Compassionate Austin Co-op

Become a Member of the Compassionate Austin Co-op*!

*Mike Clawson’s presentation to the Austin City Council on February 7, 2019!

*List of Co-op Member organizations and their descriptions (added since 1-21-19)!

*Spreadsheet of Co-op Member organizations (grouped by topic and focus).

We invite you to join an innovative initiative to foster greater connection and collaboration among organizations that promote practical “3D” compassionate action (caring for Others, Self, and the Earth) in the greater Austin area!

*We use the word “co-op” in the sense of the generic dictionary definition:  “a cooperative society, business, or enterprise.”  We are not an established organization or a jointly-owned commercial/business enterprise.  We link organizations (and individuals) together to support and elevate their compassionate actions and share resources.

Co-op Members receive both public recognition and benefits!  There is no cost to participate in the Co-op.

To join:

Fill out the online membership request form for organizations; (private individuals, please fill out this form instead).

Recognition & Benefits:

We announce and highlight Co-op Members via the Compassionate Austin website and social media (Compassionate Austin Facebook page and group, etc.).  We invite Co-op Members to Offers & Needs Markets and other events as offered during the year.  We offer ways for Co-op Members to grow their connections and support throughout Austin and neighboring communities!  Co-op Members are offered a free, dedicated social network, and may choose to pay for a variety of events, as part of the online New Story Journey.  Also, members receive discounts for Compassionate Integrity Training.

*More Details Below!

What is the Compassionate Austin Co-op?

The Co-op is a collective of both individuals and organizations (non-profits/businesses/schools/faith communities/civic groups/social activists/design-thinkers/musicians/ artists/youth groups, etc.) who align with and agree to represent the core values of Compassionate Austin and are committed to enacting the Austin City Council’s Compassionate Austin Resolution, promoting 3D compassionate action (caring for Others, Self, and the Earth) in the Austin community.

What does the Compassionate Austin Co-op do?

A “Call to Action”:  Besides their ongoing commitment to compassionate action in their personal or organizational pursuits, Co-op Members signal their commitment to the city’s Compassionate Austin Resolution by:

  • Downloading and displaying the digital Co-op badge on their website or social media and/or posting the physical badge on their establishment or vehicle;   ca-coop-v2-400
  • Engaging with the broader community by signing in to the FREE dedicated social network, The New Story Community.  The network supports people to build deeper community around the New Story ideas.  It takes 30 seconds to sign in and it’s absolutely FREE.  Once signed in, people can stay tuned to announcements about the New Story Journey events and  participate in conversations and discussions and informal resource sharing and exchange to connect, interact, and help each other!  [Note:  With a purchased subscription or via individual purchase options, there is access to the New Story Journey events and additional bonus offers.]; and,
  • Attending at least one FREE in-person 90-minute Offers and Needs Market a year, if offered and if attendance is feasible, and/or participating in the online Offers and Needs Market via The New Story Community.

Word-Cloud-Festival Only_smallThe first Compassionate Austin Offers & Needs Market was held at the New Story Festival, March 31, 2019, at Huston-Tillotson University.  It was a landmark event in Austin.  It was the first citywide Offers & Needs Market and included people representing various organizations, businesses, and groups, as well as their own personal offers and needs.  We’ve received wonderful feedback and are energized to offer more free networking events and Offers & Needs Markets to the community!


*Recognition and Benefits for Co-op Members!  (Timing deadlines and capacity limits may apply.  Alignment with the Compassionate Austin core values is expected.)
  1. Public Recognition on the Compassionate Austin website and social media (Co-op Member organizations only);
  2. Increased Community Presence and Collaboration via the online New Story Journey, social networking, and events;
  3. Free admission to Offers & Needs Markets (in person and online, as available); and,  
  4. Discounted Group Rates for “Compassionate Integrity Training” (CIT).  Compassionate Austin team member Michaela Maxwell is available to teach CIT in Austin. CIT is a multi-part training program that cultivates basic human values as skills for the purpose of increasing individual, social and environmental flourishing. Contact Michaela to learn more about the Austin training! Click here for general info on CIT.
How do we become a Compassionate Austin Co-op Member?

Organizations: Fill out this membership request form to let us know you want to be part of the Co-op!  Your Co-op Member badge can be downloaded from the form.

Private Individuals: Fill out this membership request form to let us know you want to be part of the Co-op!  Your Co-op Member badge can be downloaded from the form.

Any other questions?

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