At the end of the day, no discussion about the power of connection is complete with how it alters the interaction between the upwardly mobile, their governments and their leaders. In the United States in particular, there is a sense of an increasing gulf between elected representatives – responsive to money and special interests – and an increasingly connected, vocal, but marginalized citizenry. Political Connection takes a deep dive into the roots of American voter apathy, our byzantine political culture and the levers of power in the U.S. David Moore and Benjamin Yee will lead a group discussion, using attendees’ experiences with, and perceptions of American politics to illuminate both the problems facing our democracy and the practical underpinnings for collective action in the 21st century.
David Moore has been at the forefront of open government and technology since 2006. He is the Executive Director of the non-profit Participatory Politics Foundation (PPF) and a founder of OpenCongress.org. PPF’s current project is AskThem.io, a free & open-source questions-and-answers platform with every U.S. elected official and any verified Twitter account.
Benjamin Yee was fundraiser and Digital Director for Barack Obama, served in the NY State Senate’s CIO’s office and has founded an online platform for crowd-funding lobbying, ShiftSpark, to address the issue of lobbyist capture of policy making. He is also First Vice President of the Young Democrats of America.