BENEFITING: AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION
EVENT: Austin Marathon 2017
EVENT DATE: Feb 19, 2017
Build parks! Save the world with me, APF, and Morgan Freeman.
One of the greatest books I read in 2016 was Jim Clifton's "The Coming Jobs War". Clifton, CEO of Gallup, compiles data and observations from his career to demonstrate that all current and future geopolitical conflicts derive from a shortage of jobs. More than food shortage, water access, or clean energy, the world needs decent jobs for 7+ billion people so that they feel engaged in their communities and positive about their future. Ending conflict requires us as global citizens to help create the jobs of the future.
I'm passionate about APF's mission as it nutures citizens of our own community and ultimately provides the local foundation necessary for a bright future not just in Austin, but in America and for the world.
Paraphrasing Clifton, classical economics extrapolates existing economic trends, resulting in a bleak future of economic segregation between the top few who have jobs and are lucky enough to support their families through their labor and those who do not have jobs and spend their days hungry and disaffected.
However Clifton also shows us a different path - one towards global prosperity and peace. This scenario replaces the classical economics model with a behavioral model. Behavioral economics means that our economic destiny is shaped by the small decisions of billions of people, not by past trends and datapoints. The behavioral model provides great hope because we can influence the billions of decisions around the country and the planet and it all starts with APF and similar local organizations.
When people have freedom and safe access to nature, recreation, and community (as APF facilitates), they feel hopeful and optimistic about their future. When people do not have hope and optimism they drop out of school or they don't take risks on starting new companies.
APF provides direct local action to improve parks in our community and these parks play a major role in how individuals feel about the world around them. APF helps individuals collectively meet their basic needs of health, safety, and connectedness, providing us with the hopeful foundation we need to make decisions based on optimism instead of fear. This optimism fuels prosperity for everyone as only hopeful individuals finish school, start businesses, and create the jobs which can end global conflict.
I've run nearly 60 races of marathon and longer distances and I'm proud to represent APF in the 2017 Austin Marathon.
Please show your support for building parks, building hope, and ending global conflict by donating to my marathon run for APF! Improvements at the local level in the top 100 or so world cities can make a huge positive impact on the majority of the world's population. Austin is one of those major cities and APF is all about making this city great for everyone! So please donate at least $1 per mile ($26.20), but if I reach a total of $2017 then I will run over 2017 miles in 2017 and dedicate them all to APF!
"Hope is a good thing. Maybe the best of good things. No good thing ever dies."