Welcome to the austin common.

(Formerly known as the Austin EcoNetwork)

We’re the local news site that helps you be informed and make a difference… right here in Austin, Texas.

If this your first time visiting? Learn more by clicking on one of the buttons below. Or, keep scrolling for a look at our most recent posts, stories, and suggested civic action items. 


Elections 101

We make learning about elections fun and easy! Click here for an archive of all our election guides.


News Articles

Look through our thousands of local news stories. New posts are added weekly and every story has a focus on community engagement and ways you can get involved.


Community Calendar

Discover new ways to connect to Austin's civic community with our community calendar, featuring events from dozens of local nonprofits & advocacy groups.

Featured Event

The Price Is Right?

Join us for a fun-filled night of fun… all about the city’s budget!

“Most importantly, the data we are working with are not just numbers. This report is about real people. No analyses, quantitative or qualitative, can do justice to any of these individuals’ personal experiences.”

–  ECHO in their 2023 Needs & Gap report, as referenced in our latest story, “How Many People Are Experiencing Homelessness In Austin?”

There are so many ways to get involved in our local community & make your voice be heard this week…  

Attend a panel discussion on civics & democracy on May 22nd from 6pm to 8pm at the Rollins Theater

Learn more (and share your thoughts) on the proposal to build caps over I-35 on May 22nd at 5:30pm.

Hear directly from Austin City Council members about how the city is addressing homelessness on May 23rd from 10am to 11:30am at the Woodlawn Baptist Church.

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Jobs For The Common Good

A full list of the coolest sustainability + civic jobs in Austin!

GIS Intern – The Trail Conservancy 

Your Vote Is Your Voice

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Latest Quiz

Because it’s time for quizzes with more helpful information in them than “what kind of toast you are” or “which Disney princess you’re most like”… (sorry Buzzfeed). 


With our quizzes, we help you learn about your local community, get personalized advice, and of course, have a little fun. — Coming soon!

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Have any questions about The Austin Common? Just send us an email (info@theaustincommon.com). We’d love to chat. 

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