Initiatives

Rural Broadband

In partnership with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, the Innovation and Technology Caucus of the Texas House, and other public and private stakeholders, Glasshouse Policy is working to launch a community-driven conversation to develop policies and best practices to increase broadband Internet access across rural Texas. By hosting a policy series of research symposiums, public events, and knowledge sharing platforms, Glasshouse Policy plans to organize and inform community members and key stakeholders about the educational and economic opportunities high-speed Internet access can bring to under-connected communities in Texas.

City Summit

Cities are our national labs of innovation, yet the policy discussions that shape their future are too often underexamined. City Summit is an annual policy summit hosted by Glasshouse Policy and the Austin Monitor to broaden and revitalize public engagement on issues facing cities in Texas and across the country.

 

Stranger with Some New Land
Groundwater: What’s Bubbling Beneath the Surface
Transportation Network Reset Rural Broadband Access Making Room: The Future of Texas’ Annexation Policies
Public School Finance

Game Nights

Game Nights are Glasshouse Policy’s solution to the challenges that typically come with fostering community engagement. Whether it be land code development or city transportation, Game Nights take a complex policy issue and create a game that accurately reflects the trade offs of the policy issue. In doing so, Glasshouse makes relevant policy issues more accessible to the general public and provides citizens with the tools to further engage with the issue in the future. Game Nights events are always open to the public and full of fun, food, and learning. Read more about our most recent Game Nights on land development code, transportation and planning.

Advance Austin

Glasshouse Policy teamed up with Leadership Austin and the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce to launch Advance Austin, a nonpartisan program aimed at training the next generation of leaders to be effective advocates and civic leaders. In 2017, our first cohort completed four sessions and two practicums over the course of four weeks. Anchored by presentations from Texas luminaries, Advance Austin gave classmates the tools to engage and influence the political process. We crafted a curriculum to help the class contemplate issues they are passionate about, develop a strategy to mobilize their campaigns, and utilize strategic planning so they can impact politics at all levels. If you are interested in applying to our next cohort, please keep an eye out for information through our newsletter or Leadership Austin’s featured events.

Part of Glasshouse Policy’s MobilityCity initiative, MobilityHouston is an online and in-person community engagement initiative for all Houstonians to explore discrete topics which impact Houston mobility and propose their solutions to Houston’s transportation issues.

Our first municipal crowdsourced policy initiative and part of our MobilityCity initiative, MobilityATX is an online and in-person community engagement initiative for all to explore discrete topics which impact Austin mobility and propose their solutions to Austin’s transportation issues. MobilityATX curates a conversation by inviting the public and community leaders to turn citizen-sourced priorities into effective policy solutions.

Place Changing is an online and in-person forum to present stakeholder perspectives and invite public comment for a positive, transparent conversation around municipal annexation and its associated impacts on the future of San Antonio. The Place Changing platform provides equal opportunity for businesses, residents, and policy makers to convey their vision of San Antonio and shape the region’s future.

Real Talk Series

Glasshouse created the Real Talk series in partnership with KUT and the Austin Monitor in an effort to encourage frank discussion and transparency about the realities of current issues in Austin. The first Real Talk took place in November 2016. Uber Public Affairs Lead Trevor Theunissen was asked about the May vote that caused Uber to be forced out of Austin, what went wrong, what’s happened since, and what the company sees as its future in the city. The most recent Real Talk was in March 2017 with newly seated District 6 City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan, who talked about the November election, CodeNEXT, and the Council Member’s goals for City Council.

Research & Reports

Innovative solutions to address the affordable housing crisis.

Written by Caitlin Clary
Published by Glasshouse Policy and University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Contributers:
Madison Grimes
Sara Meadow

What Policy Buckets Can Reveal About Effective Legislating

Written by Sara Meadow
Published by Glasshouse Policy

In collaboration with the Texas House Innovation and Technology Caucus

Public school finance is a complicated topic, especially in Texas. With the special session in July and school finance reform listed as one of the items on the governor’s agenda, we’re posting a three-part series detailing everything you need to know about public school finance.

Public school finance is a complicated topic, especially in Texas. With the special session in July and school finance reform listed as one of the items on the governor’s agenda, we’re posting a three-part series detailing everything you need to know about public school finance.

Public school finance is a complicated topic, especially in Texas. With the special session in July and school finance reform listed as one of the items on the governor’s agenda, we’re posting a three-part series detailing everything you need to know about public school finance.

Each year, the City seeks feedback from the community on the quality of the services the city provides. During last year’s survey, Austinites’ satisfaction with the city’s transportation planning and traffic management ranked 20% lower than all other city services...

Highlights from the City of Austin’s proposed budget for FY 2016–2017.

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