Compassionate Austin News! Special Edition- May 11, 2020

Compassionate Austin News!  May 11, 2020

Special Edition:  Showcasing Our Compassionate Austin Leadership Team!

The members of the Compassionate Austin Leadership Team represent compassion in action.  They are living examples of how each of us can create a more compassionate community.  The ten Team members highlighted below submitted their messages for this newsletter.  Check out the multiple ways they offer us to get involved.  Be inspired, join in, and take action, caring for others, self, and the Earth!  Reach out and contact them for more information!

Mike Clawson and the New Story Journey!

Mike Clawson is the “Social Impact Coordinator” for Compassionate Austin.  He is the Festival Producer of the New Story Festival (now transformed into the ONLINE New Story Journey)!  The New Story Journey is the “signature” community-wide gathering event of Compassionate Austin.  The Journey is a 7-month online experience of courage, connection, and the common good.  As part of the Journey, there is a new, shared online communication and collaboration space.  How cool is that!

BIG NEWS!  The New Story Journey starts May 19, 2020!! 

Please sign up right away at!  Join in and help spread the word to your friends, families, and broader networks.

**Attention Co-op Members: there have been some changes in the Co-op Member “Call to Action” and Benefits!  Members are requested to attend at least one of the FREE online activities offered through the online New Story Journey.  Of course, we encourage you to buy tickets and immerse yourself in this wonderful experience.  More info here.

CLICK HERE for a message from Mike and the New Story Journey.

Vicki Cutherell!

Vicki Cutherell is the “Connector of Unity Within the Community” for Compassionate Austin. 


Check out her website  She offers webinars for educational institutions and more. CLICK HERE for a message from Vicki with more details.


Tinny Widjaja!

Tinny Widjaja is the “Community Liaison Catalyst” for Compassionate Austin.


She is the Co-Founder of the Interfaith Ambassadors of Lake Travis.  CLICK HERE for a message from Tinny with more details about the organization and their many partners and activities. 


Sandra Foreman!

Sandra Foreman is the “Self-Care Activist” for Compassionate Austin.


Check out her website  She is helping women make time for themselves through The Spa in Me, L.L.C. newsletter and two book clubs. CLICK HERE for a message from  Sandra with more details.



Rubén Cantú!

Rubén Cantú is the “Social Innovation Changemaker” for Compassionate Austin.


Check out the Community Resilience Trust Facebook group.  CLICK HERE for a message from Rubén with more details about the community platform.


Mara Karpel!

Mara Karpel is the “Passionate Living Motivator” for Compassionate Austin.


Check out her website and her internationally best-selling book The Passionate Life: Creating Vitality & Joy at Any Age.  She is a clinical psychologist, the host of an internet radio show, and writer of blog posts.  CLICK HERE for a message from Mara with more details.


Vivian Best!

Vivian Best is the “Creative Catalyst” for Compassionate Austin. 





Check out the many online events that Vivian offers our community:  “Awareness Through Movement,” “Sparked” conversation games, “WomanSpeak Circles,” and a Women’s Book Club.  CLICK HERE for message from Vivian with more details on how to participate.

Michaela Maxwell!

Michaela Maxwell is the “Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) Facilitator” for Compassionate Austin.

Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) is a multi-part training program that cultivates basic human values as skills for the purpose of increasing individual, social and environmental flourishing.

Michaela offers online CIT at negotiable group rates.  For more information and to connect with Michaela, contact Compassionate Austin at

Clay Boykin!

Clay Boykin is a “Community Mobilizer” for Compassionate Austin.

Check out his website and book Circles of Men: A Counter-Intuitive Approach to Creating Men’s Groups.  He offers online Men’s Fellowship Network calls and a podcast.  CLICK HERE for a message from Clay with more details.

Huston-Tillotson University!

Huston-Tillotson University (HT) is distinguished as a Compassionate Austin Hallmark and is an integral part of the Compassionate Austin Leadership.  The University advances compassionate action and leadership both locally and globally.  

CLICK HERE for a message from HT to learn more about their response to the Covid-19 pandemic.


We also recognize our Compassionate Austin Co-op Members! 

Check out the list of organizational Co-op members, grouped by topic and focusReach out and see how you can get involved!  We have 202 Co-op members (organizations and individuals)!

Thank you for all you do to create a more Compassionate Austin!.