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Friday, March 27 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
We Built This City: New Government is Social

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There was a time in this country when participating in government was seen as everyone’s civic duty and responsibility. Plans for city growth were drawn in the public square. Important policies were hashed out in coffee shops. Men would travel to the local government capital to speak, debate, and help shape their growing city and country. …and somewhere along the way, we all got lost. The 20th Century was about powerful despotic leaders, the corrosive influence of money, media fanning the flames of a divided “rght” and “left”, and our loss of trust for anything and everything that had to do with government.

Is there hope for the future? Yes; there’s lots of it. Groups like maptime and Code for America are at the forefront of a movement to change what government looks like, going forward. What it looks like is more local, more diverse, and guess what? More social.

The places that lead the charge in civic engagement are not in Silicon Valley or New York. They’re in Cincinnati, Nashville, Chattanooga, and yes, Tulsa. An opportunity exists now, more than ever before in Tulsa’s history, for a diverse group of awesome people with big hearts to change our city for the better. We’re poised for awesomeness, and we need you.

It’s time to take back the public square. It’s time to make government — of the people, by the people, and for the people — work in the 21st Century. It’s time to create the city we want to live in. It begins by doing something we all know how to do: talk to each other and share ideas. Let’s get involved, and let’s rock this town.

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carlos moreno

Graphic Designer, CAP Tulsa
Carlos Moreno is the in-house graphic designer at CAP Tulsa, an antipoverty organization and national leader in early childhood education. | | Carlos also serves on the board of TulsaNow, and as the co-captain of Code for Tulsa, two organizations that encourage and help to improve local civic engagement. He was selected by national urban-affairs magazine NextCity as part of its 2014 Vanguard Class. He is passionate about revitalizing... Read More →

Friday March 27, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Tactic Room 1

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