This past Sunday we had the opportunity to present Acts of Sharing to a community of sharers who truly represent the heart and soul of the sharing movement. LoveATX Fest, located deep in the heart of Texas, was hugely successful, due to the many individuals who care about others even moreso than themselves. We encountered musicians, businessmen and businesswomen, artists, engineers and even scientists, who all shared a common purpose. Each had a heart for both the Earth and its inhabitants: one of the fundamental pillars of the Acts of Sharing community.
One woman, Teri Sperry, works with Alt-Ed Austin and envisioned Acts of Sharing as a way for alternative schools to share costly supplies, such as microscopes and projectors. In this way, each child would be given the opportunity to have a more enriching education, while allowing the schools to work together and allocate money efficiently. Through sharing we can improve the quality of life by having more money to invest into the things we truly love.
For those of you who haven’t heard, Austin Time Exchange Network is another spectacular organization to look into! We met Ms. Laila Sadat-sharifi, who is strongly invested in the success of ATEN. Headed to Iowa in the Fall to continue her college degree, Laila plans on spreading the sustainability movement to the Midwest! Austin Time Exchange Network is a platform which allows users to post their vocations and skills online and trade their time with other users. In many ways, the concept of sharing is being utilized in many various facets, each exciting to see prosper!
We would also like to issue a special thanks to Jenna Jasso for spearheading this spectacular event and continuing to exemplify the ideals of sustainable lifestyles and living in community. Jenna is an extraordinary individual with such a unique story, which I would most definitely recommend checking out on her website. Graduating from the University of Texas with a Mechanical Engineering degree, she has set out to make an impact on this world through promoting the ideals of loving the community and living in harmony with the environment around us.
Events such as LoveATX Fest and many other local events are great opportunities to meet some extremely diverse and forward-thinking individuals who bring with them the ideas of the future. Collaborative consumption and sharing in community only represent a few of these items which are so vital to the success of our future generations, and Acts of Sharing is dedicated to further promoting the ideals of this sharing movement. I would strongly encourage each of you to look into these various communities aforementioned and consider becoming a part of one! Progress never occurs by the hands of those who sit idle. Rather, it is those who engage in the topics they are passionate about and invest in their communities who foster the advancement of society.
Posted below are some links to the various organizations referenced above!
Alt-Ed Austin: http://www.altedaustin.com/
Austin Time Exchange Network: http://www.austintimeexchange.org/
Jenna Jasso: http://jennajasso.com/