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Meriah Garrett

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October 19, 8:00am • The Refinery • part of a series on Honesty

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Amplify ATX is a 24-hour fundraising campaign through I Live Here, I Give Here. We found selected charities that we’ve featured in our past events, and consolidated the list for you below. 

Hurry! You only have until 6pm today, March 2, to participate in the campaign.

Past Speakers:

If you were moved by Paul Scott’s talk on “Survival” you can give to AIDS Services of Austin

If you enjoyed Antonio Delgado’s talk on “Robot” you can give to Science in a Suitcase.

If you enjoyed Carlton Wilcoxson’s talk on “Moments” you can give to E4 Youth, where he sits on the board.

If you were moved by Alan Graham’s talk on “Fantasy” you can give to Community First! & it’s parent charity, Mobile Loaves & Fishes.

If you were moved by Darden Smith’s talk on “Collaborate” you can give to his organization Songwriting with: Soldiers.

If you were moved by Katie Ford’s talk on “Freedom” you can give to Truth Be Told, where she serves as Executive Director.

Past Venues:

These past venues have generously hosted #CMATX events and are very deserving of your contributions:

The Thinkery

AFS Cinema

UMLAUF Sculpture Garden

The Long Center

Huston-Tillotson University

Texas School for the Deaf


March’s global theme is COURAGE!

When researching or writing about courage, other traits fall into the mix: risk, vulnerability, curiosity, empathy, and action. It seems, then, that courage has nothing to do with your title or level of expertise. It’s not for the few or the gifted. It’s an act of humanity, of choosing to take an action that is risky because it demands vulnerability and curiosity.Courage has no specific form and knows no bounds. From starting a side project to the act of listening when you would rather interject, every day we are wrapped in opportunities to exercise courage. We need your courage. It’s going to be risky and will require vulnerability. A posture of empathy and curiosity will empower you. And above all, you must take action.

The theme of Courage was chosen by our Oakland chapter and illustrated by Annie Wong. This month is presented by our global partner

February’s global theme is Curiosity!Curiosity is many things—a trait, a mindset, and a skill. To wonder about the things you don’t know and to actively fill those gaps with knowledge is to consciously enrich your life.
It’s also the secret sauce for creativity. Curiosity silences ego and encourages us to ask why. By constantly asking why we keep the channel open, allowing inspiration, perspectives, and ideas to mold our work and ourselves.
The more you practice being curious the more opportunities abound. Sometimes all it takes is tilting your head up and just marveling at this thing called life.
This month’s global exploration of Curiosity was chosen by our Malmö chapter and illustrated by Oelwein.

January’s global theme ANXIETY will be discussed by Melanie Weinberger.

Hosted by our partner this month: WeWork at The Domain on Friday, 1/26. Details here.

And special thanks to our coffee partner Cuvée Coffee.

This Holiday: Help Rebuild a School in the Slums

#CMATX host, Ben Thoma, received this tragic note from past speaker Nelson Guda about one of the people featured in his September 2017 talk on Compassion:

Do you remember from my talk, the man I met in Kenya who started a school in the slums? Well, last weekend, just before Christmas, the school burnt down. It’s a tragedy for the kids in that part of the slum, because it is their only school. This week I put together an emergency fundraiser for them on a site called Generosity, and I found a donor who will match all donations up to $25k.

If you are feeling a sense of generosity and compassion this season, please consider giving to Nelson’s fund for Ben Ochieng and his school in Kenya here: