond Workflows to Mindflows," which you can download via the link.

Also, check out @ATXhack4change - you can register on Eventbrite.

KDK-Harman Foundation & National Summer Learning Association

I enjoyed a workshop on January 16, 2014 hosted by KDK-Harman Foundation featuring special guest Sarah Pitcock, CEO of the National Summer Learning Association.

"To succeed in school and life, children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. This is especially true during the summer months.

Many Americans have a wonderful image of summer as a carefree, happy time when “kids can be kids,” and take for granted the prospect of enriching experiences such as summer camps, time with family, and trips to museums, parks, and libraries.

Unfortunately, some youth face anything but idyllic summer months. When the school doors close, many children struggle to access educational opportunities, as well as basic needs such as healthy meals and adequate adult supervision.”

Sarah’s presentation was compelling and clearly demonstrated how low-income children keep falling behind intellectually year-after-year, when they miss out on meaningful summer programming.

I understand KDK-Harman hopes to shed greater light on this problem and to engage other philanthropists in supporting quality summer educational programs, particularly those that provide STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning.

For more about the importance of summer learning, read: "Know the Facts" from the National Summer Learning Association. Note: the national conference, “Summer Changes Everything,” will occur November 17-19, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.

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