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 above for info about the November 2023 elections.


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

Investing In Community Budget Town Hall

Share your thoughts on the city’s 2024 – 2025 budget!

“I’ve lived here my whole life and so I’ve really watched Travis County and the City of Austin change so rapidly and powerfully that we are behind. We’re way behind in how many acres we should have per person to be able to adequately service them with having outdoor opportunities.”

–  Jennifer Bristol, talking about why a parks bond is on the Travis County 2023 ballot, in our Prop B election guide

Early voting has begun. Here’s what you need to know… 

Early voting lasts from October 23rd - November 3rd. Election Day is Nov. 7th.

There are 14 state propositions (proposed constitutional amendments) on the ballot.

Travis County voters will also see two bond propositions on the ballot - Props A & B.

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Jobs For The Common Good

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

Your Vote Is Your Voice

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. 

Action Item

Don’t forget to vote!!