Overcoming Cacophony: Making Gov 2.0 Work for You


Doesn’t it seem like there’s a lot of “Gov 2.0” stuff out there right now? What can you do, as an individual to make your voice heard in the lawmaking process and what tools do you use?

This Ignite talk focuses on how to overcome the bureaucratic and technology challenges to communicating effectively with your lawmakers. By the end of five minutes, you’ll know how to make your email float to the top of a pile of thousands, how to stand out from the crowd, and how to do so without loosing your sanity (or much free time.)

Sarah Schacht

Affiliation Executive Director, Knowledge As Power
Website http://knowledgeaspower.org/

Sarah Schacht is a political entrepreneur who searches for simple technology solutions to complex social problems. Eagerly involved in politics from an early age, she’s been a conservative and a liberal, working for a range of causes and campaigns. In 2003, she left college to work on Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, working in New Hampshire, Dean’s national headquarters, Iowa, and Washington State. She specialized in youth outreach, crafting technical plans, online organizing, and field work. In 2004 she was one of the youngest delegates to the Democratic National Convention, and in 2005 she interned for Congressman Jay Inslee’s office, where she researched the the communications technology systems within Congress. Returning home to Washington State, she founded Knowledge As Power, a 501c3 nonpartisan organization which provides Washingtonians online tools to track legislation on any issue and communicate effectively with their legislators. Sarah is a 2008 Echoing Green Semi-Finalist, a Ford Foundation Partnership Grantee, Sunlight Foundation grantee, and a contributor to an upcoming book on American government and communications technology. She lives in Seattle and surfs real waves, not just the web.