CNS is proud to premier seven new episodes of Civil Society.  The video-casts seek to provoke more thinking about issues affecting nonprofit effectiveness and success. Barry Silverberg, CNS Director, serves as moderator.  Episodes of 15-20 minutes are produced in collaboration with ACC’s Teaching and Learning Excellence Division, and can be accessed at or on ACC TV Channel 19, each Thursday at 7 pm.

Guests are individuals making a difference in our community who share their motivations and discuss critical issues facing our society.  Information on each topic is provided online.

Episodes to date include Diversity and Inclusion (What does it feel like to be the only person of color on a board?), Being Muslim in America, Teaching Children How to Think, Not What to Think, Changing Lives One at a Time, Actualizing Community Well Being, Political Strategy for Nonprofits and Philanthropy, Consequences of Unequal Digital Access, Empowering Youth, Public Television Role in Fostering Civility, Unemployment Possibilities, and Ending Sexual Harassment.

Upcoming episodes include: Transforming A City Neighborhood, Youth in Prison, Using Music to Heal, Social Entrepreneurship, The State of Human Services: A United Way Perspective with David Smith, CEO, United Way for Greater Austin, and Austin Philanthropy with MariBen Ramsey, MariBen Ramsey NonProfit & Philanthropy Consulting, LLC.

Also view our earlier 7 Civil Society television programs, with panelists discussing Sex Trafficking in Central Texas, Diversity and Equity in Central Texas. Music and Musicians in Central Texas, Homelessness in Central Texas, Guns on Campus, and Refugee Resettlement in Central Texas.  Julie Niehoff, Co-Principal, Distance Learning Media, LLC. Served as moderator for these episodes.

Please watch and let us know what you think and what other topics and people ought to be addressed.  E-mail