I went to an event the other day where the topic was the ongoing transfer of generational wealth from the Greatest Generation and Baby Boomers down to Gen Y and Millennials. I've seen this firsthand with my investors, my friends and my colleagues over the years.
But this wealth transfer needs to be matched with a transfer in responsibility to our cities, communities, and culture as a nation. We can't just hope things get better. We have to make them better, which in many ways means protecting the parts of our past we hope to maintain (e.g. PBS) while paving the way for things we hope to have in the future (e.g. Proposition 1 for light rail and roads).
I often hear of young people who are passionate about entrepreneurship, the arts and creativity, their community and city, music and culture, politics and current affairs. Unfortunately, too few of us take our passion to the next level and build something, support something or lead something.
Maybe we're just too busy with our day jobs and daily responsibilities. Maybe we're spending too much time on social media.
Maybe we simply don't care enough.
I don't have the answers. At least not for all young people.
As for me, I choose to act, to build, to support, to lead.
Since high school I've been this way, and just because I no longer have a college application to fill out or a scholarship to apply for or a girl to impress, I choose to be about more than my passions. I choose to be about my actions.
That's why I'm proud of what Chase and I are building with Localeur.
That's why I'm proud I've served on the board of AIDS Services of Austin for three years.
That's why I'm proud to have co-authored Real Role Models.
And, as of yesterday afternoon, I'm extremely proud to join the Board of Directors for KLRU-TV, Austin PBS.
I've been a fan of public broadcasting since I grew up with Reading Rainbow. I've been a supporter of Austin City Limits for years and thankfully can count Terry Lickona as one of my best friends. And I've watched as the media landscape has changed drastically over the last decade (I don't even own a TV) as 2nd (computer) and 3rd (mobile) screens have become my way of gathering information and getting my entertainment.
I believe in KLRU's leadership under Bill Stotesbery, Terry and others.
I believe there is a place for public broadcasting and public affairs/education-centric content across all channels.
And, most importantly, I believe this is an organization and cause I can make a positive difference for by supporting at the board level.